Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Aug. 18

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.

Siemens takes high-speed rail campaign straight to the people (Streetsblog DC)

The firm has begun posting ads in airports reminding passengers there may be a faster way to reach their destination: the bullet trains manufactured by Siemens. It’s the company’s way to get people to support high-speed rail projects proposed around the U.S. Siemens hopes that once projects are approved it will have a shot at winning the massive contracts to supply trains for them. I think it’s a clever campaign — and something the California High-Speed Rail Authority should take a look at if it wants to drum up public support for its project.

Taking high-speed trains into the future (Miller-McCune)

A comprehensive look at Spain’s bullet train network, which offers relatively cheap fares and is on time nearly all the time. It has also helped revive some cities on the route, connecting them to Spain’s main centers of commerce. In the meantime, the reporter Bruce Selcraig looks at what he thinks will be America’s first bullet train project: a short line in Florida from Tampa to Orlando and wonders whether it will be enough to spark high-speed rail in this country.

We now interrupt this morning’s headlines for a musical interlude, “Does this Bus Stop at 82nd Street?,” a cut from Bruce Springsteen’s great first album. Actually, they’re all great. Bruuuuuce! If you know of a song that includes the mention of a bus or train, drop us an email at and maybe we’ll toss it into a future headlines post.

When you bike in Boise, “stop” means maybe (High Country News)

Writer Steve Bunk wonders if the Idaho city’s liberal biking laws — bikers can yield at stop signs and can legally go through red lights — may actually have empowered cyclists too much. There have been four cycling fatalities in the past year or so and two of those accidents were not the fault of motorists. For all the good riding Bunk sees around Boise, he also sees a fair amount of recklessness on the part of cyclists and hopes that it doesn’t create a backlash.