Transportation headlines, Friday, August 20

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.

Metro’s Art Leahy holds court with the Transit Coalition (SoapBoxLA)

Metro CEO Art Leahy met the Transit Coalition at their latest meeting at Philippe’s in downtown L.A. and SoapBoxLA has the low down. The article describes Leahy as an agent of change and lists the changes he has made at Metro HQ and  his commitment to putting the customer first. Leahy also talked about the importance of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in L.A. and how it is an essential element of a complete transportation system.

City [San Francisco] working to make car-sharing more popular (San Francisco Chronicle)

According the article, the San Francisco Bay Area is the second largest car sharing market in the U.S. after New York City, but it’s vying to be number one. Interesting fact: since 2002 San Francisco has required car-sharing spaces be included in new developments, both residential and commercial. And guess what? There hasn’t been many complaints, from residents or developers. San Francisco currently has two competing car sharing programs, City CarShare and Zipcar, with a total of 380 pickup spots.

Today’s musical interlude: Star Guitar by the Chemical Brothers. This video perfectly captures the feeling of riding a train with your headphones on, timing the passing vistas to the beat. Enjoy.

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A Private Bus Service Picks Up Slack from [NYC] MTA Cuts, but with Questions (WNYC)

Bus service cuts in New York City have inspired the market to fill in the gap with privately run buses and vans. One bus, an express route through Brooklyn that replaces a discontinued MTA route has proven popular and even charges the same price for a ride: $5. The problem is that such buses may not actually be authorized to pick up and discharge passengers in the city.