Transportation news roundup: Subway to the ocean, Gen Y consumers buying high-tech vehicles

Here are your transportation headlines for Jan. 17, 2014. Want to submit a headline or have a question, comment, or concern? E-mail me.

On this day in transportation history:
1953 – General Motors unveils the Corvette at the Motorama auto show in New York City.

A Map of the Futuristic Los Angeles Subway From Spike Jonze’s Her [Gizmodo]

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One of the best moments in the new movie Her is watching Joaquin Phoenix ride an elevated train through a Los Angeles of the near-future, dance through a bustling subway station, and emerge at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Phones in Subway: On Elevated Lines, Hear the Future [NY Times]

New York City subway officials hope to expand cellphone reception to all underground trains, noting that it would help riders during emergencies.

Most Gen Y Consumers Plan to Buy High-Tech Cars, Survey Says [Bloomberg]

In a global survey of consumers, 61 percent of the cohort known as Generation Y say they intend to acquire a car in the next three years, with almost a quarter indicating they’ll get a new set of wheels within 12 months.

FY14 appropriations good for TIGER, Amtrak [Railway Age]

Congressional conference committee members cobbling together an actual fiscal year 2014 federal budget have reportedly agreed on budgetary numbers fairly favorable to Amtrak and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) programs. Federal high speed rail funding, however, is omitted entirely.

Railcar delay means crowded trains, Metro says [Houston Chronicle]

Metro officials said Wednesday that the best solution to an expected shortage of railcars might be to limit trains on the main light rail line to one car rather than two, freeing up cars from the current fleet to serve new lines scheduled to open in September.

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