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Tranportation Headlines for Saturday October 4, 2008

Cedillo vows to try driver's license immigration bill again
LA Now

Century City garage: a good thing or a KISS concert?
Bottleneck Blog

Charts tell the story in Rand's traffic study
Bottleneck Blog

Contra-flow Bike Lane - Boulder, CO

'Dirty fuels' profit by bailout bill's tax breaks for renewable energy - Incentives mean billions for coal and oil projects that increase emissions
Los Angeles Times

Easing Traffic Will Cost Motorists, RAND Study Finds
Santa Monica Surf/Lookout News

Electric vehicles light up Paris Motor Show - Hybrids, plug-ins and pure electric vehicles arrive in force as manufacturers sort out battery woes
Los Angeles Times

Fate of O.C. toll road to be decided by Bush appointee - With public comment period closed, federal officials have begun compiling tens of thousands of written opinions. A Bush appointee will decide by Jan. 7 whether to overturn a state agency's decision
Los Angeles Times

Gold Line East LA Extension Continues
Transit LA

L.A. could face $400-million budget deficit, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa warns - He tells department heads to prepare for job and service cuts as the city confronts turmoil on Wall Street and the state government's dire financial situation
Los Angeles Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells departments to get ready for job, service cuts
Daily News

Metrolink witnesses: The light was green
LA Now

Mostly quiet campaign so far for Measure R
Bottleneck Blog

MTA bus driver's day pass scheme spurs audit
Daily News

Planetizen Takes a Look at Latino Urbanism

Port terminal deal OK'd
Daily Breeze

Potential liability an issue in Metrolink crash
Ventura County Star

President Bush to sign high-speed legislation included in rail safety bill, Mica says
Progressive Railroading

SCAG office to open locally?
Imperial Valley Life

Streetcar Plan Gets $5 Million
LA Downtown News

The Sales Tax and Ballot Language
The Bus Bench

The week in transportation
Bottleneck Blog

Train check - $13 billion Amtrak bill heads to Bush's desk

Witnesses say light was green just before Metrolink train crashed - Three observers who were at the Chatsworth station -- a security guard and two train enthusiasts -- insist that the engineer had a green light
Los Angeles Times

From the Metro Dorothy Peyton Gray Library Archive:
Public Transit - Who Needs It? (Starring Paul Lynde and Ralph Story)
1968 Southern California Rapid Transit District Film via YouTube
Public Transportation: Who Needs It? (Part 1)
Public Transportation: Who Needs It? (Part 2)
Public Transportation: Who Needs It? (Part 3)


Transportation Headlines for Friday October 3, 2008

13 Ways to Fix LA Traffic, the RAND Corporation Style

Attorneys blame company in deadly train crash
San Francisco Chronicle

Bailout Bill Includes Bike Commuting Benefit

broadway streetcar funding passes cra board vote

Bush to Sign Bill to Nearly Double Amtrak Funding - Next Year, Congress Will Consider Altering the Ratio That Heavily Favors Spending on Highways Over Mass Transit
Wall Street Journal

California May Need $7 Billion Federal Loan

City Council to discuss a memorial for victims of Metrolink crash
Simi Valley Acorn

Comprehensive Study on Traffic Congestion in Urban Los Angeles Suggests Ways to Improve Traffic

CRA Board Approves $5 Million for Streetcar

Credit crisis could stop voter-OK'd bond sales
Daily News

Dodgers to offer free trolley service from Union Station to Dodger Stadium this weekend

Editorial - Yes on California bonds - Bullet trains, children's healthcare and veterans' housing all deserve support
Los Angeles Times

Employers cut jobs by most in more than 5 years
Los Angeles Times

Federal agency prohibits all train operators from using cellphones while on duty - The emergency order comes one day after the National Transportation Safety Board says text messages were sent and received by Metrolink engineer moments before fatal crash
Los Angeles Times

Federal Railroad Administration to ban cellphone use by engineers
Bottleneck Blog

Foothill South toll road--in whose interest, exactly?
Los Angeles Times

Google Transit, a great resource, expands to NYC; but LA still absent
Force Change

Grade-crossing deaths are true rail problem
Daily News

Hit SoCal's beaches and bike the trail - With helmets and sunscreen in tow, one family finally sets out to travel a portion of the 22.3-mile trail from Pacific Palisades to Torrance.
Los Angeles Times

Increasing Metrolink Safety
San Clemente Times

Inland officials blast governor's port-fee bill veto
Press Enterprise

LA Times Says Yes on Prop 1a

Metro Downtown Connector Meetings Scheduled

MTA reaches settlement on road repairs
Daily News

O.C. toll road weaves through complex maze of state, federal agencies - With public comment period closed, federal officials have begun compiling tens of thousands of written opinions. A Bush appointee will decide by Jan. 7 whether to overturn a state agency's decision
Los Angeles Times

Port Shows Off Environmentally Friendly Side With Festival
Grunion Gazette

Port of L.A. OKs $102M expansion of TraPac terminal
Daily Breeze

Possible solutions for L.A. traffic woes

Railroad shipping: Senate signs off on railroad safety legislation
Logistics Management

Removing Cars to Create Public Space

San Gabriel Valley gets MTA crumbs
Pasadena Star News

Schwarzenegger to U.S.: State may need $7-billion loan
Los Angeles Times

State Approves New Oil Wells, May Mean Millions For City, Port
Grunion Gazette

Traffic Rants, volume II: We need real transit
Bottleneck Blog

Transportation infrastructure: New legislation focuses on a National Freight Fund for infrastructure improvements
Logistics Management

Van Nuys Airport Holds Public Workshop Regarding Noisier Aircraft Phaseout Project Draft Environmental Impact Report

Why is traffic so bad in L.A.? Because driving and parking is too cheap

Will Metro & Google Transit Ever Happen?


