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Transportation Headlines for Saturday May 30, 2008

3 Long Beach parking lots to go solar
Press Telegram

$8-a-gallon gas - Commentary: Eight reasons higher prices will do us a world of good
WSJ MarketWatch

All Subways Should be Like Taipei's Marvel of Mass Transit

Assemblymember Mike Feuer's Bill To Transform Los Angeles' Transportation Infrastructure Passes
California Chronicle

California State Assembly Approves California High-Speed Rail Legislation
Business Wire

Coughing? The air is still polluted
Moorpark Acorn

Dial-a-Ride transit service enlarging route with added stops
Ventura County Star

Express train proposed for coast - Officials aim to deliver two-hour trip between San Diego, Los Angeles
North County Times

Growing Concern over AB3034
California High Speed Rail Blog

Help Us List the Best Livable Streets Blogs

Jeffries´ Bill to Relieve Congestion on I-15 Unanimously Passes out of Assembly
California Chronicle

Mary Nichols, the chair of California's Air Resources Board, has responded to the letter from 13 House Republicans this week asking California to back down from its pursuit of the right to regulate tailpipe emissions
Sacramento Bee

Police use Metrolink for hostage training
Daily Bulletin

Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles honored in EPA's Eighth Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards

RailPAC Meets with Senator Boxer in DC

Rough Ridership - U.S. public transit overwhelmed by increased ridership, higher fuel cost. Over half of transit agencies in the U.S. are raising fares.

Streetfilm: Bike vs Car vs Bus

Time is an enemy at gas pump
Daily Bulletin

Video leads to arrest of Valley bus tagger,0,4734608.story
Los Angeles Times

Velib: Great Video of Bike Sharing in Paris


Transportation Headlines for Friday May 30, 2008

$382 Million in Proposition 1B Funding Approved for Transportation Projects
Business Wire

As Auto VMT Drops, Push to Build Highways Remains Strong

Bus Riders Blocking Expo Line
Rail Riders Union

California to Give $1,000 Electric Car Rebates for ZAP Xebra Sedan and Truck
FOX Business

Climate Concerns Shape the Cities of Tomorrow - The Future of Urban Life Looks 'Green,' Say Experts
ABC News

Commuters out of gas? As pain at the pump grows, area drivers may be reaching their limit
Pasadena Star News

Domestic passenger volume expected to decrease this summer, offset by an increase in international passengers
The Argonaut

Editorial: Laird's DMV fee to support parks is very tempting
Mercury News

Flight Path Museum opens aviation library in honor of author and historian Schoneberger
The Argonaut

Gas Temperature Map
Gas Buddy

Gold Line Gets More Riders, But Is It Solvent?
Foothill Cities Blog

Hail-A-Cab Coming to Downtown and Hollywood?

IBM "Commuter Pain" Survey Focuses on Fuel Spending Limit, Frustration and Sleep Deprivation
CNN Money

Lawsuit Seeks to Strengthen Weak Clean Air Plan for Southern California
Millions Living Near Freeways Currently Face Illegal Pollution Levels
Natural Resources Defense Council

Legislators Miss Chance to Deliver Transportation Projects Faster and More Cost-Effectively
California Chronicle

Mid-Week Round-Up: It’s a Gas

MTA sales tax measure advances
Daily News/Sausage Factory Blog

New design guidelines aim to make Sepulveda and Lincoln Boulevards more pedestrian-friendly
The Argonaut

Ridership is up, but fuel costs strain transit agencies
USA Today
Link to APTA Survey:

The World is Passing Us By
California High Speed Rail Blog

U.S. regulators unveil probe of oil market - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says large investors may have skewed the market and contributed to rising prices at the pump,0,4595533.story
Los Angeles Times

US rail network facing congestion 'calamity'
Associated Press

Whose Street is This Anyway? (Permit Parking)

Why gas is so expensive - It's not runaway greed or overregulation. It's the world we live in. It's a price that can be seen in a single gallon of California gas

WiFi startup proposes free network to San Fran's BART
Fierce Broadband


Transportation Headlines for Thursday May 29, 2008

ABC7 On Your Side: Mass transit

Airports fast-track rail projects
USA Today

Agoura Hills council to discuss Dial-a-Ride
Ventura County Star

Average gasoline price surges past $4-per-gallon mark
Los Angeles Wave

Best of Public Safety and Emergency Transportation Operations CD
Transportation Research Board

