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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/>[...]

  • With 2024 Transit Connection, LAX Hedges Bets, Expects Travelers Will Park

    LAX’s planned people-mover (dark blue line) will connect with Metro’s under-construction Crenshaw light rail line (vertical red line, on right). The project includes two “intermodal transportation centers” (blue polygons, in middle and right) which means car parking. Image from LAWA Handout [PDF]“We have to deal with reality,” L.A. World Airports (LAWA) Chief of Planning Christopher [...]

  • Officials Celebrate BART’s Shiny, Costly New Oakland Airport Connector

    BART’s new Oakland Airport Connector at Coliseum Station. Photos: Melanie Curry The ribbon was cut Friday on BART’s new $484 million Oakland Airport Connector, with a ceremony complete with the requisite speeches, live music, and even a raffle. Free rides were given to everyone who came. The new cable-propelled system is elegant, clean, quiet, and relatively quick. But it’s also [...]

  • Friday Job Market

    Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers. Looking for a job? Here are the current listings: Associate Director, Progressive Transportation Services, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC Plans, directs and manages program operations of [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    ICYMI Late SBLA Posts Yesterday: Exide Agrees to Limited Lead Testing, County Looks Toward Lawsuit Planning Commission Hears Mobility Plan, Won’t Decide Before April 2015 L.A. City Mobility Plan Update and Amendments Document (LA2B) Infographic: How Glendale Residents Commute to Work (Glendale News Press) How Damien Newton Founded SBLA (John Hopkins U) San Diego Planning Goes from Conservative to Experimental (CityLab) We [...]

  • The Idea That Families Don’t Belong in the City Is Antiquated and Harmful

    The notion of cities as playgrounds for the young and unattached remains a pretty pervasive concept. Why do so many people think city living has an expiration date? Photo: Wikipedia The blogger at Family Friendly Cities has encountered it plenty. A young parent, he says that in his circles, the social stigma against raising children in the city remains [...]

  • Speaking with Steven Cliff, Caltrans’ New Sustainability Director

    Steven Cliff, Caltrans’ first Assistant Director of Sustainability. Photo: Caltrans As part of its ongoing work to expand its focus beyond just highways, California’s Department of Transportation, better known as Caltrans, recently created a new position — the Assistant Director of Sustainability. Steven Cliff, the new hire, will oversee the integration of one of the department’s [...]

  • Ten Reasons L.A.’s Mobility Plan Needs to End Road Widening

    The Department of City Planning thinks that Beverly Boulevard needs to be 32 feet wider. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A. The City of Los Angeles is updating its primary transportation plan, something it hasn’t done since 1999. The new Mobility Plan 2035, authored by the City Planning Department (DCP), will be before the city’s Planning Commission tomorrow. There is [...]

  • The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

    This is the first post in a three-part series on the Indiana Toll Road and the use of private finance to build and maintain highways.  Who owns the Indiana Toll Road? Well, as of the bankruptcy filing in September, Macquarie Atlas Roads Limited (MQA Australia), which is joined at the hip to Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited [...]

  • Will Second-Ring Suburbs Choose Evolution or Decline?

    Second-ring suburbs are at a crossroads, says Nathaniel Hood at Streets.mn. These aren’t streetcar suburbs, but those that came after, where every home had a garage, the product of an era when driving was considered a symbol of American prosperity. Residents of Minnetonka recently rejected this concept for an area of town that is dominated by parking lots. Image: [...]

  • CA Local Ballot Measure Results: Transportation and Land Use Propositions

    The elections are over, we can take the signs down now. Photo: Melanie Curry/Streetsblog Below are the “semi-official” results from local voter registrars after last night’s count. Vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted, and with the low voter turnout (29.9 percent statewide), this means in some places a third or more of the ballots have not [...]

  • The Stakes Are High for Smart Transpo Policy in These 6 Races for Governor

    Today, voters go to the polls to exercise their constitutional right to self-government — if their state hasn’t disenfranchised them with onerous voter ID laws, that is, and if they can get motivated to turn out for a mid-term election. In 27 states, voters are choosing a governor. These elections are perhaps the most important [...]

  • CA Voters Vote on a Swath of Transportation Measures Today

    Supporters of Alameda County’s Measure BB, including labor and youth leaders, gathered recently in Oakland, California. Photo: Melanie Curry/Streetsblog While you’re standing in line waiting for your turn to vote, be glad that you don’t have to weigh in on every fiscal measure on the ballot. According to the California Taxpayer’s Association, Californians will vote today on [...]

  • New Chamber of Commerce Excited About Great Streets on Venice Blvd.

    Mike Bonin hops on the Venice Rapid for his morning commute. This uncharacteristically damp morning isn’t the best background, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before Venice can truly be considered a Great Street. Photo: Damien Newton Mike Bonin is not someone who is known for thinking small. “There’s a universe of opportunities,” [...]

  • Leimert Park People St. Plaza Set for Soft Opening at December CicLAvia

    The People St. Plaza plan for 43rd Pl in Leimert Park and the Sankofa symbol — one of many designs that stakeholders hope to use to fill the polka dots that will grace the plaza. The Metro station for the Crenshaw Line will be just a few hundred feet away. Plaza design: Kendall Planning + [...]

  • Motion to Move Forward on Rail-to-River Bikeway Project up for Vote Thursday

    The ROW which would form part of the Western Segment of the proposed Rail-to-River bikeway. Photo taken at Crenshaw, looking east. Sahra Sulaiman/StreetsblogLA In a motion before the Metro Executive Management Committee last Thursday morning, County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Mark Ridley-Thomas cited the successful “transformation of unused or abandoned rail right-of-ways into pedestrian access [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    How To Get People To Ride Metro? Endless Craters of Free Parking (LAT) Bike the Vote Posts 2014 Ballot Recommendations (BtV Tumblr) More on Kinkisharyo Palmdale Rail Car Manufacturing Plant Shuttering: Blame Organized Labor For Killing Jobs 1 (LAT) Blame Organized Labor For Killing Jobs 2 (LAT) Blame Organized Labor and CEQA For Killing Jobs (KPCC) KCET Interviews Lewis MacAdams Poet [...]

  • Eyes on the Street, er, Rails: Foothill Gold Line Extension Tracks Complete

    Celebrating the final e-clip on the Metro Foothill Gold Line Extension tracks. Left to right: Doug Tessitor (Glendora), Sam Pedroza (Claremont), John Fasana (Duarte and Metro), Elias Avila (Gold Line construction crew), Habib Balian (Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority), and Andy Peplow (Kiewit Infrastructure.) Photo via The Source Last Saturday, Foothill communities celebrated a Track Completion [...]

  • What’s Your City’s Ratio of Places to Non-Places?

     Andrew Price used a sunburn map to highlight the places (blue) and “non-places” (red) in downtown Phoenix. Image: Strong Towns Here’s a really interesting way to look at cities. Andrew Price at Strong Towns has developed a graphically compelling way to break down developed areas into what he calls “places” and “non-places.” He explains: Places are for people. Places are [...]

  • Conquering the Unbearable Whiteness of Bike Advocacy: An Equity How-To

    In Los Angeles, Multicultural Communities for Mobility helped Latino residents learn both bike mechanics and bike advocacy. A PSA campaign heightened the visibility of cyclists of color within their own community. Photo: Multicultural Communities for Mobility Many bicycle advocacy groups find themselves in a sticky position today: They’re increasingly aware that their membership doesn’t reflect the [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    Union Pressure Scraps Kinkisharyo Planned Palmdale Metro Rail Car Plant (SFV Business Journal) Editorial: Unhappy About Aps Auctioning Underpriced On-Street Parking (LAT) Editorial Cartoon: Glendale Unhappy With People Saving Parking Spots (GNP) Arts District Residents Unhappy About New Metro Maintenance Yard Along River (KCET) Editorial: Unhappy About LAPD False Patrol Reporting (LAT) Editorial: Unhappy About Boneheaded Decision to Name Metro [...]

  • Got Transit Troubles? The Problem Could Be the Chain of Command

    Boston’s MBTA consolidates the entire region’s transit network, but that hasn’t spared it from grave funding challenges. Photo: Eno If you still have to juggle multiple farecards for the various transit systems in your area — or if urgent maintenance issues in the city core are going unattended while the suburbs get a shiny new station [...]

