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LA drivers wonder whether expanding the 405 was worth it

By Bill Holloway After years of construction headaches and a $1.6 billion investment, the Sepulveda Pass project, which expanded Interstate 405, the nation’s busiest highway, appears to have had a minimal impact on congestion. The project, which added carpool lanes, on- and off ramps, and three

California city loses lawsuit after death of bicyclist on road with substandard bike lanes and no lighting

By Robbie Webber In June 2012, Dr. Gerald Brett Weiss, a nationally known neurosurgeon, was killed when he was hit from behind while riding his bicycle in the community of Indian Wells, CA. In mid-November of this year his family won a $5.8 million judgment against Indian Wells, claiming that the

The psychology of public acceptance of gas tax increases

By Dan Handel Raising gas taxes is a perennial issue for states, and getting public acceptance is always front and center in the debate. Raising gas taxes serves the dual purpose of generating revenue for much-needed infrastructure maintenance, as well as incentivizing other modes of

Highway capacity won’t relieve congestion or lower emissions, studies conclude

By Eric Sunquist A commonly cited strategy to achieve lower emissions and energy use is highway capacity expansion intended to reduce delay. Such a strategy, which has justified many a CMAQ project, is straightforward and appealing to motorists who dislike traffic. But, as a new brief from

High-speed rail pushes on without federal funding

By Bill Holloway Xpress West, the high-speed rail developer that had been seeking federal loans and private investors to support its plan to build a high-speed rail line from Southern California to Las Vegas, has formed a partnership with China Railway International USA to move the project

CalTrans offers grant to study freeway conversion in Long Beach

By Chris McCahill Thanks to a quarter million dollar environmental justice grant from the California Department of Transportation, the City of Long Beach will now be able to study options for turning its Terminal Island Freeway into a local street, reclaiming 88 acres of land for a network of

California first state to regulate ridesharing

By Robbie Webber The popularity and use of ridesharing services and web sites, such as Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar, has risen as the near-ubiquity of smartphones and fast cell service has allowed passengers needing rides to quickly connect with drivers using their private cars to make a little extra

California moves to reform traffic mitigation process

By Eric Sundquist The California legislature last week passed a bill that will remove highway level-of-service and parking from traffic mitigation analyses. The bill applies to projects in many urban and suburban areas. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, SB 743. The bill also provides

The winding road to self-driving cars

By Bill Holloway This spring, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a policy statement on automated vehicles, which offers guidance for states that are considering authorizing tests of driverless vehicles. It outlines NHTSA’s research program and provides an overview of

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle credit program boosts Tesla Motors’ profit

By Chris Spahr Tesla Motors, Inc., the Palo Alto based electric vehicle maker, has taken full advantage of the credit system through California’s  Zero Emission Vehicle program to help post its first-ever profit at the start of this year. The ZEV program requires that automakers build a