Transportation headlines, Monday, Jan. 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.

For wildlife, a safe highway crossing (New York Times Green blog)

Wildlife-vehicle collisions exact a steep toll each year: the deaths of more than 100 motorists, many tens of thousands of animal deaths and $8 billion in property damage and injuries. The group ARC recently held a design competition for a wildlife crossing bridge over busy Interstate 70 at Vail Pass in the Colorado Rockies. The winner was selected yesterday with a design for a bridge wide enough to provide forest, meadows and shrubs to help different animals navigate the bridge. There presently isn’t money to build it, but the idea behind the competition was to come up with a design that would work in many different parts of the country. Watch the above video.

On a train, a fight between the silent and the quiet (New York Times)

New Jersey Transit recently introduced “quiet” cars. It’s a good concept for those taking the commuter trains into Manhattan from the ‘burbs. Problem is, different passengers have different ideas over what constitutes “quiet.”

What makes a city smart? (Time)

Go to the link to see a video of mayors from major cities discuss what they think qualifies a city as smart. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is featured and he agrees with colleagues from other cities: the more infrastructure investment, the better.