Transportation headlines, Friday, July 26

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 Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed.

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The oldest and greatest team in Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds, are battling the Dodgers this weekend with big crowds expected. The Dodgers have climbed out of the cellar and are currently leading the NL West while the Reds — with a better overall record — are trying to catch St. Louis and Pittsburgh in the significantly stronger NL Central. The Reds won the opener of the four-game set last night and I, being the charitable soul that I am, donated my Vin Scully bobblehead to the guy sitting next to me who got stuck in traffic and arrived late. Speaking of traffic, if you're headed to the game and have a game ticket, here's info on the free Dodger Stadium Express bus that runs between Los Angeles Union Station and the ballpark.

How Americans get to work in two graphics (NPR Planet Money)

The first sentence of the article: “More than ever, Americans are getting to work by driving alone.” The graphics tell the story: Between 1950 and 2011, transit use nationally is down and between 1980 and 2011 carpooling is down. Of course, this is national stats. Transit use is higher in cities and has probably risen in some cities in recent years as American has grown more urbanized and more transit is built. In L.A. County, 6.6 percent of workers commuted by public transit, according to the 2000 Census. The number today is 7.1 percent, according to the Census Bureau.

Sharrows cause confusion for cyclists, motorists and traffic officers (KCBS)

You may see sharrows on the road — telling bicyclists where to ride in traffic — but the word “sharrow” appears nowhere in the California Vehicle Code. And that's causing some confusion for some police.

At First Hearing, Foxx Defends Projects That Advance the “Public Good” (D.C. Streetsblog)

At a Senate committee hearing on TIFIA loans, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx floated a radical notion, at least one in our nation's capitol: it's probably a good idea that transportation projects receiving federal loans or credit assistance provide at least some public benefit.


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  1. I’m from Cincinnati as well, but if you look at Queen City bacseball history, you see that the Big Red Machine of Sparky Anderson and John McNamara is an outlier. Yes, there have been brief periods of success (the blacksox series in ’19, Lombardi series on ’39-’40, Fred Hutchison ’60, Nasty Boys of ’90, Davey Johnson in ’95, and the Baker era), but the general rule for the Reds — I’m sorry to say — is mediocrity, or worse.

    • Hey Mike;

      Fair point! At least Reds are a little more than 300 games over .500 in their entire history according to with five WS titles. Dodgers are about 1300 games over .500 as a franchise dating back to their origins in Brooklyn with six WS wins.

      These statistics notwithstanding, as the benevolent dictator of this blog, I pronounce the Reds as the more interesting, dogged, loyal and better overall baseball team!

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. “Oldest” team, maybe. “Greatest,” not so sure. Based on what?

    • Hi Ned;

      Based on my own opinion and years of in person research growing up in Cincinnati in the 1970s. This past weekend, btw, was an abberation. The Big Red Machine shall rise again!

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source