Transportation headlines, Wednesday, April 13

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.

An exurban office park where it’s cool to take the bus (The Atlantic)

About a third of the 30,000 workers in the Bishop Ranch office park in San Ramon take transit to work — a significant jump over the national average of 4.5 percent of workers who commute by transit. And the ranch isn’t even next to a BART or rail station. Instead, the office park — which includes Chevron as a major tenant — has a transportation manager who is evangelical in her zeal to create a transit culture and get people to try the bus. It also helps, of course, that many bus lines terminate in the area. Very good story.

Budget deal deeply cuts high-speed rail program (New York Times)

Here’s the top of the story:

President Obama’s fledgling high-speed rail program was dealt a serious setback by the budget deal that he struck with Republicans last week: new details released Tuesday showed that the agreement will not only eliminate financing for high-speed rail this year, but will also take back some of the money that Congress approved for it last year.

The cut is a major blow to one of Mr. Obama’s signature transportation goals, which he set just months ago in his State of the Union address when he called for giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years. And it casts serious doubt on his proposal for spending $53 billion on a high-speed rail program over the next six years.

Elimination of U.S. high-speed rail funds threatens California’s project (Mercury News)

California officials say they could still get the money from the funds spurned by Florida and that the project here is on track to break ground next year in the San Joaquin Valley.