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Transportation Headlines for Saturday August 26, 2006

Bill to rank LNG plans shunted to committee
Supporters say state may lose power to U.S.
Ventura County Star

Going like 60: Freeway section to get HOV lanes, soundwalls
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hang up phone or be fined?: Senate bill targets drivers using handheld devices (SB 1613)
L.A. Daily News

Long Beach Port may fill new top position: Approval of new managing director to be decided Monday
Press Telegram

Lowenthal $30 cargo fee bill revived (SB 760)
Press Telegram

OCTA considers Anaheim Metrolink station relocation
Orange County Register

Trail renovation under way: will follow the abandoned Union Pacific railroad track from Pioneer Boulevard to the Five Points Intersection, crossing it on a former railroad bridge and then ending at Mills Avenue
Whittier Daily News

Voters will get a say on transportation funding – twice (Prop. 42)
San Francisco Chronicle


Transportation Headlines for Friday August 25, 2006

AC Transit Testing Free Wi-Fi On Buses

Beach Boulevard exit from I-5 to close for 10 months: I-5 Freeway expansion will close southbound off-ramp in 2008.
Orange County Register

Beverly Hills General Plan Update Remains Unknown
Beverly Hills Weekly

Bomb squad examines bag at Montclair Metrolink station
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Burbank delays development plan
Burbank Leader

Bus Riders Union Decries ‘Free Transit Week’: Members wage protest to lower cost of monthly bus passes
Our Weekly

Color dispute stymies train-line naming

County gains 2nd seat on SANDAG
San Diego Union Tribune

Federal grant targets 'secret' BART problem: Governor OKs anti-terror funds to strengthen system
Daily Review

LADWP Receives $2.244 Million Grant to Jump-Start ''Clean Diesel'' Retrofits; Technology Cuts Emissions by 95% on 264 Heavy-Duty Trucks
Business Wire

Letter to the Editor: No reason to gripe - Re "Gripe central", Aug 21: (Scroll down page)
Daily News

Low-stress commuting: Sergio Castillo still has a 50-mile trip to work, but now it's relaxing (Metrolink, Metro Bus and Rail)
Riverside Press Enterprise

Metrolink Riders Routed Around Commerce Station After Derailment

MTA agrees to the name 'Expo Line': Color on map still debated
Daily News

MTA Board Agrees on New Colors for Metro Lines

MTA Board Deadlocks on Color Scheme for Westside Light Rail Line,1,3030773.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

MTA Offers 'Transit English' Class To Potential Bus Drivers

MTA To Expand Bus Driver Recruitment Efforts

MTA To Offer English Classes For Potential Drivers

Nissan reclaims electric vehicles: City parts with 11 cars after custody battle
Pasadena Star News
Related Editorial:

PierPASS Completes Transition in Exporter Procedures; Exporters, Terminals and Steamship Lines Quickly Adjust to New OffPeak Program Procedures at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Business Wire

Port of L.A. Fleet Experiments With Biodiesel
The Log

Topanga Canyon Boulevard Undergoes Construction
Canyon News

Transit agency starts English class for would-be drivers


Transportation Headlines for Thursday August 24, 2006

A Carless culture: The bike, part 2: Bike lanes
L.A. Green Girl

A Transit Map to Make You Cry
Here In Van Nuys

California ballot measure that backers tried to kill won't die: Voters will see a tough regulation of gas tax money initiative on '08 ballot. Compromise up for vote in fall
Daily Breeze

Car Sharing: Yes, You Can Live Without Your Own Car
Woman Motorist

DHS alters plans for transportation worker ID program
Government Executive

Fourth Semi-Annual LAX Master Plan Stakeholder Forum to Be Held August 29

Google Earth has "injected new life" into the geographic information systems industry

L.A. mayor pushes plan to recruit MTA drivers
Pasadena Star News

Los Angeles labor action shuts down port for 4 hours
Daily Breeze

‘Mash-Ups’ Will Revolutionize How Planners and Citizens View City Planning
The Planning Report

Metro Proceeds with Plans for Quality Transit-Oriented Developments Along Rail Corridors
The Planning Report

MTA looks to recruit more drivers
Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star News

NABI acquires Optima Bus Corp.
Metro Magazine

Parks feeling blue over Aqua Line
Daily News

Port of L.A.’s Knatz Leads Basin’s Effort to Implement Clean Air Plan
Metro Investment Report

Public Hearing to Discuss Options for Reducing LAX Traffic

RAND Corp. Revives Transportation Research With Appointment of Prof. Martin Wachs
Metro Investment Report

Recruiting Drives MTA to School: The agency is working with Valley College to boost the English skills of immigrants who want to become bus operators,1,7722769.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Sen. Lowenthal Pushes Industry to Help Fund Mitigation of Port Pollution
Metro Investment Report

