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Transportation Headlines for Saturday June 7, 2008

As Pump Prices Soar, Passengers Rush to Amtrak’s Surfliner - $400 Million Available To Improve Rail Service
San Diego Business Journal

Bob Lutz Drives the Volt, Calls It 'Electrifying'

Breakthrough Hydrogen Car Gets 650 Miles Per Tank

Building Roads to Reduce Traffic Congestion in America's Cities: How Much and at What Cost?

Congresswoman to Congestion Pricing: Slow Down!
Los Angeles Times

Crude oil price rises more than $10 to another record - Hopes of a market turnaround are dashed amid predictions of $150-a-barrel oil. The price of gasoline reaches an all-time high in California,0,2670741.story
Los Angeles Times

Drillers probe mountain to find route for tunnel to ease Riverside Freeway traffic - Tests are to find the water table and determine soil types. The decision on whether to build also depends on financing,0,2551264.story
Los Angeles Times

Foothill Dump the Pump – free rides
Foothill Transit

Getting the Transportation Infrastructure We Need

Gold Line may get funding
Whittier Daily News

Latest Traffic Updates (LADOT Traffic Officers)
Garment & Citizen

MagLev train to Las Vegas gets study money
Daily Breeze

Missing Links - Public transit ridership is up, but no one's talking about a better system

National Transit Union Proposes a Smart Fuel Subsidy

Oil prices soar, stocks tumble as jobs vanish
Whittier Daily News

Planning for a bright future
Pasadena Star News

Rail Riders Coming Out for Pride

Republicans Stop Feuer’s Efforts to Lower Sales Tax Threshold

San Diego - Prepare for transit fare hikes
San Diego Union Tribune

Southern California commuting times map -- click on 'view larger map'
Explaining the map and preview of traffic series
Bottleneck Blog

Streetsblog Wrap Up

Transportation bill includes funding for studies of Disneyland-to-Vegas MagLev train
Daily Breeze

What hath our initiative process wrought?,0,1055719.story
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Friday June 6, 2008

Assemblyman Eng named Assembly Transportation Cmte. Chairman
Red County

Caltrans Official Elected Chair of Intelligent Transportation Society of America Board
Business Wire

At $4, Everybody Gets Rational
Washington Post

Congressman Earl Blumenauer Energizes Federal Effort to ‘Rebuild and Renew America’
The Planning Report

Daily Fuel Gauge Report

Dan Walters: Parties far apart on fixing California's budget deficit
Sacramento Bee

DASH drivers to stay on the job after strike threat
Daily News

Expo to Alhambra: The Lay of the Land
Ditch the Car, Take the Metro

Gas prices too high? Your employer might help - More and more companies are taking steps to ease the burden of record-high gas prices. The most popular option: A compressed workweek of four ten-hour days

Google Adds Bus/Train Directions To Maps For Mobile
Information Week

Google Maps Adds Transit Directions For The Phone
Washington Post

Google Maps mobile gets updated in celebration of $5 gas

How Long Is Too Long? (Rapid Buses)

India's Future Rides on 76-Year-Old `Metro Man': Andy Mukherjee - India's Institute of Economic Growth estimates that investment in the project has a rate of return -- including the benefits from reduced air pollution -- of 24 percent, an extremely gratifying utilization of taxpayers' money.

L.A. Councilmember Wendy Greuel Addresses Mobility 21’s Valley Transportation Leaders
The Planning Report

LA port lowers revenue forecast as imports slump
Cargo News Asia

Last Day to Register Online for LACBC’s River Ride

Los Angeles Avenue may add two lanes
Moorpark Acorn

MTA Decisions Influenced by Race & Affluence?

MTA still wants a subway to the sea - Four possible routes remain. Lack of money may make the plans hypothetical,0,1859157.column
Los Angeles Times

Rail Riders Come Out for Pride
Rail Riders Union

Red light camera roulette: L.A. is money loser, Culver City rakes it in
A Times review of photo fine-collection systems in Los Angeles County shows sharply mixed results. Some cities make a profit while others run in the red. None say the program is meant to be an ATM,0,1041866.story
Los Angeles Times

Ride Your Bike to the Beach Along Restored River Paths
Eastside Sun

Ruling on oil, gas prices may sap U.S. royalties
Daily News

Schwarzenegger “Peppered” with Questions about Vehicle Licenses

Senate: State Must Prove Rail Won't Generate Unexpected Expenses To Voters
Officials Streamlining Finances Of $40 Billion Project (High Speed Rail)

