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.
Caltrain seeks new deal with California High-Speed Rail (San Mateo Journal)
Instead of building a completely separate set of grade-separated tracks on the San Francisco Peninsula, the new proposal seeks to share some tracks and build passing tracks for high-speed trains to get around commuter trains running between San Jose and San Francisco. It’s also far less expensive, an important consideration since the bullet train project still lacks most of the funds it will need.
Visualizing how poorly Amtrak’s routes serve most of the U.S. (The Atlantic Cities)
The post features maps showing that most of Amtrak’s ridership is in the Northeast Corridor and some other large cities — including those along the West Coast. Long cross-country routes, however, tend to attact far fewer riders. From this, the post concludes that Amtrak is missing some very opportunities to connect major cities that are in close proximity to one another — i.e. cities in Ohio and Texas, for example.
LaHood: America is one big pothole (The Hill)
In an NPR interview, the U.S. Transportation Secretary bemoaned the amount of the spending on infrastructure — and blamed his former Repubican colleagues in the House of Representatives. Excerpt:
“For all the talk within the Republican Party about helping small businesses, there are a lot of small businesses that are in the road construction business, the bridge construction business that would benefit from a bold infrastructure bill, a bold transportation bill, a five-year bill with some very bold ways to fund it,” LaHood said in an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show” on National Public Radio.