Transportation headlines, Thursday, April 12

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.

This is National Library Week. In just the past year, the Metro Transportation Library has rolled out several new tools and services, including:

•HistoryPin, in conjunction with Google, is a new multi-platform technology allowing us (a global launch partner) to map our historic photograph collection in context with images from other collections in the same location or time period
•Paper.li, our online daily newspaper digest of tweets from leaders in the nation’s transit and transportation community
•California Highways And Public Works, our growing digital collection of publications documenting the state’s road, highway and infrastructure planning and construction from 1924 to 1967 (full-text searchable here). Above, the story of the Coast Highway being built north of Santa Monica in 1924 from California Highways And Public Works.

Downtown L.A. re-use renaissance (The Architect’s Newspaper)

First came a new wave of residents to downtown L.A., thanks in large part to a new city law allowing office buildings to be converted to apartments and condos. Now a second wave of newcomers appears to be taking hold and this time it’s hundreds of new retail shops and restaurants that have opened in downtown to serve new residents.

State senators say they won’t rush bullet train plans (L.A. Times)

The state bullet train authority wants to get construction going in the San Joaquin Valley ASAP but nothing is happening until the Legislature provides its stamp of approval.

Cool on the West Coast, hot almost everywhere else (High Country News Goat blog)

The mountain snowpack across much of the West is depleted — last winter’s monster snows are now just a memory — and the first three months of 2012 were the warmest on record for the contiguous United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (who created the above video). Is climate change to blame? Many climate scientists are reluctant to blame weather in any single year on global warming but many are pondering the link between the wild variations in weather the U.S. has seen in recent years and climate change.

I don’t need to remind you that the burning of fossil fuels and the transportation sector are significant contributors to global warming according to the federal government and that taking transit can reduce your own contribution to greenhouse gases.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Categories: Transportation News