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.
It’s almost impossible to put an entire U.S. metro area on lockdown (The Atlantic: Cities)
How can you lock down an American city and its public transit system? Not very easily.
Gas prices dip below $4 a gallon (Los Angeles Daily News)
Southland gas prices have fallen below $4 a gallon after an extended run-up. We’re all happy about that. But remember that prices are down because of an unexpected increase in U.S. stockpiles in the face of weak demand. We’re buying more fuel-efficient cars. We’re driving less and taking public transit more. So will Americans take the bait and start driving again as prices dip?
And yet the cost of driving a car is on the rise (Next City)
Despite the (shall we call it “temporary”?) drop in gas prices, for car owners the only good news to come out of this year’s “Your Driving Costs” study, an annual report from AAA, is that the price of tires and tire maintenance has not gone up. But all other costs for car ownership, from gas to insurance, have collectively increased by nearly 2 percent since last year.
Bike collective at CSUN: Maybe the kids know best (CSUN Daily Sundial)
Do it yourself, is a key attitude for the Bike Collective, an on-campus community of CSUN student cyclists who emphasize empowering commuters to take an alternative and sustainable mode of transportation to CSUN. As many of them no doubt know CSUN is served by a number of Metro buses and a frequent shuttle connects students and teachers to the Metrolink station in Chatsworth. Both Metro and Metolink are decidedly bicycle friendly.
Bullet train bidding rules were changed (Los Angeles Times)
State high-speed rail officials have acknowledged that they changed the rules for selecting a builder for the bullet train’s first phase in the Central Valley, a shift that made it possible for a consortium led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini to be ranked as the top candidate despite having received the lowest technical rating among bidders. The technical score is based on safety measures, engineering, scheduling and other construction-related issues. Worth nothing is that the Tutor Perini $985.1 bid came in lowest.