Transportation Headlines on Paper.li

12/30/2009

Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 30, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

The 2009 Capitol Hill Streetsies: And The Nominees Are…
DC StreetsBlog

2009: The Year in California HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

Bart (Hearts) The Shenanigan Shuttle
Sierra Madre Tattler

Bike Talk Moves To Pacifica Radio, 90.7 F.M.
LA StreetsBlog

City Fails To Produce Public Copies Of Bicycle Plan At Libraries
LAist

Commentary: Obama's Next Trillion Spending Might Be Worth It
(highway construction)
Business Week

The Economics Of Bike Boulevards: Debunking The Myth That Bike Infrastructure Will Hurt Business
Austin On Two Wheels

Here For Roses? Enjoy The Gold (Red And Purple)
Experience LA

Long Beach Tests Out Bicycle Boxes At Intersections
LAist

Long Beach Transit Offers Free New Year’s Eve Buses
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Los Angeles Freeway FUBAR: I-405 Closures Hitting Westside And Valley; Expect An Ugly Three Years
LA Weekly

Love A Parade? Here’s Some Tips Before Heading To The Rose Parade And Rose Bowl Game
Pasadena Star-News

Major Work On 405 Widening Project To Start Jan. 12: The $1-Billion Effort, Scheduled To Be Completed in 2013, Will Create Continuous Carpool Lanes Between Orange County And The San Fernando Valley
Los Angeles Times

Making The Golden Gate An Even Bigger Attention Span
Los Angeles Times

Mixed Results For Operation Safe Driver Campaign
Metro Magazine

More New Driving Laws For 2010: Moving Over & Towing
LAist

MTA Offers New Year’s Eve Revelers Free Bus And Train Rides
Los Angeles Times

Oceans Of Asphalt No More! LA’s Streets Shrink
LA Curbed

OCTA Reduces Tolls On 91 Freeway Lanes
KABC-7
New OCTA toll schedules

The Revolution Will Be Mapped: GIS Mapping Technology Is Helping Underprivileged Communities Get Better Services – From Education And Transportation To Health Care And Law Enforcement – By Showing Exactly What Discrimination Looks Like
Miller-McCune

Schwarzenegger To Seek Federal Help For California Budget
Los Angeles Times

A Simple Plan To Make Bikes More Visible And Increase Awareness
BikingInLA

Transforming Transportation 2010 Conference
(Washington, D.C. : January 14-15, 2010)
EMBARQ

What I Want From LA In The Next Decade
Huffington Post

With Competition In High-Speed Operation, Who Wins? (consumer choice in France’s high-speed rail market and how it compares to California’s planned system)
Transport Politic

12/29/2009

Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 29, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

The 2009 Sammies: Good, Bad And Downright Pathetic (see: “Bad”)
Santa Monica Daily Press

2010 Sustainable Transport Awards: Nominees Announced
The City Fix

405 Freeway: Major Nighttime Closures Scheduled In January For Widening
LAist

Adding A Dose Of Honesty To The Congressional Job-Creation Debate
DC StreetsBlog

Air Quality Guidelines Face Unexpected Critics
New York Times

Are London Heathrow’s ULTra Pods The Future Of Transit?
Transport Politic

Cities Embrace Mobile Apps, “Gov 2.0” (examples include cellphone photos of overcrowded railcars with GPS coordinates sent to City Hall yielding results)
CNN

Effect Of Suburban Transit Oriented Developments On Residential Property Values
(102p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

Fast Trains Lead Amtrak's List Of Needs
New York Times

FHWA Approves 10,000 Recovery Act Projects; 2010 To Bring More Projects, More Jobs
Department of Transportation Fast Lane Blog

For Airline Passengers, Pat-Downs, Searches, And Restroom Monitors
New York Times

Fullerton To Anaheim ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center)
California High Speed Rail Blog

The Future Started in Copenhagen…And Now World Streets Gears Up For 2010
World Streets

Hollywood Freeway Park Update
LA Curbed

Judge Allows Public Access To Transit-Related Hearings
New York Times

Metro In 2009
(A look back at the past year for LA Metro)
Plus Metro

A Stated Preference Analysis Of Real-Time Public Transit Stop Information
(20p. PDF)
University of South Florida National Center For Transit Research

The Thin Red Line: A Review Of Taylor, Kim, & Gahbauer (examines the decision-making process behind the decades of planning of the “Wilshire Red Line subway”)
LA Subway Blog
Article abstract

Tolltrans 2010: A Traffic Technology International Supplement
(76p. annual online publication featuring numerous articles on toll pricing, HOT lanes, electronic collection, etc.)
2009 ed.

The Top 10 Infrastructure Stories Of The Decade (Part 1)
Infrastructurist

Transportation Officials Use Rose Bowl To Promote Metro Gold Line
Southern California Public Radio

Transportation Workforce Development Regional Summit (Long Beach : February 1-2, 2010)
Metrans Transportation Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, Long Beach City College

Urban Planner: As One Of The 50 Best Careers Of 2010, This Should Have Strong Growth In The Next Decade
US News & World Report

Virgin Atlantic Helps Passengers Pay Their Fare Share: New Initiative Connects Passengers To Share Airport Taxi Journeys
PR Newswire

Vote For The 2009 Livable Streets Person Of The Year!
LA StreetsBlog

12/28/2009

Transportation Headlines for Monday December 28, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

2009 In Review: Have You Read These Posts?
Human Transit

Americans Outraged At Sudden Realization Interstate Highways Are Government Run
The Beast

Best And Worst Of 2009: The Year In Bikes, Planes, Trains, And Boats
Treehugger

The Car Park As A Way Of Life
(Miami's shocking new parking structure)
Financial Times

Is China's Economy Speeding Off The Rails?
(Is a $300 billion investment in high-speed rail too much train, too fast?)
New York Times

Consolidated Appropriations Act Should Do Wonders For Metro Numbers
(legislation would enhance census with annual American Community Survey and Local Employment Dynamics Program to better understand underlying data of metropolitan area residents)
New Republic

