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L.A. Transit Projects Could get a Boost Under New Obama Rule
The Obama Administration this week made changes to how applications to the federal government's major transportation grant program, New Starts, will be evaluated. For Los Angeles, this could be a game changing move.
On Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that a 2005 Bush-era rule prioritizing "'cost-effectiveness' above all other criteria used to determine whether a local transit project can receive federal funds," explained Streetsblog LA. "Cost remains a factor in the 'New Starts' process, but is no longer given more weight than factors such as congestion relief."
Additionally, federal officials seek to add environmental and economic benefits as factors considered in an application. However, this change will not take effect immediately.
“We strongly believe that new transit systems are the most powerful land use and planning tool available to our communities," wrote L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas last year in a letter to Barbara Boxer urging for the change. “Alignment of future transit corridors should give heavy consideration to the ability of these lines to concentrate new private and public investments and economic regeneration activities into districts that have historically been subject to neglect."
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.