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.
It’s called “Dynamics of the Subway.” You’ll want headphones if at work. Explanation here at The Atlantic Cities. It’s way cool.
Los Angeles: restart your engines (L.A. Times)
Carmageddon II comes to a close uneventfully. The article looks at some of the work done over the weekend — paving and tree trimming were part of the mix — and the demolition of the four support structures. That had to be done carefully to avoid damaging the new columns for the new Mulholland Bridge.
Metro to apply to become managing agency for Surfliner (L.A. Streetsblog)
Bottom line here: a new state bill should lead to improvements in Amtrak in Southern California. In this post and a related one, Dana Gabbard provides a good and thorough explanation of the bill and its history and explains why Metro would be interested in overseeing Amtrak’s popular Surfliner service.
Bloomberg: transit should be free (Streetsblog)
He was just talking off the cuff, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a reporter that if starting from scratch, the way to design a great transit system would be make it free and charge motorists to use roads. He hasn’t gone that far in his administration, but has certainly tried to provide more amenities for transit riders (bus lanes), cyclists (bike lanes) and pedestrians (more sidewalks, plazas) while pushing for a congestion pricing project in Manhattan that failed.