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Transportation Headlines for Saturday April 26, 2008

5th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles
Good Samaritan Hospital

Best And Worst Cities For Commuters

Carpool Lanes on the 10 and 210 Becoming Toll Lanes

Charter Service Regulations: FTA Questions & Answers
American Public Transportation Association

CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) has eyes; Latest card can help officials see if students are skipping school
Government Innovators Network - Harvard

Debating clean diesels - Court ruling and LNG issues complicate, but won't stop, ports' clean up
Press Telegram

Feds Give L.A. $213 Million to Cut Traffic Congestion
Environmental News Service

Greening the Workplace with Telework

L.A. commission awards $80.9 million to plan expansion, modernization of LAX
Architectural and engineering firms will join the effort to plan improvements to the airport's runways, taxiways and terminals,1,2813523.story
Los Angeles Times

LA MTA board mulls additional transportation sales tax
Progressive Railroading

Los Angeles to Charge Tolls in Carpool Lanes

Metro Board Takes Step Toward Putting New Transportation Sales Tax on November Ballot
Metro Imagine

Metro will set funding priorities
Daily News

MTA to seek half-cent tax - TRANSIT: Board is asking for suggested uses of the expected $700 million
Press Telegram

MTA board will get long-range mobility plan in June
Wave Newspapers

Redlands gets look at Metrolink plans
Redlands Daily Facts

Remarks For The Honorable Mary Peters Secretary Of Transportation
Los Angeles Congestion Reduction Grant Announcement

Subcommittee says funding will help freight movement
Land Line

Tim Rutten: Diamond lanes for the rich,0,4968177.column
Los Angeles Times

UCR to Host Conference on Stricter Air Quality Standards for Southern California - Academic, government and economic leaders will explore challenges the region faces in improving its air quality
U.C. Riverside

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces $213 Million Grant to Cut Traffic, Improve Transit and Clean the Air in Los Angeles - Congestion Reduction Funding to Finance Creation of New HOT Lanes, Better Bus Services

West LA Chamber: Weiss’ Pico-Olympic Traffic Report Full of Half-Truths & Lies


Transportation Headlines for Friday April 25, 2008

$4 for a gallon of gas? Ouch! We're cutting down on shopping, eating out and entertainment, survey shows
Orange County Register

Another hand reaches for your wallet
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

'Bring it east!' - Extension of Gold Line gets support
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Burbank City looks for ways to ease parking congestion
Burbank Leader

Carpool lanes face conversion - 'Congestion pricing' agreement approved
Pasadena Star News

Comments on the Metro 2008 Draft Long Range Transportation Plan

Downtown's Draft Design Guidelines: Sorry, Stucco Lovers
Curbed LA

Fighting federal fuel standards - Bush's Earth Day gift to California? A draft regulation that would limit the states' ability to set tailpipe emissions rules,0,5718905.story
Los Angeles Times

Funding Biggest Roadblock to Curing U.S. Congestion

History of the Port of Los Angeles
Congestion Combine

Imagine a Los Angeles Subway System

Inland Valley the missing link - Funding for extending light rail to the Inland Valley must be made a priority
Daily Bulletin

LA County transit officials support freeway toll lanes
Daily News

L.A. without wheels
Living car-less in Los Angeles is living by your wits,0,4902851.story
Los Angeles Times

Massive home project pends in Barstow
Business Press

Metro Playing For Keeps
Curbed LA

Metro Rejects Service Cuts, Approves Congestion Pricing and Much, Much More

Metro update meeting May 8th on Westside Transit Corridor study
The Argonaut

MTA Votes Against Cutting SoCal Bus Service,0,6911890.story

MTA votes for tolls on some carpool lanes by 2010 - The plan to ease congestion in Los Angeles County would start by 2010 with the 10 and 210 freeways,1,5883475.story
Los Angeles Times

New Dodgers Stadium: Great, But How About Some Buses?
Curbed LA

Price at one pump - $5.26 a gallon
Daily Bulletin

Public scoping meetings on LAX draft EIR
The Argonaut

Riders worry as MTA discusses line cuts

Rock fans roll on Coachella Express Train,1,7832236.story
Los Angeles Times

Santa Monica suspends ban on high-speed jets - The FAA says barring aircraft with fast approach speeds from operating at the city's airport is illegal. Local officials say it would be a major safety improvement over what the FAA has proposed,1,2581199.story
Los Angeles Times

Schwarzenegger says deficit worsening
Sacramento Bee

Senate committee reiterates Transportation Trust Fund crisis
Land Line

Signatures In for “Anti-Traffic” Initiative
Santa Monica Surf/Lookout News

Villaraigosa Seeks Public-Private Financing For Subway Extension

Washington to Shrink US Cars?,8599,1734637,00.html

Will Commuters Get Lucky in Las Vegas?

