In Boston transportation officials and software developers came together for a “Hackathon” where they brainstormed ideas for innovative ways to put transit data to use. Last year Boston’s transportation agency released their transit data publicly and real time data for a number of lines followed soon after. A handful of applications have already been developed, but the Hackathon was put together to inspire developers to think outside the box. I think a similar event would be ideal for L.A. — Metro has provided the transit data, but not much has been done with it so far that is really helpful for riders.
Wired thinks that airlines need to join forces with rail lines in order to reduce congestion at airports. A lot of traffic at airports is created by the fact that there are so many short distance flights that could easily be done by train. Wired contends that if airlines offered “transfers” to rail lines for these shorter trips a lot of money could be saved on fuel costs and airport congestion would be significantly reduced. Of course, beyond the Northeast Corridor where rail is rather ubiquitous, this idea may simply be unrealistic — Europe we are not.
The L.A. Times takes a look at new information that shows that cell phone rules that require drivers to use hands-free devices have done little to prevent crashes. Researchers say that the rules have worked to reduce hand-held phone usage, in other words, for the most part people are abiding the law. Unfortunately it seems the law may not really have an affect on safety. It may be that accidents aren’t caused by drivers having their hands occupied, but their brains occupied – with telephone conversations instead of driving.
Check out the rest of today’s headlines, compiled by the never distracted Metro Library, after the jump.
All Aboard High-Speed Politics
The “Bike-Ped.” State Of The Union Has Some Interesting Information For L.A. County
Brainstorming A Better Commute (developers meet with MassDOT officials to brainstorm apps that use real-time data, resulting in ideas ranging from smart-card frequent-commuter rewards to bus arrival times on a wristwatch)
Clicklist: Living Car-Free
Green LA Girl
Corona Transit Goes Solar
Gold Line Extension Looks On Track for June Ground-Breaking, Officials say
If Your Bus Is Late, Should The Agency Pay?
In The Case Of MTA Vs. Tutor-Saliba
Investment, Not Spending
California High Speed Rail Blog
Is Obama Spending The High-Speed Rail Money Wisely?
National Journal Transportation Blog
No Bullet Train Money For SD, Riverside Counties
North County Times
Not All CA HSR Advocates Are Happy With Stimulus Decisions
California High Speed Rail Blog
Riverside County Launches 511 Service
Palm Springs Desert Sun
The Runaway Subsidy Train
Wall Street Journal
Visualization’s Next Frontier: The Time Has Come For This Tool To Advance From Use As A Conceptual Exhibit To Full Integration Into the Project Development Process
When Doomsday No Longer Feels Dramatic (Most major transit cuts being announced by stressed agencies are more than a warning, but after years of averted service cuts, there is little public outrage now over actual reductions in operations)
Who’s Biking?: Choice Or Necessity
Honking In Traffic
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