New And Notable: All Roads Lead To Congress, Green Metropolis & Innovating For Sustainability

We wanted to take a few moments to again discuss some of our more interesting recent acquisitions here at the Metro Transportation Library. The legislative process can seem mechanical and dry While learning procedures like the markup or cloture. What…

Research Roundup: Benefits Of California HSR, The ARC Effect, BRT Studies & Evaluating Rail Criticism

The Institute Of Transportation Studies’ Center For Urban Infrastructure at UC Irvine released its Thinking Ahead: High-Speed Rail In Southern California (31p. PDF) report last week. It attempts to quantify some of the regional economic and other benefits likely to…

50th Anniversary Of L.A.’s "Metro Rail"…Say Whaaat?!: Celebrating The 1960 Birth Of Our Modern Rail System

In July, Metro and Los Angeles celebrated 20 years of Metro Rail. To commemorate the anniversary last month, we took a look back at both the history of service between Los Angeles and Long Beach (1902-1961) as well as the…

SurveyLA: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

SurveyLA – the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey – is Los Angeles’ first-ever comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout our city. The survey marks a coming-of-age for Los Angeles’ historic preservation movement, and will serve as a centerpiece…

Research Roundup: Transit Benefits & Costs, Highway Funding, Bus & Rail Transit, Security & Procurements

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute has just published a new guidebook describing how to create a comprehensive framework for evaluating the full impacts (benefits and costs) of a particular transit service or improvement. Their “Evaluating Public Transit Benefits And Costs:…

Demand-Based "Smart Parking": Watch How It Works

SFpark Overview from SFpark on Vimeo. You may have heard recent stories about San Francisco’s bold experiment with demand-based parking, a two-year pilot project that launched two weeks ago (see links to stories at end of this post). This new…

Dude, Where’s My Flying Car?: Understanding Peak Years And Paradigm Shifts In Transportation Modes

Who doesn’t love a great infographic? We were looking through a recent work titled The Geography Of Transport Systems (New York: Routledge, 2009 ed.) by Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Claude Comtois and Brian Slack, and came across this thought-provoking chart (p. 65)…

New And Notable: Traffic & Gridlock, Becoming An Urban Planner, Sustainable Urban Design, Transportation In A Climate-Constrained World

Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck In Traffic And What To Do About It by Randal O’Toole (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, 2009) “O’Toole’s Gridlock is a brilliant ode to mobility, which he argues is the foundation of our freedom and our…

Research Roundup: State Of Repairs, Transit & Demographic Diversity, Flexible Public Transportation Services

Image courtesy of Flickr The Federal Transit Administration’s 2010 National State Of Good Repair Assessment (35p. PDF) is a new study that estimates it would cost $77.7 billion to shore up rail and bus lines in the United States, and…

A.D.A. Turns 20: Transportation And The Americans With Disabilities Act

Image via Flickr While everyone was celebrating the 20th anniversary of rail in Los Angeles last week, another important anniversary was approaching without much fanfare: the Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990. Twenty years ago today, the ADA was signed…

Information Innovation: Metro Transportation Library Leads The Way

Brigham Young University plugs their library service by capturing potential users’ attention through a parody of the popular Old Spice commercials, via YouTube An old axiom in libraries is that when the economy goes down, library patronage goes up. Therein…