Transportation headlines, Thursday, Feb. 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 Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

L.A. mobility meetings coming to a neighborhood near you this weekend and next.

Los Angeles Mobility Element community meetings start this weekend (The Source)

Just a quick reminder that there are two community meetings this Saturday — and two more next Saturday — at which the public can help the city of L.A. shape its transportation policies. More details at the link above.

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Van Nuys City Hall
14410 Sylvan St.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
6067 W Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Google Transit: How (and why) the search giant is remapping public transportation (Xconomy)

Xconomy, a news website covering “business, life sciences, and technology news,” has this invaluable piece about how Google transformed the way transit information is used and shared with the public. The key part seems to be that Google was able to use its clout to establish a standardized format with which transit agencies could disseminate information about bus schedules and transit stop locations. This spurred agencies to share more information with app developers and led to a wave of useful digital tools for commuters.

Why I ride the bus (KCRW UnFictional)

This 30 minute radio feature delves into the life of one unique L.A. transit rider. Host Bob Carlson tells the story of a man who gave up his car and took up commuting via the Metro Local 180, thanks to a decade-long bout of narcolepsy that left him prone to nod off at any moment — including once behind the wheel at a red light. Unfortunately, I think the storytelling leans a bit too heavily on some well-worn cliches about the relationship between those irrevocably car-lovin’ Angelenos and their transit system. But it’s well worth a listen all the same.

Architectural sites that define our community (Mark Ridley-Thomas)

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ staff has produced a web feature that highlights some of the architectural gems in the county’s second district. Two of the landmarks featured — Watts Towers and Exposition Park — jump out at me as being accessible via the Metro Rail Blue Line and soon-to-open Expo Line, respectively. Click the link and let us know in the comments if you think any of the other places mentioned are worth a trip via Metro.