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.
Transit tax measure fuels debate over price of fares (L.A. Times)
If Measure J is approved and accelerates transit projects, will fare hikes need to be accelerated to pay for increased operating costs? Critics of J and Metro have contrasting views.
Measure J aims to start public transit's engines (KPCC AirTalk)
Host Larry Mantle moderates a conversation about J with Supervisor and Metro Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky and the Bus Rider Union lead organizer Sunyoung Yang.
A scarcity of gas, but some transit gains (New York Times)
Four days after Hurricane Sandy, the effort to secure enough gas for the region moved to the forefront of recovery work. The problems affected even New York City, where the Taxi Commission warned that the suddenly indispensable fleet of yellow cabs would thin significantly Friday because of the fuel shortage. City officials said they reached an agreement with a major supplier Thursday night that would ensure that emergency operations — fire, police, sanitation and work by the parks department to clean up downed trees — would continue uninterrupted.In Union, N.J., the problem was starkly highlighted on Thursday when lines of cars waiting for gas at a Sunoco ran in three directions: a mile-long line up the Garden State Parkway, a half-mile line along Vauxhall Road, and another, including a fleet of mail trucks that needed to refuel before resuming their rounds, snaking through a back entrance. The scene was being replayed across the state as drivers waited in lines that ran hundreds of vehicles deep, requiring state troopers and local police officers to protect against exploding tempers.“I’ve been pumping gas for 36 hours; I pumped 17,000 gallons,” said Abhishek Soni, the owner of an Exxon in Montclair, where disputes in the line Wednesday night had become so heated that Mr. Soni called the police and turned off the pumps for 45 minutes to restore calm. “My nose, my mouth is bleeding from the fumes. The fighting just makes it worse.”
As the map above shows, limited transit service is returning to New York but it's still a shadow of its usual self. All three commuter railroads that serve the area — the Long Island Railroad, Metro North and New Jersey Transit — are far from normal service levels.
Commutes complicated by storm (New York Times)
Click above to see this terrific and sobering photo gallery. The image of the cars pointed every which way at the gas station is priceless. Also, the images are a good reminder of the central role of transit and mobility in the lives of many city dwellers — something I think too many of our national elected officials forget to talk about.
At Strathmore and Westwood, it's UCLA bike box (Streetsblog Los Angeles)
Check out the photo with the article. The box is designed to help reduce right-turn conflicts between vehicles and bikes by putting the bikes out front at intersections.
A real Google Wallet card? (The Verge)
This is just rumor based on a supposed leak and could be flat out wrong, but Google may be working on a version of Google Wallet that allows you to program one credit card to serve as all your cards. One of the cards shown is something familiar to some of you.