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Transportation Headlines for Saturday Sept. 30, 2006

Construction Officially Begins on Metro Expo Line

Eager Eyes for the Expo Line: As Light Rail Breaks Ground, Officials Expect Big Things
L.A. Downtown News

Rival to Panama Canal Planned: Nicaragua intends to spend $20 billion on a new Central American waterway that was initially proposed in the 19th century,1,7948157.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Senate Confirms New Transportation Chief: Senate confirms President Bush's nomination of Mary Peters as new secretary of transportation
CBS News

Widening of Highway 78 stuck in traffic
North County Times/Californian

Work Begins On Downtown-Culver City Rail Line: Light Rail Line Will Have 10 Stops

Work on L.A. Light-Rail Route to Begin; The 8.5-mile Expo Line, set to open in 2010, will run from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City,1,4332609.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Friday, Sept. 29, 2006

2 counties join hands on goods traffic
San Bernardino Sun

Caltrans Chief: Economy Depends On Transportation Bond

C.I.C.L.E. Presents: Life Can Be So Car-Free

Cycle of Life: CICLE shows how life in L.A. can be car-free.
L.A. Alternative

Dan Walters: Infrastructure bonds help governor, but their passage is dicey
Sacramento Bee

Finding a Bus Shelter that Fits Your Needs
Metro Magazine

Groundbreaking for Metro Expo Line

Head Of MTA To Lead Agency Until At Least 2008

L.A. smog is more of the same: The Los Angeles area has racked up 86 unhealthful air days so far this year, compared with 83 in all of 2005 and 88 in 2004, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District
Daily Breeze

LAX aviation anniversary event features historic aircraft such as DC-3 and C-40
The Argonaut

Los Angeles Go Metro Riders Get Help with New 12-minute Map
Open Press

Metro Expo Line Construction Begins Friday

Metro Orange Line Could Be Extended To Chatsworth

MTA Board Backs Orange Line Extension
San Fernando Business Journal (may require registration)

MTA to Run Orange Line Busway to Chatsworth: Buoyed by the route's success, the agency will extend the line six miles from Woodland Hills.,1,116299.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

New 2006 Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications
California High Speed Rail Authority

New Amtrak Chief Offers Few Details
Washington Post

New Westside tourism group includes Marina del Rey and Santa Monica visitors bureaus
The Argonaut

Officials want rail to be priority - INLAND: A coalition of leaders seeks funding to reduce the noise and traffic created by trains
Riverside Press Enterprise

Poll: Infrastructure bonds ahead but facing resistance
Central Valley Business Times

'Rebuild California' builds voter backing - SURVEY: Support grows for the four bonds put on the ballot by the governor and Legislature
Riverside Press Enterprise

Transportation Officials Praise Proposition 1B
North Gate News

Editors Note: Today marks the 20th anniversary of breaking ground on the Metro Red Line and the beginning of urban rail’s return to Los Angeles. Since then 73 miles of urban fixed guideway and 453 miles of commuter rail have opened to passenger service.


Transportation Headlines for Thursday Sept. 28, 2006

Decades-Old Shop To Be Part Of Redevelopment Plan: Bernard Luggage Building Will Be Incorporated Into Project At Hollywood And Vine (Transit Oriented Development)

Drivers of tomorrow won't get mad at traffic, they'll get around it
USA Today

Free bus rides would benefit non-riders, too
Statesman Journal

Grant to build mass transit center in downtown San Pedro expires: Time has run out on the $2.4 million MTA award after no site for the project could ever be finalized
Daily Breeze

Higher train ridership maybe not due to gas prices (Metrolink)
Daily Bulletin

Inland Empire Officials Seek Greater Say in L.A. Port Issues: Increase in cargo traveling by truck and train greatly affects the area, they say,1,7035354.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

King County bus routes trip up Google
Seattle Post Intelligencer

Prop. 1A would end loophole
Whittier Daily News

San Francisco Mall May Supply Concept for L.A.: A tall mall must draw shoppers in and up. It could serve as a model for other cities,1,489764.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Santa Monica Makes the Grade for Sustainable Effort
Santa Monica Surf/Lookout News

State infrastructure gets C-minus as engineers issue report card
Daily News

Supporting Proposition 1A will bring revenue to transportation projects: Measure would require lawmakers to pay back raided funds
Desert Sun

Toll Road Drives Too Hard a Bargain, L.A. Couple Say: Facing fees and penalties in O.C. totaling $379,000, they sue, saying their business got in trouble and they had no chance to contest,1,5609597.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Transit center in city to have bilingual signs: Oxnard to be 1st in county to alter postings
Ventura County Star

Zoning laws threatened
Pasadena Star News


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday Sept. 27, 2006

Bus Filters Remove Tons of Soot from Bay Area Air: Historic Diesel Cleanup Program for 1,700 Buses
Yahoo! Business

Chinatown Rises Again

Finally, on the right track: Maybe it's time to redefine exactly what cost-efficiency means in a city such as Los Angeles (Metro Purple Line/Wilshire Subway),0,2908056.story?coll=cl-home-more-channels
Los Angeles Times

