Transportation headlines, Friday, May 14

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.

Fixes needed for L.A. public transit system (L.A. Times)

Earlier this week Times columnist David Lazarus wrote a scathing review of public transportation in the L.A. region – a review that got a lot of attention, even from the Mayor. Now Lazarus shares his ideas for an improved transit system. Mostly, he feels that all of the transit agencies in the region should be unified under one leader and that fares and trip planning services should take into account this unified regional system. Of course, TAP is a (work in progress) attempt to tackle the regional fare goal and Go 511 is a (work in progress) attempt to solve regional trip planning issues – although I believe that once all transit agencies in the region have provided their data to Google Transit, the regional trip planning issue will be solved.

Pedal-pushing progress (Pasadena Weekly)

Pasadena is updating its Bicycle Master Plan in an attempt to make the city more bike friendly – following the lead of other cities like Portland that have become meccas for cyclists. Some interesting survey results paint of picture of the current bicycle situation in Pasadena: two-thirds of respondents bike at least once a week, almost half of those bike to work and most ride for fitness, but the environment and savings on gas and parking are other reasons. Bike safety is a major goal – the plan aims to reduce bicycle accidents by 30%.

In India, Hitching Hopes on a Subway (N.Y. Times)

Would you believe that India has one of the best urban rail systems in the world? Modern trains with air conditioning and power outlets run every three to four minutes throughout the day. Fares range from 20 cents to 67 cents and the system manages to turn a profit. It’s a reality on the Dehli Metro, sort of an enigma of great urban design in a country where cities struggle for modernity. What’s more, the people of New Dehli love the system and take great pride in it – many even volunteer as monitors to make sure other passengers are following the rules and keeping the system pristine.