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San Fernando Valley prioritizes highways then bemoans lack of transit (Streetsblog L.A.)
A rebuttal by Joe Linton of the recent Daily News story on officials saying that Measure R is shortchanging the Valley. Joe argues that Measure R didn’t overlook the Valley — citing several examples, including I-5 widening — and that perhaps it’s wiser to invest available and finite dollars in sorely needed transit.
Three people who were arrested at Metro facilities for other offenses were also charged last year for theft of public utilities. The prospect that people could be cited or arrested led L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti to release this announcement today:
UPDATE ON METRO CELL CHARGING ENFORCEMENT
LOS ANGELES — Following media reports that three people had been arrested this year for charging their cell phones using outlets at Metro stations, L.A. Mayor and Metro Chair Eric Garcetti contacted Metro staff to end this practice. Moving forward, Metro customers will be permitted to charge their phones unless it causes interference with Metro operations.
“This is simply common sense. I want our law enforcement resources directed toward serious crime, not cell phone charging,” Mayor Garcetti said.
Transit a key in Boston’s Olympic bid (Boston Globe)
In an attempt to squash fears of a traffic meltdown, Boston-area officials say that no potential 2024 Summer Olympics venue would be more than 10-minute walk from a rail stop. That’s dandy but the article goes on to note that Boston would have to build a main stadium to host the Games, an endeavor expected to cost at least $500 million. In fact, so would San Francisco. Boston and San Francisco are competing against Los Angeles for the right to be the American bid city for the Games. Los Angeles, of course, already has a perfectly nice Olympic stadium, not to mention an expanding transit network.
Washington D.C. is competing, too, but I’m betting that international Olympics officials would rather spend their summer in L.A., S.F. or Beantown.
Not exactly a news flash, but I certainly can’t argue with columnist George Skelton who lists all the awful things people must endure while flying — and contrasts those to trains, which are generally more humane on many different levels. Obviously there are still funding issues that must be resolved for the bullet train to get from L.A. to S.F., but a groundbreaking for the first segment is planned for Jan. 6 in the Fresno area. I’m sure there will be a lot more news on that project in the year ahead.
This is the last Transportation Headlines of 2015. We’ll back Jan. 5, 2015, and I’m guessing another very busy year is ahead. Thank you to everyone very much everyone for reading, riding, writing and commenting — we really appreciate everyone’s input. We’ll finish off the year on a musical note with a song that came out this year about rivers, subways and all the things that make a city tick.
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