Transportation headlines, Thursday, May 27

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.

New rail cars criticized in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

The new cars, from Bombardier, are too loud, the lighting’s bad, the noise isn’t good and there’s a new aisle-facing seating arrangement. And the cars, to some, already look outdated. One activist says they also need speakers emitting predatory bird sounds to scare off pigeons who deface rail cars.

Gov dumps the Cadillac (Boston Herald)

It’s an election year, so the governor of Massachussets has gotten rid of the Cadillac and is now tooling around in a $52,000 Chevy Tahoe hybrid SUV. The Herald says the Tahoe is gaining favor with pols looking to nod to the environment while preserving leg room.

Readers photos of the Gulf oil spill (New York Times)

Top kill is underway. In the meantime, this nine-photo gallery at the NYT website is worth a look.