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Transportation Headlines for Thursday August 6, 2009

Distracted Driving the Top Reason That 35 Percent of Drivers Feel Less Safe than Five Years Ago
Transportation Research Board

EPA proposes rule to help control smog - The regulation, to be the focus of a hearing in L.A., would increase monitoring of nitrogen dioxide
Los Angeles Times

Good news about TAP cards, but …

High-speed rail in the United States: Back on track after 50 years of neglect
Guardian UK

LA-LB to Keep PierPass Rates
Journal of Commerce

L.A. County Sheriff’s Checking Bags at Union Station
LA Streetsblog

L.A. Metro installing turnstile fare gates
Metro Magazine

Metro, Neighborhoods, and Maintenance Yards
Travelin’ Local

Mineta Transportation Institute Publishes Study on Public vs. Private Mobility for Poor People as It Relates to Employment
Business Wire

Obama administration official says there is a gap in safety oversight of rail transit agencies
Star Tribune

On Numbers and High-Speed Rail
Transport Politic

Review of Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Security
Transportation Research Board

San Diego Selected as Target Market for Largest Transportation Electrification Project in U.S. History U.S. Department of Energy Chooses ECOtality's eTec to Implement Project
Live PR

Scenes from the Purple Line scoping meeting

Texting, other driving distractions to be topic of summit - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the September meeting will lead to 'concrete steps' to prevent accidents -- possibly education and awareness campaigns to reinforce legislative efforts
Los Angeles Times

Time for OCTA to Put the Brakes on Go Local
OC Progressive