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Transportation Headlines for Saturday May 5, 2007

Bus Drivers Union, OCTA Officials in Negotiations

Derailing vision for train Re "State puts brakes on bullet train plan," April 29,0,1935389.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters
Los Angeles Times

High Speed Rail System In California Gets Boost From Governor

'Inland port' plan to ease truck congestion sputters
Press Enterprise

LAEDC Trade Study Finds LA/LB Ports Are Bursting At the Seams In Record Shipments

Mass transit is way to save and to go (Scroll half way down page),1,6120349.story?ctrack=3&cset=true
Los Angeles Times

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Cargo: Can the world’s ports handle the surge of cargo forecasted over the next 10 years?
CalTrade Report

Reassess decision on fares Re "Transit fare hikes called unwise," April 28,0,2721823.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters
Los Angeles Times

Report Outlines Ways To Reduce I-15 Traffic

Trade growth will test region
Whittier Daily News

Transit hub may rise at SD airport
San Diego Union Tribune


Transportation Headlines for Friday May 4, 2007

2nd State Assembly committee gives support to Green Line extension agency
Argonaut Newspaper

23 Freeway sound walls become a showcase for graffiti
Thousand Oaks Acorn

Faster track on the 60 Freeway: Ground breaks on new car-pool lanes through region
Whittier Daily News

Logical pricing: I agree that the issues regarding MTA's upcoming fare increase decisions are important
Pasadena Star News

Los Angeles Area Public Transportation Agency Launches Rapid Transit Bus Line with Mobile Wi-Fi
Government Technology

Record Gas Prices: SCV Joins the Club
Santa Clarita Signal

Red Light Cameras Rolling at Bundy and Pico
Santa Monica Surf/Lookout News

San Bernardino going for Gold (Gold Line Foothill Extension)
Los Angeles Times Bottleneck Blog

Santa Monica City Council approves $57 million for Big Blue Bus maintenance building and site improvements
Argonaut Newspaper

Santa Monica City Council Poised to Move Ahead with Cutting-edge Traffic Management Plan
Santa Monica Surf/Lookout News

SCAG seeks air quality state of emergency: The group wants a state of emergency declared over premature deaths linked to Southland pollution,1,3907928.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Smart Growth Needed for Global Competition
American Planning Association

Take a Tour of California's Hydrogen Highway -- Part 2
Green Options

Theater, Housing Project Approved (Metro Gold Line)
Pasadena Independent

Traffic Drop Of 10% Makes World Of Difference After Freeway Collapse - A freeway collapse in the San Francisco Bay Area dramatically changed commuter patterns this week, and also caused a spike in public transit ridership, giving BART a record-breaking tally of passengers.


Transportation Headlines for Thursday May 3, 2007

Bless The Bikes: The fourth-annual West Coast ritual aims to bestow a little good fortune on commuters, road riders and cyclists everywhere,6610,s1-3-12-15926-1,00.html

Bus drivers say 8% increase isn't enough,1,5416564.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Bus union: Raise or strike - Governor-appointed state panel hears today from drivers, union leaders and OCTA representatives on wage dispute
Orange County Register

Envisioning Los Angeles in 2020

Even better to travel together: Car-pool lanes get under way on 60 Freeway
Daily Bulletin

High speed rail's future is private
Victorville Daily Press

Judge strikes down tough rules on diesel: The Southland's smog-fighting agency had ordered railroads to cut emissions, but is told that it lacks the authority to do so,1,102247.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s anti-terrorism hub serves as a model
Government Executive

LAEDC Trade Study Finds LA/LB Ports Are Bursting At the Seams In Record Shipments

Los Angeles: Terminal contracts tied to low emissions
Port World

Move to regulate trains rejected
Daily Bulletin

MTA Ponders Fare Increase
Valley Star/Valley College

Residents speak out on Beeline: Commissioners recommend changes to routes and a substantial increase in fares
Glendale News Press

SANBAG approves five-year transit plan
Press Enterprise

Sting of high gas prices felt all across the nation
Mercury News

Will One-Way Streets Alleviate Traffic Nightmares?
Beverly Hills Courier

WMATA Metro chief mulls new fare policy


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday May 2, 2007

Almost Half of California Counties Fail Clean Air Test-- Los Angeles and Riverside Top National Bad Air List - Legislation on Ports and Diesel Needed to Improve Air - California's Aggressive Laws on Auto Emissions Have Led to Improvements
California Progress Report

Believe in the bullet train - Even though it's a gamble, high-speech rail would help California cope with its transportation problems,0,1456753.story?coll=la-opinion-leftrail
Los Angeles Times

