Transportation headlines, Wednesday, April 4

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.


The Lincoln Tunnel: How many Angelenos would drive everywhere if the 405 had a $12 toll? -- although it certainly doesn't stop a lot of New Yorkers from driving. (Photo by Joel Epstein/Metro)

SoCal group votes on foot-friendly transit plan (San Jose Mercury News)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is expected to adopt a 25-year transportation plan later this week. The plan — an assemblage of locally-funded plans — is significant because it shows the emphasis being places on mass transit, transit-oriented development, cycling and pedestrian improvements across the six-county area.

After 100 years, Muni has gotten slower (New York Times)

On many bus and rail lines in San Francisco, travel times in 2012 aren’t much different than in 1912. In those days, streetcars had little competition — unlike today, in which buses and street-running rail lines have to jockey for space with cars. The Muni system has a program underway to speed some lines by adding bus lanes, reducing the number of bus stops and better synching traffic signals to keep buses and trains moving.


Bus etiquette in New York? ha! (Transportation Nation)

Transportation Nation takes a fun, tongue in cheek look at bus rider etiquette. “For New Yorkers, all rules are just suggestions. Exit at the rear of the bus?  Fuggedaboutit!” Still, the article has a serious side in noting ongoing rider confusion about off bus ticketing at payment kiosks at New York’s express bus stops. Apparently, the MTA needs to redouble its efforts to explain the process to both native New Yorkers and visitors to the city.

In a new age of air travel, preferring the old (New York Times)

Berlin’s new airport is set to open in June to replace the small Tegel Airport that debuted in 1975. In a throwback that might just be the envy of every air traveler, each gate at Tegel has its own check-in counter that was usually 100 feet or so from the street. “The point was to make walking distances for passengers as short as possible,” said Meinhard von Gerkan, the architect who designed Tegel. The new airport is much bigger and, some have complained, looks too much like a shopping mall.

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  1. Speaking of transportation headlines, has there been any news about fixing all that’s wrong with TAP? Or is there no funding for this?