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Transportation Headlines for Friday April 3, 2009

Agency approves stimulus funds for 215 Freeway project
Inland Empire News

Angry Residents Pack Olympic-Pico Meetings

“Are We There Yet?” - AASHTO launches national campaign to build awareness and provide information on the critical needs of our nation’s transportation system
Transport Gooru

California high-speed rail project timeline
Mercury News

City Hall looks for different rail yard locations
Santa Monica Daily Press

Clean Energy Backs Natural Gas Vehicle Legislation
Environmental Leader

Coast Guard Gets It: Goes Web 2.0 to Serve the Public

Congresswoman Harman honored as Port Person of the Year by AAPA
The Argonaut

Crossroad Blues
Freakonomics/New York Times

Even the Girl Scouts Warned Caltrans About the Dangers

Expo Board Backs Route Down Right of Way and Colorado

Fairfax Residents Still Don’t Like LADOT’s Plans for Pico-Olympic

Girl Scout warned of road safety issues in La Canada
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Google Maps now has transit directions for Charlotte

Growth plans for LB Port go to public
Press Telegram

LA/LB to Begin Disbursing Clean-Trucks Fees
Journal of Commerce

LA MTA Ratings Raised

LAPD Pedestrian Sting Ends with Hundreds of Ticketed Drivers in Northridge

Long Beach port expansion moves closer to passage - The final environmental impact report for the $750-million project is set for release today. Port officials expect it to be approved despite opposition from environmentalists
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Named in Top 5 of Least Wasteful Cities

Metro Deploys ‘Safety Ambassadors’ to Eastside
Eastside Sun

Metrolink considering fare hikes up to 5.5%
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Metrolink Fares Could Be on the Rise

More Federal Economic Stimulus Funding Allocated For Transportation Projects

MTA approves Ridley-Thomas local hiring program proposal
The Argonaut

Ontario International Airport considering furloughs
Press Enterprise

On the Road Again - Pump Prices Revive Appeal of Natural Gas on Capitol Hill and in Detroit
Washington Post

Pain on LA’s Deathwalks Turns Epidemic

Palmdale City Council moves to develop shuttered airport - The panel OKs creation of an agency to restore passenger service at Palmdale Regional. United canceled flights to San Francisco in December. Los Angeles World Airports shut the facility in February
Los Angeles Times

Public weighs in on MTA's alternatives for regional connector line

Ready to try public-private partnerships yet? With state transportation agencies too strapped to fix bridges and roads, and union pension funds looking for investments, the P3 idea is spreading. Maybe even to a wary West Coast?

Reductions in Transportation Funding
City of Ventura Transportation Engineering

SANBAG agrees to create local transportation stimulus fund
Desert Dispatch

Santa Monica Freeway Cap Parks Confusion Cleared

Santa Monica’s Stewart Park residents, gallery owners hope to derail MTA’s proposed facility
The Argonaut

Smarter planning needed to upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure
Redlands Daily Facts

We Drive Nissan's Electric Car, and It's Sweet

Citizen’s Campaign to Fix Expo

Larchmont Chronicle

What Can We Learn from Oregon’s Mileage Tax Experiment?