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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

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Concerns about mud and rock slides are increasing as a second, more powerful storm drops heavy rain on Southern California. Residents of more than 1,000 homes in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa have been ordered to evacuate, and the CHP has shit down a 10-mile stretch of PCH north of Malibu. Forecasters say the storm that blew in last night could drop …

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Study says Expo Line is getting people out of cars

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If you build it, they will come. That’s the upshot of a new USC study that looks at the impacts of the new Metro Expo Line on commuter behavior. The study finds that since the light rail line connecting downtown L.A. and Culver City opened, people living within half-mile of a station tripled their Metro ridership and reduced their carbon emissions. Families in the …

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Tech and cars at the LA autoshow

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Saul Gonzalez headed to the L.A. autoshow, where he ran into Scott Frank and Keith Leung of Airbiquity, a company which makes data platforms connecting cars to the Cloud. Listen below, as they show off a system in a Nissan Rogue. Is it really safe to drive and tweet?

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Have the 110 Freeway toll lanes made driving any better?

Recent tolls on the 110 are slowing things down for some

Los Angeles launched an experiment of sorts when it turned carpool lanes into toll lanes on the 110 freeway late last year. The idea, of course, was to get everyone moving more quickly (and to make some money to improve the Harbor Freeway corridor). The data is in and it’s not exactly what drivers and planners wanted to see. Drivers in the toll lanes …

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Tesla: ‘About as American-made as it gets’

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This year’s Motor Trend Car of the Year Award goes for the first time to a Silicon Valley made car without an internal combustion engine. The choice was unanimous – Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S 4-door sedan. Warren Olney talks to Dan Neil, Auto Critic for the Wall Street Journal about the car. “I think the sheer novelty of the experience of the car behind the …

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Congestion pricing comes to Los Angeles

photo by sanspoof via Flickr/CC

Starting this weekend, solo drivers will be able to bypass traffic on a stretch of the Harbor (110) Freeway by paying to use 11 miles of carpool lanes.
Existing “HOV” lanes will be renamed as “HOT” – high-occupancy toll lanes – allowing single drivers to use the carpool lane for a fee, depending on the traffic.
The so-called High Occupancy Toll lanes will be L.A. County’s …

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California Propositions: Prop. 33

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If Proposition 33 sounds familiar, it should. The measure is almost identical to a statewide proposition that was narrowly defeated two years ago. And just as in 2010, the Yes campaign is funded almost entirely by George Joseph, the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance.
Joseph wants to give California drivers the right to retain “loyalty discounts” when they renew their auto insurance, even if …

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Can technology help your commute?

Traffic data provider Inrix recently looked at a wide range of traffic information and crunched the numbers to come up with the top 10 worst traffic cities, based on the time drivers spend idling in their cars.  Believe it or not, Honolulu tops the list, but LA is number two.  Even with Kajon’s help, Angelenos spend an average of 56 hours every year idling …

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Are you ready for the driverless car?

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Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday that will allow driverless cars onto California roads for testing.  The technology behind driverless cars is pretty much here, so why is it taking so long for the drivers to accept the idea? Will we have to give up autonomy and our love affair with the car?  Warren talked to the Wall Street Journal’s  Dan Neil about when we’ll actually …

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Time to get serious about Carmageddon 2

Photo by Clotee Pridgen Allochuk via Flickr.

L.A. knows a thing or two about making sequels. And this weekend one big one is coming to our freeways, Carmageddon 2. From 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning to Monday at 5:00 a.m. a ten-mile stretch of the 405 between the U.S. 101 and I-10 will be closed. That’s being done so workers can demolish one side of the Mulholland Bridge, which spans the 405.
Last …

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Is LA the next great mass-transit city?

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You may have heard, but the 405 freeway will be shutting down for a whole weekend later this month. Carmageddon II, as its being dubbed, will likely cause some horrific traffic jams.
But city and county leaders are hoping economic incentives will get people out of the Westside. Transportation officials are hoping drivers give up their cars and use their modes of transit for the …

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New late night service for Metro trains

Metro Red Line train entering Union Station.

Good news for night owls seeking after-midnight public transportation.
This weekend Metro starts late night service on its light rail and subway systems. Depending on the line, the last trains will depart their stations between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The move is supposed to give more transportation options to people in the wee hours. Previously, the rail lines stopped operating …

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Summer Road Trips: On the trail of James Dean

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In this edition of our KCRW Road Trip series, we mix classic California scenery and Hollywood history. More than 50 years ago, actor James Dean, who loved racing and fast cars, grabbed the keys to his Porsche 550 Spyder and was on his way to a race in Salinas.
The route took a speeding Dean through beautiful rural areas of California. It was Dean’s last …

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What’s your favorite road trip?

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KCRW has been looking for great road trips for series that will air all next week on KCRW 89.9 FM. We began by asking listeners for summer road trip suggestions on KCRW’s Facebook page. Below are some that caught our attention, but you can check them all out here. Then tune in all next week during morning edition to hear some road trips for …

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Can ridesharing be fun and profitable?

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We all know ridesharing is a good thing to do, right? It cuts down on traffic, reduces pollution and makes getting from Point A to Point B a more sociable experience. But then there’s the reality of finding rideshare partners and coordinating schedules. And what if you get stuck in the car with someone who’s a total creep?

There’s a new company called Zimride  that …

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All Aboard the Expo Line

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Westside commuters are getting their first chance to take rapid transit all the way downtown, but what about getting from home to the station and back and paying for parking? Also, LA County’s elected County Assessor denies doing favors for campaign contributors. We hear about investigations of possible bribery and campaign money laundering. And how about them Clippers? On our rebroadcast of today’s To …

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Updated: You know about the football field, but what about the traffic plan?

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A Los Angeles NFL team playing in a shiny new stadium is still years away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about traffic on game days.
Today, Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company behind the plan to build Farmers Field in downtown L.A,. comes out with its draft environmental impact report on the stadium project, a big part of which deals with …

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Marathon: Los Angeles in 26 miles and 385 yards

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Be you exercise freak or couch potato, remember that the Los Angeles Marathon is this Sunday. Runners will start at Dodger Stadium and end at the Santa Monica Pier. In between they’ll pass a gallery of local landmarks, from Los Angeles City Hall and the Cathedral of our Lady of Angels to the Capitol Records building and the Chauteau Marmont. You can see a …

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Traffic! The road to perdition

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We don’t usually do traffic reports here (Kajon Cermak has that covered), but this week is going to see epic freeway closures. There will be partial and complete lane closures on the 405 throughout the week.
In the southbound lanes, partial closures will begin this evening at 7:00 p.m. from the 101 south to Getty Center Drive. In addition, all southbound lanes will be closed …

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Mayor Villaraigosa on fighting LA traffic

In case you missed it, here’s Warren’s interview with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on last night’s “Which Way, L.A.?” He explains his 30/10 initiative – essentially an effort to accelerate 30 years of transit projects into 10 years. The mayor says the program is a “game changer,” and is critical for our roads and our nation. He also talks about attracting business to …

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