  • Thoughts at a Workshop On Replacing CA’s Gas Tax With a Mileage Fee

    In 2017, California plans to pilot a new mileage-based Road User Charge designed to potentially replace the current state gas tax. Photo Wikimedia Earlier this week, I attended a California Sustainable Transportation Funding Workshop, hosted by Caltrans, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the California Transportation Commission (CTC), and the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA). The [...]

  • How the Lure of “Free Money” Leads to Highway Boondoggles

    Northeast Ohio has lost 7 percent of its population since the 1970s, but has continued to steadily add highway miles. Chart: NEOSCC Why do transportation agencies spend so much money building new highways while letting their existing roads and bridges fall apart? Jason Segedy, the head of Akron’s metropolitan planning agency (AMATS), shared a few thoughts on [...]

  • Peak Sprawl? The Fringes of the New York Region Are Shrinking

    While the urban core shrank and the fringes grew between 1950 and 1980, the inverse has been true since 2010, with urban counties growing fastest, and counties on the edge of the region losing population. Image: Rutgers University A new report out of Rutgers University [PDF] reveals that since 2010, the fringes of the New York [...]

  • 25 Things to See at This Sunday’s “Heart of Los Angeles” CicLAvia

    This Sunday’s CicLAvia route includes some of the same neighborhoods as past events in central Los Angeles, but it’s actually a very different route. Only a wiggle through Boyle Heights and the downtown Arts District remain from central CicLAvia route that debuted in 2010. There are lots of great sights to see along this new [...]

  • Governor Brown Signs Protected Bike Lane Bill, Car Fee for Bike Paths

    Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills on Saturday that will make it easier for California cities to build better bike infrastructure. The governor approved Assembly Bill 1193, which means protected bike lanes, or cycletracks, will become an official part of Caltrans’ guidelines on bike infrastructure. Brown also signed Senate Bill 1183, which will allow local governments to [...]

  • Orange County Toll Road Agency Courts Bankruptcy With Highway Addition

    California 241 needs an extension so more people can not use it. Photo: Transportation Corridor Agencies via U.S. PIRG and Frontier Group Today, U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group released a new report, “Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future.” In it, they examine 11 of the most wasteful, least justifiable road projects underway in [...]

  • Guest Editorial: Urban Change in L.A. – Too Little, Too Slow

    Should L.A.’s future look more like the 110 Freeway… Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A. There are many suggestions how to ‘fix’ L.A., but we still fail to connect the financial troubles of our city with its physical shape. Our sprawling urban landscape has a structural land use imbalance that is a major cause for our financial problems; [...]

  • The Link Between Northeast Ohio’s Flooding and Its Sprawl

    As Cuyahoga County has sprawled since 1948, with roughly the same population now covering nearly four times the land area, it’s become more susceptible to flooding. Map: Cuyahoga County Planning Commission via Tim Kovach After a string of major flooding events, residents of Northeast Ohio are looking for someone to blame, reports Tim Kovach. Are local governments [...]

  • Wisconsin’s Highway Spending Mania Makes Less Sense Every Day

    Road expansion projects in Wisconsin are gobbling up money that could be spent to repair what already exists and improve transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure. Wisconsin isn’t known as a state that makes smart use of transportation dollars, whether it’s Scott Walker rejecting federal funds for high-speed rail service, denying funds for what would have been [...]

  • New Parking in Seattle Comes With a Side of Mixed-Use Development

    This new mixed-use development by a light rail station in Seattle will have 505 housing units and 523 parking spaces. Image: The Urbanist Part of the promise of Seattle’s Link light rail was its potential to create walkable places in the sprawling Rainier Valley. And that’s starting to happen, locals report, but developers are getting some [...]

  • City Nears Purchase of Key Parcel for L.A. River Revitalization

    Map of the 41-acre Taylor Yard parcel G2, which the city of Los Angeles is purchasing to restore and revitalize the adjacent Los Angeles River. Image from City of Los Angeles MND notice. [PDF]A big property acquisition is underway that will set the stage for planned large-scale revitalization of the Los Angeles River. The City of [...]

