It’s no secret that train platforms built in the middle of freeways are not exactly quiet places. Neon Tommy has a smart story about attempts to provide some relief to patrons of the Gold Line, which has three stations parked in the middle of an extremely busy stretch of the 210 freeway in Pasadena. And the solution? Electronic signs that will be put in quieter parts of the stations telling passengers when trains are scheduled to arrive. The idea is that customers can wait in the quiet areas, minimizing their time on the platform.
Need a reason to think twice before super-sizing that Diet Coke on your next drive across Arizona? The state — much like California — has seen a meltdown of its budget and decided to close some freeway rest stops to save some money, reports the New York Times. Residents were not amused but there’s not much they can do about it: federal law prohibits them from commericalizing or privatizing rest stops. Several other states have taken similar steps, which also angered trucking officials. Their complaint is that it’s not just a comfort issue but a safety one.
Former LA Weekly editor and columnist Harold Meyerson uses his regular Washington Post column to opine in favor of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 30/10 plan to secure a federal loan to build a dozen Measure R projects in the next decade instead of the next 30 years. Meyerson says that the problem is that the federal government hasn’t shown much willingness to think outside the box when it comes to helping local areas rebuild infrastructure.
The rest of the headlines, compiled by the Metro library, are parked (and not idling while waiting for your perusal) after the jump.
Buena Park’s HSR Concerns
California High Speed Rail Blog
Cities Not On Track With Calif High-Speed Rail
The Human Body As A Subway Map
Job Outlook For Los Angeles Expected To Improve, Survey Says
Los Angeles Times
Making Tracks To East L.A.: Community’s Tourism Campaign Leverages New Metro Line Stop
Los Angeles Business Journal
Metrolink Weighs Cutting Train Service To Ventura County
Ventura County Star
Opinion: Slug On The Tracks (the best application for high-speed rail funds would be to upgrade the D.C. to Boston, 150 mph Acela line to true, high-speed rail status and used as a showcase for American rail technology)
New York Times
Opinion: Why The Anti-Urban Bias? (Harvard economics professor argues that the United States has a long, pervasive pattern of anti-urban behavior that needs to change)
The Road to America’s Economic Recovery Starts In L.A. (due to Measure R)
Santa Monicans Spend $8,000 Each Year On Transportation
Santa Monica Daily Press
Seeking A Future For A Symbol Of A Grander Past (Detroit’s Michigan Central Station hasn’t seen a train in more than 20 years, and the once-stunning building is becoming a symbol of a dying American city – includes photo slideshow)
New York Times
Transit Funding Disaster: A Hard Look At What Happens When Money Is Tight
Environmental Defense Fund Way2Go Blog
Using Social Media To Fix Transit That Fails