Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Sept. 19

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 ART OF TRANSIT: The 181 bus on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena last night. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Beverly Hills pursues bike sharing program (Beverly Hills Patch) 

The Council inquires about hosting bike rental stations, raising concerns Beverly Hills hasn’t done much on the bike infrastructure front. “Hopefully by having these bikes in the city and increasing people’s alternate modes of transport, we will come closer to the solution of bike paths,” Vice Mayor John Mirisch said. The city, of course, is suing Metro over plans for a different kind of alternate mode.

Metro staff reiterates backing of CBS Outdoors for advertising contract (L.A. Times) 

In a new staff report, Metro supports a $110-million bid by CBS Outdoors to sell advertising that appears on agency properties. Another bidder, Titan, is seeking the contract with Metro but staff have concerns over issues Titan has had with other transit agencies.

A draft of Washington’s new bus maps.

Washington’s new transit maps highlight frequency of service (Greater Greater Washington) 

The agency that runs transit in the D.C. area is tinkering with its service maps and looking for public input. The new maps place special emphasis on the frequency of bus lines, with big bold red lines indicating bus lines that run every 15 minutes or less (with some exceptions for the ‘burbs). Metro does something similar, with a 15-minute map to show buses that run every 15 minutes or less during the daytime.