Air and Traffic Monitoring Reports
On the 101 freeway the LA Times reports that a slight improvement in traffic flow has been found since the opening of the Valley busway -- though most motorists may not feel the change.
Snip from the Times: The study of the freeway, conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley on behalf of The Times, determined that traffic through the south San Fernando Valley from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. has sped up about 7% — from an average 43 mph to 46 mph. And since the 14-mile busway opened Oct. 29, the amount of time that morning commuters waste being stuck in congestion — defined as traffic slower than 35 mph — has declined about 14%, the study found.As for the Harbor, the LA Times, Daily News, Daily Breeze, and Long Beach Press Telegram are all reporting that LA and Long Beach are joining sides to monitor air pollution in the harbor area.
Snip from the Daily Breeze: Setting aside their normally competitive ways, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will join forces to measure the air pollution emitted in and around the two harbors, officials said Thursday.Here's to better air in 2006!
The commissions that oversee the two ports are scheduled to vote next month on an agreement allowing the two agencies, which typically seek an edge over each other in maritime matters, to coordinate the collection of data particulate matter and other harbor emissions.