Transportation headlines, Thursday, Sept. 16

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Rendering of Union Station stop for Silver Line (Curbed LA)

The Curbed folks have a nice rendering of the station proposed for Union Station for the Silver Line bus. It would move the stop on Alameda to an elevated station near the Patsaouras transit plaza, allowing for riders to better connect to other bus and rail lines.

Local agencies can’t limit train emissions (L.A. Times)

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that pollution from trains is a federal matter because local rules would interfere with interstate commerce. That’s little consolation to cities along the busy freight lines hauling cargo from the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.

Lawsuit filed against Expo Line bikeway (L.A. Streetsblog)

Some homeowners along the proposed bikeway in West L.A. allege the city of L.A. and Caltrans didn’t properly exempt the bikeway from a full environmental review. Another lawsuit, filed earlier this year, challenges the environmental review for the second phase of the Expo Line between Culver City and Santa Monica.

Today’s musical interlude is “On the Bus Mall” by the Decemberists. If you know of a tune that mentions transit of some type, email us at sourcemetro@gmail.com. BTW, I’m mulling including road songs here as my sneaky way to get more Springsteen on The Source.

Portland bike lane gets Mario karted (GOOD)

Someone painted symbols — stars and banana peels — familiar to the video game along a bike path and bemusement follows. Hat tip: our friend Jhenifer Pabillano at Vancouver Trans Link’s Buzzer Blog.