Transportation headlines, Monday, April 22: Beautiful repurposed train stations, CicLAvia bigger and better than ever, why transit investment makes good business sense, car-less in L.A. intineraries

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.

Musee d'Orsay. Photo by Laurent/Flickr

Musee d’Orsay. Photo by Laurent/Flickr

Ten incredible repurposed train stations (Flavorwire)

From the famed Musee d’Orsay (museum) in Paris to the Julio Prestes Train Station (concert hall) in Sao Paulo, Brazil train stations are being repositioned in creative and exciting ways. A few of the results are shown in this beautiful photo essay.

Mass transit comes full cycle (L.A. Times)

Yesterday’s CicLAvia was the first with a 15-mile route that cleared streets from downtown all the way to the beach. It seemed to have proved itself compelling. Organizers estimated that the crowd swelled to 150,00 this time … the largest ever. Next up: June 23 CicLAvia on Wilshire Boulevard, from downtown to Fairfax Avenue.

America needs clean transportation, not just clean cars (Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard blog)

Here’s a piece applauding the U.S. move to high-mileage cars and those that will run on clean fuels, but also reminding us that public transit has its economic charms, despite what often can be the high cost of construction. The investment is worth it, the writer argues. Using L.A. as an example, it estimates that congestion relief provided by public transportation ranges between $1.2 billion and $4.1 billion per year.

Itineraries for discovering L.A. without a car (LAist) 

The L.A. Tourism & Convention Board’s new car-free campaign showcases expanded transit, the city’s new bikeways, improved walkability and events like CicLAvia. It also includes a series of itineraries for discovering the city’s diverse neighborhoods on foot, bike and public transit. Check it out.