Transportation headlines, Friday, June 11

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.

Coming to a freeway near you: mobile puppet shows (L.A. Times)

A puppeteer is hitting the road and doing puppet shows from the back of his pick-up truck for the entertainment of the vehicle stuck in back of him. Audience members can listen to a soundtrack aired over the radio. The plays, says the creator, are about the characters trying to create a world around them with the world throwing up roadblocks. The CHP says there are no specific laws prohibiting puppet shows in the back of pickup trucks on the freeway. I know if I’m the unlucky audience member, I’m switching lanes and turning up the Springsteen.

Latest high-speed rail to Vegas projection (San Bernardino Sun)

The backers of a bullet train from Victorville to Las Vegas say they could break ground in 2011 on the project despite no announced financing plan and not having the necessary approvals from the Federal Railroad Administration. I’m going to go out on a limb on this one and predict a groundbreaking next year is probably not in the cards.

Getting around South Africa won’t be easy for soccer fans (Mail & Guardian)

Another unfortunate legacy of apartheid: there isn’t great infrastructure connecting parts of South Africa that leaders wanted disconnected. There is a new bus rapid transit system in Johannesburg, which has angered the mini-van drivers who have been ferrying commuters for years. The new bus system has even come under attack on a handful of occasions.