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.
Do we really need all those parking spaces? (The Atlantic: Cities)
Not really, and they encourage driving and discourage public transit use. To comfort our businesses, many of whom believe ample parking prompts loyalty, here are reasons that retailers don’t need free parking to thrive. The post is based on London shopping but take a look and see if you don’t think some of the logic might hold true for even car-happy L.A.
Not so fast on bullet train, some say (L.A. Times)
Palmdale welcomes the bullet train but other cities are taking a more cautious — if not hostile — approach.
The Orange County Transportation Authority approved an increase in bus fares to help cover rising operating costs … an ongoing issue for transit agencies across the country. Bus fares will bump from $1.50 to $2 and the day pass will rise from $4 to $5. The OC increase will take effect Feb. 10. During this fiscal year Metro fare revenues are projected to cover 27 percent of costs, among the lowest of any major transit property in the world.
… and a new boss (Rancho Santa Margarita Patch)
OCTA also has a new CEO. It’s Deputy CEO Darrell Johnson, who replaces retiring CEO Will Kempton.
Making public transit ‘cool’ (Urban & Landscape Design)
Metro is applauded on an international design site for efforts to lure people out of their cars and onto public transportation by creative communication.
Categories: Transportation Headlines