Transportation headlines, Monday, May 17

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.

High-speed rail routes from Union Station (Curbed LA)

There’s a myriad of issues involved in getting bullet train tracks into and out of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Should the train be at street level? In a tunnel? Or elevated? Or some of all three? Curbed takes a look at a few of the routes under study including one that would tunnel under the Cornfield park and part of Elysian Park before emerging along the Los Angeles River near the 2 freeway. Some activists prefer that route because it would be less disruptive to river restoration efforts, but me thinks adding a big tunnel to a project already projected to cost $43 billion is not likely to happen.

Freeway makeover draws ire of preservationists (Associated Press)

The Pasadena Freeway was built in 1940 and is the oldest in the western U.S. Caltrans has been working to modernize the twisty, narrow freeway by installing concrete walls and adding new lighting. But some historic advocates say more original features from the freeway should have been preserved and that the new walls will attract taggers and look phony. Caltrans says the walls won’t require constant replacement, as is the case with guardrails that are frequently crunched by wayward motorists.

Shaming misbehaving straphangers (New York Daily News)

A New Yorker weary of rude passengers on subway trains has created a website that shows said behaviors — the idea being that maybe a little public shaming will fix the problem. Hmm. The website’s founder has a particular ire toward those who hog seats by stretching out or laying down for a nap.