Transportation headlines, Friday, Sept. 24

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.

Metro’s cuts to bus service (L.A. Times)

The paper covers yesterday’s decision by the agency’s Board of Directors to cut about 3.7 percent of Metro’s bus service, including the elimination of a few Rapid Lines that weren’t performing much better than local lines. One transit activist is quoted as criticizing the agency for not doing more to improve rides with low ridership before cutting them.

San Francisco counts its parking spaces (San Francisco Chronicle)

It’s believed to be the first time that a U.S. city has actually counted exactly how many parking spaces there are on the street and in publicly-accessible garages and parking lots. The official number: 441,541. The count is intended to help the city with a new federally-funded parking program intended to match supply and demand (i.e. higher meter rates in many cases) to create more vacant parking spaces — and perhaps encourage transit use.

Traffic calming postcards from London (L.A. Streetsblog)

Raised crosswalks, diverters and chicanes are among the things that the city of London is throwing at motorists in order to get them to slow down in neighborhoods. And they’re rearranging street furniture to help pedestrians. Check out the video.

Today’s musical interlude comes from the great, great, great Aretha Franklin with “Say a Little Prayer.” There’s a line in there somewhere about running for the bus.

If you know of a good song that mentions transit, please leave a comment with this post or drop us an email.

Why have traffic deaths fallen (Mobilizing the Region)

Fatalities have fallen to 1950 levels, but no one is sure why. The blog considers several factors, including less driving overall, less driving for recreational reasons (which sometimes includes alcohol), slower driving to conserve gas and fewer teens on the road due to expense and graduated drivers license programs.