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Transportation Headlines for Saturday November 15, 2008

Amtrak CEO steps down
Associated Press

Clinton urges big transportation outlays - Senator says nationwide investment should include high-speed rail
Times Union

Dan Walters: Bigger deficit won't crack California budget stalemate
Inside Bay Area/Sacramento Bee

District (DC) announces first-in-the-nation fleet sharing program
Harvard Kennedy School

FTA Team Begins to Depart -- And We Thank Them
Passenger Transport

Group: AIG's woes put public transit in trouble with banks

Highway 210 project costs may mean less transportation funds for S.B. County in future
Press Enterprise

Ithaca seeks to fill bustling streets with podcar fleets; Ithaca, NY, wants to be America's 1st podcar city
Harvard Kennedy School

Lead widens for Measure R
Bottleneck Blog

Metro Considering Temporary Renewal of Sheriff’s Contract

Obama Names Transpo Transition Team

On Deck for Next Week: Bike Themed City Council Meeting

Community Meetings re: Proposed Service Changes
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus

Stung by AIG Collapse, Transit Agencies Seek Legislative Protection
Congressional Quarterly

Technical security at LAX deemed insufficient - A Homeland Security report cites poorly guarded computers and a lack of measures to keep equipment from being disabled by heat, fires or quakes. Remedial steps are supposed to be taken
Los Angeles Times

Voters Shout “YES!” on 73 Percent of Transit Ballot Measures
Passenger Transport


Transportation Headlines for Friday November 14, 2008

Are these the buses of the future?
Bottleneck Blog

Bus Only Lanes for Wilshire Moving Ahead

Bus-Only Lane for Wilshire Boulevard Still Years Away

Congestion pricing: Can tolling be fair?

First hybrid double-decker bus in London

Gas prices pancake but OCTA sets new ridership record anyway
Bottleneck Blog

Google Maps Show Santa Monica Parking in Real Time

Has SF Opened the Door for Tax-Free Transit Benefits?

Judge Tells DC Metro And Bank To Deal - Larger Financing Problem Remains
Washington Post

Las Vegas City bus fares to increase
Las Vegas Sun

Midnight Express Bike Ride (Starts on the Gold Line Nov 15, Returns on Metrolink Nov 16)
Midnight Express

More Measure R Election Maps (election results not yet final)
Yes Vote by City Council Districts Map
Yes Vote Countywide Map (You may have to use your printer’s settings to format for 8x11 landscape, original size is 11x17)
Also see the first entry in yesterday’s blog post

Neighborhood Council to LADOT: “Slow Down!”

Pondering the 110 Toll lanes
Issues to Ponder

Ports' cargo container fee is delayed
Daily Breeze

Project aims to revamp Wilshire - Community meetings hosted to discuss bus lane rapid transit project and incorporate feedback
UCLA Daily Bruin

Streetfilms: Bike Co-ops in Los Angeles

Study details deadly cost of pollution - Smog remains problem in area
Whittier Daily News

Utah Transportation Authority plans contactless transit system - Transport authorities in the US state of Utah are rolling out a contactless transit payments system following a successful pilot in Salt Lake City

Wilshire Blvd Bus Talk

Work on 710 starts tonight - The Long Beach Freeway will be closed in both directions at midnight between the Artesia and the Century freeways
Press Telegram


Transportation Headlines for Thursday November 13, 2008

Los Angeles County Voting: By the Precincts
Editors Note: if you computer’s Flash Player is up to date, you should see the controls at the top left of the map, like the one above, to control the “Available Races” drop down menu, scroll to Measure R. At the right are controls to toggle between Results by Precinct and Margin of Victory.
Los Angeles Times

Against a gas tax - Why taxes can't get us where we need to go on transportation

Ambitious mall project moving ahead in Century City
Los Angeles Times

California economy loses $28 billion yearly due to health effects of pollution
Los Angeles Times

Century City boom times: Is it a smart facelift or buildings gone wild?
Bottleneck Blog

City Hires New Downtown DASH Operator -Company Expected to Improve Bus Timing, Avoid 'Bunching'
LA Downtown News

Concerned Citizens Join MADD & Assemblyman Feuer in Support of Lifesaving Interlock Legislation to Stop Drunk Drivers

