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
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."