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Transportation Headlines for Friday December 19, 2008

$600 Billion Stimulus Needed, Obama Advised

80 Years of Van Nuys Airport History

Appeal to build toll road defeated
Daily News

Behold Burbank's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

Caltrans meet technology, technology meet Caltrans
Bottleneck Blog

Expo Line crossings issue to be resolved in '09
LA Now

Expo Line Decision Delayed Again

Fighting Congestion, RAND-Style
Sightline Daily

Follow That Cab - Taxi Drivers Willing to Cruise if Riders Can Be Found
LA Downtown News

Google Transit is not about the $68,000, it's about openness
Greater Washington

Halfway Through Pilot Phase, Central City East DASH Lacking Riders

It's Time to Raise the Gas Tax

LACMTA's Snoble set to retire
Progressive Railroading

MetroRider 1-Day Only Holiday Contest

MTA In California Goes High Tech By Shifting To Electronic Card Fare System
All Headlines News

Now is the Time for a Transportation Policy with a New Vision that Creates Economic Prosperity, Promotes Energy Independence, and Reduces our Nation’s Carbon Footprint -- Investing in Public Transportation is Key To Meeting These National Goals

O.C. toll road hits dead end in D.C. - Commerce Department officials uphold Coastal Commission's rejection of the Foothill-South toll road, citing six alternative routes that wouldn't cut through San Onofre and Trestles
Los Angeles Times

Pasadena traffic light project funding in jeopardy
Pasadena Star News

Port of L.A. emissions drop sharply in 2007
Contra Costa Times

Public Transit in the Rain Tips
The Examiner

Rep. Hilda Solis is Obama's labor pick
Associated Press

Schwarzenegger essay on infrastructure hits Newsweek
Trains for America

Schwarzenegger vows to veto Dem budget plan; local programs threatened
Daily News

State officials halt funds for public works projects
Sacramento Bee

Statement by William W. Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association on The Selection by President-Elect Barack Obama of Rep. Ray LaHood for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Tailored Programs Educate Public on Transit Options
Metro Magazine

Transit tax may save LB projects
Press Telegram

Trestles, San Onofre State Beach saved: Toll road project rejected
Los Angeles Times

Want More Riders? Offer a Better Ride


Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 18, 2008

Billboard Company Sponsors Bike Path
Soapbox LA

Brookings Report Concludes US Drop in VMT Signals a Permanent Shift Away from Cars; Implications for Transportation Policy
Green Car Congress

CTA debuts Website redesign
Metro Magazine

DC Metro Says Google Transit Could Happen if it Made Them Money

Dems' new budget plan adds $9 billion revenue
San Francisco Chronicle

Drop Everything and Become an Urban Planner!

Editorial: MTA chief wanted – L.A. County's transit agency is poised to spend billions on new projects. Its next chief must be up to the challenge
Los Angeles Times

Expansion of I-710, One of Worst Highway Projects in the Country

Gas Fee To Balance Budget?

Infrastructure advocates
Daily Breeze

LaHood Continues Tradition Of Stuffing 'Across The Aisle' Pick At Transportation
Huffington Post

LaHood Pick for Transportation Has Stakeholders Buzzing
Congressional Quarterly

Metro CEO Plans to Retire After 43 Years in Public Transit

Metro CEO Roger Snoble Announces Retirement

Metro chief exiting
Daily News

MTA boss Roger Snoble to retire
LA Now

MTA chief announces retirement
Pasadena Star News

MTA chief to retire - Roger Snoble has been with the transit agency for seven years. At 63, he says it's time for someone who can oversee the use of new funds from Measure R to take over
Los Angeles Times

MTA Chief Plans to Step Down

MTA chief Snoble to retire
Contra Costa Times

New Bridge for Valley Boulevard

NY subways to raise fares despite service cuts

Obama Picks Republican Illinois Congressman to Lead USDOT

Obama Taps LaHood for Transportation Secretary - ABC News Has Confirmed That Obama Has Picked Republican Lawmaker to Lead DOT
ABC News

OPEC's move to halt oil's slide falters - The cartel pledges to cut production a record 2.2 million barrels a day, but oil futures dip below $40 a barrel for the first time in more than four years before closing at $40.06, down $3.54
Los Angeles Times

Proposing a National Pricing System: Delivering Transportation Sustainability through ITS
National Transportation Operations Coalition

Republican LaHood Likely Obama’s Transportation Pick

Ride the Metro For Free Christmas & New Year's Eve

Snoble to retire from Metro
LA Observed

State crisis halts 2,000 public works projects
San Francisco Chronicle

Toll Road Values Plunge - Macquarie Bank announces its toll road portfolio lost a quarter of its value in six months
The Newspaper

Transform CA Opens Sacramento Office

Transit professionals urge increase in federal gas tax
Transit Talent

Washingtonians want Google Transit!
Greater Washington

White House Urban Policy Office Chief
Urban Planning Blog


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 17, 2008

Audit finds improvements at L.A. airports
LA Now

California road, school construction projects could be halted or delayed - State could take the action as it tries to cope with a mounting deficit and budget stalemate. Some of the projects are part of a construction bond voters approved in 2006
Los Angeles Times

Common HOT lane access/egress unsafe - study of accident rates
Toll Road News

DC Metro involvement with Google Transit held up by the details
The Examiner

DC Metro responds; wanted money from Google Transit
Greater Washington

Decline In American Driving Reaches Year-Mark - Drop of Nearly 100 Billion Miles Driven Heightens Need for Highway Finance Reform

Engineering New Traffic Patterns, and New Lingo For Them

Eyes on likely new L.A. planning commissioner
Daily News

Former Dallas Mayor Kirk Said to be Top Transportation Contender
Congressional Quarterly

Inland drivers rank 14th in nation in miles driven per capita
Press Telegram

L.A. airport agency gets poor marks for emergency response - An audit finds security coordination lacking between agencies. It also finds that efforts to regionalize air travel are hampered by a lack of political will
Los Angeles Times

LADOT Looking for Bike Coordinator

L.A. freeway projects in jeopardy because of state fiscal mess
LA Now

L.A.'s plans for Palmdale airport land requested - City's neglect of 17,000 acres purchased over four decades is hampering Antelope Valley, L.A. County supervisors say
Los Angeles Times

MTA to offer special rides for holidays
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Once the purple line is extended, how long will it take to get to Westwood
MetroRiderLA Forum

Rant About LADOT 409 Bus

Re: Re: HAAS-TA LA VISTA: Dear MTA, Your Drivers Suck, Monday, December 1, 2008 - From: Mark Maloney, General Manager, Metro Westside/Central Service Sector, Los Angeles
WeHo News

Students Offer Ideas for Future of Pico

TAP launch coming in January for Los Angeles
Contactless News

Toronto Transit Wait Times on Texts, Screens
Toronto Star

Why Stimulus Money Should Go to Cities, Not States

Your Riders Will Save a Bundle on Public Transit