Some AC Transit buses to offer Wi-Fi service / Wireless
Internet on crossbay routes to S.F., Peninsula
San Francisco Chronicle

State and City Housing Bonds Will Mitigate Workforce Housing Crisis
The Planning Report

Welcome to Gentrification City: Teardowns. Evictions. Investment. Rebirth. And the significance of that new gelato stand. The perils and pleasures of gentrification
L.A. Weekly

Who's Resurrecting the Electric Car? - Forget those poky little golf cars — the battery-powered muscle car is just around the corner
L.A. Weekly


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday August 23, 2006

Albuquerque Rail Runner gets its 100,000 rider
The Observer

Backing sought in MTA fight: Bus Riders Union asks neighborhood councils to support decree
Daily News

Denver officials celebrate T-REX completion
Denver Post

eNewsletters That Rock: The Transit Coalition

HOV construction almost done (57 and 60 freeways)
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Letters to the Editor: Re "Gov. Tries to Calm GOP Anger," Aug. 20 (Transportation Bond),0,45077.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters
Los Angeles Times

Long Beach’s Pine Ave. gets a block without cars: Trial of vehicle ban on Friday, Saturday nights between Broadway and Third Street starts Sept. 1
Press Telegram

Plan Puts Marina in Fast Lane: As a building boom begins in Marina del Rey, the tiny freeway that almost goes there may be extended. Some residents vow a fight,0,3276738.story?coll=la-home-headlines
Los Angeles Times

Planning quicker travel takes time: Could one of LAX's ideas get you out of your car and onto a plane faster?
Daily Breeze

Proposals to Ease Gridlock at LAX to Be Unveiled: Officials will outline options for improving traffic flow, a key element in updating the airport's design,1,7460626.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

SANDAG approves process to review projects in adjoining counties
Village News

Tighten up mass-transit security: Plastic trash cans, eliminating lockers and more TV cameras would help in the fight against terrorism,0,3336505.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines
NY Newsday


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday August 22, 2006

Beach bus cool, cheap way to go: $1 fare buys day of fun; service will end Sept. 4
Whittier Daily News

EPA to co-sponsor Green-Diesel Technology conference in Chicago

First Sprinter trains arriving in Escondido (DMU, Diesel Multiple Unit)
North County Times/Californian

Gripe central (SFV Valley)
Daily News

Hybrid Buses for the Long Haul?
Berkeley Transportation Library Blog

Inland-area mayors set protest: Riverside's Ron Loveridge leads the charge to secure funding to ease the rise in rail traffic
Riverside Press Enterprise

Interview with Paul Korczak, Assistant Chief Officer for MetroCard Sales Operations at New York City Transit
Smart Card Talk

New Light Rail Route to the South Bay?
Curbed L.A.

No Matter How They Are Pitched, Parking Solutions Often Fall Short
Washington Post

Palmdale Grant Could Put Airport on the Map
Santa Clarita Signal

Tax dollars working to reduce traffic congestion
North County Times/Californian

Terminal Gas Problem: There's one smart way to choose a site for California's much-needed liquified natural gas terminal, so why is Sacramento dithering? (SB 426),0,5307256.story?coll=la-opinion-leftrail
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Monday August 21, 2006

2 Killed, 2 Injured in Car Hit by Train: Six Blue Line passengers also are hurt as a motorist tries to turn across the tracks,1,6791550.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times
Also covered by the Daily Breeze:

Car-Sharing Plans Develop Traction as Fuel Costs Rise: Members rent vehicles by the hour and don't have to worry about insurance and long-term parking. It's a popular concept in many cities,1,72367.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Construction conundrum: SANBAG plagued with rising prices (210 Freeway, other freeway projects)
San Bernardino Sun

Downtown Long Beach Assoc. Board Votes To Support Senator Lowenthal's Container Fee Bill (SB 760) For Port Security, Container-Related Rail Projects, Air Pollution Mitigation
Long Beach Report

Learning From Portland: Linking Land Use And Transportation

MTA Guarantees Ride Home for Car Poolers
Garment and Citizen

Republicans reject bonds: Governor loses party backing on 2 measures
Sacramento Bee

Transportation Headlines for Sunday August 21, 2006

Metrolink train attracts drivers: Since July 2005, weekend ridership has gone up 21 percent on the San Bernardino line
Riverside Press Enterprise

Two Dead, Eight Injured After Car Crashes Into MTA Train

Transportation Headlines for Saturday August 19, 2006

A.V. car-pool lanes open: With dedication, six extra miles bring total to 36
Daily News

Hemet takes a step toward Metrolink station
Valley Chronicle

L.A. County Law Enforcement May Soon Get Free Metro

Official backs billions in state bonds: Essential for economy, she says,1375,VCS_122_4926467,00.html
Ventura County Star