A chosen rail line? (Jewish Journal)
Local transit writer and advocate Joel Epstein penned this piece that compares the trials and tribulations of building transit in Jerusalem and Los Angeles. The cities are dramatically different geographically: one is a compact, ancient city with mostly narrow pedestrian-scaled streets; the other is an expansive, 20th Century mega-region. But that’s what makes the similarities so striking.
Blogs and social media change the conversation on transit (Greater Greater Washington)
D.C. transportation blogger Matt Johnson shares his thoughts on how social media and blogs have become an indispensable tool in transit debates. The discussion came out of a panel talk at this month’s Rail~Volution conference. Johnson argues that blogs are not as much about “bringing people over to our opinion, but as a way to give people the tools they need to be a productive participant in the conversation.” I like to think that The Source also fills that niche. Check out the story to see how other transit agencies are using blogs, Facebook and Twitter to engage transit riders.
Transit agencies urged to coordinate service (SF Chronicle)
The Bay Area’s regional transportation planning agency, MTC, is developing a plan that would require the region’s twelve operators to work together more closely. In particular, the plan would have agencies share staff and better coordinate routes to improve the cost efficiency of the whole system. Officials have stopped short, however, of trying to create one super-agency — to the relief and dismay of competing parties. What’s prompting this major shake-up? For one, Bay Area transit systems have been pumping more and more money into operations, but are seeing diminishing ridership gains.