A Decade Of Predictions For Green Transit By 2010
Business Week

Despite Expansion, It Has Been Turbulent Ride For Airport
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Economic Reality Drives Agenda (higher gas taxes coming?)
Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Sees Sharp Rise In Red-Light Camera Revenue
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Looks To Track Down Federal Money For New Rail Safety System
Southern California Public Radio

Official: Las Vegas Can Be Transport Hub Of The West
Las Vegas Sun

Opinion: Bullet Train To Fantasyland
Orange County Register

Predictions For 2010: Round One
Next American City

Predictions For 2010: Round Two
Next American City

Region Poised To Be Crossroads For Bullet Trains
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Santa Monica: Residents Get First Look At Multi-Story Transit Project
Argonaut

Siemens Prepped For More US Light Rail, High Speed
Reuters

Simi Valley To Replace Bus Shelters Using Federal Stimulus Funds
Ventura County Star

Sunset Strip's Facelift Just Around The Corner
Curbed LA

Taking Away When Needs Are Greatest: California Governor Proposes Cutting State Support For Transit To Balance The Budget
Transport Politic

Transit Archeology: Tour Of Abandoned Subway Network Offers A Glimpse Of How The T Was Built
Boston Globe

The Transportation Decade: Gas Prices Drive Changes
Los Angeles Daily News

Villaraigosa Adviser's New Job: Help Bring Light Rail To LAX
Daily Breeze

12/24/2009

Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 24, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

21st Century Public Transportation Tools
Plus Metro

2009: The Year Of The Bike!
CityWatch LA

Application Disables Smart Phones In Moving Cars
Los Angeles Times

Applying Analysis Tools In Planning For Operations
U.S. Department of Transportation

Auditing Long Beach Streets For Safety
Long Beach Post

The Bike Is the Star At This Café
New York Times

Can You TAP Me Now? (how durable are Metro TAP cards? Nine tests provide the answer)
Plus Metro

County Releases First Strategic Plan To Spur Jobs
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles County Strategic Plan For Economic Development, 2010-2014 (16p. PDF)

CTA Expands Bus-Tracking Service To Cell Phones: Text Messages Will Detail Arrival Times
Chicago Tribune

Diesel Hybrids Deliver Big Savings To UPS (pilot study with National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Wired
Press Release

Editorial: Study Shows California Highway’s Are A Failure
Oakland Tribune

Expo Releases Phase 2 Final EIR
Santa Monica Mirror

Holland’s Plan To Tax On Every Kilometer Driven
Time

Is Portable Technology Changing How Americans Travel?: A Survey Of The Use Of Electronic [Devices] On Intercity Buses, Trains, And Planes (18p. PDF)
DePaul University, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

L.A.-Area Air Pollution Could Dip From New EPA Rule On Ships
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles 2010: Is The Glass Half Empty?
CityWatch LA

Los Angeles Sees Sharp Rise In Red-Light Camera Revenue
Los Angeles Times

Map: EPA Violations In The L.A. Area
LAist

No On Prop 1A Crowd Reunites To Attack HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

R We There Yet?: Re-Evaluating Los Angeles’ Transit Future
Lascher@Large

Revealed: Crazy Basket Bridge for 210 Freeway
LA Curbed

Schwarzenegger's Plan To Again Raid Transit Funds Angers Rider Advocates: The Governor's Proposal To Help Balance California's Budget, Which Would Cut As Much As $1 Billion From Public Transportation, Could Trigger More Route Closures And Fare Hikes For Buses And Trains
Los Angeles Times

Share The Road: Buses And Bicycles (video: shared responsibility of bus operators and bicyclists regarding mutual safety from the Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Transit Authority)

A Social Snow Storm For Transportation Agencies (D.C. Department of Transportation social networking communication efforts pay off during blizzard)
Washington Post

12/23/2009

Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 23, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

2009: The Legislative Year In Review
Passenger Transport

Bad News Dept.: Lawsuit Over Expo Phase II?
LA Curbed

Bay Area Transportation Commission Starts Climate Sustainability Fund
SF StreetsBlog

Big Ideas: Kill the Cul-De-Sac And Build Bicycle Highways
The City Fix

Can Transit Perform Well In “Abandoned” Urban Cores?
Human Transit

Count Shows Bike Trends: Glendale Hopes To Continue Adding Bicycle-Friendly Measures While Increasing Safety
Glendale News Press

The “Diesel Death Zone:” Fit For A School Room?
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Efforts Lag At Making Highway Work Zones Safer
New York Times

End-Run Around Clean Air Program Could Mean Dirty Skies Continue
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Funding In New Legislation Would Equal Stimulus Transportation Totals (15 shovel-ready projects in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

High-Speed Rail Tops New Policy Directions For 2009
Passenger Transport

Obama Signs Transportation Bill, Metrolink Receives Safety Funds
LAist

Rail, Bus Systems Move Forward Across North America In 2009
Passenger Transport

Reviewing The Best And Worst Of Times For Public Transit In 2009
Passenger Transport

Schwarzenegger To Seek Federal Help For California Budget
Los Angeles Times

State To Pay Unprecedented $1.1 Billion To Make Walkways Accessible To Disabled
Los Angeles Times

Tax District Approved For D.C. Metro Extension
Planetizen

Wireless Now Available In BART’s Transbay Tube
San Francisco Chronicle

12/22/2009

Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 22, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

10 Biggest Problem Projects Of The Decade: Along With The Boom, Downtown Has Had Some 21st Century Busts
Los Angeles Downtown News

2009 Wrap-Up: With FEIR In-Hand, Expo Phase II Seems Ready To Roll, But Is It?
LA StreetsBlog

3-Hour Limit Placed On Airline Passengers’ Tarmac Waits: The Department Of Transportation Orders Airlines To Allow Passengers On Domestic Flights To Leave Airplanes
Los Angeles Times