Cato Study Calls for End to Long-Range Transportation Planning,409073.shtml
Earth Times
Link to Cato Institute Study:

CITY HALL - Locating the next Big Blue Bus arrival will soon only require the touch of a send button
Santa Monica Daily Press (Page 1 & 11 See “Putting in Work”)

Derailment Dreams - Foes of Expo Line drive up the costs of a crucial project
LA City Beat

Dividing up port money
Press Telegram

East Hollywood Marks its Turf

Editorial: Lindbergh's 'Flyaway' idea worth study - Our View: Proposed shuttle from area sounds affordable
North County Times

Environmental Racism: The Law
Citizen’s Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line

Fix Expo Campaign Demands an Investigation
Citizen’s Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line

Feuer’s Greenhouse Gas Tax Bill Passes Assembly

gas prices drive commuters to metro rail

Gas Prices Good for the Gold

Grand jury report chides SANDAG over slowness of highway infrastructure
Yahoo! News

Heavy lifting begins in California fight against greenhouse gas emissions
Capitol Weekly

Highway 118 widening project advances - Environmental report and property acquisitions needed before work starts
Ventura County Star

Hit by soaring fuel prices, Americans turn to bus, metro

Los Angeles' carbon footprint is a light one -- sort of,0,5165990.story
Los Angeles Times
Link to Full Report “The Residential Energy and Carbon Footprints of the 100 Largest U.S. Metropolitan Areas”

Metro, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to Conduct Community Meetings on Bike and Pedestrian Access to Transit Hubs

More going for Gold - Ridership on rail line rises nearly 19%
Pasadena Star News

MTA Board -- Without Opposition From Boardmember Bonnie Lowenthal -- Moving Toward Vote After June Primary On Asking Bd. of Supes For Nov. Ballot Measure To Boost L.A. County Sales Tax
Long Beach Report

MTA says Eastside Extension may open ahead of schedule
Los Angeles Wave

National Academies' Summit on America's Energy Future: Podcast Now Available
Transportation Research Board

Ontario buys land to alleviate parking problem
San Bernardino Sun

Record gas prices: 21 straight days - Average at the pump tops $3.94 a gallon, with 11 states and D.C. above $4.
CNN Money

Report ranks metro areas on pollution (Los Angeles, second lowest carbon footprint)
USA Today

Ridership up almost 20 percent on the Gold Line
Los Angeles Times

Rising fuel thefts coming with high gas prices
Daily News

Suit targets air quality along freeways - Environmental groups want to force the EPA to do more comprehensive monitoring,0,2660686.story
Los Angeles Times

Sundance Talks Sustainable Transit

Traffic Volume Trends: February 2008
Transportation Research Board

Urban Areas on West Coast Produce Least Emissions Per Capita, Researchers Find
New York Times


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday May 28, 2008

Absence of riders hounds Megabus - Low-cost service leaving West Coast
San Diego Union Tribune

Americans save energy, but no relief at pump seen

Commentary: Diesel risks mostly hot air?
Washington Times

Congress Eyes a Rocket Train to Washington - New York Run Would Take Two Hours
NY Sun

Could $10 DMV fee pay for state parks? Proposal: Annual Surcharge, Free Admission
Mercury News

Democrats pass global warming tax on So Co Drivers While Gas Prices Soar, Democrats Vote to Make Driving More Expensive
Sacramento Union

Gasoline, a bargain still

HOT lanes on the fast track to success (Seattle)
NBC 5 News

It's a Bus. It's a Train. It's Both!

Light Rail and Its Alternatives (Tom Rubin presentation)
Urban Transport Blog

Metro Gold Line ridership increases - Commuters seeking relief from gas prices
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Metrolink crash defendant says he only meant to kill himself - Juan Manuel Alvarez, in testimony before a jury, apologizes for causing the wreck in Glendale in 2005 that killed 11 train passengers and injured 180,0,413966.story
Los Angeles Times

More Expo Drama: "We'll Derail the Expo Line"
Curbed LA

National Poll: Americans Expect Gas Prices to Rise More

Projects to improve traffic flow in Pomona
Train diversion, freeway interchange to ease congestion
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Sacramento targets driving - Lawmaker says commuters must do part to combat global warming
North County Times

