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.
Google maps versus Apple maps (Gizmodo)
A side-by-side comparison of Google maps as seen presently on iPhones versus a beta version of Apple maps that will take Google’s place on iPhones. And the winner? Apple maps tend to look cleaner but Gizmodo finds that in most cases they lack all the fine grain information that makes Google maps useful — and Gizmodo says that transit directions are an absolute must before Apple launches. Users will still be able to get at Google maps on their iPhones, but they’ll have to go through their browsers first.
Nice graphic on the state of the country’s infrastructure. The best item: 66 percent of American voters say they want improved infrastructure but the majority oppose a variety of ways to pay for it — higher gas taxes, tolls or a mileage tax. Hmm.
Separated bike lanes on Figueroa? Maybe (L.A. Streetsblog)
The project to make Figueroa Street more multi-modal between 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is still underway and it appears that a separated bike lane buffered from traffic is still a possibility on parts of the three-mile route. That would be awesomeness.
Zipcar comes to downtown L.A. (Brigham Yen)
The car-sharing firm has put three cars in downtown in the PacMutual building at 6th & Grand. That’s handy for downtown residents who don’t have a car or visitors to L.A. who don’t want to rent a car for their entire time trip here.