Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Aug. 21

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 Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed.

Love this bicyclists vs rail short posted on Vimeo. Lots of trams. Lots of bikes. No accidents. We can live together in harmony! In Zurich, at least.  

Editorial: Free California’s transit funds (Los Angeles Times)

As most of you by now know, U.S. Labor Secretary Perez is threatening to withhold billions of dollars in grants for state projects that could seriously impact our transit projects, including the Purple Line Extension and the Regional Connector. The Times editorial board says state officials should keep pressing to change his mind.

Students become teachers of green commuting (L.A. Weekly)

UCLA is reporting that more students walked than drove alone to campus. And only about one in two employees drove alone to UCLA. What’s the secret? The school offers ride sharing incentives. And if you’re inspired, check out the Metro employer pass program. Not only can ride sharing be convenient, it’s certainly saves money.

Report explores high-speed rail challenges, opportunities (Fresno Bee)

As the bullet-train battle rages, a report issued yesterday by UC Berkeley and UCLA describes the proposed project as an opportunity for environmental and economic benefits in the San Joaquin Valley. Among the benefits, traffic congestion and air quality could be improved. What’s needed to make it happen, the report says, is careful planning and collaboration. Any chance of that happening?