Transportation headlines, Thursday, Oct. 28

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.

MTA to choose routes for Westside subway, downtown light-rail connector (L.A. Times)

The Times takes a look at the big infrastructure decisions to be made at today’s Metro board meeting. Most of what’s covered should be familiar to Source readers, but there are some nice quotes from the Mayor and Metro planners to be found in the story.

Research Roundup: Spawl Crawl And Rethinking Peak Hour Commutes, The New Sharing Economy & Smart Mobility For The 21st Century (Primary Resources)

The Metro Library looks at a number of new studies released that are of interest to those who follow transportation issues. One study that stands out is about the “sharing economy” – it looks at various markets and opportunities for sharing goods and services. Car sharing is put under the category of “best new opportunities” while bike sharing is considered to have “low prior success”.

Richard Lenthall on the busways of Aimere, Netherlands (Human Transit)

A blogger from the Netherlands writes this guest post for Human Transit that takes a look at an efficient new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in Aimere. The line is an example of BRT done right – without compromises – as it has a dedicated write of way and complete signal priority as it reaches intersections. The post includes some videos showcasing how it all works.

Tea Party candidate rides a bicycle (Cyclelicious)

An interesting look at a Pennsylvania Tea Party candidate who, despite the associations that come with the Tea Party label, gets around exclusively by bicycle and public transport. Here’s a choice quote from the conservative candidate: “The bicycle is just as productive and useful now as it was 100 years ago; we should bring this type of simplicity to the Federal government.”