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Transportation Headlines for Saturday December 13, 2008

Amtrak's California routes register ridership gains in November
Progressive Railroading

At the Last Subway Stop, a New Exit Strategy
New York Times

Billions urged for rail safety
Los Angeles Daily News

California approves measure to cut diesel pollution: Despite opposition from truckers, state Air Resources Board votes to require retrofitting or replacement of older rigs
Los Angeles Times

California looks to feds for more bullet train funding
San Jose Mercury News

Chatsworth crash report: Metrolink needs to improve safety
Los Angeles Times

Christening of Gemini: The Nation’s Most Environmentally-Friendly Ferry Revolutionizes The Ferry Industry
Water Emergency Transportation Authority

A Choo Choo Train Under the Tree
Pasadena Independent

Fare hikes? How about free buses instead, plan asks
Downtown Express (New York)

Golden Gate Bus, Ferry Working Towards Google Transit-ness
San Francisco Bike Blog

Metrolink needs top-to-bottom improvements, report says
Los Angeles Times

New ferry has solar panels and a sonar whale detector
San Francisco Chronicle

Obama: Think Smart Cards - Smart cards and other access technologies can help the president-elect overhaul the nation's infrastructure

Obama: Transportation can get economy moving
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Oberstar outlines stimulus projects
Traffic World Online

OCTA to cut bus service amid budget woes
Orange County Register

Open Forum: Congestion pricing is a solution for San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Mayor to NYC: Eat Your Heart Out (Groundbreaking for Transbay Transit Center, including renderings and 5.4 acre rooftop park)

State budget crunch, economy threaten Marin freeway projects
Marin Independent Journal

Traffic death toll falls along with economy
Los Angeles Times

2008 at the Ballot Box: Continuing the Trend
Smart Growth Around America

The VTA priority: BART — and everything else will have to wait
San Jose Mercury News


Transportation Headlines for Friday December 12, 2008

Airline-Infrastructure Aid Chorus Grows
The Street

Caution: Work projects ahead: The government is set to spend hundreds of billions on energy, roads, railways and community development projects. Here's how to get stuff we actually want
CNN Money

Chatsworth crash's roots lie 20 years in Metrolink's past
Los Angeles Times

City of L.A. preps a list of projects for Obama
Los Angeles Times

Count Riverside County in, officials say: Agencies are studying options for extending [high-speed rail] service from LA, maybe through Riverside County
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Duke University professor says traffic signs are a big threat to traffic safety in the U.S.
Birmingham News

Emirates Airline Launches San Francisco Service with World's Longest Green Flight Trial

Los Angeles receives $210 million in federal funds to ease traffic jams
Los Angeles Times

New interstate road map takes shape for bicyclists
USA Today

The right way to spend billions on infrastructure

S.F. port leases space far below market rate
San Francisco Chronicle

Some L.A. freeway carpool lanes will become toll lanes
Daily Breeze

State grant OK'd to build bikeway across county
Woodland Daily Democrat

US Sec Mary Peters calls for end to cash tolling by 2014, discussion of $-crisis at IBTTA
Tollroads News

US Sen Baucus Wants Transit Aid Cut From Auto Bailout Bill
CNN Money

Voter-OK'd funds to increase Metrolink safety
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Why Is Transit Ridership Still Strong?
Sightline Daily


Transportation Headlines for Thursday, December 11, 2008

City Holding Hearings on Green Planning Ordinance for LA River (including mobility strategy)
StreetsBlog Los Angeles

Crash thrusts Metrolink chief into the unwelcome limelight
Los Angeles Times

Diesel truck rule debated before key vote Friday
San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Making the Transbay Terminal work: Building an adequate terminal for high-speed rail at its present location would cost at least $750 million, money that would be better spent funding the downtown extension
San Francisco Bay Guardian

An In-Depth Look at Kerry’s High-Speed Rail Bill
Transport Politic

Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems Offer Considerable Potential For Improving Traffic Safety
Science Daily

Internalizing The Externalities Of Driving During Rush Hour (Congestion pricing)
San Francisco Bike Blog

Mapping LA, One Post-It At A Time
Curbed LA

One step closer to bridging Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Paving the Way For Reduced Sprawl
California Progress Report

Port of L.A. to cut its spending
Daily Breeze

Riders returning after Metrolink tragedy
Ventura County Star

Seattle council supports streetcar expansion
Seattle Times

S.F.: BART noise needs to be silenced
San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Muni steps up tests of regional fare card
San Francisco Chronicle

State could get tough on dirty diesels
Los Angeles Times

U.S. mass-transit trips up so far in '08
Los Angeles Times