Transportation headlines, Friday, August 13

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.

Top 10 Reasons People Avoid Public Transit (+Metro)

Jung Gatoona at the blog +Metro compiles an honest and entertaining list of reasons people in L.A. – and anywhere else, really – avoid taking public transit. And guess what? Being a earth-hating emissions burning ‘Fast and the Furious’ speed junkie isn’t one of them. But, #2 on the list is “I love my car.” All of the reasons strike true, and even for public transit boosters like myself, it pays to recognize the implicit limitations of taking transit. Some of transit’s limitations can be addressed with time, money and greater attention to detail by the agency (“It’s very confusing”, “It’s never on time”, “Limited service area”) others, however, are just part of transit life (“No personal space”, “Can’t easily move cargo”).

10 Web Apps To Help With Your Transit Needs (AltTransport)

Here’s another top 10 list for your Friday consumption – AltTransport gathers 10 web apps that make transit easier. Some of these, like Google Transit, we’re all familiar with, but there’s many on this list that I’ve never heard of and am interested in checking out. I really think web apps combined with mobile technology will make public transit a lot more user friendly in the near future.

Driverless cars hit the road (Reuters)

Speaking of the future, this video from Reuters shows a pretty amazing technology: auto-piloted cars. A group of engineers have come up with the technology that allow cars to be driven on regular streets and highways without a driver. Using a combination of cameras, lasers and computing power these cars are currently navigating the streets of Ukraine in a six country tour.