Transportation headlines, Friday, April 9

Here’s a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog. Don’t forget you can also follow the Metro Library on Facebook and Twitter.

High-speed rail officials will consider sharing tracks (L.A. Times)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board voted to consider having bullet trains share existing tracks between Los Angeles Union Station and Anaheim — instead of pushing for a new set of dedicated tracks. Local officials believe sharing the tracks could save $2 billion and save hundreds of homes while Authority staffers have concerns that shared tracks could take the high-speed out of high-speed rail.

Pod cars are back! (Wired)

What’s one way to lure people to use public transit? Shield them from other public transit users by sticking them in small pods detached from one another. Attentive readers know that pod-based transit systems have a small, hardcore following — none of which seem to be serious transit planners.

1977 bike plan resurfaces and some activists like it (Bikeside LA)

A city of Los Angeles bike plan from 1977 — never quite implemented (surprise!) — was recently rediscovered and bike activist Alex Thompson writes that it’s quite close to a concept that activists now favor: using a sparser network of bike facilities on big roads to help cyclists reach destinations across the region.