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.
On L.A.’s crowded streets, it’s a smoother kind of slow (L.A. Times)
Nice story by one of my former podmates — Gale Holland — on the city of Los Angeles’ 30-year effort to get all 4,000-plus traffic signals on the same synchronization system. City traffic engineers say speeds and travel times on some key corridors are down, but Gale didn’t have a hard time finding some motorists who aren’t seeing the improvement. My three cents: there’s still room for improvement when it comes to moving trains and buses along streets in L.A. and elsewhere.
Brentwood groups oppose bike lanes on Bundy (Brentwood Patch)
The two groups say the city of Los Angeles plan to add the lanes and remove car lanes on Bundy between San Vicente and the Culver City border will make Westside traffic worse. Sort of related issue: I’m more interested in knowing how cyclists will be able to reach the VA Hospital station for the Westside Subway Extension — the station is a long walk from the retail center of Brentwood.
Mass transit use isn’t up everywhere (The Atlantic Cities)
Atlanta, Memphis and Tacoma — ridership is down, despite the recent news that overall transit ridership was the second-most since 1957 according to the American Public Transportation Assn. The Atlantic Cities also believes there’s an interesting relationship — the aforementioned cities also recently rejected tax increases to fund transit.
Which major cities are leaders in reducing greenhouse gases (Smithsonian)
The headline is a little misleading because hard numbers do not exist in terms of how much greenhouse gases come from a city. However, things to reduce greenhouse gases can be measured and by that count these five seem to be faring well: New York City, London, Addis Ababa, Sao Paulo and Copenhagen.
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