Fullerton looks for transit ideas: The city invites residents to speak about what they'd like at the transportation center. The first meeting is Thursday
Orange County Register

Google hops on the bus
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Less Bang for the Buck: Maryland Mass Transit Authority Installs Early Warning Explosives Detection System
Homeland Response

MTA unbound
Daily News

New feature will let you Google Seattle Metro routes: Free trip-planning service shows maps, satellite views
Seattle Post Intelligencer

Newsom's vision for transit is short on new suggestions: SF Muni bosses told the problems won't be solved overnight
San Francisco Chronicle

'Pay as you go' for transit projects
Sacramento Bee

Port insecurity: The ports remain a target; funding needs to reflect that
Press Telegram

Ralph Story, 86; Veteran Radio and TV Personality Hosted Shows About L.A.,1,4709611.story?coll=la-news-obituaries
Los Angeles Times
Editor’s Note: Ralph Story starred in SCRTD’s 1968 promo film “Public Transportation, Who Needs It?

Roads Are Too Important to be Left to Governments
Independent Institute

Schwarzenegger approves bill extending toll road agreement
San Diego Union Tribune


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday Sept. 26, 2006

AV Transit Authority modifies its fixed-route time schedule
Antelope Valley Press

Diplomacy, humor take new NHTSA chief far
USA Today

Foothill Transit Uses Onboard Video to Secure Mass Transit System
Telematics Journal

In Pasadena, 'Smart Growth' Threatens Little Landmarks: While some praise new mixed-use complexes, others fear the city's character will be lo,1,5755750.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Taxi Franchises Lack City Oversight, Study Finds: UCLA study says cabdrivers 'are something like sharecroppers on wheels,' with low pay, long hours and health problems,1,4067105.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california
Los Angeles Times

Letters to the Editor - Extending the subway versus adding buses: Re "Subway Tunnel Ban May Be Lifted," Sept. 19,0,6537783.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters
Los Angeles Times

Mayor Newsom to tell how he'd shape up S.F. Muni: Transit directors will hear his plans for beleaguered agency
San Francisco Chronicle

Mayor Villaraigosa Entreats Federal EPA to Support Environmental Programs at L.A.’s Ports
Metro Investment Report

Network Futurevision: Washington, DC looks to execute managed-lane system to help battle congestion (BRT)
Roads & Bridges

O.C. Transportation Agency to Spend $7 Million to Study High-Speed-Rail Line: Engineering and environmental work will focus on adding electrified track to existing rail corridor,1,174686.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Ports `shortchanged' on security: Grants total half of what L.A. and L.B. received last year
Press Telegram

Transportation group OKs study of high-speed rail project: The board agrees to spend $7 million to study the Orange County-Los Angeles County portion of a 700-mile network
Orange County Register

U.S. doles out security grants to cities
Yahoo! News


Transportation Headlines for Monday Sept. 25, 2006

AC Transit touts success of hydrogen fuel cell buses: Hopes are high to reduce smog, foreign oil dependency with new fuel cell technology
The Argus

Fleming Assumes Chair of CCRL & L.A. Chamber; Offers Business Perspective on Value of State Bonds
Metro Investment Report

Greeters help riders find trains: 'Ambassadors' a station fixture
Daily News/Glendale Edition

Honda Unveils 'Super-Clean' Diesel Engine: The automaker, seeking to outpace rivals in the race for environmental leadership, also displays an advanced fuel-cell electric power system,1,3679134.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Will Need More on Board to Bring Back Streetcars,1,342761.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

MTA plans to redraw transit map: Proposal aims to quicken travel, cut redundant lines
Daily News

New Jersey Transit upgrades Website for mobile device use
Metro Magazine
Link to NJ Transit’s My Transit mobile alerts:

Passenger service not ruled out - MARCH AIR: Commercial flights from the military base for civilians can be a future possibility
Riverside Press Enterprise

Yes on 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E and 84
Modesto Bee


Transportation Headlines for Sunday Sept. 24, 2006

AC Transit foresees hydrogen-cell future: $21 million pilot program tests fossil-fuel free buses
Oakland Tribune

Gearing up for bus skills test: MTA drivers to compete in Arcadia
Pasadena Star News

Gov. Vetoes LA, LB Container User Fee Legislation: Schwarzenegger sinks Senate bill opposed by transportation, retail, and industry groups
Cal Trade Report

Hybrid incentives aid conservation
Pasadena Star News

Museum right on track: Exhibit will celebrate trains (Whittier Depot)
Whittier Daily News

Package of bonds may be too much for state's voters: Californians' wariness of new debt is just one problem facing backers
San Diego Union Tribune

Reagan Freeway (SR 118) may get extra lane: Eastbound bottleneck relief planned
Daily News

SANDAG approves fallback financing plan for Sprinter
North County Times/Californian

San Gabriel has plans for Valley Boulevard development
Pasadena Star News

Torrance eyeing free bus travel for its residents: The idea is to reduce traffic with increased local ridership, but funding could be impacted
Daily Breeze

Welcome, Metro Purple Line (Now let's start digging!)
L.A. Straphanger