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.
More media coverage of the ongoing dispute in which the U.S. Department of Labor is blocking federal transportation grants to Metro because of a complaint by unions that the state pension reform law is violating their rights to collective bargaining. Of course, if funding for operations or future projects is cut, the rights of many other people and workers just trying to reach their jobs will be violated.
About 12,000 of the utility’s customers own or lease an electric car. If that number mushrooms to 350,000, the utility says it will have some serious upgrading to do because electric cars can use a lot of a household’s electricity and they tend to do it at odds hour (overnight). The impact will also depend on whether customers use household outlets to re-charge their cars or upgrade to faster and more demanding level 2 chargers. It remains to be seen, of course, whether the popularity of plug-in hybrids takes off; I think the price of purely electrical vehicles will keep large number of potential customers at bay.
Dead shark ends up on New York subway car, forcing evacuation (Channel 4, New York)
Sorry, I couldn’t get the video to embed. Watch at the above link. It was a small sand shark and — surprise — the train was coming from Coney Island. Interesting fact: sharks are allowed on the New York subway as long as they are in a “proper container.” Metro’s Code of Conduct says that animals must be in a secure carrier (unless they are service animals) and must be under an owner’s control.
Nice story by Tom Curwen on bridge engineer Henry Parker, who designed many of the city’s bridges over its namesake river.
Categories: Transportation Headlines