First train car pulled along Gold Line tracks in Arcadia, Monrovia (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
Good coverage of the clearance testing that began Monday for the Gold Line Foothill Extension project between Pasadena and the Azusa/Glendora border.
In addition to planning on the future Automated People Mover project, LAX officials are also apparently planning on several new parking lots and/or structures. Joe Linton writes that the number of new spaces could total 8,000, a figure that airport officials would not confirm while not providing an actual number.
The concern, Joe writes, is that building that number of spaces could cost many millions of dollars while also reinforcing the notion that the only way to get to and from LAX is by car. Of course, traffic on the Westside and in the LAX area will likely remain a challenge, perhaps one reason future airport visitors and employees will use the Crenshaw/LAX Line to reach the people mover or continue to take the FlyAway bus or other shuttles/buses to get to the airport.
Read the entire Streetsblog article — there’s quite a bit of detail in there on the airport’s plans.
Officials present route options for high-speed rail (Burbank Leader)
California High-Speed Rail Authority officials presented several route options for the bullet train between Palmdale and Burbank, including a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains. The idea is to put the line underground so that it’s less disruptive to properties on the surface but some residents are already concerned a tunnel would carry its own impacts to the water table and other resources. The article says that construction could begin in 2018, but funding would still need to be found and the project still must settle on a route (and also find funding) for the segment between Palmdale and Bakersfield.
Related: the Silicon Valley Business Journal has a round-up of issues facing the bullet train in 2015.
Why Congress won’t pass a gas tax increase (The Atlantic)
Short answer: because gas prices have plunged — below $3 in many parts of the U.S. (and even parts of So Cal) — and low gas prices are popular. Meanwhile, Congress still must find a way to put money back into the Highway Trust Fund, which the latest funding scheme due to expire in the spring.
Light rail enters the West’s most sprawling metropolis (High Country News)
Nope, not a story about L.A. — rather, about Phoenix. Besides this excerpt, the remainder of the article is behind HCN’s pay wall along with a lot of other great content on environmental issues in the Western U.S.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says it’s time to stop screwing around solving the metro area’s traffic-and-smog problem. She wants to ban cars from traveling through some arrondissements (residents could still use streets) while restricting other major streets to only electric cars and hybrids. Diesel buses are also being targeted (Metro got rid of the last of its diesel buses in 2011, btw) as are wood fires — a big source of smog.
Lights are a great idea, of course, but this is intriguing — although costly at about $500.
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