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Transportation Headlines for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Editors Note: The Transportation Headlines will be taking a break and resume publication on Monday January 5th, 2009. Best wishes for a safe and happy New Year’s holiday weekend.

126 Years Ago Today: Downtown Got Its First Electric Street Lights

Advocacy group criticizes California transportation wish list - The state plans to spend 31% of federal road money on creating new capacity instead of addressing long-deferred maintenance and repair projects, the group says
Los Angeles Times
Full Report(s): CALPIRG

Avoid traffic to Rose Parade, football game - Commuters can take light rail lines to get to the Tournament of Roses Parade
Orange County Register

Bike Culture: Spokes People - As longtime activists push to make the gridlocked city more bicycle friendly a new wave of riders is partying in the streets, challenging city hall, and even taking to the freeways. Is bike culture here to stay?
Los Angeles Magazine

California Dreaming: Even In San Francisco, People Don’t Want to Pay to Drive Downtown
Wall Street Journal

County to assist traffic flow along 105 Freeway corridor
Los Angeles Wave

Creative borrowing catches up with California cities
Los Angeles Times

Fighting to protect transportation funding
Bottleneck Blog

Free Metro rides on New Year's Eve in L.A. area
Daily News

Greatest Transportation Moments of a Year We Want to Forget

Groundwork laid in 2008 for major transit changes in Southern California
Los Angeles Times

Hollywood And Western Developments Could Be So Much Better

In Case You Missed It: Oregon Governor Pushes for Mileage Tax
US DOT Fast Lane

Is California's hands-free cellphone law working?
Bottleneck Blog

Lawmakers Continue to Press for SILO/LILO Relief
Passenger Transport

No Pants Subway Ride Coming to Los Angeles

Oberstar Plan Proposes $12 Billion in Transit Funding
Passenger Transport

OCTA offers free bus rides for New Year's Eve - Locals can stay safe while ringing in 2009 with Orange County Transportation Authority's bus service
OC Metro

Port of L.A. to Get First New Marina in 22 Years
The Log

Review: Ditching car OK with Net transit planners

San Diego MTS Announces Bus Fare Increases
KGTV 10 News

Snoble Announces Retirement from Los Angeles Metro
Passenger Transport

There are New Year's alternatives to driving drunk - Southern Californians have a few designated driver options
Orange County Register

Toll express lanes ease traffic on urban highways


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 30, 2008

CARB Moves to Implement CO2 Emission Cuts; Profs Critical of Economic Analysis
Smart Growth

Editorial: Mass Transit Investments Are Farsighted Way to Jolt Economy
Smart Growth Online

Feinstein urges FAA to hire more controllers at LAX - Senator warns Obama's Transportation nominee that staffing problems pose an 'alarming risk' at the airport and a Southern California radar control facility
Los Angeles Times

Go Metro to Rose Parade and Game
Press Release:

Halfway Through Pilot Phase, Central City East DASH Lacking Riders

Hollywood & Western's TOD - A Neighborhood Betrayed

Inland Empire officials await stimulus details
San Bernardino Sun

In San Francisco, 'congestion pricing' is something they're sneezing at
The plan could charge motorists $3 to drive into downtown during peak commute hours and another $3 to leave. The reaction has ranged from lukewarm to downright hostile
Los Angeles Times

LA Streetsie Awards 2008

NYC’s Bus and Subway Fares May Rise to as Much as $3

Pain at the Pump, Suburban Blues and the Resurgence of Compact Growth

Phoenix-area Light Rail Glides on Valley Tracks and Into History
Mass Transit Magazine

Tow service offered for drunken New Year's revelers
Daily News

UTA 'tapping' into high-tech fare collection
Deseret News


Transportation Headlines for Monday December 29, 2008

$1 for 15 Minute Parking Meters?
KNX 1070 AM

Calif. Board Confirms State GHG Reduction Goal
EP Online

California to ban drivers' texting
Daily News

Californians Shape Up as Force on Environmental Policy
Washington Post

Catching Up With... The Downtown Streetcar

Editorial: The Gas Tax
New York Times

Expo Line Latest: More Talk of a Pedestrian Bridge

Fifty-Eight Years Ago: Hollywood Freeway Opens Through Downtown

Guide to Transportation Opportunities in Your Community
Smart Growth Online

High-speed rail optimistic about more funding
San Francisco Chronicle

Metrolink plans live video cameras to monitor train engineers - The onboard surveillance is intended to enforce safety rules. But the proposal draws criticism from employees and skepticism from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Los Angeles Times

Mexico City bikers preach pedal power in megacity
International Herald Tribune

Official files proposal for Expo Line crossings in South L.A. - The plan from a PUC member makes a pedestrian bridge across the tracks next to Dorsey High School more likely
Los Angeles Times

Opinion: Eisenhower's roads to prosperity - The story of how and why the country's interstate system was created holds lessons for today
Los Angeles Times

Parking Meter Increases Almost Done Citywide

Phoenix Launches its Startup Light Rail Line
FOX News

Senator raises concerns over 'antiquated' system
San Bernardino Sun

Tipping point: Transition from 605 to 10 source of several truck accidents
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Transit agencies look to Obama for more funds
San Francisco Chroncle

Valley should be creative to save money on bike path
Desert Sun

Win, Win, Win, Win, Win ...(Gas Tax)
New York Times

What Message Does Camera Surveillance of Metrolink Locomotive Crews Send?
California Progress Report

World’s 10 best commutes - Riding the rails in Osaka, Japan, or biking in Berlin rank high on the list