Auditor: CalTrans Inflated Job Data To Feds
Sacramento Bee

Can Dial-A-Ride Get High Ridership From Low Density?
Human Transit

Downturn In Public Transit Ridership Reflects Economic Times
APTA

Education Key To Reversing Trend In Bicycle Accidents
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Expo Line Phase II’s Latest: Colorado Route, Ground-Breaking Chatter
LA Curbed

Final Plan For Expo Line From Culver City To Santa Monica Released
LAist

The Human Side Of Transit
EDF Way2Go

Implementing Transportation Knowledge Networks
U.S. Transportation Research Board
Full-text document (85p. PDF)

The Infrastructure Show (archived podcasts now available)
Infrastructure Show

Is LADOT Finally Embracing Zebra Crosswalks?
LA StreetsBlog

L.A. City Retirements Threaten A Deep And Lasting Legacy: The Exodus Of Employees Approved To Ease Budget Problems Will Drain The Workforce Of Many Experienced People And Leave Los Angeles Officials Hampered In Hiring Replacements Until 2024
Los Angeles Times

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension 2009 State Of The Project
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

More Accessible Cabs Hit Cities
(retrofitted minivans become wheelchair-accessible taxis)
USA Today

New Report: Climate Instruments In The Transport Sector (CITS)
The City Fix

New Toll Lanes Untangle Commutes
(HOT lanes)
USA Today

Pod Cars: Climate Solution Or Pipe Dream?
Solve Climate

Risky Roads: Traffic Experts Have An Arsenal Of Solutions
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Roundabouts (images and descriptions of various types of roundabouts with different designs and purposes)
Fiets Beraad (Netherlands)

Route 66: Immortalized But Mortal
Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Announces Car Free Party Schedule, Will L.A. Get Ever The Same?
LAist

The Safety Bogeyman (Narrow, auto-centric focus of EIRs fail to account for other modes of transportation)
Urbanophile

Tell Your Transit Troubles Here
Los Angeles Downtown News

12/21/2009

Transportation Headlines for Monday December 21, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Americans Still Driving Less
New Republic

The Art Of Moving L.A.: A Conversation With Metro's New CEO, Art Leahy (January 15, 2010)
Westside Urban Forum

Backdoor Tour: The Curious Route Of The Las Vegas Monorail Is The Product Of An Equally Bizarre Planning And Development Process
Metropolis Magazine

California One Of 4 HSR Stimulus Finalists?
California High Speed Rail Blog

Delays Won't Derail Expo Project
Santa Monica Daily Press

Editorial: High-Speed Myths - Business Plan Shows Deceit Of Bullet Train Push
San Diego Union-Tribune

"Final" Expo Line Plans Across Westside Unveiled
Los Angeles Wave

Future Mobility In California: The Condition, Use And Funding Of California’s Roads, Bridges And Transit System, December 2009 (24p. PDF)
TRIP National Transportation Research Group

Expo Line Corridor Brings Development, Santa Monicans Worry
LA Curbed

Expo Releases FEIR For Phase II Chooses Alignment Along ROW And Colorado Avenue
LA StreetsBlog

Final Environmental Report Issued For Proposed Expo Line Extension
Southern California Public Radio

Geithner Adviser Backs “More Merit-Based” Infrastructure Spending
DC StreetsBlog

Gloria Molina “Hates” Gold Line’s Painted Asphalt
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

High-Speed Rail: Great For Europe, But Less So For The U.S.?
Politics Daily

Is Big Brother Watching Your ORCA Card?: The New ORCA Transit Fare Card Raises Questions About Privacy - For Instance, Employers Have The Right To View Trip Details If They Subsidize A Worker's Fare Card
Seattle Times

Job Woes Reduce Transit Ridership
USA Today

Jobs Data Shows Stimulus Spending On Public Transportation Produces More Jobs, Faster
Smart Growth America

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Holds State Of The Project
Earth Times

Metrolink Awaits Arrival Of Cars Featuring Crash-Resistant Technology
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

[New York] MTA Mythbusting: Back Again
On Transport

Officials Unveil New Gold Line Bridge Design, Discuss Project's Time Table
Pasadena Star-News

Should The Federal Government Take Over Regulation Of Rail Transit Safety?
National Journal Transportation Blog

Single Union Station: Activists Worry Over Crushing Impacts
CityWatch LA

South L.A. Light Rail Gets The Green Light
L.A. Watts Times

Transportation Agency To Spend Millions Saving Habitat
Orange County Register

We Can Learn Much From The TGV
Rail Passenger Association Of California & Nevada

12/18/2009

Transportation Headlines for Friday December 18, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Another Court Decision Goes In Favor Of State Transit Agencies
LA StreetsBlog

Avenue Becomes Bike-Friendly: Street Markings Called Sharrows Indicate Where Bicyclists Should Travel On Roads
Glendale News Press

City Of Burbank Adopts Far-Reaching Bike Master Plan!
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Debate Panelists Split Over Buses, Broader Impact Of Transit Investments
Transportation For America

Deficient Roadways Cost Los Angeles Drivers Nearly $2,500 Annually, $40 Billion Statewide: Without A Reliable, Significant Boost In Funding, Transportation Woes Will Worsen
(2p. PDF)
TRIP National Transportation Research Group
Los Angeles Metro Area details (4p. PDF)

Gold Line Safety Gates On Fast Track
EGP News

Highland Avenue, Interstate 5 Cited As Among L.A. Area’s Most Deteriorated Roads
Los Angeles Times

L.A.’s Transportation Department Likely To See 10% Reduction In Staffing
LAist

Metro Seek Millions For Westside Subway & Connector
LAist

Metrolink To Receive New Crash-Resistant Cars Next Month: The 117 Cars Have Energy-Absorbing Ends To Distribute The Force Of Head-On Crashes And Feature Breakaway Interior Tables
Los Angeles Times

Modern Streetcars Debut In Vancouver (after 65 years absence)
Regarding Place

[New York] M.T.A. Approves Big Service Cuts In Mass Transit
New York Times

Recession Obsession: Eating On The Purple Line
LAist

Report Details California’s Transportation Shortfall
Sacramento Bee

Roll Up the Pavement: Gravel Is Making A Comeback
Associated Press

Senate Climate Bill Invests Big In Transit, Reaps Big Deficit Reduction
LA StreetsBlog

