Transportation headlines, Monday, August 30

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.

Burbank green-lights transit center for Bob Hope Airport (L.A. Times)

Burbank has approved a $120-million transit center for Bob Hope Airport that will consolidate bus transit and car rental facilities on the property and add a moving walkway to the terminal. There is also a planned pedestrian bridge connecting the Burbank Amtrak and Metrolink with the airport, but funding still needs to be secured for that. Officials are aiming for a December 2012 opening date for the transit center.

[NYC] MTA Passes On Seatless Subway Plan (

In an effort to increase the efficiency of trains – and save some cash – the NYC MTA had planned to implement a pilot program with standing-only subway cars. It looks like NYC commuters who like having the chance of grabbing a seat can breathe a sigh of relief, the program never got off the ground. Now New Yorkers just have to deal with transit service cuts and an upcoming fare hike.

Today’s musical interlude. Another reader recommendation to make you smile on this Monday morning, “Double Dutch Bus” by Frankie Smith. My favorite line: “Bus fare, trans pass/That’s the way my money lasts/Ain’t got no car to get around/When I go to work I’ve gotta go downtown.”

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TEN Public Spaces along the CicLAvia Route (CicLAvia)

On October 10, 2010 L.A. is celebrating CicLAvia – a day of “open streets” where formerly car filled streets will be open to human beings not encased in steel in glass. The CicLAvia blog lists ten public spaces along the route.