Transportation Headlines for Thursday October 2, 2008

2,000 diesel trucks built before 1989 banned at L.A., Long Beach ports
Daily News

Assemblymember Mike Feuer’s AB 2321 Paves the Way for $40 Billion L.A. Sales Tax—Measure R
The Planning Report

Best Blooming Urban Renewal: Exposition Park Rose Garden
LA Weekly

California bills finalize transit questions on ballots
Land Line

Congestion Pricing Gains Political Traction

Dirty Old Trucks Ousted from Port

Gridlocked Israel Considers Its Transit Options

Get On The Bus!
LA City Beat

Gold Line east project is moving along
Bottleneck Blog

Growth, traffic feared as Rosemead commission passes General Plan
Pasadena Star News

How to get L.A. freeways moving again
Daily News

How trains are driven
Bottleneck Blog

Lowenthal Says He Won’t Reintroduce Container Fee Bill
Cunningham Report

Map of the Day: Metro Studies Transit Options to Harbor

metro gold line eastside extension is 87% complete

Metro Gold Line Tracks Completed

Metrolink engineer sent text message moments before fatal crash
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Engineer Sent Text 22 Seconds Before Collision

New York Gets New Transit Tool to Ease Commute Planning
Write on Metro

NTSB: Train crash engineer's cellphone in use while he was on duty
Bottleneck Blog

OCTA CEO Art Leahy Contrasts Orange County, L.A. County Transportation Infrastructure – Measure M and toll roads set Orange County apart; can the OC’s transportation planning models solve the rest of the region’s transportation woes?
The Planning Report

Problems at 6464 Sunset Highlight Need for Bike Parking Law

Regional Connector Update Meeting
Little Toyko UnBlogged

Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas OP-Ed Argues for Congestion Pricing Pilot Program for Region’s Congested Freeways
The Planning Report

Senate Approves $13 Billion Amtrak Funding Bill
Wall Street Journal

Senate sends rail safety bill to Bush - The bill, crafted with the Los Angeles Metrolink crash fresh in legislators' minds, caps the number of hours crews can work and gives Amtrak $13 billion over five years for mandated safety technology
Los Angeles Times

Study offers short-term fixes to keep traffic moving in Southern California - The Rand Corp. report suggests a coordinated effort to better manage traffic, with more bus-only and toll lanes, one-way streets and pricier street parking
Los Angeles Times

Thanks, But No Thanks California: You can keep your anti-mobility enviro policies
Out of Control/

Waldorf-Astoria proposal divides Beverly Hills - Proponents cite income potential; foes worry about traffic. Voters will decide Nov. 4.
Los Angeles Times

Westwood subway stop would do wonders for UCLA
Daily Bruin


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday September 30, 2008

91 Express Lanes to reduce some tolls - Cuts reflect reduced traffic volume amid weakened economy
Orange County Register

Beyond Bailout: Reinvesting in “U.S.”

Beyond Long Beach Bus Fare
Long Beach Post

BP's Chief Scientist Advocates Higher Gas Prices

California drivers cut gasoline usage 7.5% in June
Sacramento Bee

Calles Sin Carros: Mexico City's Weekly Car Ban

Changing Lanes: Addressing America's Congestion Problems Through Road User Pricing

City’s New Housing Plan Calls for 20 TOD Developments

Colton plans to raze wall blocking bike path
San Bernardino Sun

Complicated Housing Plan Also Targets You, Middle-Class Renter

Danger signs: Video-screen ads on freeways are a recipe for disaster
Daily News

Engineer's family shoulders profound grief from train wreck - Relatives mourn Robert Sanchez and the 24 other victims of the Metrolink crash and fear that authorities have been too quick to blame him
Los Angeles Times

Four bills Schwarzenegger should sign - From wildfire safety to insurance protections, these measures deserve the governor's approval
Los Angeles Times

Gas drops $1 per gallon from June 21
Press Telegram

GM tech helps aging drivers see clearly
Chicago Tribune

Google rides the buses, rails and wavesSearch engine that's more powerful than a locomotive now plots trips on city's public transit
Government Innovators Network

Knabe: no tolerance for bumpy bike trails!
Bottleneck Blog

LACMTA seeks voter approval of half-cent sales tax measure
Progressive Railroading

Metrolink's Busy I.E. Lines
Press Enterprise

Port of L.B. has some fun planned for Saturday
Press Telegram

Questions raised about Sprinter safety

Rail safety bill advances in Senate
Associated Press

Smart Growth Bill Needs Gov. Schwarzenegger's Signature by September 30
Smart Growth Online

Streetfilms: Parisian Bus Rapid Transit

Summer Beach Shuttle Breaks Ridership Record
Supervisor Don Knabe

Transit Payment Systems: Security Considerations
Smart Card Alliance

Villaraigosa announces $5 billion housing plan for L.A.
Los Angeles Wave

Will Metro’s Measure R “Informational” Campaign Backfire?