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  • Gold Line Foothill Extension Photo Tour: The Maintenance Yard

    The Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Yard will be able to store 84 cars when it is completed. The M&O site will be complete with a train car wash, a train car storage yard, 188 employee parking stalls, and a covered maintenance-of-way facility. In this photo essay, we will explore the Foothill Gold Line’s magnificent Maintenance and Operations tenance-yard/>[...]

  • State Transpo Officials Push to Toll for Maintenance, Not Just Capacity

    Last week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told state DOT officials gathered at an AASHTO conference in Washington that he was all in favor of tolling – but only to add new capacity. Iowa DOT Director Nancy Richardson says her state should be putting all of its funds toward stewardship. Photo: Iowa DOT “We believe in tolling,” LaHood tenance-not-just-capacity/>[...]

  • FTA: Transit Maintenance — Not Just Expansion — Will Grow Ridership

    Aging infrastructure across the country has become an enormous safety risk. It’s also becoming an economic hazard. SEPTA is forgoing new amenities to focus on making sure their trains don't end up like this one. Brownstoner Last year, the Federal Transit Administration announced that the seven largest rail transit systems had a backlog of $50 billion in tenance-not-just-expansion-will-grow-ridership/>[...]

  • U.S. DOT Admits Status Quo Untenable, Vows to Cut Transport Emissions

    In its second Earth Day release, the U.S. DOT yesterday unveiled a 600-page analysis of transportation emissions mandated by Congress in the 2007 energy bill. In addition to weighing in on many potential tactics for limiting transport’s contribution to the changing climate, the document notably recommits the Obama administration to that goal at a time when Democrats are weighing a delay tenable-vows-to-cut-transport-emissions/#more-91591>[...]

  • Streetsblog Interview: Andres Tena

    Back on the bike: Tena after the "Bike Not to Work Day" ride last week.Late one Thursday night, or early on Friday morning depending your point of view, this April an H3 Hummer hit a cyclist, and what followed is a controversy that fuels emotions that rivals last year’s Mandeville Canyon “Road Rage Doctor” tena/>[...]

  • Planning for Third Clitoral Mass in Full Swing

    The Ovarian Psyco-Cycles have spent the last few months planning this year’s annual Clitoral Mass ride with one thing on their mind: creating a safe space for “solidarity between womyn, queer, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and two-spirited individuals from different walks of life to promote solidarity in bicycling, encourage safety, health in our communities, and [...]

  • America’s Myopic Public Debate About Tolling Roads

    Suspending tolls on the SR 520 bridge in Seattle would likely make traffic worse during a construction project, but that’s what some motorists say they want. Photo: Marc Smith/Flickr Seattle is getting ready to embark on a construction project that will put the squeeze on a few of its major highways. This event, ironically, served as [...]

  • The DOGGR Days of Summer: DOGGR Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Fracking Regulations

    Early drilling operations in Baldwin Hills (photo courtesy of L.A. Times, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2008/10/theres-been-muc.html) It’s that time of year again. Time for the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the agency tasked with regulating the Oil & Gas industry, to once again skip the home to one of the largest urban oil fields in the U.S. on [...]

  • Sheriffs Blame Cyclist Victim in OC Road Rage Bottle-Throwing Incident

    Screen capture showing Gatorade bottle thrown at cyclist. Source: Youtube On May 31, 2014, Bryan Larsen was bicycling on a crowded stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in south Orange County. He began to notice a pattern of harassment by the occupants of a large white 4×4 Ram Truck, with Texas Virginia license plate “TX 65-500.” When passing [...]

  • Balancing Cars, Cash and Congestion: Metro Silver Line BRT in ExpressLanes

    ExpressLanes along the 10 Freeway looking west from the Soto Street / Marengo Street Bridge during morning rush hour. Though the ExpressLanes (right, with red car) have encountered some congestion, on this morning in early June 2014 they were running smoothly for plenty of drivers. Photo: Joe Linton / Streetsblog L.A. At the April 2014 board [...]

  • Gold Line Foothill Extension Photo Tour: Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

    In this fourth installment of the Foothill Gold Line Extension photo tour series, we explore planned Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) around some of the line’s future stations. Recently, Streetsblog’s Damien Newton and Aviv Kleinman joined a behind-the-scenes tour of the newest Gold Line Extension phase under construction in the San Gabriel Valley. We joined Albert Ho, head of [...]

  • Gold Line Foothill Extension Photo Tour: Iconic Gold Line Freeway Bridge

    The recently completed Gold Line Bridge over the 210 Freeway. Photo: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority In this third installment of our Foothill Gold Line photo tour series, we explore the Gold Line Foothill Extension’s iconic bridge over the 210 Freeway, as well as a closer look at the line’s other bridges. Recently, Streetsblog’s Damien [...]

