The L.A. Times has a charming story about how the Gold Line Eastside Extension has opened up the Eastside holiday tradition of nacimientos to those who have never been. The tour, which is usually done by car or bicycle, was put on by Metro planner James Rojas. The LA Eastside blog also has a story on the tour with many pictures.
Now here’s a neat idea: using bikes to power mass transit. The Transport Politic takes a look at this innovative idea from industrial designer Chi-Yu Chen. Basically, it involves a public bike sharing system where the bikes have batteries that are charged as commuters ride them. When commuters return bikes to the stations, the power generated is put into the general grid and the riders get an appropriate discount on their transit trip.
It looks like Metro isn’t the only agency struggling to get a TAP-like universal fare system to work. The S.F. Examiner takes a look at the plan to rebrand TransLink, the Bay Area’s universal fare system. After 20 years of imperfect planning and implementation, the TransLink brand has suffered and officials hope that a name change will warm Bay Area residents to the system.
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Transportation For America
Full-text report (13p. PDF)
The State Of Transportation (What were the three most important transportation developments of 2009, and what should be the top three transportation policy priorities of 2010, either for government at any level, or for the private sector?)
National Journal Transportation Blog
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Los Angeles Daily News
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