Transportation headlines, Wednesday, March 17

The new bus rapid transit line in Guangzhou, China. Photo credit: Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit.

Here’s a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by the Metro library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s home page.

Where should the high-speed rail line stop in Burbank? State officials have one idea, city officials in Burbank have another, reports the Glendale News Press. The city also wants the state to consider putting the stop close to Bob Hope airport and a planned transportation center there.

Speaking of high-speed rail, a line between Barcelona and Madrid has reduced a six-hour drive to 2 hours, 38 minutes, reports the New York Times. Before the train line opened, 90 percent of the people traveling between the two cities went by air. Now the majority take the high-speed rail line. On another route — between Madrid and Malaga — the number of flights has dropped in half since high-speed rail began operating in 2007.

The city of Guanzhou, China, has some horrific traffic but a bus-rapid transit system that opened last month is already attracting 800,000 riders a day — half the number of boardings on the New York City subway system. The NYT’s Dot Earth blog has a good dispatch from the city. Also, check out the Guanzhou Bus Rapid Transit website, which has aphotos of the system, which basically carved out lanes in the middle of a wide boulevard. That’s one of the pics atop this post.

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