Transportation headlines, Thursday, July 19

Photo by Christopher Chan/Flickr

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.

High-speed rail and a changing Union Station (KCRW “Which Way LA?”)

At Union Station yesterday Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill authorizing billions of dollars for the state’s high-speed rail system. Metro has plans to make Union Station a hub for high-speed rail and other transit systems, but its plans go well beyond Union Station itself. Metro CEO Art Leahy discusses some of the possibilities for the beautiful, iconic structure and adjacent area with KCRW. Just listen.

It’s not just a bus line. Streetsblog explores Orange Line Extension art pieces (Streetsblog)

Metro commissioned twenty five pieces of art at four new Orange Line Extension stations and the new platform at Canoga Station. Streetsblog takes a look and likes what it sees. (It also shares photos.)

Anaheim to launch first city bicycle sharing program in California (KCET)

Bicycle sharing has been talked about so much in the last few years that you would think there are systems up and running all over the place. While there are a handful of programs in California, they mostly are found on college campuses or in hybrid forms. But this week Anaheim will become the first city in the state with a bike sharing system.

Copenhagen commuters pedal to work on their very own superhighway (New York Times)

Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump. For some Danes this is the morning commute.

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