Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Jan. 11

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.

How to pay per ride with your TAP card (KPCC)

The reporter takes Metro’s new instant chat service for a spin while trying to learn how to put a cash purse on a TAP card. The answer provided: It’s not available at this time. The reporter says that it’s actually possible and explains what for now is the inconvient way to do so.

See ya later, last diesel bus (LAist)

Metro on Wednesday is retiring the last diesel bus that is part of the diesel’s fleet. That means Metro will have 2,221 buses run by compressed natural gas, six that are gasoline-electric hybrids and one that is fully electric-powered. We’ll have coverage of the press event of the retirement here at The Source tomorrow.

Villaraigosa says more layoffs likely if parking deal not reached (L.A. Times)

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrote the City Council saying that a deal to lease nine city parking garages to private interests to run is necessary to help the city’s coffers and avoid shedding more workers. Critics of the deal say it will result in increased parking rates and allow private interests to buy more city assetts at bargain prices.