  • California Legislation Watch: Weekly Update

    Here is Streetsblog’s weekly highlight of California legislation related to sustainable transportation. School Zone Safety: S.B. 1151 from Anthony Canella (R-Ceres) would raise fines for traffic infractions within school zones. The bill passed the Assembly Transportation Committee, 14-0, and now goes to the Appropriations Committee. Vulnerable User Law Jumps Ahead: A.B. 2398 from Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) [...]

  • Dead Spaces Make for Dead (and Unwalkable) Places

    Mirror, mirror on the wall…of a vacant lot. 43rd. and Vermont. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog LA I’m feeling sorta trashy. Not in that way. I’ve just had trash on the brain lately. Even as L.A. is celebrated for moving toward being more walkable and livable, trash seems to be the one constant, particularly in lower-income areas. One of the reasons is that [...]

  • A Photo Essay of a Tour of the Gold Line Foothill Extension

    This Wednesday, Aviv Kleinman and Damien Newton of Streetsblog joined a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gold Line Foothill Extension under construction in the San Gabriel Valley. We joined Albert Ho, head of Media Relations for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, and Jeff Rowland, the Community Relations Manager for the Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture, the constructors of the [...]

  • Exide’s Third Application for Permit to Handle Hazardous Waste Found Deficient

    “God Bless America”? Folks might feel a little more “blessed” if Exide didn’t shower them in lead and arsenic. I’m just sayin’… Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog LA Just after I got word yesterday that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) had determined that Exide Technologies’ third application for a formal permit to handle hazardous waste at their [...]

  • Former Huntington Park Parking Now a Popular Parklet, More on the Way

    Southern California’s newest parklet on Huntington Park’s Pacific Boulevard. All photos: Aviv Kleinman/Streetsblog L.A. A new phenomenon hit the streets of Huntington Park this year. It’s a space where people can catch up on their reading and feed their coffee cravings, a space where family and friends can gather together, and a space where business deals [...]

  • Gentri-flyer Opens One Hell of a Conversation. Now What?

    Boyle Heights residents gather at Prospect Park for the Primavera Festival and a talking circle on gentrification. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog Gentrification.* Much like pornography, everybody is pretty sure they know what it is when they see it, and almost everyone has an opinion about it. But, nailing down a set of defining principles everyone can agree on so [...]

  • California Legislation Watch: Weekly Update

    The California Legislature saw a lot of action in the last two weeks on bills related to sustainable transportation. The deadline to pass bills out of committee was on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, and today is the deadline for all bills to be voted on by their houses of origin. If they couldn’t pass [...]

  • Exide Cited for String of Lead Emissions Violations by EPA

    Folks might feel a little more blessed if they weren’t regularly showered in lead and arsenic. I’m just sayin’…  Exide Vernon Facility, Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog I receive my fair share of press releases regarding environmental happenings and community events, but few are more morbidly amusing than Exide Technologies’ efforts to paint itself as the good guy [...]

  • Why the Senate Transportation Bill Will Devastate Transit

    Transit officials lined up today to make clear that holding transit spending at current levels — as the Senate’s transportation authorization bill does — will put transit systems at risk of falling further into dangerous disrepair. Beverly Scott of the MBTA warned that current funding levels, as continued by the proposed Senate transportation bill, are “woefully [...]

  • Steinberg: CA Cap-and-Trade Must Fund Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing

    Negotiations over the California state budget are producing dueling proposals on how best to spend revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program. Senator Steinberg proposes affordable housing as a greenhouse gas reduction strategy. Photo courtesy TransForm. While Governor Jerry Brown continues to call for a third of the cap-and-trade funds to go to CA high-speed rail, Senate President ProTem [...]

  • Location, Location, Location: Contested Public Space Means Moving Watts School Could Deny Some Education

    Carlos Penate speaks to the crowd of INSPIRE students about what the school means to him at a rally yesterday. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog “They say they care about our safety, but they’re putting us in harm’s way!” It is a refrain I’ve heard several times over the last month from students of INSPIRE Research Academy, a state-subsidized [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    DJ Waldie On Being A Pedestrian in Los Angeles (KCET) Bicycling in LA Critiques L.A. Weekly’s Tone-Deaf Distracted Driving Piece – see also SBLA piece Metro Maintenance Workers Have A New Contract (LAT) Subway Fight: Beverly Hills School Dist Spent $3M In School Construction Funds (LA Register) Safe Routes CA Wants You To Sign On To Metro Short Range Plan [...]

  • California Legislation Watch: Weekly Update

    Here’s Streetsblog’s weekly highlight of legislation and events related to sustainable transportation moving through the legislative process in Sacramento. Bike Racks on Buses: A.B. 2707, Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), would allow transit agencies to install racks that can carry three bikes on the front of buses. Why does this require legislation? Current law limits the total [...]