City lobbying hard for share of billions for infrastructure
Daily News

Commuters should 'Watch the Traffic Go By'
Valley News/Daily News

Freeway collapse prompts questions, debate on safety -Sunday's Bay Area transit disaster is called a 'wake-up call' for California's engineers,1,5954676.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

L.A. climbs past 4 million - The city has as many people as New Zealand, more than 24 states. California's total is nearly 37.7 million,1,1167204.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink station postponed: Construction of Buena Park stop will be completed by July, months later than planned
Orange County Register

On Pico-Olympic One-Way Proposal: “Let Me Assure Everyone, I’m Against the Plan”

Opinion: Metro fare hikes are the only way
United Transportation Union

To Do in L.A.: Drool Over Imaginary Subway

Traffic Freakout: Dedicated Bus Lanes on Wilshire

What about those potholes?
Daily News
Along for the Ride Blog
Daily News
MOVING PICTURES - The Daily News is sponsoring a contest for the best videos made about your commutes. Copy your video onto a CD and send it in care of Sue Doyle, Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. The deadline is May 25. We'll award gas cards to the winners, who also will be featured in a future column.


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday May 1, 2007

Air quality's better, but not great - Lung group says the L.A. region is plagued by ozone and particulate pollution. Others say advances have been downplayed
Daily Breeze

Attend MTA hearing
Pasadena Star News

Downtown prepares for May Day gridlock - Despite predictions that turnout will be far less than last year, police and businesses prepare for a total shutdown for two rallies,1,2262673.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Fantasy maps re-imagine public transit: Amateur cartographers are creating ambitious conceptual designs of an L.A. dotted with an East Coast-style rail network,1,1647719,full.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Gasoline costs driven to a record: California's average hits $3.359 for a gallon of regular. Many analysts blame the run-up on a string of refinery woes,1,148220.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Gov.'s action averts O.C. bus driver strike: His appointed fact-finding panel will investigate the contract dispute with OCTA,1,7119195.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Metaphorical meltdown - L.A. traffic doesn't need a freeway collapse to be in crisis
Daily News

MTA agrees to cancel some bus routes
Daily News

MTA To Spend $84.6M On 100 Natural Gas Buses

Nation’s Leading Containerport Is “Steppin’ Back In Time” To Celebrate Centennial
Port of Los Angeles

Port traffic may grow by 9% this year, study finds - The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are expecting growth in traffic this year, good news for port-related business and employment
Daily Breeze

Red light camera operation begins
Whittier Daily News

Roads To Riches: Why investors are clamoring to take over America's highways, bridges, and airports—and why the public should be nervous
Business Week

SACRAMENTO - Tax revenues improve state's budget outlook
San Francisco Chronicle

They're not buying higher Metro fares Re "Is 86 cents a ride really too much?" Opinion, April 27,0,4291202.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters
Los Angeles Times

Transport Privatization: Full Speed Ahead

Why METRO Needs to Change its Fares (by MTA)
Mayor Sam Blog


Transportation Headlines for Monday April 30, 2007

Bay Area interchange collapse likely to cause weeks of chaos,1,4280543.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Editorial: MetroRiderLA’s fair fare proposal

L.A. Develops A New Tool To Grow Taller, Denser

Is 86 Cents a Ride Really Too Much?
Mass Transit Magazine

May Immigration Rally To Affect Traffic, Schools

Maze Meltdown: Caltrans acts fast, puts demolition crew to work on freeway
San Francisco Chronicle

Paved Paradigm: Libertarian biases and assumptions keep Reason Magazine authors stuck in traffic

Why Only The Private Sector Can Save Amtrak


Transportation Headlines for Sunday April 29, 2007

22 Freeway set to open - All new lanes along 12-mile stretch of improvement project to be finished by Tuesday morning
Orange County Register

Barriers to traffic flow Re "Peak-hour bus lanes are urged," April 26,0,438343.story?coll=la-news-comment-letters
Los Angeles Times

Carpool Lane Construction To Close 405 Freeway

Do Real Planning #3: Require Density Around Transit
L.A. City Council District 13 Blog

Downtown Riverside gets new trolley route
Press Enterprise

Gas taxes could fuel reforms
San Francisco Chronicle

L.A. calls for higher bus fares
Washington Times/UPI

Metrolink seeks fare increase over three years: The commuter railroad points to rising costs. A vote is scheduled May 11.
Press Enterprise

Port truckers planning boycott - Haulers say work stoppage and Wilmington rally Tuesday will be held in support of national immigration rights
Daily Breeze

Q&A: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (gridlock and transportation)
U.S. News & World Report

Railroads' Colton Crossing
Press Enterprise

Security Exercise Causes Minor Delays To Commuters

United jet, refurbished terminal to be on display for May 8 open house at LA/Palmdale Airport
Antelope Valley Press