Transportation headlines, Monday, April 19

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

As Cellular Service Expands in Subways, Thefts Rise (The New York Times)

Across the nation cell phone service is becoming more common on subways – and along with it, cell phone theft. In Boston, cell phone theft has jumped by 70% and in Washington D.C. theft is up 65%. You may remember that Metro is looking to consider allowing cell phone coverage in L.A. subway tunnels – if it happens, make sure to keep a tight grip on your precious smart phone.

More aboard! Amtrak weighs long route improvements (Associated Press)

Amtrak is working on beefing up its service, especially when it comes to long-distance routes. The passenger rail provider is reviewing all of its long-distance routes through 2012 in an attempt to make schedules more convenient for passengers, increase reliability and improve overall service. Amtrak has a number of long distance routes out of Los Angeles including the Southwest Chief (L.A. – Chicago), the Sunset Limited (L.A. – New Orleans) and the Coast Starlight (L.A. – Seattle).

Going Underground (L.A. Downtown News)

Metro’s recent community meetings for the Downtown Regional Connector project have drawn much public opinion – most voicing support for a pricier fully underground alternative. Residents and business owners, especially in the Little Tokyo area, feel any at-grade options would disrupt street life and hurt small business in the area. Metro is planning on releasing a draft environmental impact report in the summer.