This Is Not Your Father’s DOT: Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood (interview)
The Takeaway

Transit Coalition’s “Simplified Network” Could Create Millions For Metrolink
LA StreetsBlog

Transit Jobs Nearly Twice As Cheap To Create As Roads – By Congress’ Math
LA StreetsBlog

Two Dems Propose To End Bush-Era Rule on Transit “Cost-Effectiveness”
DC StreetsBlog

Updated: MTA Changes Its Mind, Offers Orange Line On New Year’s Eve
Los Angeles Daily News

Villaraigosa In Copenhagen: L.A. Needs To Do More For Bikes
LA StreetsBlog

Westchester, El Segundo Maintenance Facility Sites Taken Off Grid; Light Rail Line Gets New Name
Argonaut

White Paper: Transportation Adaptation To Global Climate Change (64p. PDF)
Bipartisan Policy Center, National Transportation Policy Project, Rockefeller Foundation

Wilshire Subway: Fed Funds Requested, Crenshaw Stop Blasted
LA Curbed

Worth The Wait? (how advertisers are transforming the drab city transit stop)
New York Times

12/17/2009

Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 17, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

The 4 [U.S.] Highway Projects That Would Be The Biggest Waste Of Money (includes California I-710 extension)
Infrastructurist

$8 Billion In High-Speed Rail Funds To Be Allocated – Soon
Popular Mechanics

California Transit Agencies Receive $29 Million In Homeland Security Grants
California Emergency Management Agency

Council Unhappy With Proposal: Members Tell City Planners To Focus On A Plan That Doesn’t Include Less Parking
Burbank Leader

CTA Opens Transit Data
Planetizen

Federal Highway Administration Revises Rules To Make Highways Safer: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Calls Updates Needed And Welcome
U.S. Department of Transportation

House Jobs Bill Answers Some Key Transportation Questions
LA StreetsBlog

House Jobs Bill Could Make General Electric’s Amtrak Wish Come True
DC StreetsBlog

Improving Environmental Efficiencies In Transit
Transport Politic

L.A. Metro To Operate Metro Orange Line All Night New Year’s Eve (in addition to all other rail lines)
Metro Press Release

Metrolink Got A Waiver To Not Post Simple Safety Signs: More Than A Decade Ago, The Commuter Rail Agency Bypassed A Federal Requirement That Was Intended To Help Avoid Accidents Like Last Year's Deadly Chatsworth Crash
Los Angeles Times

The Next Internet Boom – Connected Cars: Users Expected To Amount to 55 Million In 2016
iSuppli Applied Market Intelligence

Opinion: West Can’t Support High-Speed Rail Scheme
Denver Post

Putting The Stimulus To Work
(graphic representation of top municipal recipients and to which sectors they’re funneling their funds)
GOOD

Safe Routes To School, Putting Traffic Safety First: How Safe Routes To School Initiatives Protect Children Walking And Bicycling
(22p. PDF)
Safe Route Partnership

Secretary Napolitano Announces Grant Guidance For More than $250 Million In Fiscal Year 2010 Transit Security Grants
Department Of Homeland Security

Solar Panels Installed At Gold Line Station
Brigham Yen

Southern California's Roadways Costly And Crumbling
Contra Costa Times

A Suite Of Solutions Necessary For Energy Efficient Transportation
Environmental Defense Fund Way2Go

Tracking Bicycle Trips
(smartphone app that allows cyclists to communication seamlessly with area transportation planners)
The City Fix
San Francisco County Transportation Authority Cycletracks for iPhone and Android page

Video: LaHood Visits “The Daily Show” To Talk Transportation
DC StreetsBlog

Wireless Parking (video: What if sensors on the street knew exactly which parking spots were free? San Francisco utitilizes real-time information as a smarter way to park)
GOOD

With New Extension In Place, Light Rail Officials To Put Best Foot Forward For Rose Bowl, Parade
Pasadena Star-News

12/16/2009

Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 16, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

2010: Turning Point For American Communities?
On The Commons

California Port Truckers Will Protest, Reportedly Strike
Land Line

Clean Truck Program At [Los Angeles And Long Beach] Ports Wins EPA Award
Daily Breeze

The Daily Drudge: Who Is Most Frustrated By The Daily Commute? (U.S. ranks 12th of 13 nations in study of average commute to work)
The Economist

Demographics May Be Destiny, But Mind The Assumptions
New Geography

Driveway Shenanigans In Silver Lake? Another Curb Removed
LA Curbed

The Eastside Gold Line Rail As A Learning Tool For At-Risk Youth
LA StreetsBlog

Ensuring California HSR Doesn't Become The Next Seattle Monorail
California High Speed Rail Blog

Fare Confusion On Silver Line
MetroRider LA

How The Streets Of New York Got More Dangerous (the dangers of texting while walking…but there’s an app for that)
New York Times

Improving Pedestrian And Motorist Safety Along Light Rail Alignments
Transportation Research Board
Full-text report (159p. PDF)
Selected appendices (341p. PDF)

Media Mayhem - Driving Around In Circles: When All Reason Says We Ought To Be Backing More Transportation Options, The Media Is Still Obsessed With Automobiles
Mother Nature Network

MIT Unveils New “Smart” Bike Wheel
CNET

Move L.A. Wants To Get Moving!
LA StreetsBlog

New Report: Minority-Owned Businesses Left Out Of Transportation Stimulus
DC StreetsBlog

On The Pitfalls And Benefits Of National Transit Safety Standards
DC StreetsBlog

Orange Line Riders Left Out Of The Part[y] On New Year's Eve
Los Angeles Daily News

Reinventing Cities Critical To Climate
American Public Media Marketplace

The Return Of The Two-Way Street: Why The Double-Yellow Stripe Is Making A Comeback In Downtowns
Governing

