Stuff to check out: Bridges and trains

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The comment period on the new Hastings bridge ends tomorrow. The home page for this $225 million-plus project is worth a look — check out the arch, girder and cable alternatives.

This past weekend’s New York Times Magazine is dedicated to infrastructure, and it’s all online. I particularly enjoyed this slideshow about the bridge being built downstream from (and much higher than) Hoover Dam.

Back-and-forth over the Central Corridor light-rail line continues. Last week, it was a Strib editorial and a PiPress editorial on the same day; today it’s this counterpoint.

Speaking of light rail, travelers who land at the Humphrey Terminal and make the long walk to the light-rail station via the parking garage will be getting some climate control for their trek.

SUVs on the altar

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The New York Times offers this story out of Detroit, where people are praying for a bailout. The photo of three hybrid SUVs on a church altar is something you don’t see every day.

An online friend who can save you money when it snows

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I’ve made a request to become Facebook friends with Minneapolis SnowEmergency — finally, a status update that’s actually useful. There’s a similar MySpace page, according to the news release I just received. I’ll link to the release once it’s on the city’s website.

UPDATE: I’ve been accepted as a friend of SnowEmergency — I was friend No. 3, in fact.

How your transit card can get you out of jail

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

A suspect in a New York City murder case is glad he chose mass transit. Story is here.

Everybody’s writing about transportation

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Katherine Kersten discusses the automobile’s role in the economic crisis, while multimedia maven James Lileks shares his thoughts on the Southwest light-rail line.

About those Southwest light-rail options

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

A short item I put together for this morning’s paper about the three possible Southwest alignments has generated nearly 60 comments. There’s also an online poll.