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Transportation Headlines for Friday March 16, 2007

$29 million DASH hole
Metro Rider LA

Air rights above L.A. to go on sale: Urban planning experts are concerned that city officials did not study how the vertical growth would affect crowding and public services in downtown,1,2112239.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Bond funds turbo-boost road projects' chances
Press Enterprise

California Transportation Commission Recommends Nearly $1 Billion in Bond Funding for Highway 99

Fontana deserves its fair share of bond money for freeway projects
Fontana Herald News

Friday Night Bike Lights
Westside Chronicle

Let's Expand Mass Transit
Santa Clarita Signal

Making east meet west
Victorville Daily Press

Metrolink guard honored for protecting the public
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

More parking changes on the way: Long Beach Official announces new lots as city weighs more permanent solutions
Press Telegram

Planning And The Scourge Of The Collective Action Problem

Planning a pedestrian-friendly city: In the 'new urbanism,' communities are navigable by pleasant and easy walks,0,7949719.story?coll=la-home-health
Los Angeles Times

Rail Transit for Santa Monica: Any Comments? (Metro Exposition Line)
Santa Monica Mirror

San Diego Freeway ramp closures through Mar. 23rd
The Argonaut

San Pedro Bay Ports Allocate $6.3 Million to Continue Gateway Cities Fleet Modernization Program: More Than 500 High-Polluting Trucks Have Been Replaced to Date Through the Gateway Cities Truck Replacement Initiative

Santa Monica Convenes Forum on Expo Light Rail Project
Westside Chronicle

Tourism: A Critical Factor In Santa Monica’s Economy
Santa Monica Mirror

Who Framed the 405?
Santa Monica Mirror

Widening Santa Monica Boulevard Creates Divide Chronicle


Transportation Headlines for Thursday March 15, 2007

Bridging the Gap With MTA
Valley Star

Called Out for Transit Apathy

Daniel Weintraub: Caltrans plans to check its work on traffic delays
Sacramento Bee

Profiles in Municipal Sustainability: An Interview with Dean Kubani
World Changing

Remarks For The Honorable Mary E. Peters Secretary Of Transportation on the Department Of Transportation Budget For Fiscal Year 2008

Senate Democrats propose $1.78 billion for Amtrak
The Examiner

So. Calif. Logistics Airport Provides An Inland Hub for Region’s Growing Cargo Traffic: Southern California's fastest-growing industry expands to the High Desert at SCLA's cargo and industrial hub
Metro Investment Report

Union Station FlyAway to LAX Kicks Off First Anniversary Celebration of Record Ridership With Free Rides, Commemorative Edition Bus and Prizes
Market Wire

Untying traffic: Time to rewrite the old L.A. story about congestion
Daily News


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday March 14, 2007

Americans turn to public transit in record numbers: Bay Area follows national trend with commuter rail, BART seeing some of largest increase
Oakland Tribune

Audit finds L.A. doesn't plan for traffic and is becoming a city Choked by gridlock'
Daily News
Link to full audit report:

Calif. traffic deaths fall 9%: Fewer fatalities believed to be result of more DUI arrests, safer driving habits
Press Telegram

City plans to float deal on downtown air rights: Officials hope to sell 9 million square feet over Convention Center, allowing denser development and raising funds for parks, affordable housing,1,1194731.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

City transit agency didn't meet goals, audit says,1,2969797.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times
Link to full audit report:

Commuter Rail Safety Study: Draft
U.S. Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Office of Safety and Security

Hearing on Transit and Rail Security
U.S. House Committee on Transportation

High five for 1-5 upgrades
Pasadena Star News

High-Speed rail system promises three-hour trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles: Funding woes keep project from becoming reality in near future
California Aggie/U.C. Davis

Overpass, goods movement and I-5 construction discussed
Orange County Register

Rail car builder settles in Bay Area: Ansaldobreda moving headquarters to Pittsburg as part of plan to create hundreds of jobs in the East Bay
Contra Costa Times

State Policy Options for Funding Transportation
Smart Growth Online

Train Accidents Decline for Second Year in a Row Preliminary 2006 Safety Data Show
Federal Railroad Administration

Transportation--Invest in our Future: Future Needs of the U.S. Surface Transportation System
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Using Highways During Evacuation Operations for Events with Advance Notice
U.S. Federal Highway Administration


Saving L.A. Conference this Sunday

Here's a great way to spend a Sunday in service to your local community - On Sunday March 18th, 2007 the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council will hold a conference on how to save Los Angeles’ physical, cultural and social history. It will be co-sponsored by citywide Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils Congress (LANCC), the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and the Los Angeles Conservancy with the aid of the Getty Institute. The conference will be on Sunday March 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM in the historic 1931 Los Angeles Theatre at 615 S. Broadway in downtown LA. More info at

Transportation Headlines for Tuesday March 13, 2007

Americans Take More Than 10 Billion Trips on Public Transportation for the First Time in Almost Fifty Years
American Public Transportation Association

Caltrans’ Highway Information Phone Service Expands Nationwide
dBusiness News

Frank Gruber – What I say: Tough Choices (Metro Exposition Line)
Santa Monica Mirror

Half of Sierra Highway Bridge Set to Be Demolished, Rebuilt
Santa Clarita Signal

Pump prices edge past $3 a gallon in state: The cost of self-serve regular soars 17 cents from the previous week amid strong demand and tight supplies,1,4232147.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Remarks For The Honorable Mary Peters Secretary Of Transportation for the American Public Transportation Association Washington, DC

Riders crowd public transit systems
USA Today

Silver Streak Debuts on March 18th
Foothill Transit

Strong lobby effort needed for road funds
Daily Bulletin

Zipcar Expanding Its Network
Mass Transit Magazine


Transportation Headlines for Monday March 12, 2007

Advocates promote the other L.A. River: Left out of a $2-billion makeover, downstream cities plan upgrades,1,7568806.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

NY MTA to sign 2nd Ave line contract (new subway construction)
AM New York

Planners work to forestall congestion on I-15: Riverside and San Diego counties take steps to prevent the bottlenecks that growth and a disparity between jobs and housing will cause,1,1679968.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Report Calls For Gas Tax Raise

Traffic crunch causes crashes: Freeway commuters using streets instead
Daily News

Transit line not flying for La Palma: La Palma officials say a proposed system that would get passengers from O.C. to the Antelope Valley in an hour will produce excessive noise in residential areas
Orange County Register


Transportation Headlines for Sunday March 11, 2007

Fighting The Real Gridlock
Washington Post

Gas tank is half full
Whittier Daily News Goes Live at Faster Freight Cleaner Air 2007
California Chronicle

NY Mayor Says Free Mass Transit In The Public's Best Interest

Privatizing part of rail may help
Denver Post

Safer solution: Speed cushions abate traffic dangers
Whittier Daily News

Sky's no longer the limit at LAX: To make the airport work, planners have to focus on smaller, effective projects,0,5159298.story?coll=la-sunday-commentary
Los Angeles Times

Weather we like it or not, getting Olympics may be breeze for L.A.
Daily Herald