Here are today’s headlines courtesy of the Metro library, the same folks who will not stop until everything — and I mean everything — is a series of 1s and 0s.
A few stories caught my eye this morning.
Amtrak is going to put free wi-fi on its Acela trains as a way to compete with airlines running shuttle flights in the Northeast. Obviously that’s great news for passengers and I can’t wait for the day that starts happening on bus and rail lines commuters use. My iPhone — operating on AT&T’s Edge network — does okay on the Gold Line but there’s clearly need for more speed. It’s simply wrong that I should have to wait more than a minute to read what Bruce Springsteen played at his most recent show. Of course, wifi doesn’t come free and that’s the reason cash-strapped transit agencies aren’t scurrying to please Springsteen fans such as me.
Over at SoapBoxLA, cycling activist Stephen Box breaks down some of the reasons that many cyclists are not pleased with the city of Los Angeles’ recently-released bike plan. He also outlines a do-it-yourself campaign to revamp the plan that activists have started in response to the city’s plan. My favorite statistic: Box writes that by his count the city has added just 136 yards of official bike routes each year for the past 13 years.
Warren Buffett wants to buy Burlington Northern Sante Fe and the Wall Street Journal explains what’s motivating the purchase: an expected upgrade of the nation’s railroads by the Obama Administration to help move freight quicker and perhaps get more trucks off the road. The Administration says that railroads are 5.5% more fuel efficient than trucks and thus sees trains as a key way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thus reduce climate change. Smart story.
Here’s the full list of headlines:
Ciao, AnsaldoBreda Contract! (audio)
Southern California Public Radio
CityWatch LA: LA’s DIY Bike Plan
Could Long Beach Sail Ahead?
Fox & Hounds Daily
(Federal Interagency) Coordinating Council On Access And Mobility Announces The United We Ride National Dialogue, November 2-13, 2009
United We Ride
L.A. MTA To Seek New Car Procurement Bids After AnsaldoBreda Declines Option
Many In U.S. Want Texting At The Wheel To Be Illegal
New York Times
New York City Subway Dynamic LED Signage
Pico Rivera Kicks Off Grade Separation Project
Whittier Daily News
Rail Deal Is Bet On Obama’s Infrastructure, Climate Policies
Wall Street Journal
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas: The Future Of Transportation In Los Angeles (audio)
Voices From The Frontlines
Toll Roads Agree To $42 Million Settlement For Penalties
Orange County Register
Unemployment Expected To Rise As Economy Recovers
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
(San Antonio, TX) Via Testing Free Internet On Some Buses
My San Antonio