Transportation headlines, Friday, Sept. 23

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.

Four-level turns 58 (KCET SoCal Focus)

Great post and photo gallery on the 101-110 freeway interchange, which was novel when it opened in 1953 for the way it routed motorists headed in eight different directions. Today, of course, it has become one of the foremost symbols of congestion in Southern California and the transition from the southbound 101 to the 110 remains completely ridiculous!

Metro Board approves jobs plan (L.A. Times)

A good look at yesterday’s action by the Metro Board to begin the process of creating a plan to ensure that area residents who are paying local transit taxes get jobs created by those taxes.

Six New York subway stops to get cell phone service (N.Y. Daily News)

The paper reports that service will begin next week but the New York MTA declines comment. A project to get service had begun in 2007 and seemingly stalled. Metro staff have studied the issue here, but thus far nothing has come of it. That said, Supervisor and County Mayor Mike Antonovich inquired about cell phone service in the subway yesterday as part of a presentation to the Metro Board on safety. His point was that Metro customers should have the ability to make an emergency call on their cell phones.

First two miles of 2nd Avenue Subway excavated (Businessweek)

Tunneling the two miles began in May 2010 and was just completed — the tunnel boring machine averaged about 70 feet of progress a day. There’s still a lot of work to do — this initial phase of the project isn’t expected to open until 2016.

4,000 mph train possible (Current)

So says one researcher, touting a one-hour underwater trip via mag-lev train in a vacuum tunnel between New York and London. Sounds great. I think we should first concentrate on an under two-hour trip between L.A. and San Diego.