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Transportation Headlines for Saturday March 8, 2008

12 Miles Of Wilshire Boulevard Will Have Bus-Only Lane

Bob Hope Airport will consider curfew from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Daily News

Busing It Greyhound Style: A Bygone Era?

Federal money eyed for highways
Local officials worry about earmarks' status
Ventura County Star

High Speed Rail on the Ballot?
L.A. Curbed

Hydrogen as Automotive Fuel
North Country Public Radio

Mobile Clubbing Coming to a Subway Station Near You

New Strategy to Help the Nation's Ports Go Green

Olympic-West, Pico-East Traffic Initiative has been delayed for three weeks, until March 29
Jewish Journal

People running around in costumes outside of Venice? Must be the Great Urban Race,1,7846342.story?ctrack=2&cset=true
Los Angeles Times

Rail routes to L.A./ONT eyed
San Bernardino Sun

Risk seen in port plan
L.A.'s cargo business could shrink under a proposal on truckers,1,6496157.story
Los Angeles Times

Six Valley pedestrians killed in January-February period
Daily News

Sprinter gets green light, will start service Sunday
San Diego Union Tribune

Transit Leaders Converge In Washington, DC
American Public Transportation Association

Wilshire Boulevard To Get Bus-Only Lane


Transportation Headlines for Friday March 7, 2008

Agency hopes to extend life of aging CNG school buses
Antelope Valley Press

Bus Stop Shelter Reality
Transit Insider

California High Speed Rail Might Be On The Ballot This November

Court upholds SANBAG’s decision to withdraw Nisqualli funding
Victorville Daily Press

Gas at All Time High; Metro Looking to Cut Service

Games Governor Schwarzenegger Plays With Trains
California Progress Report

Gas ups budget woes – Municipalities face further tightening
San Bernardino Sun

Greyhound closes Ventura terminal
Ventura County Star

Greyhound packs its bags - Bus line closes decades-old Ventura service
Ventura County Reporter

Gridlock at Union Station (TAP pass purchases at the Metro Customer Center)

House transportation subcommittee analyzes private investors' influence on freight railroads
Progressive Railroading

I-405 Carpool Lane Project Closures between Route 90 and the I-10
BelAir Online

Is LA Prepared for an Oil Crisis?

LA clean-air plan now a power struggle
Journal of Commerce

Metro Canoga Transportation Corridor Project Draft EIR Public Hearing
Metro Rider LA

Metro Interactive Chat
Metro Rider LA

New diesel pollution rules will save lives
Sacramento Bee

Next Red Line Train Arriving in June

New traffic signals will control freeway-to-freeway connections
Daily News

Orange Line extension moves forward

Plan to eliminate Metro bus Line 108 through Marina area draws public criticism
The Argonaut

Red Line Will Be First to Have Automated Train Arrival Info

Runway Safety Warning System to give pilots direct warning of runway hazards
The Argonaut

SF Mayor signs law for low-emission cabs
San Francisco Chronicle

Scavenging Around L.A. (even riding public transit) – for fun
Los Angeles Times/The Guide

Tokyo’s Plugless Plug-in Hybrid Bus

Tollway veto could affect other road projects - If the Foothill South toll road is not built, a substitute must be made in a regional transit plan to hold on to state and federal funding, according to a planning agency,1,7125139.story
Los Angeles Times

Traffic And Congestion Costs Every Los Angeles Citizen $1561 Annually

Transportation Is Focus of Meeting
Santa Monica Mirror

Victorville I-15 project dropped from SANBAG's state funding list
Press Enterprise

Would You Rather Have: Bus Shelters Or An Ad-free Environment?


