Transportation headlines, Friday, April 29

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.

Goodbye suburbs, hello city (Harvard Business Review)

There is growing evidence that the days of giant corporations decamping to monolithic buildings built on cheap land in the suburbs may be coming to an end as firms such as United Airlines and Quicken are returning to downtown Chicago and Detroit, respectively. More people, it seems, want to be in dense, mixed-use communities that are seen as exciting and don’t require a car to get around everywhere. Besides, research shows that commuting makes people grouchy — and the ‘burbs are often all about commuting.

State auditor questions high-speed rail plan (L.A. Times)

Auditor Elaine Howle asks the question that many others in transportation circles are asking: where exactly is the money going to come from to build a bullet train from Anaheim to San Francisco? Howle points out that the California High-Speed Rail Authority has said it will get $17 billion to $19 billion in federal funds but so far only $2.25 billion has materialized. Here’s a link to the auditor’s report.