Transportation headlines, Thursday, June 13

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. Reminder: the Library is switching over to a new format for its headlines on Monday. No need to act right now! We'll be changing this topper to help guide you straight to the library's new headlines set-up.

Tow truck driver had checkered history behind the wheel (KNBC)

The tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash early Wednesday with a Metro bus lacked a valid driver's license — it had been suspended four times since 2009 — and a permit to operate a towing company, according to KNBC. The station also reported that the driver had also been involved in a high-speed chase with police in Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2008. Yesterday's accident remains under investigation and the tow truck driver remains hospitalized.

Major blowback from City Council members over Leimert Park funding plan (L.A. Streetsblog)

The headline is a bit misleading; two members of the Los Angeles City Council have authored a resolution against Metro's funding plan for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Paul Koretz don't like the part that would transfer money from other projects to help provide contingency funds for the Crenshaw rail project — they seem especially unhappy over seeing some funds transfered from a pool of money used for smaller projects such as left-turn signals and bike lanes. Will their resolution get the support of the entire Council? Hard to say, given that many Council members have said they want a Leimert Park station. One note: Metro is proposing to transfer money from an older Wilshire bus lane project — not the peak hour bus lanes that are scheduled to fully open next year.

Mayor-elect Garcetti shares his priorities for the city (KPCC)

Good interview with the inbound mayor of Los Angeles. I thought this was an interesting paragraph:

To me, that is the symbol of the decline of Los Angeles. The potholes that we have, our cracked streets. We have to invest in that as well as in public transportation. It's not just for cars — but the bike lanes and the walkable communities, the sidewalks. I was talking to a woman at our forum in South L.A. this weekend and she said, “I can't go for a walk in my own neighborhood. I am disabled and it's literally too dangerous.” That's unacceptable in Los Angeles.

Other cities should do the same. I have a road bike and I've almost been vaulted from the saddle in more than a few places across the Southland. I'll mention two: in the city of Los Angeles, the stretch of 5th Avenue between Dewey and Rose appears to have last been paved in the 13th century. In the city of San Marino, the stretch of Allen between Lombardy and Orlando — i.e. the section right in front of the Huntington — is filled with giant tire-eating cracks and the pavement actually wobbles when you ride over it. And don't tell me you don't have money to fix it, San Marino: many of your residents wheel dumpsters instead of cans to the curb on garbage day!


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