Construction Watch: Pico Aliso Gold Line Stop

Editorial: 'Crisis' doesn't begin to cover it
Sacramento Bee

How Transit Agencies Got Caught in AIG’s Collapse

Hybrid tugboat may give local ports a green push
Los Angeles Times

Legislative analyst sees state finances as 'truly awful'
Sacramento Bee

Mass-Transit Projects Fared Well at Polls
Wall Street Journal

Mayor hopes for federal cash for L.A.
Daily News

Metro Gold Line 90% Complete

Metro Joins Earthquake Drill Thursday

Monterey-Salinas Transit partnering with Google Transit to provide online trip planning
The Californian

More flights for airport?
Burbank Leader

'Mother of all fare hikes' looming
New York Daily News

Palmdale will be in search of airline
Daily News

REGION: Feds to hold transportation hearing in San Diego
North County Times

SB 375 Delay?

Schwarzenegger seeks federal aid
Sacramento Bee

SEPTA puts out call for "smart card" proposals
Philadelphia Inquirer

Study: Motorcoaches achieve 200+ mpg per rider
Metro Magazine

Urban Mapping Launches Mass Transit Proximity API


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday November 12, 2008

Blue Line Platform Assault victim not expected to survive
Press Telegram

Bus Operator Donald Dube 50 Years With Metro

California budget analyst recommends raising car license fee - Mac Taylor forecasts that the state will need to close a $27.8-billion budget gap in the next 20 months. He calls for a smaller sales tax increase than Gov. Schwarzenegger has suggested
Los Angeles Times

Discord threatens Colton Crossing, a major Inland railroad overpass project
Press Enterprise

Gas prices continue plunge, crude below $60
San Francisco Chronicle

LA’s Congressman Waxman Eyeing Energy Committee Chair

L.A. Marathon changes race date again - to Memorial Day
Los Angeles Times

Measure R's lead increases, chances of defeat grow slimmer
Bottleneck Blog

Meeting set for today on Metro Universal proposal
Daily News

Metro Schedules Community Meetings on Wilshire BRT

OCTA ridership numbers continue growth
Metro Magazine

Palmdale to take control of Palmdale Regional Airport from Los Angeles agency - The move is spurred by the imminent departure of United Airlines and reflects the frustration of Palmdale city officials with L.A.'s inability to develop passenger service at the airport
Los Angeles Times

Route 66 Established 82 Years Ago Today

Santa Monica Air Line and Expo updates
Bottleneck Blog

San Pedro toll lane plan to go before public
Daily Breeze

State analyst presents dire fiscal outlook - Analyst predicts larger shortfall
Ventura County Star

Transit Ridership, Reliability, and Retention
Transportation Research Board

Transportation Fuel Taxes: Impacts of a Repeal or Moratorium
Transportation Research Board


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday November 11, 2008

Bus Bench Blogger Arrested for Taking Pictures at Pershing Square

California's car tax may be on the road again - The vehicle license fee that got Gray Davis recalled and Arnold Schwarzenegger elected looks like a good idea again
Los Angeles Times

"Draconian" Fare Hikes Looming, NY MTA Boss Warns - Substantial fare hikes and service cuts seem inevitable
NBC New York

European Support for Bicycles Promotes Sharing of the Wheels
NY Times

European tram makers stand to gain from U.S. streetcar push
International Herald Tribune

Great Los Angeles Walk 2008 FAQs – Santa Monica Blvd
Franklin Avenue

High Speed Rail No Longer California Dreamin'
Matter Network

Lawsuit filed over attempt to block Clean Trucks plan - Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court alleging that the Federal Maritime Commission violated environmental laws when it sought to block the program at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Daily Breeze

Measure R election results update
Bottleneck Blog

Metro reveals bus-only lane plans for Wilshire
GreenLA Girl

Neighborhoods Want LADOT to Slow Down on Speed Limit Hikes

Retail Container Traffic in Steady Decline

Time is right for investment in sustainable mobility : UITP

Transit comes up a winner at the ballot box (mostly)
NRDC SwitchBoard

'Trolleys' offer transit option in San Fernando
Daily News