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 Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed.
One legislative note worth making although I don't believe it received much news coverage: the state Assembly last week approved Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8 (by Bob Blumenfield) that would lower the threshold for transportation sales taxes from two-thirds to 55 percent. However, the amendment awaits action in the State Senate and that doesn't appear imminent in this legislative year. Blumenfield has been elected to the L.A. City Council and will be sworn in on July 1.
Doing away with rail honor system is common sense (L.A. Times)
The author of this opinion piece is pleased to see the gates latched at the entrances to the subway at Union Station, saying it's a sign that the county's rail system is growing up.
House GOP gets its knives out (D.C. Streetsblog)
The transportation subcommittee of the House's Appropriations Committee proposes 15 percent cuts to transportation funding in the next fiscal year, including a ban on funding high-speed rail in California and a two percent chop to the New Starts program that funds big transportation projects. Will this make it into law? Probably not, but always interesting to see the House's priorities, or lack thereof.
About 80 to 90 percent of the bright green paint on the 1.5-mile lane in downtown L.A. will be removed and replaced with dark green pain inside the lane's boundaries. The film industry says it will make it easier to film on Spring Street, a popular place to shoot.
On a completely unrelated note, I watched “The Dark Knight Rises” on cable the other night and realized that Bane's kangaroo court — with the Scarecrow as presiding judge — was filmed in Union Station's old ticket room. Very cool. Partially related to my unrelated note: is “Man of Steel” worth my $13 or did director Zack Snyder screw it up?
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