Wilshire Boulevard closure a harebrained idea
Daily News


Transportation Headlines for Thursday April 24, 2008

10,000 signatures vs. "out of control" traffic
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

California's patience running on empty over proposed U.S. fuel rules
Sacramento Bee

Clinton Joins McCain on Gas-Tax Holiday; Obama Opposes
Wall Street Journal

Even with L.A.'s budget crisis, drivers must still turn left
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

FAA moves to block ban on fastest jets at Santa Monica Airport
City officials, citing safety concerns, say they will begin implementing the ban today in defiance of the FAA,1,780534.story
Los Angeles Times

Feds Helping Metro Move to HOT Lanes

Hearing to look at toll-lane projects
Press Enteprise

Home Prices Drop Most in Areas with Long Commute : NPR
Sprawled Out

How Paris is Beating Traffic Without Congestion Pricing

Hundreds of EPA scientists report political interference - An official with the independent group that conducted the survey says it indicates the widespread nature of the problem,1,3588709.story
Los Angeles Times

'Marge, I wanna be a monorail conductor. It's my lifelong dream!'

Metrolink marks first of 15 'green' locomotives with fizzy wine
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Metrolink Reduces Emissions, Increases Passenger Load

Nine candidates seek 2nd District seat of retiring Yvonne B. Burke
Compton Bulletin

Planning for Mira Loma grade separations approved
San Bernardino Sun

River critics lobby at port - Group hopes to persuade commission to help fund diversion plan
Press Telegram

Smog Panel urges EPA to keep weighing the value of human life in setting pollution rules,1,4380907.story
Los Angeles Times

Stand up, be counted (Metro Gold Line)
Pasadena Star News

There’s Just A Short Time Left To Chime In On The Long Range Plan

Today, Metro Talks Cuts. Tomorrow, Metrolink Talks Hikes

Urban wetlands park to be developed in South L.A.
City Council approves project at former MTA yard,1,397032.story?track=rss
Los Angeles Times

U.S. offers L.A. $213 million for toll lane plan
MTA will weigh project to convert carpool lanes to congestion pricing, beginning with parts of the 10 and 210 freeways, but many obstacles remain,1,5483582.story?track=rss
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday April 23, 2008

5th Annual Blessing of the Bicycles at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles
Good Samaritan

AC Transit to consider fare increase
San Francisco Chronicle

All-electric car set for U.S. sales in 2009 - Silicon Valley investors team up with Norway's Think carmaker

Amazing Car-Free Party at Wilshire Center

Angelenos are learning to go Metro
CSUN Daily Sundial

BART switches to plastic railroad ties
Contra Costa Times

BART Uses Recycled Plastic For New Railroad Ties

Climate Change Briefing Will Focus on Need for Compact Development, Expanded Transportation Choices
Smart Growth News

Earth Day: have you cultivated environmentalists as transit advocates?
Permanent Campaigns

Every Day is Earth Day When You Take Transit
Commuter Page

“Getting California on Track: Seven Strategies to Reduce Global Warming Pollution from Transportation” is Our Site of the Day
California Progress Report
Link to Full Report:

Metrolink debuts its first 'green' locomotive - The train is one of 15 that will be integrated into the fleet; OC system to see seven of those trains
Orange County Register

Metrolink Turns a New Shade of Green on Earth Day with MotivePower MPXpress Commuter Locomotive
California NewsWire

Railyard expansion is debated at forum - A mostly hostile crowd hears plans to expand West Long Beach facility
Press Telegram

S.F. Bay-Area Carbon Dioxide Emissions Program Could Be in Place This Summer
Smart Growth Online

Shutting Down The Streets (for earthday)

Transportation Industry Steps Up Efforts to Go Green
Metro Magazine

Will Congress Finally Raise The Gas Tax?


