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.
Flooded tunnels may keep subway closed for several days (New York Times)
Here’s the top of the story:
It spans 468 stations and over 600 miles of track, pulsing through four of New York City’s five boroughs as the great uniter of the area. Everyone pays the same fare. Everyone has a preferred line. Everyone curses its fussy weekend service.
And almost everyone uses the subway. Until it goes dark.
On Tuesday, as officials discovered the breadth of tunnel flooding from an enormous hurricane, New Yorkers were warned that the bulk of the muscular subway network could be lost for “a good four or five days,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.
As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy left the city on Tuesday, transit officials surveyed the damage to the system, which they shut down on Sunday night as a precaution. What they found was an unprecedented assault: flooded tunnels, battered stations and switches and signals likely damaged.
With the subway and regional commuter rail still shut down, many people returned to work in Manhattan today and traffic was predictably lousy, as the Times reports.
As bad as it for the New York system, it might have been worse for New Jersey Transit, which operates light rail, subway and commuter rail — all of which remain suspended. The Wall Street Journal reports that each of New Jersey Transit’s 11 commuter rail lines suffered serious damage, in addition to flooding that has crippled the underground PATH trains that connect New Jersey to Manhattan.
Transit systems in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are back in service, albeit with some lingering effects from Hurricane Sandy.
A nice mini-profile of Michael Lejeune, Metro’s first creative director who pushed for more striking marketing efforts to help brand Metro and raise awareness that Los Angeles County actually has a large transit system. The marketing is credited with boosting discretionary ridership. I’m a big fan of the signs but also take note of what readers tell me all the time: slogans are good but great service is even better.
Claremont officials angry over Measure J (Claremont-LaVerne Patch)
The Claremont City Council says they’re upset that Measure J won’t fund an extension of the Gold Line from Azusa to Claremont and beyond. As we discussed over the summer here, Measure J would only provide funds to accelerate Measure R transit projects — not extend any of them past their current end points.
Measure J: moving today for tomorrow (Jewish Journal)
The editorial endorses J, saying it would provide more mobility and more jobs. The editorial also examines the national security angle and the relationship between oil, the Middle East and Israel.
Opinion: Measure J equals gentrification, racism, and pollution with public funds (Long Beach Telegram)
The op-ed is by the Bus Riders Union’s Eric Mann and Sunyoung Yang; the headline is also the the first line of the op-ed piece, which sets the tone for the many allegations that follow.
Yes on Measure J (La Opinion)
The editorial backs Measure J because of the need for more jobs and transit improvements that would benefit all riders. However, the editorial has reservations about Metro’s ability to control costs and says that bus system needs more investment.
B.H. Chamber backs Measure J (Beverly Hills Patch)
The Chamber says that Measure J would help build transit projects and create jobs. For those keeping score at home, the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board voted to oppose J, the Beverly Hills City Council went neutral and the Chamber is for it. The city and the school district are suing Metro over plans to place tunnels for the Westside Subway Extension under part of the Beverly Hills High School campus.