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Transportation Headlines for Saturday June 28, 2008

210 Freeway sound wall project stalls - Inaccurate design plans cause delay; work to resume soon
Pasadena Star News

American Public Transportation Association Applauds Passage of H.R. 6052
American Public Transportation Association

Bay Area Selected for one of the World's Largest Intelligent Transportation Systems Tests
Government Technology

Bikes on trains during rush hour?
Bottleneck Blog

California to drivers: Drop the cell phone, dude

Commuting Bicyclists: A Growing Transportation Trend
Argus Solutions

Council approves bus service to Dodger Stadium
Bottleneck Blog

Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil - As forecasters take that possibility more seriously, they describe fundamental shifts in the way we work, where we live and how we spend our free time,0,5485259.story
Los Angeles Times

Free Trolley Service Hits the Road
Laguna Beach Independent

Get LA Moving!

Introducing Bike-Friendly Initiatives
LA CD 13 Garcetti

Is mass transit ready for a commute surge?

Larry Wilson: MTA board on the wrong track
Pasadena Star News

Los Angeles Transportation Board Drafts Tax Hike Proposal
Public Works Solutions

Mayor, San Gabriel Valley officials meet over sales tax
Bottleneck Blog

Meet the New Metro Board Chair…Same as the Old Metro Board Chair

Metro is Ready to Roll!

Metro Meeting Politics Derail L.A.’s Future

OCTA’s Long-Range Traffic Study
San Clemente Times

Oh, That Chicken**** MTA
L.A. Weekly

Proposed Assembly bill to provide funds for roadwork
Desert Sun

Schwarzenegger Administration Endorses High Speed Rail to Meet Global Warming Targets
California Progress Report

Transportation: Builders' lobby urges candidates, policymakers to make infrastructure top-tier issue
E&E News

Uncle Sam Rolls In a 100-MPG Solar Plug-In Hybrid

Westside residents relieved at Metro's decision to postpone funding for Gold Line
West LA Online


Transportation Headlines for Friday June 27, 2008

5 Ways to Cut Commuting Costs
Smart Money

$54.6 Million in Fuel, Yet the Engines Continue to Idle - SuggestionBoxLA to Metro - No Idling on Layover!

Big, big, big MTA meeting is over. Finally.
Bottleneck Blog

Calif. group says stimulus checks went for gas
San Francisco Chronicle

California unveils major plan to slash emissions

Congress Pressured on Oil Prices
Wall Street Journal

Elected officials must justify tax-hiking plans
Daily News

Free weekend shuttle starts Fri., June 27, serving Marina, Venice Beach, Playa Vista
The Argonaut

Future of Transit Taking Shape at the Big Blue Bus
Business Wire
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Blog:

House approves more funds for thriving public transit
The $1.7 billion would help transit agencies pay increased fuel costs, limit fare hikes and expand service,0,5938674.story
Los Angeles Times

Infrastructure - The cracks are showing - America’s tradition of bold national projects has dwindled. With the country’s infrastructure crumbling, it is time to revive it
The Economist

Is your commute a little easier these days? Soaring gas prices may be main factor to less volume on roads. Take our poll
Orange County Register

LA's Freeway Addiction Needs an Intervention
Matter Network

LAX South Airfield Improvement Project finished
The Argonaut

London transit cards cracked and cloned
CNet News

Man convicted of 11 counts of murder in 2005 Metrolink crash,0,1724690.story
Los Angeles Times

Maintenance Facility Wins Award
San Fernando Business Journal

Metro Postpones Decision on LRTP to November. Advances Sales Tax

Metro tax plan picks up speed
Daily News

Metro to hire 10 more supervisors in response to poor on-time bus rating,0,6823618.story
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink train fares to rise an average 5.5% - The five-county Southern California agency cites the soaring cost of diesel fuel as a reason,0,5861613.story
Los Angeles Times

MTA board drafts a tax hike proposal, but many hurdles remain,0,5653341.column
Los Angeles Times

