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.
If you somehow need help getting jacked for the Kings parade at noon today, here is some awesome video of the last minute of Game 6 on Monday night and the Kings celebrating their Stanley Cup win. Hat tip: LAObserved.com
CTA strikes deal with Groupon (CTA news release)
The Chicago Transit Authority will begin offering discounted three-day passes through the popular Groupon website/coupon service. Groupon members will be able to buy a $14 pass for $9 and the CTA says it will make about $1.8 million in revenue by selling 250,000 passes to Groupon. Clever!
Apple drops transit directions from mobile devices (L.A. Streetsblog)
New software for the iPhone is debuting this fall with a big change: the maps app that comes with the phone will no longer rely on data from Google. Instead, Apple is producing its own map app and it will apparently — unlike the Google maps — provide transit directions. This has a lot of folks bent out of shape as they consider transit directions something that will help promote the use of transit. Probably so. But there are other apps that provide transit directions (such as the Go Metro app) and it’s easy enough to visit Google Transit on your phone’s web browser. From a practical standpoint, I always found that getting transit directions on my iPhone 3GS to be an interminable process when not on a wi-fi network. Am I missing something here? Explain, readers.
The heat is on: U.S. temperature trends (New York Times)
The group Climate Central has produced an interactive map that shows the rate of the average temperature increase in each of the 50 state for the past 40 years. California is the 41st fastest warming state with an increase of .314 degrees Fahrenheit per decade during that span. The Great Lakes region, New England and parts of the Southwest seem to be heating up quicker than the rest of the country. As many of you know, greenhouse gases from many sources — including transportation — are the culprit behind global warming. Generally speaking, transit produces fewer greenhouse gases per mile than people driving alone — although transit needs healthy ridership to do that.