Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Feb. 1

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.

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

Boston-based travel writer Necee Regis takes a rather uncommon approach to her L.A. getaway: she rides the bus. And she likes it. Her story is a tale of a sprawling, traffic choked city that is rather easy – albeit a bit slow – to get around on the wheels of a bus. During her three day public transit tour she visits tourist hot spots like The Getty, LACMA (and the gourmet food trucks parked near it), the Farmers Market, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Venice Beach. Her bus experience was overwhelmingly positive – agency websites made figuring out routes easy, drivers were friendly and riders were welcoming.

BHUSD’s Softer Approach Aims to Calm Dealings with MTA (Westwood-Century City Patch)

After hiring an experienced public works lobbyist the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) has deciding to tone down comments about potential litigation against Metro over the proposed subway route that would tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. Board members are opting for a more diplomatic approach on the recommendation of the lobbyist, who helped officials negotiate an agreement with Metro to do seismic testing at the high school.

Brentwood on the Bus: What are the Odds? (Westside Today)

Joel Epstein gives reluctant Brentwood residents a primer in going Metro by relaying his family’s positive experience on transit in L.A. He notes that, unfortunately, many people must experience “teachable moments” to get them on transit – like his own wife, who switched modes after a car accident. The alternative to risking life and limb, Joel says, is the chance to read and listen to music as someone else does the driving.