Soaring prices will boost conservation
Pasadena Star News

Subway to the sea Q&A
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

The Militant TAPs Into The Future!
Militant Angeleno

Top Schools For Urban Planners

Trucking group readies L.B. port suit
Daily Breeze

Union Pacific raises questions about CA bullet train safety
Force Change

Why Is Union Pacific Messing With California High Speed Rail?
California Progress Report


Transportation Headlines for Thursday June 5, 2008

$32M OK'd for LAX runway safety
Daily Breeze

Airport revenue is strong - First economic study conducted at Bob Hope in 12 years shows some robust growth
Glendale News Press

Barack Obama: Strengthening America’s Transportation
Obama ‘08
(Transit and Transportation issues are not directly addressed on the McCain ‘08 site

Changed Your Commute to Save Gas? You May Save on Insurance, Too,418515.shtml

Court Throws Out Part of Metrolink Derailment Suit (push-pull)
Metropolitan News Enterprise

Curbed Poll: Neighborhood Train Stop Worth The $$$?
Curbed LA

End of the road for SUVs? High gas prices are finally steering motorists away from the gas guzzlers. Corporate America, take note,0,1357802.story
Los Angeles Times

Fight on the Expo Line, Chapter 2
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

Free rides under 'Spare the Air' program to end
Contra Costa Times

Going Public: From Los Angeles To RailsConf 2008
Dead Programmer Society

How many work hours to pay for tank of gas? Use the online calculator
CNN (thanks to )

LABAC Recognizes Change is Coming, Endorses Reyes’ Reforms

Largest Transit Union in North America Calls on Congress to Relieve Pain at the Pump by Funding Expanded Bus and Rail Service - Plan Calls for Subsidizing Fuel for U.S. Transit Agencies,420425.shtml

Let's get serious about public transit

Mike Feuer moves forward bill to increase sales tax in LA County to pay for subway

Mike Feuer - The war on congestion, his Schwinn Stingray and playing catch with his dad
LA City Beat

Man, Machine and Movement: Creating a New Transportation Paradigm
Engineering News Record

Orange County & Metrolink
Ditch the Car, Take the Metro

Pothole of the week
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

Pump Pundit U.C. energy expert Severin Borenstein says bring on the gas tax
The Monthly

Trouble for high-speed rail in California?
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

Union Pacific blocks Los Angeles to San Francisco bullet train - Rail line officials won't yield its right of way, citing safety and operational concerns with a high-speed line close to freight trains,0,7414713.story
Los Angeles Times

Union Pacific’s HSR Games
California High Speed Rail Blog


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday June 4, 2008

$3.2 billion budget approved for airport
Press Telegram

California Court of Appeal Finds in Metrolink’s Favor (push-pull)
California Wire

Connecting Transportation Decision Making with Responsible Land Use: State and Regional Policies, Programs, and Incentives
Transportation Research Board

Drivers now riding mass transit - Gas prices mean cars left home
Daily News

Fight over the Expo line
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

Getting to Work in Goleta
Santa Barbara Independent

Good morning -- and don't mess with unicyclists!
Los Angeles Times

Group gets 90 days to buy park - HAWTHORNE: Although sale is delayed, buyer says he won't give up parcel of land without a fight (CALTRANS)
Daily Breeze

Highway Funding Bill May Go to the Voters

Hollywood Bowl Summer Season Service Begins (Foothill Transit)
Foothill Transit

Hollywood Freeway Park Envisioned: Pigeon Lady Included
Curbed LA

How's your 'Metroquette'?

How to drive people from taking mass transit, Part 2
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

'I'm not a terrorist,' says Metrolink crash defendant - Juan Manuel Alvarez, on trial in 2005 Glendale train wreck that killed 11, testifies that he's being portrayed unfairly,0,2985976.story
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County supervisor race heads to runoff,0,6574214.story
Los Angeles Times

LA Streetsblog Chat with Author and Cyclist Erik Knutzen

Los Angeles Adds To CNG Bus Fleet
Aviation News

Lowenthal bests Uranga
Press Telegram

Mass transit demand rises, costs soar - Fuel prices and smaller government subsidies are squeezing transit budgets
Christian Science Monitor

Most L.A. County tax, bond issues passing - Returns show voters approving five measures to generate revenue and rejecting two,0,4495429.story
Los Angeles Times

Oil Dependence Is Transport Running Out of Affordable Fuel?
Transportation Research Board

Oyster is a 'must have' for young people

Pygmy goat boards TriMet bus
Oregon Live

Research Pays Off - Estimating Maintenance Costs for Mixed High-Speed Passenger and Freight Rail Corridors: A New Tool for Rail Planners
Transportation Research Board

Residents to fuel up on biodiesel
Santa Monica Daily Press

Sales tax bill advances
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

Save money on gas: Buy a $53,000 electric car!
Los Angeles Times/Bottleneck Blog

This Train Departs Next

Towards a Global Approach to Automotive Fuel Economy
Transportation Research Board

Transit Ridership Setting Records Nationwide…So Why the Transit Cuts?

