Transportation headlines, Monday, Dec. 12

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.

FTA audit faults Metro (Los Angeles Times)

Please see our post from late Friday for more information about this and a statement from Metro.

Landmark deal reached at climate conference (NPR)

The deal doesn’t involve new limits on greenhouse gas emissions. It does involve a framework that is supposed to get 194 nations — including big polluters such as the U.S., China and India — to one day agree to limits, as well as a funding plan to help some nations develop cleaner energy. In the meantime, might I suggest it’s best to think local?

Some see flaws in city’s bike plan (Daily News)

Bike activists say the city is making a better effort to install cycling infrastructure as part of its new bike plan — and city officials say initial efforts have produced 20 miles of streets with sharrows and 14 miles with bike lanes. Critics, however, say that sharrows — markings that show the lane is to be shared with vehicles — aren’t as helpful to cyclists as real bike lanes.

A dust storm envelops Phoenix this past July. Photo by Alan Stark, via Flickr creative commons.

Quality of the air? That’s as murky as the Western sky (New York Times)

Dust-storms seem to be on the rise in the Western U.S. — with dust causing snow to melt quicker than it should. A variety of forces are at work, including off-road vehicles and droughts that kill plants that anchor the soil. Most of the dust seems to be coming from the Colorado Plateau and some scientists believe the problem could worsen if the climate, as predicted, becomes hotter and drier across the West.