MTA delays action on Gold Line extension
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

News flash: Port air officially gets greener
Bottleneck Blog

Oil Prices Hit Record High $140.05 a Barrel
Voice of America

Pathetic bike rack situation continues
Bottleneck Blog

Plan calls for new bicycle paths - Up to $14 million would be spent to add 33 miles
Santa Clarita Signal

Port Educates Council On Clean Trucks
Grunion Gazette

California DOT

Q&A on the MTA's giant, enormous, great big board meeting Thursday
Bottleneck Blog

Rail Riders Want Metro to "Double Down"
WeHo News

Santa Clarita plan calls for new bicycle paths

Shuttle Service to Dodgers Games Could Begin This Season,0,7789551.story

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority Won't Hire Consultant
Mass Transit

South LA Street Improvement Project Moves Forward, Times Unhappy

Stocks plunge as oil prices hit $140 a barrel, spooking investors - A torrent of bad economic news, including unstoppable energy costs, heightens worries about the stress on U.S. consumers,0,5348844.story
Los Angeles Times

Transit Loses Money As Riders Rise
Grunion Gazette

Villaraigosa Backs Subway Tax
Boi From Troy

WaterBus service starts Fri., June 27
The Argonaut

White House Tried to Silence EPA Proposal on Car Emissions - Agency Was Responding to Ruling About Clean Air Act
Washington Post


Transportation Headlines for Thursday June 26, 2008

Best U.S. Cities, by Design - Architectural firm RMJM Hillier weighed sustainability, awards, and both expert and residents' opinions in its list of top 10 U.S. cities for design (Los Angeles placed 4th in the top 10)

Billions at stake in Metro's plans for next 25 years - Activists, officials will argue cases for projects before board today
Daily News

Breaking news: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports a sales-tax hike for transportation projects
The proposed sales tax for roads and transit, continued
Bottleneck Blog

Broken Red Line Train + 400 Passengers + Rush Hour

California air board announces plan for carbon-credit trading,0,1884615.story
Los Angeles Times

Commerce Department to hold hearing in Irvine on toll road project - The decision is a setback for backers of the 16-mile turnpike, which would cut through San Onofre State Beach,0,3010155.story
Los Angeles Times

Counties seek more state money for separating roads, rails
Press Enterprise

Dallas Introduces "Super Light Rail Vehicles"

Debunking High Parking Prices on the Sunset Strip

Dodgers Emphatic on Government's Role to Fund Public Transportation

Dodgers to city: you pay for the bus!
Bottleneck Blog

Faster! Better! Safer!
American Society of Civil Engineers/Our Failing Infrastructure

Going for Gold - Rail use up 19%; extension vote set
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Governors Push General Revenue To Replace Highway Taxes
National Journal

High Desert Corridor - Support for Prop 1B funding of the High Desert Corridor (HDC), Phase 1A

Light rail system officials rule out Gold Line routes on 10 Freeway or along Milliken Avenue (Foothill Extension)
San Bernardino Sun

Los Angeles Goes for Transit, While Arizona Goes for Traffic
Public Works Solutions

Metro Meetings to Focus on SGV Routes
Eastside Sun

Metro Survey: Most Voters Back Tax Boost - A majority of likely voters in L.A. County say they're willing to pay an extra half cent sales tax for transportation infrastructure
KFI 640 AM

More on Amtrak ridership
Bottleneck Blog

Next Radio Tsunami? in-car listening is the last bastion of radio dominance - But what happens when people abandon their cars and take the bus, the train, or the subway?
Jacobs Media

OUR VIEW - Build it, and they will come (Foothill Extension)
Pasadena Star News

Ridership expected to increase on T.O. Transit buses
Thousand Oaks Acorn

Testing of electric truck for Los Angeles port sparks enthusiasm,0,6684791.story
Los Angeles Times

Theoretical Design for LA’s Central Park to Be Unveiled This Friday

This Week on AirTalk - Wednesday, June 25 - The Subway to the Sea (audio)
89.3 KPCC

Transit Oriented Design one city at a time

Travel times to be posted on L.A. freeways
Daily News

Villaraigosa wants sales tax hike for transit - L.A.'s mayor seeks a county increase of half a cent. It would be put on the November ballot for voter approval,0,4866907.column
Los Angeles Times

Would Starbucks and Designer Interiors Get You to Ride Transit?