With Gas at $4 a Gallon, We Need Public Transportation, But Why We Can't Get It


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday June 3, 2008

6,500 warm up to toll lanes; SR 167 HOT lanes completes opening month
Washington State DOT

Bus Stops to Get GPS Maps

Center for Environmental Excellence
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Coaster Rider Increase Means Less Parking Spaces
10 News

Community Comes Out for a Better Van Nuys

Court Flight - The Other Funicular
On Bunker Hill

Cycling in Beijing
The City Fix

Downtown LA Critical Mass

Dump the Pump Day looms; RTA offers free rides
Inland News Today

Foothill Hollywood Bowl Service for June 14-15
Foothill Transit

Gas Prices Lessen Commute Times

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wins Top Honor at 2008 APTA International Rail Rodeo
American Public Transportation Association

Los Angeles County Expands Agreement with Pictometry for Aerial Imagery
Directions Magazine

Man arrested in alleged bomb hoax (Metrolink)
Pasadena Star News

Mass transit braces for fed-up drivers

Nancy Pelosi Keynote Address at American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in SF
All American Patriots

Oil Prices Affecting Asphalt As Well, Creating Opening for Greener Roads

Public Transit Ridership Continues To Grow In The First Quarter Of 2008
American Public Transportation Association

Remarks For James S. Simpson, Administrator Federal Transit Administration - APTA Rail Conference - San Francisco, Ca June 2, 2008
Federal Transit Administration

Report calls for national transportation policy
Finance and Commerce

Serving Unbanked Consumers in the Transit Industry
Smart Card Alliance/Smart Card Talk

Skyrocketing gasoline prices force changes,1,3738823.story
Los Angeles Times

Students learn to share the road (Page 1 and Page 8)
Santa Monica Daily Press

Taking Transit Because Gas is too Expensive? Get in Line
American Society of Civil Engineers/Our Failing Infrastructure

Traffic Congestion Costing $12 billion a Year, by Wendy Gruel

Transit use soars - budget heads the other way
San Francisco Chronicle

Washington, D.C. Union Station Photo Flap
FOX News


Transportation Headlines for Monday June 2, 2008

As gas prices climb, L.A. changes - Paying $4 a gallon, drivers seek rideshares, public transportation and shorter commutes
Press Telegram

Green growth mandate
Pasadena Star News

High gas prices are a global issue - Drivers, as well as fishermen and farmers, are being pummeled. Some are demanding government help,0,1770608.story
Los Angeles Times

LA's Slow Ride to Car-Free Freedom

Preliminary Schematic for a centralized Orange County Transit System
Ditch the Car, Take the Metro

Ridership on mass transit breaks records
USA Today

Senate to take up climate bill
Associated Press

Thomas Elias: High-speed rail can work here
Press Telegram

Trains gaining as sensible alternative to cars
San Francisco Chronicle

Transportation Funding Legislation Database
National Conference of State Legislatures

Wonder where your bus is? Check GPS
Santa Clarita Signal


Transportation Headlines for Sunday June 1, 2008

$32 million OK'd for Hwy. 118 widening
Ventura County Star

Bicycle Commuter Benefit on House Tax Extender Bill
Commute By Bike

Bill seeks new Gold Line funds (AB 2321)
Pasadena Star News

Bus to Bowl is hot ticket for concerts
Whittier Daily News

Driven to a 'T' - Couple travel 3,000 miles in a 1926 'Flivver'
Whittier Daily News

Gridlock led 27 pct of drivers to abandon trips

House Committee Approves Transit Bill

Long Beach Parking Lots Get Their Day in the Sun

Masdar City Will Be World's First Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste, Car-free City
The Green Changemakers

Metro TweetWatch: Exercise!

Naseeb M. Saliba, 93; construction mogul oversaw Southern California projects,0,7440174.story
Los Angeles Times

Riverside County transportation planners show value of ambitious agendas
Press Enterprise

Second Life Utilized to Design a Personal Mass Transit System
Design News

Soaring food, gas prices taking their toll
Climbing cost of living leaves many pinching their pennies, struggling to cover basics
Daily News

Top Schools For Urban Planners

World's First Renewable Gasoline