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Transportation Headlines for Friday March 10, 2006

Americans Would Like to See a Larger Share of Passengers and Freight Going By Rail in Future
Harris Interactive

Biden to push for a national rail police force to protect AMTRAK
Delaware Online

Bond-deal talks continue: State leaders race clock on public-works measure
Los Angeles Daily News

Bond deal `very close,' Schwarzenegger says: Wrangling Continues As Deadline Looms
Mercury News

Burning the midnight oil for bonds plan: Lawmakers close to an agreement, governor says
San Diego Union Tribune

Flatiron Construction Subsidiary FCI Constructors Wins $420M Design-Build Light Rail Project in Los Angeles (Exposition Light Rail)
Business Wire

Future of California - Keep California high-speed rail funded by Quentin L. Kopp
San Francisco Chronicle

Governor, lawmakers near bond deal: Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders work out the details for the public works bill they want on the June ballot
Daily Breeze

Jury Service - Metro Juror Pass Program
Los Angeles Superior Court website

L.A. DOT gets new transportation chief
Los Angeles Daily News

Lobbyists mass at Capitol as bond deadline looms: Long-term political planning may have a role in getting the infrastructure vote on the ballot
Daily Breeze

Metrolink may expand 'Beach Train' service: The Riverside-Oceanside route would add Sunday and year-round runs
Orange County Register

MTA needs system to ensure fares are paid,1,4218801.story?coll=la-news-comment
Los Angeles Times

Moving On: Gloria Jeff was a transportation champion for state
Detroit Free Press

Newest terror foe may hide in your MetroCard machine
New York Daily News
Cubic New Release:

New transit director sets a path: Traffic signals, public transportation top priorities (L.A DOT)
Los Angeles Daily News

New US transit (ticket) machines could detect explosives (Cubic)

On this date: California high-speed train proposed (AMTRAK)
San Bernardino Sun

Perata raises almost $1 million for infrastructure plan
Capitol Weekly

Plescia elected State GOP leader amid frenetic bond negotiations
Capitol Weekly

Public Transit Users to Ride Free From March 15 Through 31 on New Non-Stop FlyAway Bus Service From Union Station to Los Angeles International Airport
Market Wire

RAD-Sunset Project Approved (Metro Division 6 Venice)
Venice Paper

SCAG to consider tribal membership
Riverside Press Enterprise

Toll Road: 241 design work jumps in price - Toll-road agency cites inflation, changes in route for $41 million cost of early planning
Orange County Register Welcomes 10 Additional Cities to Award-Winning TTID Partnership; Millions of Drivers in These U.S. Metropolitan Areas Will Benefit from Real-Time Traffic Information and Free, Personalized Services

Traffic Detoured as City Touts Its New Traffic Czar: A block of Main Street is closed briefly as L.A. officials announce the recruitment of a Michigan official as transportation chief,1,7873547.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Two Locals Seek MTA Board Seat
La Cañada Valley Sun

Ventura County's transit card is a true contactless pioneer (smart card)
Contactless News

Weekend beach train soon to run all year - METROLINK: The service -- three Saturday runs and two on Sundays --is expected to begin in May
Riverside Press Enterprise


Transportation Headlines for Thursday March 9, 2006

Accord Sought on Works Measure: Schwarzenegger and legislators scramble to reach a compromise on infrastructure proposal,1,1670950.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Big Bus Blue Proposes Possible Changes
Santa Monica Mirror

Business leaders lobbying for bond
Los Angeles Daily News

Chicago Transit Workers Authorize Strike
Mass Transit Magazine

Dems polish $30 billion infrastructure bond for June ballot: GOP says measure lacks necessary policy changes
San Francisco Chronicle

Driving Passengers Off Metrolink
LAist Blog

Future Bohemia: North Hollywood’s NoHo Commons may be a model for a city learning to love the subway (Transit Oriented Development)
L.A. City Beat

Looking to the Water to Ease Congestion on Land: Transportation officials seek to boost shipping on coastal and inland routes to provide an alternative to trucking,1,2046535.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Michael Dukakis: on why trains trump cars, and how Schwarzenegger is misspending on highways
L.A. City Beat

Metro Rapid Program
Federal Transit Administration website

MTA Tokens
2 Give Now website

Pasadena Gold Line Frequently Asked Questions
City of Pasadena, Department of Transportation website

Railway pact to silence train whistles: Placentia will ban the horns for now and hopes safety upgrades will make it a federal Quiet Zone for good
Orange County Register

Redlands Trolley Red Line gets low marks in public hearing
Redlands Daily Facts

Trucker Talk (Ports, Freight/Goods Movement, Alameda Corridor)
L.A. Weekly

Tunnel vision: Retrofit of Simi structure expected to take 200 days (Metrolink),1375,VCS_239_4523829,00.html
Ventura County Star


