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Mixer: Lane-splitting motorcyclists

Posted August 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t have to tell you how much time we spend in our cars here in Southern California. You’re probably reading this in your car right now.
I hope not.
Because it’s hard (and illegal) enough to take your eyes off the road to avoid crunching the guy in front of you. You also have to look left or right to make sure you don’t cause …

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Wildfires: The (long) season of living dangerously

Posted May 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A badly burned body has been found in a transient camp in Carlsbad – the first apparent death connected to a series of wildfires ranging in San Diego County. At least five fires continue to burn, with homes threatened and thousands of residents under mandatory evacuation orders. Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to spark brush fires in Escondido and investigators …

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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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

Posted December 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted November 20, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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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?

Posted April 11, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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’

Posted November 15, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
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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

Posted November 9, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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

Posted October 26, 2012 by | 16 Comments | ]
Muscle Cars by  dicktay2000 (Flickr)

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?

Posted October 10, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]

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?

Posted September 26, 2012 by | 22 Comments | ]
Google driverless car operating on a testing path.

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

Posted September 24, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]
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?

Posted September 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by LA Wad/CC via Flickr

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

Posted July 27, 2012 by | 7 Comments | ]
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

Posted July 2, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
A replica of Dean's car, parked right at the site

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?

Posted June 27, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
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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?

Posted June 15, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
By jmurawski via Flickr

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

Posted April 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

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?

Posted April 5, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]
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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

Posted March 16, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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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