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.
Don't tempt Carmageddon (L.A. Times)
The editorial hits the nail on the head: things went well last year because people took seriously warnings to stay off the road. Of course, that was on a lazy July weeked. Now it's early autumn, schools are back in session, events are taking place — and we'll soon see how saavy Southland motorists are. Or are not.
Dramatic improvements in air quality during first Carmageddon (UCLA Newsroom)
A new study found that within minutes of the first 405 closure in July 2011, air quality in the nearby improved up to 83 percent! From the study: “Because traffic dipped all over Southern California that weekend, air quality also improved 75 percent in parts of West Los Angeles and Santa Monica and an average of 25 percent regionally — from Ventura to Yucaipa, and Long Beach to Santa Clarita.:
Chicago's new fare cards (Chicago Transit Authority)
The contact-less cards will be similar to TAP cards used by Metro but there's a twist to the new system that's coming next year: users will also be able to use their personal credit or debit cards to board buses and trains in the Chicago area. Nice.
Metro needs to get its rail plan right (Daily News)
In this opinion piece, a pair of transit activists argue that it's imperitive that the West Santa Ana Branch transit project be compatible with the subway so that passengers don't have to transfer from one to the other. The project — which will receive funding by Measure R — is in the alternatives analysis stage. Among the options being studied are bus rapid transit, light rail, streetcar and low-speed magnetic levitation. The Southern Califronia Assn. of Governments is the lead agency on the planning of the project; here's the project homepage.