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.
Can we please stop pretending cars are greener than transit? (Atlantic Cities)
This is in response to the recent Freakanomics post that concluded transit isn't alway greener than cars when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. That, of course, is true — the key word being 'always.' However, Atlantic Cities looks at the math and finds that buses and trains are often greener than cars with a solo occupant. And they throw in another good point: good transit often encourages smart land-use decisions that in turn promote more walking, cycling, transit and less solo driving. So there!
More local agencies dealing with TAP, but Metrolink remains elusive (L.A. Streetsblog)
Dana Gabbard has the latest on the ongoing saga — I can't think of a better word to describe it — involving how best to get Metrolink customers through locked turnstiles at Metro Rail stations. The gates won't be locked for at least several more months as work continues on the issue. The main challenge is finding a form of TAP ticket that can be dispensed by the type of ticket machine used by Metrolink — which, you guessed correctly, is different than the type of ticket machine used by Metro.
Actually, they won't be due to their limited capacity, somethign any skier would know. This post notes that gondolas tend to be much cheaper than light rail on a per mile basis. Well, duh. A light rail line can carry several hundred people per train and do it every few minutes and do it while running 50 mph — something gondolas definitely can't do. There are some places around the globe where gondolas can definitely help — when there are rivers or hills involved, for example — but I don't think they're going to replace buses or trains anytime ever.
Categories: Transportation Headlines