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday April 22, 2008

California sees $4 gasoline up ahead - GAS PAINS: Costs will probably keep rising as past oil price increases trickle down to the pump and the summer driving season revs up,0,1871630.story
Los Angeles Times

City Transit Department Launches New Website

Congestion Pricing Is Coming
Washington Post

County CEO says spending 'in good shape'; no layoffs are predicted
Daily News

Earth Day Arrives as Car Free Day Tomorrow

Electric car for the masses to be made in Southern California - Norway's Think Global will begin selling its inexpensive, eco-friendly vehicles in the U.S. next year,1,3936686.story
Los Angeles Times

Go Metro to Celebrate Earth Day with Music by Latin Singer/Songwriter Carina Ricco at Union Station

Group touts telecommuting's green benefits
San Francisco Chronicle

Is L.A. Hurting For Parking, Or Is Parking Hurting L.A.?

L.A. county, city budgets call for austerity - Villaraigosa proposes raising fees and cutting 767 jobs, some through layoffs, to reduce a $406-million shortfall. The county plans to cut its staff too.,1,4723242.story
Los Angeles Times

L.A. and San Francisco vie for title of 'greenest city' - Both cities' mayors have proposed new building standards. Newsom's plan is much more stringent, but Villaraigosa's would cover twice as much space,0,3980808.story
Los Angeles Times

LAWA Agrees To Fund Widening Of 105 Freeway Ramp Near LAX

Life could be so car-free
Joke is Up

Metrolink to present its first partially electric train
Ventura County Star

Metrolink Turns a New Shade of Green on Earth Day - Brand-new locomotives make rail commuting even cleaner. Passengers can’t beat public transit for greening their commutes

Panel may shift flights at Burbank - Airport authority proposes moving overnight operations to Van Nuys to answer concerns about noise,1,3866682.story
Los Angeles Times

Plugging in his dream
Pasadena Star News

Ports to add more sites to boost ID card signups (TWIC program)
Press Telegram

Reviewing LADOT’s New Website

Solar carport key to green power
Energy plan should make colleges self-sufficient, say district off
Daily News

Wilshire Blvd. to de-car on Earth Day
Los Angeles Times

You can't eat ethanol
Whittier Daily News


Transportation Headlines for Monday April 21, 2008

Car Free Day on Wilshire: How to get around on Earth Day
Los Angeles Times/Emerald City Blog

Dan Walters: Expanding budget deficit bugs Capitol
Sacramento Bee

High-speed rail bonds heading for ballot
San Francisco Chronicle

Oil prices spike to record above $117
Monterey Herald

Panel may shift flights at Burbank - Airport authority proposes moving overnight operations to Van Nuys to answer concerns about noise,1,3866682.story
Los Angeles Times

Road Sage - A public transit system that's a slow-go,1,5493883.column?track=rss
Los Angeles Times

SANBAG to meet on plan for rail passenger service between Redlands and San Bernardino
Press Enterprise

Service cutbacks looming as budgets to be unveiled
Daily News

Shuttle museum on track - Council approves application to acquire artifacts
Daily News

Past Transit Videos from the Library’s Archive:

Delivery of the First Metro Blue Line Rail Car – 1989

Metro Blue Line Grand Opening – 1990


Transportation Headlines for Sunday April 20, 2008

Congestion Pricing: Just Another Regressive Tax?
New York Times

Congestion Pricing Not Dead, City Says

Editorial: Cruising along on Highway 23 - Added lanes ease commute
Ventura County Star

Governor wins states' pledge on emissions
Mercury News

Had your fill of high gas prices? Don't expect relief - Unlike previous spikes linked to shortages, this time there's a surplus
San Diego Union Tribune

High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority
San Bernardino County

L.A. Department of Transportation's new web site
Councilmember/Council President Eric Garcetti, CD13

Mar Vista Community Council wants to limit 'street furniture' (bus benches, shelters)
The Argonaut

Massive union crowd celebrates at port
Daily Breeze

New gates should ease LAX crunch
Daily News

Quentin Kopp and Jim Costa on High Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

SMC Students to Get Free Ride
Santa Monica Surf/Lookout News

State's deficit looking worse - up to $14 billion. Cuts alone not enough, many lawmakers say taxes or fee hikes may be needed
San Francisco Chronicle

Students and staff to ride free on Big Blue Bus 'Any Line, Any Time'
The Argonaut

Throw out the tax code - There's plenty of revenue to be had if California fixes its outdated, unfair system,0,4827033.story
Los Angeles Times

Past Transit Videos from the Library’s Archive:

Shirley Temple Inaugurates New Los Angeles Streetcar – 1937

Gold Medal Performance by Public Transit – 1984 (Olympics Service)