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Transportation Headlines for Saturday September 29, 2007

$8.5 million fund to fix Westlake roads - MTA money will help make up the total $18 million cost for repairs
Ventura County Star

Arthur Winston interview on NPR

Bus drivers plan strike - No deal so far on Omnitrans talks
Daily Bulletin

California High-Speed Rail Authority Announces Plans for Coming Year
Business Wire

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, the newly signed State Budget, which for the fourth consecutive year, diverts critical public transportation funds away from their local government jurisdictions
Village News

L.A. councilman urges easing of red tape for development - L.A. council president's plan to cut from 12 to 2 the number of agencies that review projects will be considered next summer, he says,1,6900054.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california
Los Angeles Times

LA's Dirty Little Parking Secret

MTA Picks Developer Lowe For NoHo Project
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Opposition grows to ports' clean-air plan - Trucking companies and shippers say a ban on exhaust-spewing vehicles would choke their businesses,1,1301488.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

Orange Line - A Link to Hollywood
Valley Star Online

Proposed O.C. tollway would violate environmental laws, report says,1,3590775.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Top deputy named as director of Riverside County Transportation Commission
Press Enterprise

Transit agency seeking comments - Riverside Transit Agency is holding community meetings
Daily Bulletin

Trucks plan hits roadblock - Shipping groups challenge Clean Trucks Program
Press Telegram

Villaraigosa fires city transportation chief Gloria Jeff - Mayor says Rita Robinson will take the post previously held by Gloria Jeff, who had been on the job less than two years,0,2846734.story?coll=la-home-local
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Friday September 28, 2007

Blue Bus Breaks Ground
Santa Monica Mirror

Bus drivers union sets strike date for Omnitrans
Press Enterprise

CARB unveils $1 billion plan to reduce emissions California plans to spend beaucoup bucks cleaning up the state’s air, especially in southern California
Land Line

Dozing in the Slow Lane - Who are the leaders who can get Los Angeles moving again?
L.A. City Beat

Drivers to pay for pushing it - Council OKs red light cameras eight years after rejecting them (.pdf)
Santa Monica Daily Press

Hwy. 118 accidents drop 19% - Increased patrol credited for decline; officials say more needs to be done
Ventura County Star

Hybrid Flexcars Arrive, Students Eager to Get Behind Wheel
Pomona College Student Life

Industry groups hit ports' truck plan - Proposal aimed at reducing diesel emissions is called an economic threat and anti-competitive
Daily Breeze

LNG hearings coming up
Malibu Times

Large transit-oriented development OKd for North Hollywood - The NoHo Art Wave will have a mix of housing, retail and office space,1,5031211.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to Enter Exclusive Negotiations with Lowe Enterprises for Major North Hollywood Development
Business Wire

Metro Board of Directors Authorizes $455 Million for Wide Array of Transportation Improvements

Mixed-use project near transit hub moves ahead
Daily News

OCTA Approves New Contract With Mechanics And Service Workers - Collective bargaining agreement is worth $56.8 million over three years
Orange County Transportation Authority

On the road: Caltrans does drive-bys with a camera
Capitol Weekly

Pimp our Trolleys - Council looks to add more flavor to proposed fleet of retro wagons (.pdf)
Santa Monica Daily Press

SANBAG adjusts projects
Highland News

San Diego joins opposition of toll road extension - More than 12 cities or counties disapprove of its route, which cuts through San Onofre park and wetlands,1,3061035.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california
Los Angeles Times

Ships are top port polluters - Officials are looking to create clean-air program by next year
San Diego Union Tribune

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - Statement of James S. Simpson, Administrator re: Small Starts
Federal Transit Administration

Train horns starting to go silent - Quiet Zone takes in 5 Pomona crossings
Daily Bulletin

Video part of Metrolink security - About half of county's Metrolink stations will be outfitted with surveillance cameras as part of a $ 6 million project
Orange County Register

Wilshire Subway Extension: Two Cents Needed


Transportation Headlines for Thursday September 27, 2007

40,000 Parking Meters To Be Replaced With Digital

All Aboard City Council - Who says L.A. City Councilmembers are too good to take public transportation?
L.A. City Beat

Apartment complex shares site with stop on MTA's Gold Line
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Back to 1984 (Olympics traffic)
L.A. City Beat

Dozing in the Slow Lane - Who are the leaders who can get Los Angeles moving again?
L.A. City Beat

Man throws himself in front of Orange Line bus
L.A. Daily News

Metrolink Service In Orange Restored After Gas Line Repair

National Rail Freight Infrastructure Capacity and Investment Study
American Association of Railroads

New York City Transit to Send Old Subway Cars to Become Reefs

OCTA helps Placentia with train plans - $200,000 will help the city finish plans to eliminate railroad crossings
Orange County Register

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Intersection Safety Indices: User Guide
U.S. Federal Highway Administration

Pedestrian Signal Safety for Older Persons
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Port Users Call for Federal Review of Anti-Competitive Impacts of Southern California Ports' Trucking Plan
Yahoo! Finance

Proposed rules will help clean air
Daily Bulletin

Public Transportation's Contribution to Greenhouse Gas Reduction
American Public Transportation Association