A Streetcar Named Monorail
Long Beach Post

TOD Help For Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Center for Transit-Oriented Development Is Building Expanded Best Practices Guide For MPOs
Reconnecting America

Transportation-HUD Omnibus Favors High-Speed Rail
Mass Transit

Transportation ID Program Lacks A Reliable Disaster Recovery Plan, GAO Says
Government Computer News

Truckers Protest In Downtown L.A. Against New Clean-Air Rules At Ports
Los Angeles Times

Your Turn: What Do You Want To See On Los Angeles’ Streets In 2010?
LA StreetsBlog

12/15/2009

Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 15, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

The 2009 Business Plan Is Out (higher cost, higher fares)
California High Speed Rail Blog

AASHTO Testifies That ARRA Is Delivering Jobs, Boosting Economy
ThomasNet News

Bike Coalition’s Bike Count Hints At Chronic Undercounting Of L.A. Cyclists
LA StreetsBlog

Can Entrepreneurs Drive People Movers To Success?
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

Congress Increases Funding For Public Transportation And Provides For New Funds For High-Speed Rail
APTA

Crash Course In Transit Safety (examining motor vehicle collisions with light rail trains)
Texas Transportation Institute

The Exodus: 2,400 City Of L.A. Employees Prepare To Retire
(includes 161 from Department of Transportation)
LAist

Google Maps Feature Watch: Nearby Transit Stops In Search Results
Trillium Solutions

Greenways Can Achieve Most Of 2020 US Climate Goal (transforming our transportation system from polluter to solution)
Huffington Post

How The Connected Car Is Altering The GPS Landscape
GPS Business News

In Compton, A Runway From The Past With An Eye On The Future
Los Angeles Times

Map: A Beefed Up Vision Of High Speed Rail In The West
LAist

Metrolink Looks Into Crossing: Board Of Directors Considers Closing The Doran Street Train Junction After Fatality
Glendale News Press

Modern Train Service Slowed By Freight
Chicago Sun-Times

New Center For National Policy President Hopes To Rescue U.S. Infrastructure
The Infrastructurist

Oberstar: Much Unfinished Business Remains
Roll Call

OCTA Scales Back Plan To Add Metrolink Trains
Orange County Register

Railroads Await FRA’s Final Implementation Rule On PTC (Positive Train Control)
Progressive Railroading

Rethinking Green: Save The Environment – Don’t Take Transit
Vancouver Sun

Scientists Create Formula For Perfect Parking (mathematical formula to help motorists park perfectly)
Telegraph (London)

Social Media Called Just Another Communications Tool: Agencies Should Look At The Technology As Another Way To Interact With The Public, Experts Say
Federal Computer Week

Streetcar Project Receives Federal Funding, Wants To Ask For More (downtown Los Angeles streetcar project)
Blog Downtown
Press Release from the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar (2p. PDF)

U.S. System For Tracking Traffic Flow Is Faulted
New York Times

Valley Eyes $1 Million In New Fed Transportation Funding
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

What Are All Those Roadway Devices?
IN Denver Times

12/14/2009

Transportation Headlines for Monday December 14, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

The 9th Annual Year In Ideas: Bicycle Highways
New York Times Magazine

Airport Breaks Ground On New Parking Garage
Long Beach Press-Telegram

BART Board OKs Peoplemover To Oakland Airport
San Francisco Chronicle

Bus Vs. Rail: An Oversimplified Comparison
Human Transit
Express Bus Vs. Rail Transit: How A Marriage Of Mode And Mission Affects Transit Performance
Transportation Research Record

City Council Has An Opinion On The 710 Extension
LA Curbed

Expo Line Authority Says They Are Not Over Budget
LAist

L.A.'s Metro Takes Aim At Cheaters
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Lawmakers Want To Expand Cell Usage (U.S. subway systems without cell service considered a public safety hazard during an emergency)
The Hill

Metrolink Board Decides To Delay Fare Hikes, Route Cuts
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink's Chief Executive Takes A Demotion: David R. Solow, Head Of The Regional Commuter Rail Service For More Than A Decade, Will Become An Advisor For Implementig A New Train Safety System - Eric Haley Will Become Interim Chief
Los Angeles Times

New Metro Line Makes Van Nuys Convenient
Los Angeles Daily News

New MTA Blogger Talks Transit From Both Sides Of The Tracks
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

NYC Cyclists Bike Into Buildings
(new city law allows cyclists to bring bicycles into office buildings to encourage alternative transportation)
American Public Media Marketplace

Opinion: Shifting Gears In L.A.: Many Cities Around The World, Including Some In The U.S., Are Putting The Focus On Bicycles For Short Trips, And They're Making It Happen - Shouldn't Los Angeles Go With The Flow?
Los Angeles Times

Pew: "Self-Sustaining" Highways Are Increasingly Subsidized
Transportation For America

Plans To Overhaul Accident Prone Rail Crossing In Industry Encounters Problems
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Rise In Sea Levels Threatens California's Ports
Los Angeles Times

We're Thru: Has The American Romance With The Drive-Through Gone Sour?
Slate

Will Black Contractors Participate In Crenshaw Light Rail Project?
Los Angeles Sentinel

12/11/2009

Transportation Headlines for Friday December 11, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Arcadia Locks In Plans For Gold Line Arrival
Arcadia Weekly

Cell-Phone Ban For CTA Workers Leads To 11 Firings, Union Complaints Of Overreaching
Chicago Tribune

Coalition Fights To Allow Cellphone Use On Planes
USA Today

Federal Policy Is A Local Job
New Republic

Freeway Sign Update: Artist Richard Ankrom Gets Some Bad News on His “Guerrilla Public Service”
Franklin Avenue

Last Night’s Bike Meeting Highlights: Late Start, Unanswered Questions But Anti-Harassment Ordinance Moves On
LA StreetsBlog

Let There Be Light Rail...And It Was Good
NBC Los Angeles

Light Rail For Crenshaw Line, Reprieve For El Segundo
LA Curbed

Los Angeles Integrates Service On Two Busways, With Plans To Implement Congestion Pricing
Transport Politic