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday June 25, 2008

Amtrak Ridership Swells in Rural and Urban Areas

CALTRANS Considering New Bike Signs

city responds to resident pleas for lighting

CNN: Billions of barrels of oil underneath L.A.

Consumer Confidential - Speculating on why oil, gasoline prices are soaring,0,2383398.column
Los Angeles Times

Construction To Widen Highway 101
UCSB Daily Nexus

CurbedWire: Figueroa Street Dreaming
Curbed LA

Freight Trains Thrive Despite High Fuel Prices

Gold Line fate may be decided on Thursday (Foothill Extension)
Daily Bulletin

GSA to offer new hybrid, electric vehicles for purchase
Federal Times

Hackers Crack London Tube's Ticketing System

Jury gets Metrolink case
Daily News

Keep the Expo rail line on the rails,0,2229360.story
Los Angeles Times

Metro: Sales Tax Proposal Has Overwhelming Support

New traffic median decorates downtown Los Angeles - The installation, at the intersection of Main, Spring and 9th streets, is made of low-maintenance plants and recycled materials,0,3982788.story
Los Angeles Times

NLV contemplates a safer boulevard - Taking a hint from Europe, city could turn hazardous road into multiway thoroughfare
Las Vegas Sun

Officials urge approval of cargo fee bill (SB 974) Air quality, congestion could improve in area if measure approved
Pasadena Star News

Options for Offsetting the Economic Impact on Low- and Moderate-Income Households of a Cap-and-Trade Program for Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Transportation Research Board

Port of Los Angeles prepares for Oct. 1 ‘Clean Truck’ launch
Land Line

Remarks for the Honorable Mary Peters Secretary of Transportation at the NGA Summit on Innovative Transportation Funding and Financing “turning up the volume on the quiet revolution”

Six new Rapid bus lines set, 2 in Valley
Daily News

Stuck in traffic? Watch video of worse traffic.
Los Angeles Times

Surveys Say Sales Tax Increase for Public Transit is a 'Yes'

Tax Credits for Hybrid Vehicles
Transportation Research Board

Think City: In Norway, they're building your first electric car,0,5962782.story
Los Angeles Times

Train, bus commuters face end of cheap ride
Daily News

Working Together Can Solve Growth Issues - UCR Study Finds Collaborative Regional Planning Produces Promising Results
UC Riverside

Which way on light rail? Rather than choose between two worthwhile projects, the MTA board should pursue both,0,5231447.story
Los Angeles Times

Why Building Roads Doesn't Ease Congestion
Lambchop Rides

You can fill 'er up with hydrogen,0,589918.story
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday June 24, 2008

Assembly panel Oks 710 tunnel funds plan
Pasadena Star News

Biking On Sidewalks
WeHo News

Business, Labor, and Transportation Groups Urge Presidential Candidates to Make Transportation a Priority
News Blaze

California High Speed Rail and the High Price of Gasoline
California Progress Report

Coming Soon:Free Bus Rides to Dodger Stadium

Committed to investing in public transit for California (by Will Kempton)
San Francisco

Extra shock at the pump - LONG BEACH: Three out of four gas gauges were way off at station, customer says
Press Telegram

Fares cut on Los Angeles-San Francisco bus service - The price for a one-way ticket will range from $5 to $49,0,7696621.story?track=rss
Los Angeles Times

Fill 'er Up: Gas Is Cheap in Tijuana, So Californians Buy Big Fuel Tanks
Wall Street Journal

House Transportation Bill Advances Without Highway Trust Fund Relief
Mass Transit

