Transportation headlines, Thursday, June 3

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.

10 ways for cities to kick the off-shore oil habit (Grist)

There’s nothing very surprising on the list, but it’s a nice roundup of things cities can do to encourage other ways of getting around besides driving alone. Number one on the list is to build “complete streets,” meaning streets that encourage pedestrian and bike use. Building near mass transit is ranked number two.

Expo’s Farmdale Station proposal debated (Curbed LA)

A public hearing was held Tuesday night to discuss the station proposed outside Dorsey High School in South L.A. The station, if approved by the state, is being added to alleviate safety concerns by the LAUSD and others that trains would be running by the school without stopping. But many speakers who testified at the hearing — including teachers — said they still believe the train either needs to be put underground or elevated in the stretch near the school. That, of course, is a very costly proposition.

How Wyoming’s politics contributed to the gulf oil spill (New West)

Very interesting piece about the politics of oil in Wyoming in recent decades and how some friends of the industry ended up playing prominent roles at the U.S. Department of the Interior and its Minerals Management Service. That’s the agency, of course, that was supposed to be overseeing off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.