Transportation

When you hear the word Porsche, the phrase that comes to mind may not be ‘eco-friendly’.  But the German high performance sports car company has just released their first…

from Design and Architecture

A housing program that’s been called one of LA’s biggest successes is under attack.

from Greater LA

Lyft has been hit with seven sexual assault lawsuits just this month. Four of the women allege that their driver raped them.

As women sue Lyft over alleged sexual assault, how safe is it to hail a ride?

Lyft has been hit with seven sexual assault lawsuits just this month. Four of the women allege that their driver raped them.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California is one of the few states that does not require school systems to provide buses for all kids to get to campuses. Thus, California is near the bottom in per-pupil bus riders.

Where did LA's school buses go?

California is one of the few states that does not require school systems to provide buses for all kids to get to campuses. Thus, California is near the bottom in per-pupil bus riders.

from Greater LA

Evidence shows    that freeway expansions don’t relieve congestion.

Why keep building freeways if they're not reducing congestion?

Evidence shows that freeway expansions don’t relieve congestion.

from Greater LA

Ricardo Abrines has dreamed of a monorail flying high above the 405 -- through the Sepulveda pass -- ever since he moved to Los Angeles.

LA’s solution to its 405 freeway problem

Ricardo Abrines has dreamed of a monorail flying high above the 405 -- through the Sepulveda pass -- ever since he moved to Los Angeles.

from Greater LA

California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry.   

After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. 

Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. 

Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations.  He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors  in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all.  He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics.

Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s.  She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom.  

She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

California v. Trump on auto emissions

California’s relentless clean-air enforcer, Mary Nichols, has divided the automobile industry. After weeks of secret negotiations, the Chair of the State’s Air Resources Board has announced that Ford, Honda VW and BMW of America won’t go along with President Trump’s rollback of Barack Obama’s fuel-economy standards. Nichols claims it’s an “olive branch,” giving car makers the “flexibility” to clean up the air at the same time they continue to market vehicles that make the most money. Brady Dennis of the Washington Post calls it a “big deal,” even if Toyota, GM and 11 other companies revert to Trump’s new federal standards--at least for the moment. Alan Baum is a consultant for both the industry and environmental organizations. He says the four who made the deal with California have a slight lead on their competitors in developing the technology of the future, with China currently far ahead of them all. He says the western car makers are doing a poor job of educating consumers about the benefits of hybrids and electrics. Nichols’s history with the Air Resources Board goes back to the 1970’s. She was named Chair by Republican Governor Arnold Schwartenegger and reappointed by Democrats Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom. She made an international name for herself for years ago when she blew the whistle on Volkswagen for faking emissions tests on the diesel cars it sold for decades all over the world.

from To the Point

Metro LA plans to run a new bus line on a dedicated lane that would connect North Hollywood to Pasadena by way of Burbank, Glendale, and Eagle Rock.

Should Metro get rid of a car lane to make way for a dedicated bus lane?

Metro LA plans to run a new bus line on a dedicated lane that would connect North Hollywood to Pasadena by way of Burbank, Glendale, and Eagle Rock.

from Greater LA

Every time Cynde Soto leaves her home in Long Beach, and commutes to work in downtown Los Angeles, she takes a big risk.   
  “It is like falling off a cliff… that is how it feels to…

Why can’t LA fix its broken sidewalks?

Every time Cynde Soto leaves her home in Long Beach, and commutes to work in downtown Los Angeles, she takes a big risk.  “It is like falling off a cliff… that is how it feels to…

from Greater LA

The California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision created a new test for what kind of work qualifies someone as an employee in the state.

Will Uber and Lyft be able to exempt drivers from full employment protections?

The California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision created a new test for what kind of work qualifies someone as an employee in the state.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California’s gas tax increased by 5.6 cents a gallon, which is part of an incremental increase of the tax that voters approved a few years back.

Another increase today: Gas tax

California’s gas tax increased by 5.6 cents a gallon, which is part of an incremental increase of the tax that voters approved a few years back.

from Greater LA

About 25% of LA Metro's bus lines are being used, despite a big push to expand public transit across LA County, according to an    LA Times report    today.

B: Scooter traffic jam: With so many different scooters on LA's sidewalks, it's become confusing and hazardous

About 25% of LA Metro's bus lines are being used, despite a big push to expand public transit across LA County, according to an LA Times report today.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Metro temporarily shut down two Downtown LA stations on its popular Expo Line train to Santa Monica. Those closures started last weekend and will last a few months.

LA Metro wants buses to move faster, thanks to dedicated bus lanes

Metro temporarily shut down two Downtown LA stations on its popular Expo Line train to Santa Monica. Those closures started last weekend and will last a few months.

from Greater LA

Uber has “disrupted” taxi cabs, e-scooters and bikes. Now the company’s airborne division, Uber Elevate, wants to add a ride-hailing service in the sky, called Uber Air.

Skyports unveiled for Uber’s flying cars

Uber has “disrupted” taxi cabs, e-scooters and bikes. Now the company’s airborne division, Uber Elevate, wants to add a ride-hailing service in the sky, called Uber Air.

from Design and Architecture

It looks like a big, white flying saucer that landed on its four legs, and if you’ve taken off or touched down at LAX in the past 50 years, chances are you’ve noticed it.

What would you like to see go inside LAX’s Theme Building?

It looks like a big, white flying saucer that landed on its four legs, and if you’ve taken off or touched down at LAX in the past 50 years, chances are you’ve noticed it.

from Greater LA

Santa Monica is home to the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County.

Is a park the best future use of Santa Monica Airport?

Santa Monica is home to the oldest operating airport in Los Angeles County.

from Design and Architecture

The thousands of migrants who come into the U.S. every day through the Southwest borders are trying to get to their families. That’s where buses come in.

Greyhound struggles with a surge in migrant ridership

The thousands of migrants who come into the U.S. every day through the Southwest borders are trying to get to their families. That’s where buses come in.

from Greater LA

When Governor Jerry Brown pushed for high speed rail to connect LA and San Francisco, Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk said he could create a cheaper and faster alternative: the…

Meet the LA-based companies developing the Hyperloop

When Governor Jerry Brown pushed for high speed rail to connect LA and San Francisco, Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk said he could create a cheaper and faster alternative: the…

from Greater LA

Uber had told investors to be prepared for it to lose even more than that; its first earnings report as a public company came in on the better end of Uber's projected range.

Uber lost $1 Billion in 1st quarter, hopes profit-slashing price cuts ease up soon

Uber had told investors to be prepared for it to lose even more than that; its first earnings report as a public company came in on the better end of Uber's projected range.

from NPR

Cars are being built and sold as quickly as they’re getting shredded, so what will future vehicles look like, and how will they adapt to a changing world?

Is LA ready for the car of the future?

Cars are being built and sold as quickly as they’re getting shredded, so what will future vehicles look like, and how will they adapt to a changing world?

from Greater LA