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.
New people mover set to debut at Phoenix airport (Arizona Daily Star)
Dubbed the “Sky Train,” the automated system connects the airport’s busiest terminal to airport parking and a nearby light rail station. A people mover is among the alternatives being studied by Metro and Los Angeles World Airports as a way to connect the Crenshaw/LAX Line and/or a light rail extension to the LAX terminals (here’s the Metro Airport Connector home page). According to this fact sheet, the 1.7-mile first phase of the project cost $644 million and will take five minutes to travel between the light rail station and Terminal 4. The city plans to extend the system to connect with other terminals and the airport’s rental car center.
Reaching high in Hollywood (L.A. Times)
The Times’ editorial board comes out in favor of the proposed Millenium Hollywood project, which proposes two skyscrapers near the Capital Records Building; the actual heights of the buildings has yet to be defined. The Times’ reasoning: the buildings substantially conform with the Hollywood zoning plan adopted by the City Council last year. The buildings have been controversial and Councilman Eric Garcetti even wrote the city’s Planning Commission last week saying the towers were out-of-scale with the surrounding area and they have yet to earn enough community support.
Of course, there are the usual complaints about the project generating traffic. Well, the Millennium project would be a stone’s throw from the popular Hollywood/Vine Red Line station — only 19 minutes to downtown L.A.!
I don’t live in Hollywood, but my three cents anyway: I think the Times’ editorial nails the issue. At some point, the city needs to stick with its zoning plans instead of negotiating each project individually, the result being visual chaos and the scattershot city you see everyday. Also this: if traffic is always the criteria for new development, how is it possible to build anything? And how does a city keep its economy afloat if it shuns erecting new buildings or redevelopment of existing ones? Beats me, but I’m only a lowly government blogger.
In semi-related news, ground was broken on the Transitbay Transit Tower in San Francisco last week. The 60-story, 1,070-foot tower will host a train and bus station and looks to be one of the more spectacular transit hubs in the nation; it will probably help the Bay Area’s economy and overall livability, concepts I would think other cities may want to embrace or consider. See the renderings here.
SEPTA unveils free virtual library (Metro Magazine)
Cool and creative idea: to celebrate National Library Week, the transit agency that serves the Greater Philadelphia area will host a free virtual library at one of its stations that allows station-goers to get free downloads of some books and podcasts using QR codes.
Categories: Transportation Headlines