Transportation headlines, Wednesday, June 2

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.

Cyclists sue Seattle, allege streetcar tracks are unsafe (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Six cyclists who crashed while trying to cross the tracks say that the city didn’t adequately warn bikers of dangers until after they started crashing. The streetcar often runs in the curb lane while cyclists use the next lane over — making it difficult to cross the tracks at anything less than severe angles. If cyclists don’t get it right, their tires can get stuck in the gap between the tracks and pavement.

No more free rides for carpoolers on the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco Chronicle)

The gig is up beginning July 1 when carpoolers will have to pay $3 to cross the Golden Gate, as well as seven other state-owned bridges in the Bay Area. Officials say carpoolers are still getting a 50% discount, but that squeaky budgets demanded carpoolers be charged something.

Parking lots get a makeover (Time)

Officials and real estate interests around the U.S. are looking for any way to better use the thousands of acres of asphalt sitting amid urban areas. While the parking is often needed, many believe the land can be better used to create more livable cities and to revive urban areas. Downtown Los Angeles is not mentioned, but I wish it was. The glut of parking lots in downtown, I think, is the primary obstacle to creating a truly interesting and inviting urban environment. And all that cheap parking — and L.A. is way cheaper when it comes to parking than other large cities — encourages people to drive instead of taking mass transit.