  • Metro Raising Parking Rates for NoHo and Universal; Most Parking Still Free

    Parking lot at Metro’s Universal City Red Line Station. Most spaces remain free to the driver, but several hundred San Fernando Valley monthly permit spaces will see a rate increase this July. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A. As of July 1st 2014, Metro will raise monthly permit parking rates for two of its most popular and most [...]

  • SB 1183 Is No Longer a Bike Tax

    Senate Bill 1183, the bill from Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) which was originally proposed as a “bike tax,” is no longer a bike tax. This time the change is not just in the bill’s title – the bill, which originally proposed a sales tax on bicycles to create a stable source of funding to maintain bicycle facilities in regional parks, now [...]

  • Metro’s “Short Range Transportation Plan” Meetings Start Today

    Goodbye, articulated buses. Photo: Wikimedia Starting this evening and continuing during the next two weeks Metro is holding community meetings seeking input on its Draft 2014 Short Range Transportation Plan and the companion technical document. Metro describes the plan thusly: … a ten-year action plan that guides our programs and projects through 2024. It advances us towards the [...]

  • DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling

    The new 1st Street curb-protected bike lane takes shape. Photo: BeyondDC/Flickr Here’s a good sign that protected bike lanes are here to stay in American cities: Cities are increasingly trading plastic bollards for concrete curbs, making the lanes a more permanent feature of the landscape. As I reported for People for Bikes last year, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, New York and [...]

  • CA Sen. Steinberg Proposes New Spending Plan for Cap-and-Trade Revenue

    Senator Darrell Steinberg’s new proposed spending plan for CA cap-and-trade revenue. Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) announced a proposed plan to create a permanent spending strategy for cap-and-trade revenue [PDF] that prioritizes investments in affordable transit-oriented housing, transit expansion, and CA high-speed rail. Unlike the Governor’s plan for this year’s budget, Senate Bill 1156 also [...]

  • The Week in Livable Streets Events

    Schools are on their Spring Breaks, most Council meetings are in recess, so our schedule is a little on the light side. Wednesday – L.A. City’s Board of Public Works discusses mitigation measures for tree removal for construction of Metro’s Crenshaw line. A joint neighborhood council task force has been negotiating with Metro and the city [...]

  • California Legislation Watch: Weekly Update

    For social media coverage focused on statewide issues, follow Melanie @currymel on Twitter or like our Facebook page here. Here’s Streetsblog’s weekly highlight of legislation and events related to sustainable transportation at the California capitol. The big news out of Sacramento is that Caltrans endorsed the NACTO Urban Street Design Guidelines. S.B. 1183, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord): this is the [...]

  • EPW Big Four Announce Plan to Maintain Status Quo for the Next Transpo Bill

    Sen. Barbara Boxer, together with Sens. Carper, Vitter and Barrasso, announced their agreement to maintain the status quo with the next bill. Screenshot from press conference. Last year, while the House flailed in partisan misery, the Senate passed a transportation bill 74 to 22. When the bill was signed into law, it was considered one of [...]

  • Philadelphia Pedestrian Plaza Welcomed by 98% of Neighbors

    An overwhelming majority of neighborhood residents favor a plan to turn this Philadelphia street — at 23rd and South — into a pedestrian plaza. Photo: This Old City Inspired by New York City, Philadelphia has created its own pedestrian plaza program. Unfortunately, Philadelphia’s ambitions have so far been hindered by some pretty zealous restrictions, like one [...]

  • St. John’s New Health and Wellness Campus Promises Good Things for South L.A.

    St. John’s Well Child and Family Center celebrated the grand opening of a new Health and Wellness Campus across the street from its current facility at 58th and Hoover. The expanded facilities should serve as many as 30,000 new patients. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog “Is that yours?” a surprised 9-year old had asked me as I had [...]

  • Vision Zero or Zero Vision? L.A. Needs to Change the Way It Thinks About Safety

    Walk SF shows that with a Vision Zero philosophy, increase traffic volume can lead to fewer road fatalities. Cyclist John Philips was cycling in heavy traffic in the San Fernando Valley when he was hit from behind by an impatient driver. While the driver did try to run, heavy traffic allowed witnesses to photograph both him [...]

  • Good-bye #RoadBond, Hello #RoadandSidewalkTax

    Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander between meetings in D.C. last month. These two have worked tirelessly to find funding for road repair. Photo via CD 15/Office of Joe Buscaino Sustainable transportation advocates from all parts of the city have weighed in on a draft proposal to repair large parts of the city’s road and sidewalk [...]

  • Who Pays for “Free” Park-and-Ride Parking?

