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  • Eyes on the Street: DIY Maintenance On Lincoln Blvd Under Culver Bridge

    Editor’s note: The Department of Do-It-Yourself works in strange and mysterious ways. Today we run a guest post by cyclist Eric Weinstein who may or may not have been part of Dept. of DIY’s westside cycling division’s Lincoln Boulevard sand removal effort last week. Lincoln Boulevard underneath the Culver Boulevard Bridge. Photo by Eric Weinstein You’ll probably tenance-on-lincoln-blvd-under-culver-bridge/>[...]

  • 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/>[...]

  • CA Coalition Calls for More Funding, Staffing for Active Transportation

    Increasing funding for the Active Transportation Program could get more people to walk and bike, especially for short trips. Photo of Sunday Streets in Berkeley, by Melanie Curry/Streetsblog. A coalition of advocacy groups released a petition yesterday calling for California to increase funding for active transportation to help the state meet its climate goals. The petition calls [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    Smithsonian Interviews James Rojas on Latino Urbanism DTLA Transpo: Garcetti Says Building For More Cars A “Failed Philosophy” (Downtown News) Oxnard Metrolink Crash Injures 30: Truck Driver Had Previous DUI (LAT) Driver Apparently Abandoned Truck On Tracks and Left (KPCC) Truck Driver Charged With Felony Hit-and-Run (KPCC) Crash-Resistant Train Cars Reduced Severity Of Damage To People (Pasadena Star News, LAT) Actual Fatalities [...]

  • People St Opens First Project with Plaza in North Hollywood

    Councilmember Paul Krekorian speaks at the People St opening in North Hollywood. Photo: LADOT People St/Twitter What was once an empty alley near the busy intersection of Magnolia and Lankershim Boulevards in the heart of the North Hollywood Arts District is now a public plaza with tables, chairs, green polka dots on the pavement, and sun [...]

  • News Bits From Metro Board February Committee Meetings

    Metro’s FY2015-16 budget is expected to exceed $2 billion in capital expenditures for the first time ever. Graph from Metro [PDF]The Metro board of directors will meet next week, Thursday February 26. This week, the agency hosted its regular series of board committee meetings, where most of the negotiations occur. Here are eight things gleaned [...]

  • Americans Are Driving Less, But Road Expansion Is Accelerating

    Starting around 2005, driving leveled off, but transportation agencies continued to expand roads. Click to enlarge. Chart: FHWA Americans drive fewer miles today than in 2005, but since that time the nation has built 317,000 lane-miles of new roads — or about 40,000 miles per year. Maybe that helps explain why America’s infrastructure is falling apart. The new [...]

  • New Report Tells CA How to Get More Bang for its Transportation Bucks

    This report from the University of California’s Climate Change and Business Research Initiative tells California how to put its money where its mouth is. A new report [PDF] offers suggestions for ways that California could better spend the roughly $28 billion it invests in transportation every year, both to be more cost-effective and to better align [...]

  • Despite Problems, Boston’s MBTA Should Continue to Expand

    2nd inbound orange line track to Boston isn’t even cleared of snow between Oak Grove & Malden! #MBTApocalypse #MBTA — Cory Thomas (@coryt3) February 11, 2015 Cross posted from the Frontier Group. As you may have heard, we’ve been experiencing a few public transportation problems here in Boston of late. Record-smashing snowfall, coupled with extreme cold temperatures and some [...]

  • Today’s Headlines

    Eyes on the Street: the polka dots have returned to Sunset Triangle Plaza. See earlier People St plazas article for more information. Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A. Study: 48% Of US Roads Don’t Raise Enough Maintenance Revenue (Better Institutions) 5 of CA’s Worst Freeway Bottlenecks in So Cal (LAT) L.A.’s Small Lot Ordinance Gets Mixed Results in Silver [...]

  • More Money Won’t Fix U.S. Infrastructure If We Don’t Change How It’s Spent

    Milwaukee’s Marquette Interchange is a beast that cost $810 million to build. If this is how state DOTs spend their money, existing infrastructure will continue to crumble. Photo: HNTB “America’s infrastructure is slowly falling apart” went the headline of a recent Vice Magazine story that epitomizes a certain line of thinking about how to fix the nation’s “infrastructure [...]

  • Obama’s New Transportation Budget: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    With federal transportation funding on track to run dry by May 31, Washington lawmakers are gearing up again to reset national transportation policy. Or, if that doesn’t work out, to limp along indefinitely under the status quo. Unlike the U.S., China is opening high-capacity transit lines left and right. Photo of Beijing metro: Xinhua Today, President Obama [...]

  • Move L.A.’s South L.A. Forum Asks if Transit Can Deliver Shared Prosperity

    A man takes shelter in the shade of a telephone pole at a bus stop on Figueroa Ave., just north of 85th St. in South L.A., on a hot summer day. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A. Riding my bike the 15 miles between my apartment and a Move L.A. forum on the future of transit at Southwest College [...]

  • Why a Broke State DOT Could Be Great for Missouri

    Maybe a broke MoDOT will bring costs back down to earth by not building projects like these expensive flyovers. Image: NextSTL In August, Missouri voters roundly defeated a sales tax increase supported by road building interests that would have dramatically boosted funding for the state DOT. During the run-up to the election, state leaders laid it [...]

  • Are You Supposed to be Here?: Officer Harasses Black Cyclists during MLK Day Parade

    Members of the Black Kids on Bikes and their supporters gather for a photo during the MLK Day Parade along King Blvd. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A. “Are you supposed to be in the parade?” Arms outstretched to halt the glacially-paced forward movement of the group, the LAPD officer stepped in front of long-time South L.A. Real Ryda and [...]

  • 2015 CA State Budget: for Transportation, More of the Same

    California Governor Jerry Brown explains the need for fiscal restraint as he presents the preliminary 2015 state budget Governor Jerry Brown released his preliminary budget proposal [PDF] today in Sacramento, missing the opportunity to articulate the connection between spending on roads and meeting the climate change goals he proposed Monday in his inaugural speech. The draft budget holds [...]

  • Metro Regional Bike Share Expected To Open In Downtown L.A. In 2016

    Metro is about to receive bids for its bike share system anticipated to arrive in Downtown Los Angeles in early 2016. Photo of NYC Citibike bike share by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A. Metro is moving forward with its regional bike share system, expected to debut in downtown Los Angeles in about a year. Metro released its bike share [...]

  • A Changing South Park Plans for “Livable Alleys”

    Unless otherwise noted, all images are from Green Alleys South Park Visioning Report prepared for the South Park Business Improvement District Through cinematic distortion, alleys are seen as hubs where criminals engage in drug dealing, whacking, and even murder. In reality, most city alleys are wasted, often unkempt spaces cluttered with toilets and mattresses due to illegal [...]

  • Streetsie 2014: Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy

    Streetsies 2014: Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy Finish the Ride (46%, 671 Votes) Tafarai Bayne (42%, 612 Votes) Cynthia Rose (10%, 142 Votes) Danny Gamboa (2%, 31 Votes) Leimert Park 20/20 Vision Initiative Group (0%, 19 Votes) Total Voters: 1,461  Loading ... And we’ve saved the best for last…the hardest Streetsie to narrow down the nominees. The hardest Streetsie to vote. Voting [...]

  • 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 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 [...]