Transportation headlines, Wednesday, May 22

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.

Eric Garcetti’s moment (California Planning & Development Report) 

A short and interesting post from William Fulton, publisher of the report, longtime urban planner and former Ventura mayor. Excerpt:

What Garcetti has to do is seize the moment. The city is changing. The transit is getting built. A lot of people are already bought into the idea of “elegant density”. Even as he straddles, Garcetti can bring his constituents along by pushing the idea that new development in L.A. must revolve around the rail transit stations – responding to emerging market demand, improving those neighborhoods, and protecting existing single-family neighborhoods all at the same time.

Eric, it’s your moment. Jump on the train and get moving this morning.

The forgotten urban problem we should be trying to fix (The Atlantic Cities)

And that problem would be urban freight and, in particular, trucks delivering goods to businesses around towns or heading out of town from shipping centers.

Google Maps wants you to see all your transit options (Human Transit) 

An update tries to offer transit options that gets users where they’re going more quickly.

Seeking clarity on terrible tornadoes in a changing climate (New York Times Dot Earth blog) 

Because we discuss climate change and greenhouse gases often in this space — transit is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint — here is an interesting blog post pointing out the lack of science connecting deadly twisters to climate change. Here’s a recent chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: