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Transportation Headlines for Thursday September 3, 2009

18 firms vie to offer Wi-Fi on LIRR, Metro-North

Bill targets pungent riders of Honolulu's transit system
Honolulu Advertiser

Bus Riders Union gives failing grades to MTA
Los Angeles Wave

California high speed rail commission set to award contract to group with ties to Schwarzenegger - A $9-million public relations deal is set to go to a firm led by the governor's top political advisor and his former campaign manager. Ethical questions are being raised
Los Angeles Times

Calif. port holds hearings on more trains

DesertXpress train aiming for March construction start - Official says 10,500 construction jobs possible with $4 billion project
Las Vegas Sun

FTA Eliminates New Starts Rule that Gave Leg Up to Private Operators
Transport Politic

Minnesota's Northstar, Oregon's TriMet to launch new services
Progressive Railroading

New hope for hydrogen storage
The Transit Wire

New York Public Transit Data Summit and MTA Licensing Q&A
Station Stops

One year later: is Metrolink safer now? Lessons learned but still a long way to go
Ventura County Reporter

Open Letter to Antonio Villaraigosa

Port of Long Beach Seeks Zero-Emission Systems
Journal of Commerce

Riverside campaign to focus on train safety
Press Enterprise

Tourist's Quick Guide to seeing Los Angeles using Public Transit

Train to Nowhere
Riding in Riverside

Transportation Stimulus Supporting 76,000 Direct Jobs
Journal of Commerce

U.S. DOT to Stop Rewarding Transit Projects That Use Private Contracts