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.
The awarding of a construction contract for the light rail project has been delayed and is now scheduled for the May meeting of the Metro Board of Directors. Metro staff told the Board's Planning Committee on Wednesday that best and final offers for the contract were received last week. The Leimert Park station will only be built if a contractor can fit it into the project's budget of $1.75 billion or so.
Trends in urban planning in 2012-13 (Planetizen)
Using streetcars to spur development and helping cyclists get around were two of the most frequent topics tackled on the blog in the past year.
Yosemite National Park considers banning bike rentals (San Jose Mercury News)
As part of a plan to protect the Merced River, the park is recommending getting rid of bike rentals, horse rentals, raft rentals, an ice-skating rink, swimming pools and an arts center. No, private cars are not being banned. The plan is the result of a long, convuluted process to satisfy the courts and environmental law. Seems to me it's basically a plan designed to fail; even some environmentalists who sued the park are disappointed.
I don't recall anyone ever visiting the car-congested Yosemite Valley and suggesting bike rentals are impacting anything. Sigh.
When public-private partnerships are a bad idea (Governing)
Interesting post looks at a pair of deals made by Chicago and Cincinnati, respectively, to allow private firms to run city parking lots and garages in exchange for big upfront payments. Governing suggests that cities starved for cash often ink deals that aren't good for anyone over the long-term.
Categories: Transportation Headlines