  • It’s Time to Rethink Old Stereotypes About Renters

    Homeownership rates in Philadelphia aren’t as high as they used to be, and that’s not a bad thing. Map: Pew via Plan Philly. Click to enlarge For a long time, renters have been thought of as a destabilizing force in urban areas. Federal housing policy encourages people to make the jump to homeownership in part because [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    KPCC Interviews LADOT DTLA Ped & Parklet Prestidigitator Valerie Watson Just Density Without Intensity? Warner Center Plan (LAT) 405 Freeway Toll Lane Politicking In Costa Mesa (LAT) Rapper Gives Metro, Expo Line Thumbs Up (LA Weekly) More on Port’s Electric Truck Catenary Pilot (LA Register) LongBeachize Profiles Mom-and-Pop West River Cycles Shop Kidical Mass, Tour da Arts, and Big Blue Bus [...]

  • Fun and Food in Boyle Heights and South L.A. this Weekend

    Riders at the first Clitoral Mass event in 2012. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog LA If you like to get out and about on the weekends, there are some really great events you might want to plug into. SATURDAY afternoon, women and those who identify as women are invited to join the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles on their third annual Clitoral Mass [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    The Source Tells All About Metro’s September 15th Fare Increases 210 Fwy Truck Loses Control, Smashes 3 Cars, Minor Damage to Gold Line Construction (LAT) Amtrak, Chris Burdens’ Metropolis, and California’s HSR Future (City Lab) Should High Speed Rail Tunnel Under Santa Clarita? (CA HSR Blog) LA Magazine Interviews LACBC Director Jennifer Klausner More on Riverside-Figueroa Bridge Demolition, New Bridge [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    Electric Catenary Highway System Trial Coming to L.A. Port (DN) Let’s Go L.A. Looks At Comparable Cost Numbers for Possible 405 Tunnel Strategic Growth Council Funding Workshops This Week (SRTS) Krista Carlson Profiles Cycling Advocate Daniela Saramina (KCET) DTLA Recreation: Giant Slip-&-Slide (Curbed), More Grand Park (Downtown News) Study: How CA Could Be Powered By Clean Energy (KCET) Carnage: Killer 60 [...]

  • Midwest Rail Advocates Take the Fight to Scott Walker

    Rail advocates place this billboard along the corridor where Governor Scott Walker rejected a high-speed rail line. Photo: Environmental Law and Policy Center via The Political Environment In November, voters in 36 states will head to the polls to choose governors. Among the state leaders up for reelection is Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, who faces a strong [...]

  • Report: Urban River Parkways a Cure for Many Ills

    A new report concludes that urban river parkways, like this Los Angeles River bike path, offer significant health benefits. Joe Linton/Streetsblog LA A new report from UCLA’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health sets out to make the connection between bikeways and walking paths along urban rivers and the health costs of physical inactivity in our [...]

  • In Dallas, You Can Get a “Sustainability” Grant to Widen a Road

    Want to widen a road in the Dallas region? You can get “Sustainable Development Funds.” Want to extend a transit line? No such luck. Image: North Central Texas Council of Governments Some folks on Twitter have been having a laugh about these PowerPoint slides from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. But it’s more sad than [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    Councilmember Huizar Moves To Keep Sidewalks Open During Construction (LAT) WeHo Developer Proposal: Low Income Residents Can See But Not Use Pool (WeHoVille) Tractor Trailer Kills DTLA Cyclist (Biking in LA, LAT) #LAgetsthere Collaborative Launching (SRTS) The Planning Report Interviews Metro Finance Chief David Yale Aerial Photos of the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge Demolition (Eastsider) A Green Vision For A New Glendale Hyperion Bridge [...]

  • Talking Headways Podcast: Poor Door Von Spreckelsen

    In this week’s podcast, Jeff and I take on the infamous New York City “poor door,” designed to keep tenants of affordable units segregated from the wealthy residents that occupy the rest of the high-rise at 40 Riverside. In the process, we take on the assumptions and methods that cities use to provide housing, and [...]

  • 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 [...]