Transportation headlines, Friday, March 4

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 universal is transit’s geometry? (Human Transit)

Jarrett Walker pens another thoughtful piece that clarifies the so-called “geometries” of transit. In the article he proposes an alternate planet with an alien race very different than ours – he calls them “borts.” Despite the alien nature of the borts, Jarrett demonstrates with a few simple assumptions, their transit needs are the same – proving the universal aspects of certain transit planning concepts.

Residents express concern about Green Line (The Beach Reporter)

One Measure R project that doesn’t get much press is the Green Line extension into the South Bay. The project is still in the draft environmental review stage and under the current schedule is still many years from getting underway. But that hasn’t stopped some South Bay residents from worrying about what a rail line through their neighborhoods might mean. Many of the concerns are typical: worries about increased traffic congestion, noise and vibration from passing trains and  safety.

Parking permit revenue down due to transit pass success (PCC Courier)

Introduced in spring of 2010, I-Pass is a partnership between Pasadena City College and Metro that offers full-time students discounted transit passes – a nice incentive to get students out of their cars while saving the college from building more pricey parking garages. But the success of the program has led to a reduction in parking permit revenue that, ironically, helps fund the I-Pass program. While the program has been a success – 15 percent of full-time students own I-Passes – it’s not enough to make the program sustainable without a subsidy. There are plans to integrate I-Pass sales into class registration, which would hopefully increase the number of students buying passes.