Metro Announces 24-Hour Train Service On New Year’s Eve
LAist

Metro Moves Forward On Harbor Subdivision, Crenshaw Corridor, Hybrid Alternative For Route 2 Terminus And Gating For The Eastside Extension
LA StreetsBlog

Metro To Study Extending Green Line As Far As Torrance
LAist

Metrolink Chief, Under Pressure Since Chatsworth Crash, Could Be Moved Aside
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Emergency Drill Canceled
Ventura County Star

Metrolink May Cut Some Trains Amid Budget Shortfall
Los Angeles Times

MTA Approves $1.7-Billion Rail Line Along Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles Times

No Transportation Superprojects? No Problem
Wired

Obama Plans $50 Billion For Transport
Journal Of Commerce

Port Trucks With Cleaner Big Rigs On Order Can Keep Operating
Daily Breeze

Putting A Car-Driven Culture In Reverse
UCLA Today

Putting The Cart Before The Horse: Could A Transportation-Based Jobs Stimulus Stymie Infrastructure Reform?
Newsweek

So Long, Solari
(retiring the train station’s nostalgic “clackety-clack” schedule board)
New Haven (CT) Independent

Transportation: One Man's Train, Another Man's Pain
CityWatch

Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Progress Made In Enrolling Workers And Activating Credentials But Evaluation Plan Needed To Help Inform The Implementation Of Card Readers (81p. PDF)
Government Accountability Office

US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood At Brookings on Infrastructure
The City Fix

Walkscore Innovators Turn To Improving Public Transportation
Transportation For America
All US Transit Agencies Without Open Data (comprehensive list of 663 of 748 total without open data, including online petitions for each requesting access using standard format and license)
Transit App Gallery (currently 66 total apps using open data from 90 transit agencies)

WeHo Changes Crosswalk Policy
WeHo News

The Western High Speed Rail Alliance Announces Formation
PR Newswire

Who’s In Charge At The Transportation Security Administration? Nobody
ABC News

12/10/2009

Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 10, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Board Delays Diesel Rules
Sacramento Bee

Buy A Condominium In Toronto, Get One Year Of Free Transit Rides (new city law requires all condos purchases to come with public transit passes)
Digital Journal

Cargo Bikes: Go Ahead And Bring The Kitchen Sink
National Public Radio

Cities For Cycling (project launch to catalog, promote and implement the world’s best bicycle transportation practices in American municipalities)
National Association Of City Transportation Officials

Clearing Up Los Angeles Traffic Myths
CBS2

Diagram For Route 2 “Hybrid” Option Unveiled Before Tomorrow’s Metro Vote
LA StreetsBlog

Dubai? No, Condo Glut's Stalling Grand Avenue
Los Angeles Business Journal

The Future Of American Streetcars: Are They Coming To Your City?
Infrastructurist

Grand Ave Project Should Be Abandoned, Says Planner
Curbed LA

House And Senate Agree On $2.5B For High-Speed Rail – And More
DC StreetsBlog

Is The U.S. In A Superproject Void?
Infrastructurist

The Jobs Bill: Transit Operations Funding Will Save Green Jobs
EDF Way2Go

Just 15% Favor Higher Gas Tax To Fund More Transportation Projects

Rasmussen Reports

A Message From Copenhagen: Climate Plan Must Include Walkable Urbanism
LA StreetsBlog

More Sharrows Appear, This Time In Glendale
LA StreetsBlog

Our View: Regional Connector Will Link Up Our Region
Pasadena Star-News

Pedaling Toward National Bicycle Planning Guidelines
The City Fix

Plain Talk: Take Off The Transportation Blinders
Cap Times

Selling Metro: Why It Doesn’t Hurt To Ask, And Lessons From Cirque Du Soleil
Huffington Post

Silver Line Launches Sunday, Ready To Take You To The HOT Lane
Curbed LA

Tests Link Cancer To Snarled Freeway Air
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

12/09/2009

Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 9, 2009

TheSource.Metro.Net

75 Years Ago: Wilshire Boulevard Opened Through Westlake Park
Blog Downtown

And The Winner Is...You Decide
(2009 Streetsie Awards)
LA StreetsBlog

Choice Of Location For Light Rail Facility Angers El Segundo; Councilman Rosendahl Opposes Relocation To Westchester
Argonaut

Congress: Invest In Intelligent Transportation Systems To Create Jobs
The Hill

The Economics Of The Bike Boulevard
LA StreetsBlog

The French Revolution: How Strausbourg Gave Up The Car (And Why Midsized American Cities Can Too)
Next American City

Gold Line Extension Scrambling To Break Ground By June
Curbed LA

Guerrilla Sharrows Appear In Northeast L.A., Cleanup Will Take 60 Days, Says LADOT
LAist

Heavy Traffic Linked To Higher Miscarriage Rates
Sacramento Bee

How To Save The Los Angeles Times, End Rush Hour Traffic, Solve The Housing Crisis (And Not Have To Pay For It)
Huffington Post

Implementing Streetcars Demands Consideration Of The Way Traffic Works
Transport Politic

Los Angeles Transport Chief Proposes Law Protecting Cyclists From Harrassment
Road.cc

Map Of The Day: ExperienceLA Launches "Things To Do" Map (integrated Metro transit information)
LAist

NTSB Calls For Tougher Passenger Bus Scrutiny
Associated Press

Ridley-Thomas Wants Further Study Of Proposed Expo Line
Southern California Public Radio

States Vie For $69B In Infrastructure Funds
Washington Times

Subway Architecture (Must-see photos!)
Designboom

Transit Coalition To Metrolink: "Fare Increases, Not Service Cuts, Are The Least Painful"
LAist

What Have We Learned From The Recovery Act?
National Journal Transportation Blog

White House Unveils Transit Safety Bill To Cautious Praise On The Hill
DC StreetsBlog

12/08/2009

Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 8, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

