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.
There are few specifics from a candidate forum held Thursday night at a Beverly Hills synagogue. The article notes that Councilman Eric Garcetti was the only candidate who outright supported tunneling under the Beverly Hills High School campus for the Purple Line Extension.
There are more details in L.A. Weekly, which reports that Controller Wendy Greuel didn’t take a position — only saying there should be a station in Century City — while Councilwoman Jan Perry said that she didn’t believe the tunnel should go under the school. Kevin James also criticized the planned subway route and Emmanuel Pleitez criticized large rail projects in general, reports the Weekly.
Hey, I just found video of the debate at the Jewish Journal website. The discussion on transportation begins at the one hour, 14-minute mark.
Subway deaths haunt those at the trains’ controls (New York Times)
Powerful story on how train operators cope — or try to — after accidents in which subway trains strike people who commit suicide or somehow fall on the track. Such accidents occur on a far more frequent basis in New York than elsewhere, perhaps because of the sheer size of the system and its high ridership.
BART labors to keep escalators running (San Francisco Chronicle)
At one point this past summer, 28 of the agency’s 179 escalators were out of service — called the ‘dark days’ by BART staff. All transit agencies struggle to keep escalators (filled with hundreds of parts) working and BART is now considering canopies to help protect some escalators from the elements. Sounds familiar!