Transportation headlines, Monday, July 8

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.

Photo by Pedro Szekely/Flickr

Santa Clarita Summer Beach Bus is back (

As we approach another set of 100-degree days the timing is perfect for the City of Santa Clarita weekend Summer Beach Bus to Santa Monica, which is back again this year and will run through Sept. 1. It’s a great price ($3 each way) and an excellent way to avoid that tiresome beach traffic and parking place hunt.

Mayor Garcetti rode the bus to work … and other first week adventures  (KPCC)

Riding the bus is important for him to do frequently, he said, as a member of the Metro board.

Ex-rail minister in China gets a suspended death sentence (New York Times)

A court in Beijing on Monday gave former Chinese minister of railways, Liu Zhijun, a suspended death sentence after finding him guilty of taking bribes and abusing his powers. Liu was minister of railways from 2003 until 2011, and under him the ministry championed a high-speed train rollout. A train crash that killed 40 people in July 2011, five months after he was fired from office, fanned criticism that the high-speed expansion had been hasty and ill managed.

Want cleaner air? Repave the streets (Los Angeles Times)

Scientists from the Netherlands have developed what they say is smog-eating pavement that can cut air pollution in half. But there’s still that other half to consider so no excuse for a return to gas-hog cars.

Burbank will get $4.4 million bike trail connecting to Metrolink (Curbed LA)

Burbank is preparing to build a bike lane connecting the Lake/Alameda bike patch with the downtown Burbank Metrolink station.

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