EPA Is Preparing To Regulate Emissions in Congress's Stead
Washington Post

Expo Line Project Costs And Delays Are Ballooning: The Rail Line From Downtown L.A. To Culver City Is $220 Million Over Budget And A Year Behind Schedule - Officials Hope To Open Part Of The Route Next Year
Los Angeles Times

Eying Port Of L.A. Security
Daily Breeze

Feds Creating Real-Time Traffic Information Alerts
Washington Examiner

Google Transit your Next Bus Ride
(CalTrans and local agencies study statewide connectivity between transit operators)
Contra Costa Times

High-Speed Rail Proving Ground Proposed In North Las Vegas: Researchers Want Facility To Study, Test Next-Generation Rail Systems
Las Vegas Sun

Metro Board Preview: Route 2 Terminus, Villaraigosa’s Ten Year Plan, Gates For The Gold Line And The Crenshaw Corridor DEIR
LA StreetsBlog

New Buses Bring Silence To The Streets
New York Times

NY And CA: How Did They Spend Transportation Stimulus Money?
DC StreetsBlog

Our Smartest Growing Cities
GOOD

Our View: Freeways, Roadways Prepared For Major Facelifts
Pasadena Star-News

Out Of Gas? Lost? Flat Tire? Who Ya Gonna Call?
San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

Scan And Deliver: Google’s “Favorite Places” In L.A.
LAist

Senate Cuts CA's High Speed Rail Funding, Rally At Union Station Set For Today
LAist

Transit Agencies Need To Invest in Marketing: A Lesson From Los Angeles
The City Fix

12/07/2009

Transportation Headlines for Monday December 7, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

32 Rail Companies Commit To Expanding In U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan
DC StreetsBlog

As Promised, Sharrows Appear In Hermosa Beach
LA StreetsBlog

Broadway Streetscape Renderings Published
Blog Downtown

Bullet Train Here Years Ago (San Bernardino's historic role in "high-speed" rail, ca. 1934)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Cities Mull Joining Forces (proposed San Fernando Council of Governments)
Glendale News Press

City Pushing Related On Grand Avenue Project?
Curbed LA

Congress Considers New Jobs Package, And Highways Look Like The Big Winners
Transport Politic

Congress: Urgent Need For More Public Transit Investment; APTA: Any Jobs Bill Should Include Transit Projects
Passenger Transport

Crenshaw Corridor Transportation Debate Continues (video)
Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report

DASH Buses Downtown Operate With GPS
LAist

Europe Enforces New Rail Passenger Rights: If A Similar Law Existed In The United States, Amtrak Would Suffer
Transport Politic

For Metrolink, It's A 6% Fare Hike Vs. Major Service Cuts
LA StreetsBlog

High Speed Rail On Track To Turn Into Next Big Flop
Manteca Bulletin

High-Speed Rail To Be A US Job-Growth Engine
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Is A StopLight With A Progress Bar A Good Idea?
Governing

L.A. Metro's "Source" Takes Media Into Its Own Hands
Passenger Transport

Lawsuit Filed Over War Memorial At Downtown's El Pueblo
Curbed LA

Local Governments Offer Data To Miners
New York Times

Pasadena Looks For Ways To Reduce Traffic, But Its Options Are Few
Pasadena Star-News

Pennies And Minutes With Art Leahy: Metro Chief Talks About Shaping The Future Of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Downtown News

Promoting The Car Phone, Despite Risks
New York Times

Senate Version of Wall Street Transportation Tax Coming Next Week
LA StreetsBlog

Take The (A) Train: Your Name Here On Metro
Huffington Post

Toolkit For Change: ICLEI's New Urban Sustainability Framework
WorldChanging

Toward Roads For People, Neighborhoods: The Dominos Start To Fall
Citiwire

Transit Advocates Question New NoHo To Northeast Valley Bus
LAist

Transit Advocates Will Push Lawmakers To Rethink Transit Funding Cuts
SF StreetsBlog

Transit Tip: Check Your DASH Sign For Stop Number
Blog Downtown

U.S. DOT Has $1.5 Billion For Livable Communities
New Urban News

12/04/2009

Transportation Headlines for Friday December 4, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Anaheim Pushing Expensive, Slow Monorail Option As Part Of OCTA's Go Local Program
TransitRider OC

Cal Plaza Trains Offer Holiday Spirit And L.A. History
Blog Downtown

City Bike Committee Votes To Support Ciclovia
CicLAvia

Do You See A Pattern? An Architectural Theorist Who Has Inspired Smart-Growth Advocates, Counterculture DIY-ers, And Computer Programmers
Slate

Freeway Project Comes In $8 Million Under Budget
Simi Valley Acorn

Go See This: 100 Car-Free Angelenos Tell Their Stories
LAist

L.A.'s New Take On "Car Culture:" Green Car LaunchPad
Earth2Tech

Letter To Speaker Pelosi With Principles For Transportation Spending
Transportation For America

Mayor's Electrical Vehicle Dream Blows A Fuse!
CityWatch

Meet The Silver Line
NBC Los Angeles

Message To President Obama & Congress: Create Long-Term Sustainable American Jobs By Taking Action Now On Six-Year Highway & Transit Bill
PR Newswire

Metro Revving up To Debut New Silver Line Next Week
LAist

Next Wednesday: Another Bike-Only City Council Transportation Committee Hearing
LA StreetsBlog

Oberstar Backs Six-Month Highway Plan, With Conditions
Journal Of Commerce

Santa Monica: Officials Share Plans To Shape City's Future
Argonaut

Sign Stopping Food Trucks On Wilshire From Parking On Wilshire Are Fakes
LAist

Station Design: Waiting For The Train
Newsweek

What Is So Precious As A...
WeHo News

12/03/2009

Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 3, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Building Lasting Economic Recovery Through High Speed Rail
Calitics

Changes At Metro Beget The Silver Line, New Valley Service & More
LAist

Colton, Railroads To Negotiate Crossing Deal
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Congress Gets Project Lists For Jobs Bill: $15B For Transit, $48B For Roads
DC StreetsBlog

County Plans To Seismically Reinforce Planned Gold Line Bridge
Pasadena Star-News

