Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Oct. 30

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.

Metro North’s Croton Harmon station last night. Photo by New York MTA.

The Staten Island Railway’s Clifton Shop after the storm. Photo by New York MTA.

A boat rests on the tracks at Metro-North’s Ossining Station on the Hudson Line. Photo by New York MTA.

Worst disaster in New York Subway history (N.Y. Times)

In the 108-year history of the subway system, never has so much of it been battered and damaged at once — until Hurricane Sandy struck. Seven tunnels have been damaged by flooding from the East River, two Metro North commuter rail lines are without power, two bus facilities flooded and the Long Island Railroad had one East River tunnel take on water while its West Side Yards had to be evacuated. The New York MTA is saying that they will re-open the system in a piecemeal fashion.

New Jersey Transit also has suspended all service for Tuesday and much of the SEPTA system that serves the Metro Philadelphia area is also still suspended. There are also power outages throughtout the area and Con Ed is saying the electricity could be out for days in Manhattan. Some bridges in the New York area are reopening today.

That’s not to mention the 60,000 flights that have been canceled across the U.S. in the past few days, the fires in New York and damage to infrastructure and homes across the East Coast.

Santa Monica Bike Center pushes pedaling for commuters (L.A. Times)

The center is located in the throes of traffic-ridden downtown Santa Monica and was created with funding help from Metro. Among their programs: loaning commuter bikes to area residents to give commuting by bicycle a try — and then perhaps getting their own bike. Nice story about the upswing in cycling around the L.A. area.

About that long empty lot on 1st Street (L.A. Times)

Columnist Steve Lopez takes on the story of the empty lot on 1st between Spring and Broadway — a lot that sits across the street from L.A. City Hall and the L.A. Times and has been vacant for 40 years. A state building damaged in the Sylmar earthquake had to be torn down, leaving not much else besides an underground parking lot. The state owns the land and the city and county may want to co-purchase it. As Lopez writes, it’s pretty amazing no one at the newspaper or city knew that it had become a homeless encampment, although the state recently had the CHP evict the homeless. Now sitting next to the new Grand Park, it would be great to see the land developed into something as downtown L.A., in my view, could use the development.

2 replies

  1. Thanks to the Expo line for associated creation of only East-West independent bike lane that I know of. All river bike lanes go North and South which rarely helps commuters. We must continue to make East-West bike paths a priority or biking is far to dangerous to use on a routine basis for commuting. Thanks.