The holidays can bring out the best in us and also in trains, as these photos taken last Saturday in Milwaukee and Chicago show. But as former midwesterners will attest, the beauty that is December is transformed in January to weather not friendly to waiting outdoors for a bus. Another thing for Californians to be thankful for.
Pasadena hammers 710 tunnel, stops short of opposing it (Pasadena Sun)
Pasadena City Council members on Monday couldn’t garner the five vote necessary to oppose plans for a 4.5-mile tunnel to connect the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways, but city leaders will go on record with a litany of questions and concerns about the project.
Opinion: Watch out Metro Scofflaws, free rides coming to an end (Los Angeles Times)
An opinion piece declares “There will always be some holes, though. At the transfer station at 7th Street and Metro Center, passengers are supposed to pay when they switch lines. But the TAP card validators are so discreetly placed that not many people use them.”
Metro Board member Pam O’Connor appointed SM mayor (Santa Monica Patch)
In addition to serving on the Metro Board, O’Connor represents Santa Monica on the Expo Construction Authority Board, which oversees the extension of light rail into Santa Monica. She was recently president of the Southern California Association of Governments. On the city’s website, she describes herself as a “strong advocate for public transit,” an “enthusiastic urban explorer” and regular user of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus.
Najarian: Vote for MTA seat was ‘orchestrated’ (Glendale News-Press)
Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian is in a fight for his seat on the Metro Board, after failing to get appointed for another term — an outcome he claimed was orchestrated by officials upset by his opposition to a 710 Freeway extension through Pasadena.
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