Transportation headlines, Monday, Nov. 8

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.

Universal City development plan advances (Los Angeles Times)

The environmental impact report (39,000 pages!) for a massive new mixed-use development adjacent to the Metro Red Line Universal City Station was released last week and it’s no surprise that the largest environmental concern from nearby residents is traffic. NBC Universal will invest $100 million in transit and street improvements – including buying Metro a new articulated bus to operate on Ventura Blvd.

Basics: the spacing of stops and stations (Human Transit)

Human Transit presents another in-depth and insightful look at the thought that goes into transit planning – this time taking a look at the spacing of bus stops and rail stations. The spacing of stops is important and challenging – stops that are too close together slow transit down and impact ridership whereas stops spaced too far apart make it difficult for riders (especially elderly riders) to get to their destinations. No one ever said transit planning was easy.

Human Transit has come (back) to L.A. (MetroRiderLA)

Jarret Walker is the man behind the Human Transit blog responsible for the headline above and he was recently in L.A. as part of a California tour (he lives in Australia). Wad at MetroRiderLA caught up with him at a Sierra Club meeting and got some great insight on the man, the blog and what he thinks about transit in L.A.