Transportation Headlines for Friday October 2, 2009

Addendum to Crenshaw Corridor scoping meeting

Diesel emissions down drastically at ports of L.A., Long Beach - The year-old program to replace old cargo trucks has made tremendous progress, with an 80% decline in emissions expected by the end of 2010 -- a year ahead of schedule
LA Times

Doug Failing leaving Caltrans for executive position at the MTA - He has been District 7 director since 2002, serving Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In a letter to staff, he said he is resigning because of financial reasons
LA Times

Doug Failing Resigns from Caltrans and Moves to Metro

Feds want $1 million back from Indio - Agency: City broke laws by not allowing for public input on interchange project
Desert Sun

Gold Line Testing Begins Sunday
Eastside Sun

Good Problem With Housing Near Transit: It’s Almost Too Popular

Has Metro Lost Its Train of Thought?

Heads Up! L.A. Triathlon to Bring Street Closures on Sunday (Plus Best Spots to Watch the Race)

LA’s Bike Plan: Lacks Vision, Teeth

L.A. County MTA Board support H.R. 2746 (Carnahan Bill)
Labor Community Strategy Center

LA, Long Beach Win EPA Grants
Journal of Commerce

L.A.'s Mass Transition - How the city will fix its traffic jam
The Big Money/Slate

Mayor Villaraigosa, labor unions celebrate arrival of Ansaldobreda
KPCC 89.3

NBC Universal releases retooled plan to add housing development to back lot - The studio tries to address concerns of neighbors and critics that emerged after the proposal was announced three years ago
LA Times

Port Festival To Showcase Green Initiatives, Technologies
Grunion Gazette

Public hearing on MTA’s Crenshaw Transit Corridor set for Tuesday, Oct. 6th
The Argonaut

So many rail agencies, so little service - Metrolink safety is a problem, but the deeper issue is Southern California's hodgepodge of agencies that do not coordinate with each other
LA Times

State court ruling could mean billions going back to transit
Mercury News
California Transit Association: Press Release

Stimulus Recipients Begin Sending Spending Data to OMB
Government Technology

This Weekend: The AltCar Expo in Santa Monica
LA Streetsblog

TOD Poised to Push Past the Recession
Metro Magazine

Transit Board Hears Route Debate
Grunion Gazette

Transportation secretary promises federal action against distracted driving - At a summit focusing on texting, cellphone use and other distractions while driving, Ray LaHood says strong laws and personal responsibility are needed to combat this 'menace to society
LA Times

Universal Studios to get $3 billion NBC makeover - PROJECT: Media giant to spend $100 million on transit as part of redevelopment
Daily News

Urban rail is a new engine for development - Richmond, B.C., makes the most of new Canada Line with 'mini-villages.' Will other cities follow the same track?
Globe and Mail