Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Aug. 25

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.

Two taggers arrested (Los Angeles Times)

Two taggers allegedly responsible for $300,000 in damage to freeway bridges and Metro property, among other public property, have been arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies. Both are said to be members of a group called PCN, which stands for Painting Cities Nightly or Painters Causing Nightmares. They were booked on felony vandalism charges. My two cents: Good.

A 60-mile, 10-day traffic jam in China (Marketplace)

Road construction is the official reason given for the backup on thte 110 nest the Mongolian border. Trucks are taking the brunt of it although business has been up for roadside noodle vendors who have quadrupled their prices for their captive, hungry customers. Btw, China surpassed the U.S. In car sales this year.

Good thing it’s never too early for some vintage Aerosmith, whose “Train Kept a Rollin'” is today’s musical interlude. These guys are wearing several farms worth of leather.

If you know of a song prominently mentioning a train or bus or transit, drop us an email at and we’ll add it to our list.

In India, many potholes but few civil engineers (New York Times)

The country’s infrastructure is falling apart. Once upon a time ere was a prosperous class of engineers to do something about it. But the economy has shifted and the best gig in town is to write software for foreigners.