Research Pays Off - Smart Parking Management to Boost Transit, Ease Congestion: Oakland, California Field Test Shows Promise
Transportation Research Board

Road Rage - Seven who delayed L.A.’s transit future
L.A. City Beat

Ships are top port polluters
San Diego Union-Tribune

Time's running out for L.A.'s irksome meters - Officials outline a modernization plan, with the first phase being the replacement of about 10% of the machines in the near future,0,5095721.story?coll=la-home-center
Los Angeles Times

Will 76 widening take 76 years?
North County Times/Californian


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday September 26, 2007

45% of drivers caught by Valley's red-light cameras aren't cited
Daily News

California gas prices jump 17 cents in month
San Francisco Chronicle

Denver RTD Votes to Increase Fare Prices
Riders will pay more for bus and light rail service next year
Fox Denver

From beach to mission to harbor?
A tri-city trolley system is under review
Orange County Register

Germany to build first commercial Maglev train line

Gold Line extension proposal would boost Ontario Airport
Daily News

If Cyclists Think They’ve Got it Bad in NYC, Check Out L.A.
Streets Blog

Mayor Backs Plan To Extend Light Rail To Ontario Airport -Expansion Plan Needs Approval From MTA

New York Plan to Increase Transit Fares Draws Fire

Not-so-brief history of the city of Los Angeles - Dozens of historians spent nine years combing through unkempt municipal archives to compile a thorough, 1,000-page chronicle of governments dating back to 1769,1,2148983.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Public Displays of Affection Los Angeles
Experience L.A.

Rail's New Competitor: Buses. Part IV: Rail Keeps Its Reputation

Residents speak on Port pollution
Press Telegram

Seeing the future - Mixed-use development in El Monte a possibility
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Surviving depots highlight tourist track
San Bernardino Sun

Transit Oriented Entertainment: Public Displays of Affection in Hollywood

Transportation chief driven to get projects done - She's ready to take next exit
Ventura County Star

U-turn on toll road - Council reverses itself, opposes San Onofre plan
San Diego Union Tribune


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday September 25, 2007

As billboards evolve, concerns for highway safety increase
Daily News

California's tough smog law under attack - Waxman
Daily News

Follow California's lead on warming, Schwarzenegger says at U.N.
San Francisco Chronicle

Gasoline prices still rising - Regular rises 5.7 cents to $2.961 in California and 2.5 cents to $2.812 in the U.S. Truckers are hit hard by diesel's jump,1,360936.story?coll=la-headlines-business
Los Angeles Times

How Better Planning Can Cut Time Spent on California's Congested Highways
Smart Growth Online

How the White House worked to scuttle California's climate law
San Francisco Chronicle

MAGLEV - It's scandalous to ignore this forward-looking rail technology
Patriot News

MTA introduces 65-foot bus for Orange Line
Daily Sundial

North American Public Transportation Leaders To Convene At 2007 APTA Annual Meeting Charlotte, NC October 7-10, 2007
News Release Wire

NY MTA to reap big bucks from cell plan,0,5764644.story
AM New York

OCTA helps fund Placentia rail project - Orange County's transit authority agrees to pay $200,000 to fix grade crossings, but it won't take charge of the improvements, despite the city's request,1,7715925.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Omnitrans drivers vote to strike in October
Daily Bulletin

’Open road tolling’ could spell end to toll booths
Boston Herald

Research Pays Off - Smart Parking Management to Boost Transit, Ease Congestion: Oakland, California Field Test Shows Promise (.pdf)
Transportation Research Board

San Bernardino International Airport flights possible next year
Airport is banking on low prices to draw customers from Ontario International
Orange County Register

Shelby clamps down on Bush transportation initiative
The Hill

The Most Uncomfortable Bus in Los Angeles (DASH)


Transportation Headlines for Monday September 24, 2007

Ambitious railway faces hurdles - Line between Santa Clarita and the Ventura coast is a much needed alternative
Daily Bulletin

Editorial: Planning so the rubber doesn't meet the road
Sacramento Bee

Funding OK'd for Valley Blvd. plan (rail grade separation)
San Bernardino Sun

Roadway update - Transportation officials will conduct several full freeway closures in Riverside and San Bernardino counties this week
San Bernardino

SANBAG reaffirms projects
Highland Community News

San Bernardino airport may see flights next year - The facility at the former Norton Air Force Base has languished since the base closed in '94. But it's being upgraded, and the city says air service is coming soon,1,2631941.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Los Angeles Times

Wrap and Roll - Advertisers find new vehicles for mobile messages
Los Angeles Business Journal


Transportation Headlines for Sunday September 23, 2007

Bikes and phones
Pasadena Star News

Bumpy Path - Things haven't always been smooth for the popular coastal bikeway first envisioned in 1965
Daily Breeze

Colorado Street Bridges dark history
Pasadena Star News

Dan Walters: Budget is already crumbling
Sacramento Bee

Express Bus Is Not A Ride For Many (Rapid 920)
Canyon News

The bright idea no one is backing (high speed rail)
Stockton Record

The little train that could - BART, at 35, Changed Bay Area Commutes And Communities
Oakland Tribune

Train tragedy averted - Only minor injuries when car strikes Gold Line train
Pasadena Star News