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday March 8, 2006

Big Rail Firms Sue Air Board: Two major railroads fight AQMD over rules saying trains cannot idle more than 30 minutes. Regulators call the industry 'recalcitrant.',1,7462004.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Borrowing to Rebuild California: Build for the future
San Francisco Chronicle

Capitol buzzes as deadline looms for infrastructure bond issue
Sacramento Bee

Hybrid drivers accused of clogging carpool lanes
Centre Daily

In Hollywood, Nothing Exceeds Like Success: Special events are closing streets and keeping tourists out of shops. Merchants are trying to find solutions,1,1650282,full.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Legislators must vote to back repair bond (By Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis)
Los Angeles Daily News

Limited access to carpool lanes can be safer than free-for-all
Mercury News

Lobbyists want in on bonds: Interest abounds in sharing funds from the $222.6 billion infrastructure spending plan proposed by the governor
Daily Breeze

MARTA Transit could be linked via card: New system opens regional possibility
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Omnitrans proposing to shut down Red Trolley Line
Riverside Press Enterprise

One step toward simpler commutes (MARTA)
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Railway limits under attack: Lawsuit targets pollution rules (engine idling over 30 min.)
San Bernardino Sun

San Francisco Eyes Stockholm, Congestion Pricing Success

State bonds pit transit against roads
The Argus

Track work leads to commuter delays: METROLINK - Union Pacific says freight trains got backed up. Today brings another inconvenience
Riverside Press Enterprise


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday March 7, 2006

Bill would tackle Muni fare-jumpers
San Francisco Examiner
Text of SB 1749 (Migden):

Democrats put heat on governor: Núñez, Perata say Schwarzenegger must get his party on board with bond deal
Sacramento Bee

Don't divert Gold Line funds: This is a crucial time for the Gold Line, under attack not only from subway supporters from the west side of Los Angeles County but from seemingly all comers who have decided it's a boon-doggle, not worth the cost to extend it 24 miles to Montclair
Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hundreds of bridges still need quake fix: State says it doesn't have money, despite hefty federal match
San Francisco Chronicle

June bond deadline looms: Proposal would go on fall ballot if not ready by Friday
Los Angeles Daily News

Minority populations leaving large cities, Other metropolitan areas more diversified
San Francisco Chronicle

Rail project hits another snag: A payment dispute is causing more costs and delays in Placentia's plan to silence train whistles
Orange County Register

RFID solution to rush hour headaches?: An IBM traffic system being tested in Stockholm, Sweden, reduced rush hour congestion by 25 percent during its first month of operation, and Big Blue wants to bring the technology to the states

Safety improvements due at Metrolink crossings,1375,VCS_239_4520980,00.html
Ventura County Star

Trolleys might run in San Clemente
Orange County Register


Transportation Headlines for Monday March 6, 2006

The Age of Allen: New Leadership and a New Era Come to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp
Los Angeles Downtown News

Contractor Settles in Caltrans Headquarters Death
Los Angeles Downtown News

Failure expressed: If the purpose of the so-called "express" service on the Gold Line was to increase ridership, by cutting five minutes between Sierra Madre and Union Station, then the verdict is in: It is a complete failure
Pasadena Star News

Governor's bond package faces Friday deadline to make June ballot
North County Times/Californian

Highways vs. transit - commute study adds fuel to debate
Sacramento Bee

L.A. must get 'lean': Mayor vows to cut city budget deficit
Los Angeles Daily News

Mayor Villaraigosa Offers Free Parking For Votes

Metro 417, Pacific Electric Lofts Earn Top Honors at Downtown News Awards : Two Historic Core housing developments in former transportation hubs shared top honors at the Los Angeles Downtown News' fifth annual Downtowners of Distinction
Los Angeles Downtown News

MTA Examines Cost of Red Line Turnstiles
Los Angeles Downtown News

RAD Sunset Development—Rosendahl says ‘No’; Planning Department says ‘Go’ (Metro Venice Division 6)
Venice Paper

Schwarzenegger vows to get bond measures on ballot
San Francisco Chronicle

'Slow Growth' Has Come at a Cost in Santa Barbara,1,99017.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Sunday March 5, 2006

Gloomy forecast offered for June bond
North County Times/Californian

Rothschild balks at huge pay hike for SANBAG: Most staff members getting 25 percent raise; most make well above $100,000
Victorville Daily Press

Transit route cuts slated for hearings (Omnitrans)
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Trust, turnstiles and the underground economy,0,2439047.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary
Los Angeles Times