Transportation headlines, Thursday, August 12

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Demand-Based “Smart Parking”: Watch How It Works (Primary Resources)

Primary Resources links to an adorable and informative isometric animated video from SFpark – San Francisco’s new experiment in market based parking (watch the video for the explanation). The blog then looks at parking studies done in Los Angeles in the 1940’s, but notes that, unlike San Francisco’s new program, the “focus was on supply meeting demand, not supply priced for demand.”

MTA [NYC]  introduces capital program dashboard (The Transit Wire)

The Transit Wire reports the the NYC MTA has taken a huge step forward in terms of fiscal transparency when it comes to capital projects. The agency’s new online dashboard provides a huge amount of detail on each and every capital project  – showing not only what phase the project is in, but the budget (planned and actual) and schedule (planned and actual). Check it out – it’s easy, readable and accessible.

The Gold Line’s Walk Score (Straight Outta Suburbia)

The Straight Outta Suburbia blog has started an awesome series that mashes up WalkScore data with Metro’s rail stations. The most recent post shows the Gold Line to be “Very Walkable”, especially in Pasadena. The blog has also looked the Green Line (“Somewhat Walkable”) and the Blue Line (“Very Walkable” thanks to the downtown areas that anchor it). I’ll admit, I wish I thought of this idea – can’t wait to see the results for the subway.