L.A.’s Clean Truck Program moves forward

LAX taxiway opens today
Daily Breeze

Los Angeles traffic
Los Angeles Times/Daily Mirror Blog

Mass transit to Dodger Stadium?
Los Angeles Times

Militant Update: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (Metro Next Train signs)
Militant Angeleno

New Sources of Traffic Congestion Data
Oh the places you’ll go

Obama day downtown (Street Closures)
LA Observed

O.C. transit agency to explore refinancing of tollway bonds
Interest rates on about $100 million in debt for the 91 Express Lanes are rising because the insurer was downgraded by several credit agencies,0,1052149.story
Los Angeles Times

Rail Riders: Double Down for Subway Funding

Recumbent bicycles ride high with fans,0,6604403.story
Los Angeles Times

Riders have Plan for Funding Subway to the Sea

Saving America’s Infrastructure
The Big Stick

Solar bill may shine for small firms - ELECTRICITY: Measure would require utilities to buy half of their power from renewable sources
Press Telegram

Transportation Bill Would Move California Closer to Smart Growth (AB 842)
Smart Growth

Transportation: Ride the Red Cars!
LA Cityzine

Walkable Urban Living: The New American Dream? Demand Grows for Mixed-Use Neighborhoods as Suburbs Face New Challenges
Smart Growth

Why The 2-Hour Commute Is A Public Policy Success
California Planning and Development Report


Transportation Headlines for Monday June 23, 2008

Amtrak reform welcome - Expand train service for Americans fed up with high gas and jet fuel prices
Daily Breeze

arrival schedules boost metro rail experience

Bridge to Somewhere: Rethinking American Transportation for the 21st Century

Fill 'Er Up - But Make It Hydrogen: Car Of The Future May Run On Hydrogen, Not Gasoline; Lucky Few Win Chance To Rent
CBS News

Freeway tipping point
Press Telegram

Hundreds Show Up to Discuss “Destiny of the Valley”

Long Beach, L.A. Ports OK Clean Truck Models, Dealers
Cunningham Report

Metro Sales Tax Measure to be discussed at June CAC meeting
Metro Citizens’ Advisory Council

Metro Uses TV’s to Provide Next-Train Information

New GPS-savvy, solar signs help bus riders connect in real time
USA Today

Oil prices rise despite Saudi output pledge,0,2339523.story
Los Angeles Times

Our view - Running on vapors
Pasadena Star News

Railroad buffs from far and wide ride the Loop
Bakersfield Californian

Red Line to Burbank
Rail Riders Union

Road extension debated
Whittier Daily News

Transportation tries out wikis, blogs and more
Federal Times


Transportation Headlines for Sunday June 22, 2008

All aboard! Train makes rare trip over Tehachapi Loop
Bakersfield Californian

Another View: Let's put state on fast track to the future
Sacramento Bee

Beach bike path project obtains $1.5 million grant
Ventura County Star

California Invests 'Tremendously' in Infrastructure

Caltrans supports proposal to eliminate school routes from public bus lines
Inside Bay Area

Cargo offers tremendous opportunity for the valley
Desert Sun

Dodgers to again offer public transit to games - Team and the city of Los Angeles have reached a tentative agreement to offer service for every home game for the first time in 14 years,0,4388761.story
Los Angeles Times

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Bus (Burbank Bus)
Green Guard

Is 55 a magic number?
Whittier Daily News

Metro Provides Next Train Information

Residents eagerly await Perris Valley Line (Metrolink)
Press Enteprise

S.B. County transportation officials begin query into toll roads
Press Enterprise

Silver lining -- high gas prices cutting down in Inland traffic
Press Enterprise

State legislators in overdrive on motor vehicle laws,0,6107629.story
Los Angeles Times

Those old transit blues - If Chicago wants to fix public transportation in 8 years, it need only look to L.A., which built a system in 7,0,5698629.story
Chicago Tribune

Traffic relief (Traffic Court)
Daily Breeze

U.S. House Debates Smart Growth