Transportation headlines, Monday, Nov. 5

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.

Service resumed on all but one line of the Long Island Railroad this morning. Photo by New York MTA, via their Flickr page.

Transit in New York area still trying to recover from Sandy (New York Times)

Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit commuter trains literally had to turn away riders this morning due to overcrowding as all forms of transit struggle to recover from the super storm that battered the region last Monday night. The Times describes road traffic as somewhere between “bad and terrible” today, with delays of 60 to 90 minutes on the inbound Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan from New Jersey.

This excellent chart runs down the status of all basic services in the New York area, including transit. The New York subway is mostly back, with only four lines still out. The PATH trains between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan are also still out of service.

As for the gasoline shortage, it continues and may take more time to ease. This Fortune blog post asks the question whether the shortage was preventable but more importantly fully explains the supply chain that gets gas from refineries to vehicles and how the storm tore that chain apart. Finally, here’s an excellent photo gallery from the New Yorker on the storm.

A line at a gas station in Brooklyn on Sunday morning. Photo by Karen Blumberg, via Flickr creative commons.

Pay lanes: a first for L.A. County will start Saturday (Daily News)

Metro officials say the ExpressLanes that open on the 110 this week and on the 10 early next year will help increase capacity on both roads by selling surplus space in the carpool lanes. Critics say people who have been helping all along by carpooling will be unfairly punished by having to get transponders.

What has President Obama done to improve American transportation policy? (Streetsblog Network)

The answer from Streetsblog writer Tanya Snyder: big ideas but not enough follow-through. Praise comes for installing Ray LaHood as U.S. Transportation Secretary, a push for more sustainable communities and swinging for the fences with high-speed rail, albeit that was a program mostly defeated. The criticism comes for not appeasing Republicans by finding revenue streams to pay for ambitious spending increases on the transpo front.

Measure J still worthwhile, despite possible fare hikes (L.A. Times)

The Times’ editorial page supports Measure J for a second time, this time in response to allegations by the Bus Riders Union that Measure J will automatically lead to higher fares.

The delusion about Measure J tells you a lot about L.A. (L.A. Observed)

Mark Lacter says lawmakers are too fixated on big transit projects that will takes years to build instead of making incremental changes that could ease traffic now.

Measure J will create jobs and help the environment (Huffington Post)

Occidental political professor Peter Dreier says J would help L.A. dig its way out of the recession and get more people out of cars and onto buses and trains.

Ron Kaye: Unraveling Measure J (Glendale News-Press)

The former Daily News editor is against Measure J, saying it’s premature. He gets the counterpoint from Glendale Council Member and Metro Board Member Ara Najarian.


13 replies

  1. But there are not going to be discounts for short distances with no fare increase for longer distances. Rather there will be fare increases for longer distances. The Golden Gate Transit example (an example on bus, by the way, where there are no turnstiles or station agents to restrict flow) is somewhat exaggerated because this is for a bus that is traveling from San Francisco to Santa Rosa, 60 miles away, but Metro has long lines like the 761 from Sylmar to Westwood where I could easily see a $3 or $4 fare being charged for someone making the whole journey, in order to make up for people riding for two or three miles and paying only 75 cents. They have to make the money up from somewhere, the lowered fares don’t pay for themselves in terms of added riders.