Transportation headlines, Thursday, May 17

Photo by Christopher Chan via Flickr

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 weekend could be test case for traffic near proposed NFL stadium (Orange County Register)

The jam-packed schedule of events in and around Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday will present a test case on whether the proposed site for Farmers Field will be able to handle NFL-sized crowds, especially on dates when NFL games coincide with other major events, said Los Angeles city councilwoman Jan Perry. Good point and another reminder to leave the car at home and go Metro Expo or Blue.

How far can mass transit carry you 30 minutes? (Atlantic Cities)

It’s an amusing exercise that reveals something of the length and expanse of the systems. How far can you travel in 30 minutes with a bus pass on transit in New York, London, L.A.? Surprisingly far, as it turns out. But not so in Miami.

BART Wi-Fi still lags after 3 years (San Francisco Chronicle)

Love the concept but at least on BART where, after three years, Wi-Fi is described as “spotty” and “unreliable,” it may not be worth the cash. At the moment. The problem for the Bay Area carrier has to do with technology, short money in an ailing economy and priorities. Among the thoughts: What’s more important, new seats or Wi-Fi? (We’re thinking.) The reported cost is $100,000 a mile.

Feeling tired, run down and don’t know who to blame? Maybe it’s your commute (StreetsBlog DC)

A study of Dallas residents found that commute distance correlated with larger waistlines, poorer cardiovascular health and a greater risk for high blood pressure.

Categories: Transportation News

3 replies

  1. Re: the Atlantic Cities article, it’s a shame that the default location for Los Angeles is in the middle of the Fashion District and not the Financial District, really skews the outcome. Likewise with Miami’s default location being northwest of downtown.

  2. Can Metro work with Staples Center to some how fund more rapid/frequent transportation through the downtown corridor on event days. Even raising the number of Silver line buses (which I think would be one of the less expensive options) to create a more rapid commute would be helpful.

  3. The site the the Atlantic Cities links to does not use Metro Rail or Metro Link data. It looks like it does not use Silver Line either.