Transportation headlines, Thursday, Feb. 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 Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Boxer says no path forward for Senate transportation bill (The Hill)

Sen. Barbara Boxer says her bill is getting weighed down with unrelated amendments from the GOP. Meanwhile, the very unpopular House Republican bill was split in three in a last-ditch effort to save it. Stay tuned.

How green was my bike lane (KCET)

That green-painted bike lane on Spring Street in downtown L.A. has caught the attention of Hollywood and not in a good way. Spring Street is a popular film location because it can be made to look like old cities — but it’s not possible to erase a bright green lane digitally in post-production. So a new bike lane on Main Street will be toned down in color.

Leak offers glimpse of campaign against climate science (New York Times)

Documents from the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based group which promotes “free market solutions,” lay out some details of an upcoming campaign to discredit climate science in public schools. Excerpt:

Heartland’s latest idea, the documents say, is a plan to create a curriculum for public schools intended to cast doubt on mainstream climate science and budgeted at $200,000 this year. The curriculum would claim, for instance, that “whether humans are changing the climate is a major scientific controversy.”

It is in fact not a scientific controversy. The vast majority of climate scientists say that emissions generated by humans are changing the climate and putting the planet at long-term risk, although they are uncertain about the exact magnitude of that risk. Whether and how to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases has become a major political controversy in the United States, however.

No major problems from the President’s visit Wednesday night (L.A. Times)

As has become his custom, the President took a helicopter from LAX to a Westside park and transferred to a SUV for the trip to his hotel and campaign events. Traffic was stinky as usual on the Westside but motorists were mixed on whether it was any more heartbreaking than usual. Of course, the President can follow my rules for visiting the Westside and only travel there between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on weekdays.

The Pyongyang subway. Photo by John Pavelka, via Flickr creative commons.

10 coolest subway systems (Coolist)

Most lists are yawn-worthy but Coolist tosses a couple of surprises on its list, including subways in Pyongyang (yes, they have a subway, albeit a short one) and in the country of Kazakhstan. The only American entrants are the Washington D.C. Metro and the abandoned New York City Hall station. Nice pics.

 

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