DOT Authorizes Rail Transit Safety Advisory Committee
Transit Talent

Dubai’s Money Woes Won’t Stop Grand Avenue Project
LAist

East Hollywood Residents Steamed About Curb Removal
LAist

Eastside Extension Safety Concerns
Plus Metro

Grand Ave. Project Not In Jeopardy
Daily News

GPS Users Reveal Which US Cities Are Truly The Most Congested
Fox Business

Include Bus Rapid Transit on Rapid Transit Maps?
Human Transit

L.A. 2.0 Is In Beta: The Conference On Saturday Aims To Come Forward With A Plan For The City's Physical Future
Los Angeles Times

L.A. City Council Wants Bullet Train Officials To Weigh Two Options For Union Station
Los Angeles Times

L.A. MTA’s Art Leahy
(interview)
Transit Talent

Metro In Transition
LA StreetsBlog

Metrolink To Consider Cutting 50 Trains From Schedule
LAist

New 902 Bus Line Expected To Relieve Orange Line Congestion
LAist

A Pair Of Applications
Transit Wire

Public Transit Jobs Will Support And Create Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs
APTA

States Offer Congress New List Of “Ready-To-Go” Projects Worth $69.5 Billion: Investment Will Put People To Work, Fix Roads, Bridges, And Transit
AASHTO

12/02/2009

Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 2, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Airline Safety: The Next Generation Of Smart Planes
Christian Science Monitor

Another Red-Light Probe For Metrolink
Los Angeles Times

Bellflower Path For Cyclists, Walkers Opens
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Bringing LA Together: Little Tokyo
CityWatch

Broadway Improvement Plan Gets A Hearing: Plan To Transform Thoroughfare Would Take Four Years, Cost $30 Million
Los Angeles Downtown News

CalTrans Changes Signs On 110 North; Richard Ankrom’s Famed “5 North” Installation Feared Lost
Franklin Avenue

December Will Be A Big Month For HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

Don’t Let The Reason Foundation Railroad California
California High Speed Rail Blog

Here’s Your Chance To Support Complete Streets In State Planning Guidelines
LA StreetsBlog

The Highway To Play A Vital Role in The Progress Of Civilization
(Disney’s animated 1958 film discussing “future” highway and automobile technology)
LA StreetsBlog

In New Orleans, LaHood Unveils $280M In Streetcar And Bus Grants
DC StreetsBlog

Intelligent Roads: Several Approaches To Keeping Streets Clearer
Financial Times

Job Cuts Loom As Stimulus Fades (Highway construction companies begin seeing business slow down)
Wall Street Journal

Laughter On The Go (Transit TV comedy)
Santa Monica Daily Press

Metrolink Engineer May Have Run Red Signal, Prompting New Concerns About Rail Safety
Los Angeles Times

Parking Cash-Outs: Better Than Free Parking
Way2Go Environmental Defense Fund

Ready, Steady, Go!: Countdown Stoplight Brings Fun To Traffic Control
Wired

Solar-Powered Sensor Controls Traffic
Electronics Design, Strategy, News

Stair Wars: Santa Monica Keeps Them Open, Echo Park Locks 'Em Out
LA Curbed

Surface Transportation: Efforts To Address Highway Congestion Through Real-Time Traffic Information Systems Are Expanding But Face Implementation Challenges
(new report: 43p. PDF)
Government Accounting Office

Tired Of Being Dumped On, El Segundo Threatens To Sue
LA Curbed

Villaraigosa Announces Electric Car Infrastructure Plan
Los Angeles Times

What GOOD Ideas Do You Have?
(L.A. 2.0 event to identify five key urban strategies to improve the physical environment of Los Angeles)
LA StreetsBlog

Who Wants To Buy A New Locomotive? General Electric Hopes Amtrak Does
DC StreetsBlog

12/01/2009

Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 1, 2009

TheSource.metro.net

Alameda Corridor Could Tap Ports For Cash As Early As 2011
Cunningham Report

Better Bikeways: Getting Rolling With Improved Signage
GOOD

Build It Right Or Don't Build It
CityWatch

Calif.'s OCTA Launches Text Messaging
Metro Magazine

Driven With Distraction
(DOT Secretary LaHood on texting while driving)
Washington Post

Engineers Who Hacked Into L.A. Traffic Signal Computer, Jamming Streets, Sentenced
Los Angeles Times

Entering The Superproject Void
New York Times

The Fight To Make North Figueroa Bike Friendly
Flying Pigeon

Gold Line Lake Station In Pasadena Adds Watchtower, Remains Deafening
Curbed LA

If You Don't Have Safe Streets, All The Light Rail Lines In The World Aren't Going To Save Your City
National Resources Defense Council

LA City Bike Plan: Only 28 Miles Of New Bike Lane
C.I.C.L.E.

LaHood To Congress: It's Time To Talk About A Gas Tax Increase
LA StreetsBlog

Lancet Study: We Must Reduce Auto Dependency
DC StreetsBlog

LAPD Tackle Cyclists At Friday's Critical Mass
LA StreetsBlog

Lobbyists Rush To High-Speed Rail
Politico

MacArthur Park Gentrification Watch? Westlake Theatre Plan Moves Forward
LA Curbed

Maybe Metro Isn't So Bad After All?
LA StreetsBlog

Neighborhoods Win Input Extension On Bike Plan
CityWatch

New California Clean Air Guidelines Come With A Hefty Price Tag
Mother Nature Network

Opening High-Speed Rail To The Market - Before The Market's Even There
Transport Politic

Peds Or Cars? No Certain Plan For Chick Hearn Court Closures
Blog Downtown

Rush Is On For Stimulus' High-Speed Rail Dollars
USA Today

State Legislative Committees Hold Trio Of Hearings Downtown
LA StreetsBlog

Supporters Map Route For Bicycle Loop Around Downtown Riverside
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Washington's Newest Gravy Train: High-Speed Rail
Center For Public Integrity

WeHo General Plan Taking Shape (desire for more density and transit hubs without gridlock)
WeHo News