Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Jan. 24

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 Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

Switching to a Connection (KCET)

The writer D.J. Waldie ponders the Regional Connector project, which he views as the linchpin for the county’s emerging rail network. But is it enough?

House brass adding to gridlock on transpo bills (Politico)

Two key federal spending bills — a multi-year transportation bill and legislation involving the FAA — have been held up in the committee process in the House of Representatives. Why? Increasing meddling from political party leadership trying to take a stand on particular issues.

Earth to Toronto mayor: subways are expensive! (Human Transit)

Blogger and transportation planner Jarrett Walker lights up a plan by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to build a subway to the ‘burbs in order to get trains out of the way of cars. The problem: in Walker’s view undergrounding the line is needlessly expensive and would waste money that could actually be used to improve mobility in the area.

Check out this great video unearthed by the Metro Library — it’s General Motors’ take on solving traffic in cities in the 1950s. There’s a lot of great footage and some fretting about saving downtown business districts.