Transportation headlines, Monday, July 19

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.

Cars at Curbside, Available to Share (N.Y. Times)

The city of Hoboken, NJ, has teamed with Hertz to provide “a few dozen” cars for short term rental on the streets of the city with program called Corner Cars. It’s a unique partnership in that the program costs the city nothing – Hertz actually pays the the city $100/month for each curbside spot. Most car-sharing programs make use of private parking garages and lots, and the hope is that the more visible location on the streets will encourage more residents to give up their cars and rent instead when they need a vehicle.

Blue Line 20-year progress report (MetroRiderLA)

The Blue Line turned 20 last week and MetroRiderLA takes a in depth look at what has changed – if anything – along the line. Downtown L.A. and Downtown Long Beach have both seen major and transformative redevelopment take place along the line. But, despite shrinking crime rates and increased mobility, the long stretch between those points remains largely untouched by the development promises transit lines usually come packaged with.

City officials weigh in on Exposition Light Rail stations (Santa Monica Daily Press)

Santa Monica officials are currently in talks with the Expo Line Construction Authority on the topic of station design. The two parties are deciding on a “baseline” of design features of stations that will be paid for by the construction authority – anything outside that baseline must be paid for by the city.

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