Today’s Headlines

Featured Headline: Transportation for America earned a lot of press across the country for its report on the state of America’s bridges (its pretty bad) and a call for the county to embrace a “Fix-It-First” philosophy in transportation funding.  Locally, T4A used the I-10 bridge spanning the L.A. River as a backdrop to hold its press conference because said bridge is one of the most heavily traveled structurally deficient bridges in the country.  The L.A. Times talked to a lot of state officials about the report, while My Fox L.A. notes that L.A. is trailing the rest of the country when it comes to bridge repair.  KPCC notes that the target for the presser was Congress, specifically Los Angeles’ important representatives in the US Senate, and LA Weekly just wants you to not drive under bridges.
  • Zev Sounds Like He’s Ready to Support Constellation Avenue Station (Zev Blog)
  • Bev. Hills Courier Slams MTA and Tunnel Report, Throws BH Mayor Under the Bus
  • Full Seismic Studies Available Online (The Source)
  • City Seeks Federal Funds for River Bike Path (KCET)
  • Parking on Apron O.K. if You Stay Off the Sidewalk (Eastsider)
  • New Commuter Express Buses Have Triple Bike Racks (LADOT Bike Blog)
  • 17 Community Groups Sue Rail/Bus Yard Over Air Pollution (LAT)
  • Ignore the Diversion: Focus on Constellation v Santa Monica, UCLA Subway Stop Fine (City Watch)
  • Expo Schedules Phase II Design Meetings (The Source)
  • The Headline Writer at Curbed Has Game (Curbed)
  • California Becomes First State to Embrace Cap and Trade Program (LAT)
  • Running Across the Street Is a Symbol of Surrender to Autocentricity (Transportationist)
  • Gas Prices Up in SoCal Every Day for Two Weeks (Daily News)
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