Transportation headlines, Friday, Sept. 3

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.

TAP is being fixed, but the turnstile debacle won’t go away (Los Angeles Streetsblog)

Dana Gabbard predicts turnstiles will never be locked by Metro because of problems transitioning Metro passengers to TAP cards – and he even can foresee a day when Metro decides to rip out the leased gates. He also blasts away at yours truly for my opinion on the current proof of payment system on Metro Rail. Fair enough. But I stand by my original conviction and hope the day comes when those gates serve their intended purpose.

A 1963 vision of smart card technology (Primary Resources)

The Metro Library’s blog digs up a 1963 report in which a transportation planner basically outlines both a smart card system for the Los Angeles area and a sprawling transit network. Forty-seven years later, work proceeds on both counts.

We’ll wrap up out headlines early today with “The Train is Coming,” as performed by UB40. Seems like an appropriate choice for a day when Metro burped out two draft environmental studies for big train projects — the regional connector and Westside subway.