Transportation Headlines on Paper.li

11/15/2011

Expo Hearings, CEQA, Street Repair, SCAG Plan, Bridges & More

Caltrans Fires Two Over Structural Testing Issues: The Move Comes Amid Probes Into Faulty Or Falsified Tests On Various Projects, Including In The L.A. Area
Los Angeles Times

Council Members Voice Misgivings Over Villaraigosa's Street Repair Plan
Contra Costa Times

Deputy Secretary Roy Kienitz Calls It Quits At USDOT
StreetsBlog DC

Editorial: Inching Toward A Highway Bill
Transport Topics

Expo Line Hearing Tonight
Beverly Hills Courier

Expo Line Public Meetings Begin Today
Culver City Patch

Expo Line Construction Authority To Update Public On Design Of Phase II
Southern California Public Radio
Feds Short Of Disaster Funds To Rebuild Roads
Stateline

Firms Turning To Environmental Law To Combat Rivals: California's Landmark Act On Environmental Quality Is Credited With Preserving Scenic Landscapes But Is Now Slowing Key Projects And Spawning A Flurry Of Litigation. Changes Are Urged
Los Angeles Times

Fly Over The Proposed Hollywood Freeway Cap Park
(includes birds-eye video of what the 44-acre park would look like)
Curbed LA
Hollywood Central Park Website

FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan Joins SunLine Transit In Southern California To Tout Jobs And Innovation In Sustainable Transportation
Federal Transit Administration

Gas-Tax Hike Considered For California Roads, Infrastructure
KABC Los Angeles

High-Speed Rail: California Transit Agencies Aim To Integrate Lines To Create A Multi-Modal State Network (“High-speed rail is going to be a failed system unless it connects to Los Angeles, so we take our partnership with [CHSRA] very seriously, and we take high-speed rail very seriously,” says Don Sepulveda, executive officer of regional rail for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA). That’s why Sepulveda, who’s responsible for fostering LACMTA’s partnerships with high-speed and other area rail agencies, is in contact with someone from CHSRA or one of its engineering or consulting firms several times a week. Three California HSR segments are set to run through Los Angeles (specifically, Los Angeles Union Station) — the Los Angeles-to-Anaheim segment, a corridor running through Palmdale to northern California and a segment running south into San Diego.")
Progressive Railroading

Infographic: United States Has More Broken Bridges Than Golden Arches
Transport Gooru

John Wayne Airport's New Terminal Opens, Minus Baggage-Handling
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Vision, U.S. Promise: Implications Of The America Fast Forward Proposal ("Long known as a land of sprawl and disconnected communities, Los Angeles has emerged as a leader in transit investments, providing forward-thinking leadership for how infrastructure finance can and should continue, even in difficult financial times.")
Planetizen

LACBC: Send Bike Plan Back to The Drawing Board
StreetsBlog LA

Latest Subway Conspiracy Theory: Developer Is Behind Route!
Curbed LA

LAX Expected To Be Busiest U.S. Airport Over Thanksgiving Weekend
Los Angeles Times

Mayor's Street Repair Plan May Be Extended To Other Projects: The $1.5 Billion Initiative Could Also Include Trimming Trees, Removing Stumps And Replanting. Councilwoman Jan Perry Cites Concerns About Taking On $650 Million In Interest Payments For The Project
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Launches "Bike Cars" To Transport Cyclists
Metro Magazine

Mica Responds To Boxer (letter from House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair to the California Senator regarding MAP-21, proposing that her "proposal will essentially bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund and make it impossible to provide any funding for fiscal year 2014.")
via Politico

Occupy Santa Clarita Targets Infrastructure Needs
LAist

Orange County's John Wayne Airport Opens New Terminal After $550 Million Expansion
Southern California Public Radio

Privately Owned Train Cars -- A Better Way To See America
Forbes

Proposal To Repair Roadways Hits Block
Los Angeles Daily News

The Racetrack: Building High Speed Rail in The U.S.
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Railroads Aim to Replace Or Revamp Aging Bridges (Transit agencies and railroad companies realize the importance of infrastructure, as their train cars roll over bridges and through tunnels every day. A look at advances in bridge construction begin driven by these private industries)
Progressive Railroading

Real Time Data Available For LA Metro Buses!
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Regional Conservancy Proposes A 22-Mile Bike Lane Through The Valley
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Senate Bill May Weaken Smaller Metros, Empower State DOTs
StreetsBlog DC

Some Valley Officials Don't Support Higher Taxes In SCAG Transportation Plan
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Transit Riders As Taxpayers ("Does it make sense to view transit fares as taxes? Are transit fares different from other "user fees" like gas taxes? If so, how? What should transit riders expect in return for their fares? Do transit riders shoulder a disproportionate burden of the cost of maintaining buses and railways? What is a fair price for an easy mass transit commute?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

TTI Study: California Roads Top Fuel-Waste List ("Among the top 10 fuel-wasting corridors, those in Los Angeles accounted for 72 percent of the wasted gallons, according to the report.")
Wall Street Journal

Why Cities Should Dismantle Highways
Smart Planet

Zipping From San Francisco To Oakland In 5 Minutes (High-Speed Rail's predecessor from a century ago was a zipline. "If inventor Fletcher E. Felts had gotten his way, not only would my friends be able to hop from San Francisco to Oakland in just five minutes, they would’ve been able to zip down to visit me in Los Angeles in just four hours, without having to deal with the fuss of flying or driving a car.")
Smithsonian

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