Transportation Headlines for Thursday March 6, 2008

Busway Extension Public Hearings
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Crashes vs. congestion
Daily Breeze

GE plugs into electric car investments
Business Week

Iowa’s Senator Harkin Introduces “Complete Streets Act”
StreetsBlog LA

L.A. loses millions of dollars when billboard sites (and 3,200 bus shelters) rejected
Daily News

LA Mass Transit: Get It Running

Mecca train derailment takes toll on economy
Desert Sun

mpark4 theaters offers movies via Metro for downtowners

National Train Day

Near-Total Recall - This Metro board plays tough before rolling over to spend millions of your dollars
L.A. City Beat

New AAA Study Shows LA/OC Traffic Crashes Cost Nearly $11 Billion Annually
Second-Highest Cost in US
Market Wire

Once again, cost of gas sets records in Bay Area, across the state
Mercury News

One-way street for Olympic Boulevard?
Daily News

Orange Line route to add Chatsworth
Daily News

Ports of Harm - With the death toll in the thousands every year, what will it take for L.A. and Long Beach to clean up their act?
L.A. City Beat

Reasons To Live A Transit Oriented Life

State Avoids Blame As Metro Prepares Service Cuts
StreetsBlog LA

Status of truckers is a big hitch in port plan
L.A. and Long Beach mayors agree on all other key aspects of the clean-air strategy,1,5715467.story?track=rss
Los Angeles Times

Victorville loses $30 million for Nisqualli interchange
Victorville Daily Press

The wheel turns against gasoline - Americans reduce gas consumption as prices continue to rise


MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence Present:

Ah CA va bien

March 7 - 9, 2008

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 6, 7 - 9 pm

MAK Center for Art and Architecture Los Angeles
Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

t: 323-651-1510

Interested in metropolitan transportation and its role in the production of public space, Theresa Krenn and Bernhard Eder will investigate the underrepresented bus-system in Los Angeles. For their final project they will present narrative bus maps that tell the social and spatial history of the city and its bus system.

Krenn and Eder will create alternative route-maps of existing bus lines. Each map will contain a narrative which is characterized by its location in the city and which mixes historical contents, contemporary reality and fictional narratives. By these means, the architects question ordinary perceptions of public transportation issues and their relationship to the present layout of Los Angeles. The project invites the audience to experience a narrated tour through the city searching for public space in Los Angeles. It leaves the possibility to the voyager to verify existing images of the city in order to re-evaluate urban space.

For the exhibition, Krenn and Eder will present a map of their tour as well as the narrative bus-maps. Copies of these maps will be available to exhibition visitors and the experience of riding the bus will be conveyed by sound mappings the architects have made on their own journey through Los Angeles.


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday March 5, 2008

64 Greatest Things About LA - Voting for round two begins March 10 (list includes the metro subway and Union Station, voting will narrow list to the 32 greatest things about L.A.)

10 Ways to Reduce VMT and Save Money at the Pump

Diesel forum questions focus on LNG trucks
Energy Current

For wheelchair users, the unkindest cut is the one that's not made - An advocate for the disabled takes on cities and transit agencies, pushing to ease access,1,2623807.story
Los Angeles Times

Gas Guzzlers Choking at the Pump - Finally, Americans Show Sustained Drop in Fuel Consumption After Record Highs
ABC News

Green Highways and Green Infrastructure
SmartGrowth Online

LA truck crisis looming
Journal of Commerce

Ocean cargo: Shippers brace for new “sin” tax
Logistics Management

Parking ‘Rock Star’ Advocates Radical Change in Parking Pricing
Fordham University

Reauthorization Update: On the Road to Funding Transportation's Future
Metro Magazine

San Bernardino depot is open for rail travelers, thanks to historical society volunteers
Press Enterprise

San Diego County agency set to open SPRINTER line
Progressive Railroading

Spencer to California officials: ‘you’re not listening to truckers’
Land Line Magazine

Synchronization of Mid-Wilshire Traffic Lights Completed
L.A. Independent

Train Accidents Decline for Third Consecutive Year, Other Rail Safety Data Improves

Transportation Planning Warms Up to Climate Change - Strategies Sweeping and Small Being Formed to Face Global Emergency
InTransition Magazine
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Valley may lose a dozen bus lines - Agency's local sector to vote tonight on proposed service reductions
Daily News

West Coast ports have sinking feeling,1,5119895.story?track=rss
Los Angeles Times

