Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Feb. 9

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.

Choice or no choice: 12 hours riding L.A.’s public transportation (

Metro’s service change hearings continue tonight in Beverly Hills.  With that in mind, USC student Kristy Pyke takes to the streets to interview commuters who don’t have an alternative to public transit — in other words, those who could be most impacted by the changes. Her two part video captures the stories of Metro riders, including some who take as many as five buses just to get to work.

Report: More jobs when stimulus funds spent to repair roads (The Hill)

Sustainable transit advocates often argue that investing in road repairs is a better use of limited resources rather than building new roads. Keeping roads in good condition helps people stay mobile and safe, whereas building new roads — some would argue — induces congestion and sprawl. Another advantage: Investing in repairs also creates more jobs per dollar too, according to Smart Growth America’s review of how states spent funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

10 best cities for public transportation (US News)

With the Obama Administration keen on investing in national high speed rail, US News decided to take stock of how things look for public transportation at the local level. Los Angeles comes in at number seven in their top 10 list, beating out both Chicago and Washington D.C. among others.

What those subway countdown clocks do to your brain (New York Magazine)

As New York’s MTA rolls out countdown clocks on its subway platforms, Jesse Bering takes a minute to ponder why they seem to make the wait for the next train so much more bearable. Apparently, researchers in Hong Kong determined that when commuters know how long they’ll have to wait for something, they tend to overestimate how unpleasant that wait will be.