Transportation headlines, Monday, Jan. 31

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.

Buses fastest-growing form of intercity travel (USA Today)

According to a study out of De Paul University in Chicago, the number of intercity travelers who chose buses increased by 6% in the last year, the largest increase of any intercity mode in the nation over that time period. The biggest gains – with nearly a 25% increase – went to intercity buses that picked up passengers at curb-side locations in city centers, as opposed to those that operated out of established transit hubs. The study’s authors found that passengers were particularly drawn to bus companies’ very low fares and wireless internet.

Above it all in L.A. traffic (Washington Post)

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, a travel writer for the Washington Post decided to Go Metro and share her story. In this extensive piece, she recounts her experience using the bus system to navigate several of the city’s tourist destinations, including Venice Beach, the Getty Museum, and LACMA. The key to her success: embracing a sense of “zen-like flexibility.”

Texas road and transportation funding in crisis (Associated Press)

For the first time in 20 years, typically tax-averse Texas is considering raising its 20 cent gas tax to cover $11.9 billion worth of highway construction bonds that the state has issued since 2003. Despite the great need to invest America’s transportation infrastructure, national politicians have lately called raising the federal gasoline tax “a third rail.” Regular readers of The Source will recall that the federal gas tax has been stuck at 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. Over the years, inflation and more fuel efficient cars have slowly eaten away at that key revenue source for transportation investment.

1 reply

  1. Even if they’re afraid to pass an increase to the gas tax they better start indexing it to inflation or the hole is just going to get bigger and bigger.

    Gas prices are so high that a 10 cent increase in the gas tax would barely be noticeable. It’s pathetic that that would be a “third rail.”