FROM Douglas Failing
'Carmageddon' Didn't Happen, Should We Do This More Often? Maybe drivers in the capital of the car culture really do hate traffic after all. Threatened with " Carmageddon " this weekend, massive numbers stayed off the road. While they were gone, half the Mullholland Drive bridge was taken down --17 hours ahead of schedule--by a contractor who knew what it was doing. After all, Kiewit built the bridge in the first place.
LA Prepares for the Mother of All Traffic Jams "Short-term pain means long-term gain." That's what METRO says about its four-year, $1 billion addition of a carpool lane to the San Diego Freeway from the 10 on the Westside to the 101 in the San Fernando Valley. But two weekends may cause more pain than the rest of the project put together. During the first, from midnight Friday, July 15 until 5am the following Monday, the 405 will be shut down in both directions through the Sepulveda Pass.
Congestion Pricing Experiment on LA Freeways Los Angeles will soon become the latest city to experiment with " congestion pricing ," a system by which commuters on two local freeways would be able to buy their way out of traffic and into the carpool lane. Will that help clear our overcrowded roads? Douglas Failing is District Director for Caltrans, covering Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
Big-Rig Crash in the Newhall Pass Three people were killed in Friday night’s crash in the Newhall Pass tunnel and ten others were injured. But with thirty-one vehicles involved altogether, the California Highway Patrol says at least nine people are still unaccounted for. Apparently, they escaped, but they haven’t contacted authorities. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.