    Park-and-ride lots, writes Matt Steele at Streets.mn, are the “darling infrastructure of the transit planning profession.” In exchange for providing a parking spot at no charge to suburban commuters, says Steele, transit systems can increase ridership. Suburban Minneapolis park-and-riders don’t pay to park here, but their spots aren’t free. Photo: Streets.mn But “free” suburban parking isn’t such [...]

  • San Fernando Votes To Move Forward With Pacoima Wash Bikeway

    Salvador Valentin, of Bikesan@s del Valle collective, and his son Isaac testify in support of the Pacoima Wash Bikeway. The San Fernando City Council approved moving forward with pursuing state funding for the project. Last night, the city of San Fernando moved a step closer to constructing a new bike path along the Pacoima Wash. The [...]

  • “Our Fears Have Not Been Allayed”: The Limits of Regulatory Powers Over Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction Techniques

    Pastor Kelvin Sauls and members of Holman United Methodist Church place a Ban Fracking Now sticker on the full page ad Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas took out in the LA Sentinel in anticipation of the City Council vote. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog “Qué significa ‘fracking’ en español?” the woman wearing a “People Not Pozos” shirt and [...]

  • You Can’t Attract Walkable Retail Without Walkable Housing

    Some who want to live near amenities that come from having a lot of people living relatively close together, like cafes and small markets and shops, are also resistant to the type of development that makes walkable retail possible. There’s no interest in retail development in this area, after residents shot down a plan for high-density [...]

  • Vehicle Automation versus Connectivity, and What it Might Mean for Traffic

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s depiction of connected vehicles on a controlled-access highway. ed’s note: This week, we’re featuring a short series of articles from our board member Juan Matute on what he’s thinking about technology and transportation. I have the opportunity to be involved in a lot of interesting research as the Associate Director of the [...]

  • Caltrans on the Hot Seat: Assembly Looks at State, Local Planning Tensions

    It was the California State Assembly’s turn to review the recent State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) report on Caltrans at a Transportation Committee hearing Monday. Chair Bonnie Lowenthal addresses the Transportation Committee (find a video of the hearing here) The discussion played out along the same lines as the Senate Transportation Committee hearing last month, where Professor Joel [...]

  • Women’s Bicycling Forum Confronts Obstacles to Getting More Women Riding

    NOW President Terry O’Neill told the Women’s Forum that they need to put women — not bicycles — at the center of their analysis. Photo: Brian Palmer This year marks the third time a Women’s Bicycling Forum has preceded the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC, and, despite weather emergencies and an epidemic of flight cancellations, [...]

  • Will Obama and the GOP Align on Plan to Fund Transpo With Tax Reform?

    Today, both President Obama and Republican House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp unveiled plans to pay for transportation with corporate tax reform. Few details have emerged about exactly how Camp plans to do this, but Politico has heard from Capitol Hill staffers that it would push $100 billion to $125 billion to transportation over [...]

  • CA Legislation Watch: Bills Introduced That Could Impact Livable Streets

    The deadline to introduce new bills to the California legislature was Friday, so a slew of new legislation is currently being assigned to committees for hearing. Some of them are so-called “spot” bills, as in “hold a spot in line for me, bub,” containing a bare minimum of information, with the plan being to shape [...]

  • Second Time is Not a Charm: Community Still Vociferously Opposed to Plans for Lorena Plaza in Boyle Heights

    The proposed Lorena Plaza apartments would sit at the corner of 1st and Lorena, next to el Mercado de Los Angeles and across the street from the Everbrown, er, Evergreen Cemetery. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog What had ever happened to the plans to turn the space on the corner of Lorena and 1st St. into a fitness [...]

  • L.A. City Council Eliminates Sidewalk Repair Permit Fees

    Photo: Waltarr/Flickr Los Angeles took a very small step forward on the issue of sidewalk repair. Hopefully that metaphorical step forward doesn’t too closely resemble the very real steps L.A.’s pedestrians are taking on the city’s treacherous and lawsuit-ridden buckling sidewalks. Estimates place L.A.’s broken sidewalks at more than 4,600 miles. At its Tuesday meeting, the Los Angeles [...]

  • Five Ways Colleges Are Coaxing Students Out of Their Cars

    104 colleges and universities around the United States provide free or reduced-price transit service to students. Map: U.S. PIRG The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides bike valet at its football games. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports free transit for everyone in the region. The University of California, Irvine launched a bike-share system in [...]

  • Missouri Doubles Down on Highway Spending Despite Diminishing Returns

    States everywhere are feeling the squeeze in their transportation budgets. As gas taxes stagnate, they either have to raise revenue or cut spending. Missouri’s gross state product has been under-performing the national average, despite a whole lot of highway building. Image: nextSTL In Missouri, as lawmakers propose a state sales tax hike of 1 percent that would be [...]