Transportation headlines, Monday, August 15

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.

The 10 cities where everyone should stop driving their car (Business Insider)

Need a reason to stop driving? How about saving over $10,000 a year? According to a new study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) that’s how much Angelenos can save if they give up their car for a TAP card. The study compared all the costs of car ownership for a family of two with the cost of a monthly transit pass. The number one city for saving money by taking transit: New York City, where you can save $14,643 a year by not owning a car.

High-speed rail: the test of our generation (SF Gate)

Jim Wunderman, CEO of the San Francisco business advocacy organization Bay Area Council, likens California high-speed rail to the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic piece of infrastructure was conceived in bleak economic times and faced the cries of detractors. Also: its proposed costs more than tripled. But it was built and remains not just a useful piece of transportation infrastructure but, as Wunderman puts it, “a  landmark for all humanity.” Are high-speed rail detractors going to kill our generation’s Golden Gate Bridge?

Westside Neighborhood Council Backs Constellation Subway Station (Westwood-Century City Patch)

Last Thursday the Westside Neighborhood Council voted in favor of the Constellation stop for the Westside Subway after hearing a presentation by the Century City Chamber of Commerce. The presentation revealed that 27,000 employees work within quarter mile of the proposed Constellation stop – three times more than the Santa Monica Boulveard stop, according to the Chamber.