Transportation headlines, Friday, March 11

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.

Tokyo commuters form 200-meter taxi line as trains shut down (SF Gate)

Tokyo’s famous rail systems were shut down after the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan yesterday. This led to a taxi line longer than two football fields forming at the city’s main rail station as commuters clamored to get home to their families. No subway related casualties have been reported.

Greenest homes are those near public transit (USA Today)

A study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reveals that homes near public transit are more energy efficient than suburban homes – even Energy-star rated suburban homes. The reason is simple — by being “location efficient” residents can greatly reduce the largest energy drain suburban households face: transportation.

Amtrak reaches 16-straight months of ridership growth (Progressive Railroading)

After its best February on record, Amtrak is riding a 16-month wave of ridership growth. The rail company attributes the growth to the improving economy, new marketing initiatives and the addition of WiFi on trains in the north east. Ridership is expected to rise even more with gas prices. In Southern California, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner ridership increased by 6.1 percent and the L.A. to New Orleans Sunset Limited increased by 12.6 percent.