Transportation headlines, Tuesday, May 1

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 been a busy past few days at Metro and we’ve skipped some good headlines. So let’s play catch up…

L.A.’s transit dreams coming true? (The Architect’s Newspaper)

This review of the Expo Line praises the unified design of the stations all the way down the line and the views. Reviewer Alissa Walker says the new line, however, deserves better looking rail cars than what is currently being used.

Scenes from Expo Line, day one (Curbed LA)

Nice photo essay from Saturday.

A low-cost way of improving transit (Grist)

How? Make it fun and whimsical, says this blog post — citing a new e-book titled Making Transit Fun. Among some ideas: putting singers on transit (in Portland in the video below), making bus shelters look giant pieces of fruit, putting slides in subway stations for those who don’t want to take the stairs.

Cars, trains and partisan posturing (New York Times)

This editorial castigates the House of Representatives for refusing to put forth a transportation bill that would continue funding at present levels and help sustain 2.9 million jobs. Instead, the Republican-led House is bent on using the bill to advance other parts of their agenda, such as securing an approval for the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

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  1. The best way to improve transit IMO is to increase civility: fewer people pushing to get out or in, people actually moving to the back of the bus, people talking softly on their cell phones if they have to talk at all while riding, turning off the Transit TV on the buses, people not eating aromatic foods on the train, and so on. Putting a singer on a bus or train sounds cute for the tourists but it’s a nightmare if you don’t like that kind of music and as a commuter you have to listen to it. What would make it more fun is adequate platform seating, additional signage at the bus stops for major destinations, and perhaps a handout on “fun things to do with kids on the train”. It’s not entertainment. If people want to be entertained they can talk to each other. Revolutionary thought.