Tagger whose work allegedly appears on YouTube is arrested,0,1408349.story
Los Angeles Times

Truckers pinched by diesel prices,0,2147509.story
Los Angeles Times

Work-at-home programs may be shortest route to fuel relief,0,2645542.column
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday May 27, 2008

America's Oil Addiction Is Like A Drinking Problem

Americans Driving At Historic Lows
PR Wallstreet

As gas goes up, driving goes down

Damien Goodmon In His Own Words (Expo Line)
Ubraj Against the Machine

Found in LA: Street Hypocrisy

How to Make LA Bike Friendly

Inland freeway projects costing millions more than expected
Press Enterprise

Long Beach port's Middle Harbor plan aimed at clearing region's air - The facility would be allowed to emit no more than half the pollution currently generated,1,5492395.story
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County Contributes to High Desert Corridor JPA

Obama on Transit and Bikes

Oil prices will torpedo highway programs
Jamestown Sun
Link to Caltrans’ paving asphalt price index:

Powerful Electric Trucks to be Manufactured in Los Angeles
Environment News Service

Riverside Co. Cities Challenging SCAG, State Housing Requirements
California City News

SF's BART in talks for full Wi-Fi rollout - Startup Wi-Fi Rail to build $20 million network, which would be paid for by rider subscriptions and advertising, at no cost to the rail system

Smart California Port Policy for the Green-Growth Future, Spearheaded by Progressives
California Progress Report

Torrance bottlenecks get green light for improvements
Daily Breeze

We've hit the limit on fuel prices
Press Telegram


Transportation Headlines for Monday May 26, 2008

America's traffic system behind the times (Signal Sychronization)
Macon Telegraph

Commuting 101: Using Lower Gears
Commute By Bike

Daniel Weintraub: California Budget 101: What went wrong, when
Sacramento Bee

FORUM: Toll road won't be built with tax dollars (AB 1954)
North County Times

Funding debate rolls on (California High Speed Rail)
Railway Gazette International

Gas not only car-related cost driven up - Maintenance, repair, rental charges hit drivers in wallet
Daily News

Hearing scheduled on Highway 118 widening
Ventura County Star

Let's exit our national traffic mess
Houston Chronicle

Long Beach Close To Agreements On 8 Infrastructure Projects
Cunningham Report

More flights may aid airport in Palmdale
Daily News

New 101-405 freeway interchange could reduce traffic -- and wildlife -- in the area
Environmentalists are opposing proposals for a new connector that would be built within the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. Caltrans is expected to decide on the proposals by the end of June,0,6697508.story
Los Angeles Times

Oil prices rise above $133 a barrel in electronic trade,1,6771343.story Los Angeles Times

REGION: 'Flyaway' would provide direct passage to airport
North County Times


Transportation Headlines for Sunday May 25, 2008

All events are special to city traffic division
Daily News

An easy way to deal with traffic (Measure B)
Ventura County Star

Azusa honored for planning excellence
Pasadena Star News

Biking To Dodger Stadium (Updated)

bumpy stretch for Orange County toll roads - Ridership is down as some drivers cut back because of the slow economy,0,850826.story
Los Angeles Times

Buses on shoulders
Daily Bulletin

David Spence: Addressing growth in the Valley
Pasadena Star News

Fuel-Tax Cheating Multiplies in U.S. as Bootlegging Pays Off

Handful of Inland areas recommended for Prop. 1B funds; more are turned down
Press Enterprise

June 8: A popular day for touring the L.A. River
Los Angeles Times/Emerald City

LA Needs more Parking Space – I don’t think so…
Parking Today

Larry Wilson: New-found undying desire for streetcars
Pasadena Star News

L.A. Subway Ridership Spikes in 2008

Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Riding the Rails - Pumped-Up Gas Prices Fuel Commuters’ Desire to Get Off the Roads
San Diego Business Journal

SF's BART in Talks for Full Wi-Fi Rollout
PC World

Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in the 21st Century Workshop

Teeth Gritted, Drivers Adjust to $4 Gasoline
Yahoo! Business

Telecommuters save money, cut pollution
Press Telegram

Transportation Planners Take Look at Funding
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Urge Congress to Support Amtrak and Passenger Rail

Volunteer for a bike organization (Bike Activism, Part 2)
Los Angeles Times/Emerald City