Will U.S. Policy Drive Green-Car Tech Away?
Green Tech Media


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday March 4, 2008

2008: Year of the Bicycle?
StreetsBlog LA

$25 million contract granted for LAX plan
Daily Breeze

$550M to fund new clean-air freight plan - PORT: Money will go toward replacing dirty diesel trucks, other high-polluting equipment
Press Telegram

Airport panel OKs contract for LAX expansion plans - A Florida firm will oversee planning new gates for super-jumbo jets,1,5622403.story
Los Angeles Times

American Gas Guzzling Down, but Price Stays High - Despite Dipping Demand, U.S. Oil Prices Expected to Rise
ABC News

Californians Could Vote on High-Speed Rail
Uprising Radio

Carpool "snitch line": Is it needed?
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

Federal Policy Sea Change? Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Blumenauer Call for Green Infrastructure - With the Bush Administration in its final year, Congress has begun to consolidate support for a change in policy shift regarding infrastructure and the environment
The Planning Report

It's your turn to help shape future (Gold Line Foothill Extension)
Daily Bulletin

L.A. Officials Want Expanded Road Capacity to Ease Westside Traffic
Smart Growth

Matter of degrees - Drivers get less in tank as temperature of fuel rises
Whittier Daily News

Oil prices soar to record high
Daily News

Oil touches an all-time high - Adjusted for inflation, Monday's top price of $103.95 a barrel eclipses the previous record set during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980, analysts say,1,5849860.story
Los Angeles Times

Parking Rates To Increase At LA/Ontario International Airport

Secret Bike Parking at Dodger Stadium?
StreetsBlog LA

Streetsblog Makes Home in Los Angeles


Transportation Headlines for Monday March 3, 2008

Bikeways, history and future (arroyo seco cycleway)
Car Free USA

Bills tout clean energy - Lawmakers' green package is pricey
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Call for action - Campaign against port's Clean Trucks Program is completely off track
Press Telegram

Culver office tower clears panel - A developer planning a 13-story office tower near the busy intersection of Centinela Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard has cleared its first hurdle, despite concerns the building will worsen traffic tie-ups
Daily Breeze

Dangerous crossings for children get a bit safer
Daily News

Long road to completion - State Route 52, envisioned in '50s, getting its last section
San Diego Union Tribune

Mid-City/Exposition Light Rail Transit

Oregon landslide is bad for a railroad, good for a town - The disaster severed a key Union Pacific track connecting L.A. and Seattle, but it has brought a welcome financial boost to nearby Oakridge,1,7944005.story
Los Angeles Times

Parking meters could sprout - Plan would put devices in prime retail areas
Whittier Daily News

Port hoping for green year - Officials' eco-friendly plans may offset short-term losses
Press Telegram

Pumping pain - Small businesses caught in a squeeze
Daily Bulletin

Torrance hybrid parts firm is on the move
Daily Breeze


Transportation Headlines for Sunday March 2, 2008

City’s air fails quality check - Report shows Burbank to have the second-worst levels of toxicity in the Southland after Fontana
Burbank Leader

Commuter train to Santa Barbara in 2 years seen
Ventura County Star

EPA justifies denial of emissions waiver for California - Its delay in issuing a formal explanation had stalled a federal suit brought by 19 states over emission curbs,1,3876156.story
Los Angeles Times

Finally, the masses are roused by rampant development,1,1925817.column
Los Angeles Times

Gold Line: Where? Public input sought on 3 possible routes
Daily Bulletin

Group aims to make Pasadena more pedestrian-friendly - What's not to like when you're on foot? Walkers test 25 routes to find out,1,2658149.story
Los Angeles Times

Pump fast before the price rises
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now Blog

Speed Me Up, Scotty - A chat with Benjamin Chan, the engineer who keeps the city moving,1,5786999.story
Los Angeles Times

Taking America's Infrastructure to the Bank

Unsnarling traffic can be a mess - A plan for Olympic and Pico boulevards pits two council districts against each other,0,7282953.story
Los Angeles Times