Transportation Headlines on Paper.li

7/22/2011

Expo Phase II, Blue Line Changes, Carmageddon Numbers, Westside Subway, Biking Lessons From Europe & More


LAist

Santa Monica Daily Press

StreetsBlog DC

Beverly Hills Patch

Carmageddon By The Numbers ("So how big an impact did the 405 closure have on Los Angeles last weekend? Big, if you believe the statistics that have been trickling in this week. Some numbers—such as the sales tax receipts that will reflect the closure’s economic impact—won’t be available for a while yet. But it’s not too soon to begin a preliminary tally.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

StreetsBlog LA

Ed Reiskin Named New Head Of S.F. Transit Agency ("Reiskin, the city's public works director since 2008, starts one of the most demanding jobs on the city payroll without experience at a transportation agency but with the reputation as a top-notch manager with a passion for city living.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Rancho Park Online

The Atlantic

Transit Cooperative Research Program

Beverly Hills Weekly

LAEDC Forecast Offers Very Little Short-Term Daylight ("Some 2,500 new jobs are expected in locations involved in the movement of goods.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Planetizen

The Little Engine That Should ("The plan to build ahigh-speed railconnecting 24 cities in California is still on the radar despite some calls for the project’s derailing.")
NBC Los Angeles

StreetsBlog DC

Huffington Post

U.S. Transportation Research Board

Transportation Nation
Update: NY MTA Chief Leaves For "Much Better Job" ("Walder is leaving to be the CEO of MTR, a Hong Kong-based company that runs transit and rail systems in Asia, London, Stockholm, and Melbourne.")
Transportation Nation
New York Times

On Biking, Why Can't The U.S. Learn Lessons From Europe? ("Building bike paths alone will not get people out of their cars in the U.S. and onto bicycles. To create a thriving bike culture in America’s cities, people must begin to view bicycling as Europeans do — not just as a way of exercising, but as a serious form of urban mass transportation.")
Yale Environment 360

Capitol Weekly

Opinion: Carmageddon's Big Surprise ("Mass transit ridership increased last weekend, but only 10 to 15 percent — hardly a watershed event. Even though Los Angeles has done a herculean job of increasing its rail and subway system, only 1 percent of 29 million daily trips originating in Los Angeles County are on rail...No, the big lessons of Carmageddon are not about transportation. They are about something else, something less easily quantified. They are about the small salves in life that make a day easier, or even memorable. When millions of Angelinos decided to hold a block party, or go to the park, or ride a bike, or play soccer, or spend half a day at the farmers market, or take advantage of free admission at some museums, they found a city far removed from that awful commuter stress index.")
New York Times

StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Times

Villaraigosa: Transportation Bill Might Speed Subway Plan ("LA's mayor says funding from thebill might allow construction to begin earlier on a subway to Westwood.")
NBC Los Angeles

The Atlantic


What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

7/21/2011

CA High Speed Rail Trouble, Villaraigosa on Metro, Metro on Historypin, GREEN LA, Time-Lapse Carmageddon & More


Curbed LA

Analysis: California Bullet Trains May Not Leave Station ("Rather than conveying confidence, the statement suggests the authority is well aware its planned rail network is at serious risk of being derailed and that to survive it must be cast as a big green positive for a state that fancies itself an environmental leader and where dystopian fears run deep.")
Reuters
California High-Speed Rail Authority Press Release

Beverly Hills Versus The Subway (readers sound off in letters to the editor regarding last week's cover story)
LA Weekly

Los Angeles Times

Silicon Valley Mercury News

Cities, Smart Growth And Transportation Infrastructure ("And in Los Angeles, which has also been selected as an early partner in the Better Buildings Challenge (Seattle is the third city), the city is greening their infrastructure on numerous fronts. In 2007, the city adopted GREEN LA, a plan to combat climate change. Goals include reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by thirty-five percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and increases in renewable energy use to forty percent by 2020. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Voters approved Measure R in November, 2008 to expand rail service and bus connections beyond the seventy station system. Rail expansion has led to development of housing, retail and business clusters around transit stations. And through the $37 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Los Angeles has promoted, implemented and managed energy efficiency programs to reduce fossil fuel emissions and improve total energy efficiency.")
Green Pro Building

StreetsBlog DC

Long Beach Press-Telegram

Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Curbed LA

The City Fix

Glendale News-Press

NFL Stadium And Convention Center Project Would Boost Tax Revenue, Studies Find ("One study contends the two projects would generate $41 million in tax revenue annually for an array of government agencies, including the state, school district and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, during their first full year in operation in 2016.")
Los Angeles Times

LAist

Orange County Register

StreetsBlog DC

StreetsBlog DC

StreetsBlog LA

National Geographic

Reuters

Redondo Beach Patch

Mother Nature Network

Who Will Ride An Alternative To "Market-Driven Sprawl?" ("Roughly 38 million people live in California today; by 2050, that's projected to reach 60 million. Leavitt believes that the state can't continue its development pattern of recent decades: what he called "market-driven sprawl."...What's the alternative? To the authority and its supporters, it's a 200-plus-mph train.")
New York Times

