Transportation headlines, Wednesday, March 2

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.

If congestion pricing is so great, why don’t businesses do it? (The Atlantic)

The writer argues that most people don’t want to pay extra to (hypothetically) cut in line at the grocery or (in reality) have a faster drive. Yet, her own arguments suggest that in many cases people will pay more for convenience. Maybe they don’t like it and others resent them for it — but they do it.

Muni objects to state criticism of its lines (San Francisco Chronicle)

The California Public Utilities Commission has released a long list of problems it found with the Muni rail system, alleging there’s bad wiring and that the system is in disrepair. Muni officials are fighting back, saying that the oldest system in the state is in good working order and that they’re tirelessly working to keep it that way. An intriguing standoff, considering the Muni averages 145,000 boardings a day in one of America’s most celebrated cities.

Buses versus high-speed rail (KALW News)

On the East Coast and in the Midwest., low-cost bus services have been on the rise connecting cities such as New York and Boston (for example). They’re not super fast, but they get the job done and this post wonders whether feisty bus companies could one day drain ridership from high-speed rail. This is a very interesting read.