Transportation headlines, Friday, July 13

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.

Happy 100th, Woody.

California bullet train gets its own folk song (Curbed L.A.)

Check out the accompanying video. Well edited with some great train footage. It’s also the kind of great p.r. that beats the tar out of most of what the pros have thus far produced.

Desperately seeking shelter (bus shelter, that is) in South L.A. (L.A. Streetsblog)

Great post and accompanying photographs by Sahra Sulaiman on the dearth of shade at many bus stops in South Los Angeles. Sahra also helps explain which stops get shelters and why they get them.

While we’re on the subjects of shelter and music, here’s an appropriate tune from another old-timey band. Happy 50th, Rolling Stones!

UCLA study of Japan’s bullet train raises questions about California project (L.A. Times)

The Times takes another swing at the pinata that is the bullet train. The study says the Japanese bullet train didn’t spur that much economic growth whereas the California High-Speed Rail Authority says 400,000 jobs will be created by the project here. The Authority stands by its numbers.

 

Photo: New York MTA.

Metro North railroad to test smartphone ticketing this summer (New York MTA)

The new system would allow riders to buy and display tickets on their smartphones. It’s a way for passengers to avoid ticket machines and fumbling with cash on the train when purchasing tickets from customers. Metro North runs commuter trains between Manhattan and New York’s northern suburbs.

 

3 replies

  1. The shelter-less bus stops are a big problem in well-traveled and minority neighborhoods. There are no bus shelters at the following locations:
    Atlantic and Reseda Boulevards).
    Sherman Way
    Olive St. (Downtown L.A.)
    Metro needs to install bus shelters based on the needs of the passengers rather than the needs of the advertisers.

    • Hi Ivans;

      Not to make excuses, but stops and shelters are the responsibility of the cities in which they’re located. For those locations, I would contact the city council member where the stops are located.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. The world still needs Woody Guthrie! He stood up for the little man and the working class. He fought for the rights of the common person and helped spread the ideal that this is truly “our land.” I paid tribute to the legendary musician with a portrait of Woody which you can see on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/07/woody-guthrie-centennial.html where you can drop by and let me know how Woody’s voice has spoken to you as well.