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Take Two Special: How SoCal transportation is transforming

Published February 4, 2016 at 8:36 AM PST
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Cars may dominate the roads in Southern California, but we look at how Angelenos are adapting to new forms of getting around. We talk transportation issues and policies, the history of L.A.'s freeways, the singing Amtrak conductor and the results of "The Great Race."  Union Station to Santa Monica Pier by car, by bike and by bus. Who will win? Plus: Colombia's leader meets with President Obama

It would take some major parking snarls in Santa Monica to slow down Sue Carpenter in her car. I also underestimated Jacob Margolis's powerful, powerful bike legs.
Cyclist Jacob Margolis narrowly beat out car driver Sue Carpenter by 5 minutes.
Herbie Huff, research associate at UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies gives us an overview of some of those key issues and some possible fixes.
The new Crenshaw/LAX metro could bring much-needed development to LA – and local residents are both hopeful and wary of the changes already underway.
LA Metro believes some people are turned off by mass transit for reasons other than time. It has a plan to encourage more people to "go Metro" even before they board.
Your phone will get reception in the downtown L.A. subway stops by the end of March. And certain LADOT buses will have free Wi-Fi by the end of 2016.
Electric car sales are on the decline, due to a lack of power options. Author Steve Levine explains how advances in battery life are changing the EV game.
Anthony Bryant runs the café car on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route. He's also the only employee in the country who uses the loudspeaker to sing to the entire train.
Los Angeles was actually a city built for the trolley, and plans for a smoothly integrated freeway system were doomed from the start.
KPCC transportation reporter Meghan McCarty tells more about what's up with L.A. parking now, and what lies ahead.
The Sepur Zarco trial is underway in Guatemala, more than three decades after a group of women say the were raped and enslaved by soldiers.
President Obama and Santos will commemorate 15 years of Plan Colombia, which has helped restore the Colombian economy and stem the flow of illegal drugs into the US.
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