Transportation headlines, Wednesday, April 11

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.

It’s National Library Week. The Metro Transportation Library’s YouTube Channel features topical playlists of more than 200 films and videos related to the past, present and future of transit and transportation in Los Angeles — everything from a 1914 Pacific Electric training film to a 1991 promotional video for building the Metro Red Line. Part 3 of this 1947 film, “It’s A Big Job,” details what it’s like for the first day of a Los Angeles Transit Lines operator. (Part 1 and Part 2 of the training film)

Ridership on New York subway soars (New York MTA)

There were about 1.64 billion boardings in 2011, the highest number since 1950. Here’s a cool list from the New York MTA:

Annual Subway Ridership

1. Tokyo
3.151 billion (2010)
2. Moscow
2.389 billion (2011)
3. Beijing
2.180 billion (2011)
4. Shanghai
1.884 billion (2010)
5. Seoul
1.769 billion (2010)
6. Guangzhou
1.640 billion (2011)
7. New York City
1.640 billion (2011)
8. Paris
1.506 billion (2010)
9. Mexico City
1.410 billion (2010)
10. Hong Kong
1.378 billion (2011)


Planning L.A., a history (The Atlantic Cities)

An interview with David Sloane, who wrote a book titled “Planning Los Angeles” that takes a look — as the name implies — at the role urban planners have taken over the decades in shaping the region. In Sloane’s view, much of the L.A. area was built according to plans that were on the books.

A Carmageddon baby boom? (KNBC)

Is there a baby boom because all those people stayed home during Carmageddon last July? Probably not, but KNBC manages to get one couple to ‘fess up and one local hospital to say ‘maybe’ and that’s enough for this story. Plus, we all know that everyone who stayed home was doing yard chores.

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    During fiscal year 2011 there were 0.096 billion Metro Rail boardings. During the same period there were 0.357 billion bus boardings (for Metro). It would be interesting to see the figures for SM BBB, Foothill, OCTA, and others (like DART, Pas ARTS, Montebello, etc.)

    • Some of those ridership numbers may be available from the American Public Transportation Association’s website. Look for ridership reports. They tend to have larger agencies but some of the smaller ones may be there.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source