Transportation headlines, Monday, April 12

Transportation Headlines iconHere’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 blog. Don’t forget you can also follow the Metro Library on Facebook and Twitter.

High-speed rail line business plan questioned again (San Francisco Chronicle)

The newspaper heavily quotes State Sen. Joe Simitian, whose subcommittee oversees how high-speed rail bond money will be spent. Simitian isn’t happy about ridership projections and budget numbers in the business plan that was amended late last year and he doesn’t want the high-speed rail plan to devolve into improvements for existing rail lines.

Does the high-speed rail project need separate tracks to Anaheim? (Orange County Register)

In an opinion piece, Fullerton Council member Shawn Nelson — who is also running for a County Supervisor seat — takes many issues with the High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan to build a separate set of tracks for bullet trains between Los Angeles Union Station and Anaheim. Nelson writes that less expensive improvements can result in similar time savings for passengers on existing rail service and that extra tracks would ignite a drawn-out outreach process that would enrich consultants at the public’s expense. Nelson isn’t alone in his thinking: Metro CEO Art Leahy also asked the state to reconsider their approach to the separate tracks issue — which the Authority’s Board agreed to do last week.

As building surges in cities, more mass transit should come with it (Wired)

A new study by the Environmental Protection Agency finds that building within cities has surged in the last decade when compared to the 1990s. The renewed interest in urban living is great, says Wired, but to make the trend stick a lot of cities large and small are going to need accompanying transit improvements to help people get around some of the time without their cars.