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

7/20/2011

Monrovia Gold Line, 21st Century LA, Bipartisan Transpo Bill, Sepulveda Pass History, Carbon Emissions & More


Infrastructurist
Economics For Equity & Environment

Between The Westside And The Valley: A History Of Bus Service Through The Sepulveda Pass
More Than Red Cars

Antonio Villaraigosa via YouTube

Bakersfield Californian

KCET


California High Speed Rail Blog

Arcadia Patch

Orange County Register

How Affordable Is Transportation?: A Context-Sensitive Framework ("In this project, we propose a contextualized transportation affordability analysis framework that differentiates population groups based upon their socio-demographics, the built environment, and the policy environment." : includes link to full-text report)
University Of Minnesota Center For Transportation Studies

Human Transit

Los Angeles Times

LA Weekly

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

StreetsBlog DC

The Economist

Transportation For America
U.S. Senate Committee On Environment And Public Works

Shifting Gears To Make Beverly Hills More Bike Friendly
Beverly Hills Patch

The State Of Metropolitan America: Suburbs And The 2010 Census ("With aging and lower-income populations come new transportation challenges for suburbs. Unfortunately, suburbs in many metro areas lie well beyond the reach of metropolitan transit systems—sometimes quite intentionally. Our recent research revealed that suburban households that cannot or choose not to own a car face severe constraints on their access to employment.")
Brookings

Westside Today

Transportation Nation
U.S. Bureau Of Transportation Statistics Special Report

What Happens When You Put A Coffee Table At A Bus Stop? ("Kim placed a coffee table she designed at a bus stop on a busy corner in Koreatown (6th and Vermont, to be exact) and shot video from a far enough distance that people didn't know they were being filmed. The resulting 1.5-minute video is pretty fun to watch.")
GOOD

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

7/19/2011

Century City Station, Crenshaw Subway, CA High Speed Rail, Valley-Westside Rail?, Pollution Standards, Transpo Bill & More


San Francisco Chronicle

LA Observed

The Carmageddon Effect ("As the hysteria fades, Planetizen's Tim Halbur asks: is there a real story here about good transportation planning?")
Planetizen

California High Speed Rail Blog

Daily Breeze

Los Angeles Times

LAist

Los Angeles Times

Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times

StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Times

Gettin' Bugged Drivin' Up And Down The Same Old Strip ("The reason to build a subway underneath Wilshire is not to relieve traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway; the reason for building it or any transit system is to create an efficient and alternative way to get from point A to point B. If some of the subway riders would otherwise drive, fine, but with population growth the 10 will have more traffic no matter what.")
Santa Monica Lookout

This Big City

In State's High-Speed Rail Plan, Ambitions Collide With Financial Realities ("Even as the federal government has channeled more money to California, the project remains tens of billions short of its projected cost. Firm sources of funding to fill the gap don't yet exist.")
New York Times

Boston Globe

L.A.-Bound Drivers To Find Lane Restrictions On I-15 ("The work will begin tonight and take place on weeknights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until October.")
Las Vegas Sun

New Pollution Standards Are In The Air ("Studies have shown that children growing up in the San Gabriel Valley have advanced aging of their lungs - an effect created by ground-level ozone.")
Whittier Daily News

Whittier Daily News

Angelenos Against Gridlock

Associated Press

Orange County Register

KTVU

Transit Cooperative Research Program

Progressive Railroading

StreetsBlog LA

StreetsBlog DC

Curbed LA

Blogging Los Angeles
via Facebook
Transit Coalition

Pasadena Star-News

Journal Of Public Transportation

StreetsBlog DC

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.


7/18/2011

Carmageddon Post-Mortem, Google Maps Traffic, Metro Station Snacks, Bus Shelters & More


Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Carmageddon Challenge: The Bikes Won! ("How a team of cyclists -- and a guy on the subway, and a rollerblader -- beat a JetBlue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.")
Slate

Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

("But authorities are already planning how to deal with next year's closure.")
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Wave

StreetsBlog DC

LAist

Los Angeles Daily News

The Atlantic

House Votes To Strip High-Speed Rail Funding ("The House voted 232-182 for an Energy and Water Appropriations bill that redirects $1 billion of high-speed rail money to flood relief for the Midwest.")
StreetsBlog DC

How Urban Visionaries Can Muck Up Transit (A critical look at Gensler Architects video about Los Angeles' transit future)
Human Transit

Los Angeles Times

Long Beach Press-Telegram

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Sustainable Cities Collective

Los Angeles Downtown News

StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Times

New Bus Shelter Boosts Commuters' Batteries ("An advertising agency has come up with a bus shelter that allows commuters to charge up their portable devices before jumping aboard.")
Digital Trends

"Peak Car Use" Shows A Rational Public ("How rational is the public in choosing its commuting devices? Can city planners capitalize on the one-hour commute limit to maximize traffic mobility? Is the "peak car use phenomenon" so unique to developed urban areas that the solutions are fundamentally different than for other places? Are there lessons from big cities on car use that could extend to less densely populated regions?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

GOOD

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Daily News

Huffington Post

Pedestrian Observations

Orange County Register

Fox Business

Los Angeles Times

Transport Politic

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.