Transportation Headlines on Paper.li

11/04/2011

Infrastructure Bill, Gold Line, CAHSR, DesertXpress, LA Transit Poll, Beverly Hills, Historic LA Transit, LA Pollution, LA Incline Railways & More


Avego Shout: Instant Carpooling
("Avego Shout is a free smartphone app for arranging instant carpools with your friends, family and co-workers. Shout is a must-have for anyone who carpools regularly, allowing instant messaging and tracking of locations between riders and drivers.")
Avego

Beef-Based Biofuels? Amtrak Approves
Smart Planet

But Have You Seen This One?: Celebrating The Lesser-Known Historic Transit Photos Of Los Angeles
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

California Rail Agency Requests Billions To Start Construction: At A Meeting Of The High-Speed Rail Authority In Sacramento, Dozens Of People Attack The $98-Billion Project's Cost And Say It Will Harm Their Homes And Livelihoods
Los Angeles Times

California's Policy Model To Reduce Oil Use And Vehicle Emissions
The City Fix

The Day The Engineers Turned Against California HSR
Forbes

DesertXpress Wants Suppliers To Manufacture Materials In Nevada, Southern California
Vegas INC

Economic Health Benefits Of Bikes For Commuting ("$3.8 billion per year are saved in avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for obesity and heart disease by replacing half of the short journeys with bicycle trips during the warmest six months of the year.")
Medical News Today

Escalating Tensions Has BART Considering Signs (BART is considering signage for escalator etiquette)
San Francisco Examiner

Few Obstacles Left For Gold Line: A Recent Court Victory And A Key MTA Funding Exemption Could Finally Put The Gold Line Foothill Extension Back On Track
Monrovia Patch

Freeway Widening Project Could Begin In January
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

High Costs Threaten California's High-Speed Rail Project, But The Wider Context Must Be Understood
Transport Politic

Hiking The Corralitas Rail Path
("The path follows the old Pacific Electric Red Car route to Glendale, which ran from 1896 to 1955.")
Modern Hiker

House GOP Bill Would Tie Infrastructure Spending To Energy Production
The Hill

Infrastructure Jobs Bill Dies In Senate
StreetsBlog DC

More Subway Hysteria (p.6 of 20p. PDF)
Beverly Hills Weekly

The New California HSR Plan: Forecast Of Doom Or Blueprint For The Future?
StreetsBlog DC

One Transportation App To Rule Them All ("Mo, a new startup in Munich, is trying to combine the city's bike shares, car shares, and public transportation system. Pay a yearly fee, use your phone to take whatever kind of transportation you need." Includes informational videos)
Fast Company Exist

Opinion: More Freeway Is Not The Way For South Pas
Glendale News-Press

Poll Says Most Voters In L.A. Region Favor More Public Transit
Los Angeles Times
Land Use & Transportation Survey Results
Move LA

Pollution Forum Addresses The "Sad Truth" Of Living, Working In Los Angeles Area: Scientists Say Studies Now Show Traffic Pollution Is Linked To Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease And Autism
EGP News

Report: "Cash For Clunkers" Was A Lemon
StreetsBlog Network
Evaluating "Cash-For-Clunkers": Program Effects On Auto Sales And The Environment (41p. PDF)
Resources For The Future

Restoring Historical Rail Stations, Restoring Lost Service
Rails To Trails Conservancy

South Pasadena Looks To Healthier Future With New Bicycle Plan
Pasadena Star-News

Spinning A Civil Rights Complaint
StreetsBlog LA

State Audit Reveals City Failed To Get Competitive Bids Required By Law ("Chiang’s third audit also questioned the accounting behind the city’s use of state transit funds, and found that $1,700 in transit dollars were used to bus [Montebello] city employees to Dodger Stadium for a game.")
EGP News

Suspect MTA Report Pressures City Council To Back BHUSD (p.1, 11 of 32p. PDF)
Beverly Hills Courier

Three Forgotten Incline Railways From Southern California History
LA as Subject via KCET

Transportation Secretary "Optimistic" About Infrastructure's Chances In Congress
The Hill

Trees In Transit ("Most of us don’t think of trees as infrastructure, but in an urban context they are just that. Research indicates that they can play a powerful role in traffic calming, especially through their impact on three vehicle-related risks: speeding, road rage, and pedestrian/bicyclist injury.")
Next American City

Update On MTA Subway Tunneling
Beverly Hills Unified School District

What's Next?: Real Estate In The New Economy
(117p. PDF : "After decades of what felt like infinite resources and vast wealth pools available to fuel the consumption-based U.S. economy, we now face a mindset of shortage. We all know the history—government-supported mortgages and freeways, affordable automobiles, cheap gas, and post–World War II industrial expansion all underwrote the exodus from “cramped” urban neighborhoods to spacious single-family suburban homes. Car models were a talisman for individual success, and public transit turned into an afterthought in suburban agglomerations. Proximity to anything didn’t matter when you could drive easily to almost everywhere. And exhilarating mobility over long distances enabled more people to own more land—and build larger houses—at the ever-expanding suburban fringe. Employers sought to build suburban office islands, set apart from housing, retail, and transit.")
Urban Land Institute

When Taxi Vouchers Make More Sense Than Fixing Mass Transit
The Atlantic: Cities

Whittier Considers Hiring Lobbyist For Gold Line Route Extension
Los Angeles Wave

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