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.
Opinion: Expo Line to fill a gap (L.A. Times)
Editorial staffer Dan Turner gives his early review of the Expo Line based on Friday’s media ride. The gist of it: fast in some places, slow in others, doesn’t quite reach the ‘true’ Westside yet but will probably be very useful for those seeking to avoid the Santa Monica Freeway, one of the busiest roads in the nation.
The three-decade effort is almost done, say city transportation officials who have been piece-mealing the system together project-by-project. No, it won’t solve traffic and a little skepticism in this article would have been appropriate. But officials hope it will help take the edge off and reduce pollution caused by vehicles stopping and started more than they should.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) has made himself the chief explainer that high gas prices are the result of worldwide oil prices — not because any particular politician has turned off the gasoline spigot. In fact, oil production in the U.S. has increased markedly under President Obama, who like his predecessor has pushed for domestic drilling.
Text to driver: that’s my space (New York Times)
Nice rant/op-ed about people who amble up to their cars in parking lots, get behind the wheel and then proceed to sit there and thumb away on their cell phones while motorists wait for their space. Grrrrr….
Motorized rickshaw shows off power of Denver Zoo (Denver Post)
The zoo purchased a rickshaw from Thailand and turned it into a hybrid vehicle that runs on zoo garbage, including a certain elephant by-product. Yes, that by-product. And the Post has video!