Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Jan. 23

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Transit taxes would be easier to pass under proposed constitutional amendment (San Francisco Examiner) 

A look at the bill by Senators Carol Liu and Ellen Corbett that would allow a ballot measure to go to lower the threshold needed for new transit taxes from 66.67 to 55 percent. Officials at agencies in the Bay Area support the plan, saying they are facing budget shortfalls that will likely force them to go to voters in the near future.

Port of Los Angeles rail yard upgrades to speed movement of goods, cut congestion (Welcome to the Fast Lane) 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praises the West Basin Rail Yard project at the Port of Los Angeles, designed to help get freight directly from ships to trains using the Alameda Corridor. The $138-million project broke ground earlier this month; here’s a Daily Breeze story about it.

LaHood staying on as Transportation Secretary (Bloomberg News) 

Speaking of Secretary LaHood, he said yesterday that he is staying on for an indefinite period of time during President Obama’s second term. There has been speculation about possible replacements for LaHood in the media, but as far as I can tell none of the articles actually employed on-the-record sources or facts.

New renderings of retail project near Culver City station (Curbed LA)

The drawings are for a three- and four-story upscale retail project near the Expo Line Culver City station. Curbed LA says it will bring new life to the area near the Helms Bakery complex.