Transportation headlines, Thursday, Dec. 23

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.

The U.S.S. Prius (New York Times)

Weary of having one soldier killed or wounded for every 24 fuel convoys in Afghanistan — a stat from 2007 — the Navy and Marines have launched an effort to convert to bio-fuels and renewable energy. As columnist Thomas Friedman points out, the idea is to create energy nearest to where it’s needed instead of having to transport it hundreds of miles, where it’s often vulnerable to enemies and roadside bombs.

The High Line in lower Manhattan. Photo by Walking Geek.

The High Line, part two (New York Times)

The first segment of the park was a hit — attentive readers know the High Line was an elevated train track on the west side of lower Manhattan that was converted to an elevated park. Work on the second phase from 20th to 30th streets is well underway and will feature the High Line’s first expanse of lawn, a valley between two tall buildings and a grate that will allow visitors to glimpse the street below.

New iPhone app shows parking spaces in Hollywood (Curbed LA)

The app costs $1.99 and gets its information from sensors that have been placed in the street. Motorists can learn which blocks have the most available parking spaces — presumably while they’re not driving. The company that makes the app has plans to expand to other parts of the city.

2 replies

  1. I forwarded the article about the NYC High Line to a friend who lives close by in NYC. And asked him i it was built directly on top of old tracks and if so what do the people do for replacement transportation. His response follows – not exactly the hit you mention.
    “The elevated park was created by repurposing an existing (and decaying) elevated train line. It was paved and landscaped — and patterned after a similar idea in Paris.

    I think it’s a novelty but I’d rather see it knocked down. I think it’s a glorified eyesore. Some people love it. The paving was designed inconsistently and it’s easy to trip over it if you don’t watch where you’re going. The “landscaping” looks like haphazard overgrown weeds to me.

    Definitely not a ‘must see’ in my book.

  2. People are not going to use that app responsibly. It’s just a matter of time before somebody gets killed because someone was staring at an iPhone looking for parking instead of DRIVING.