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Transportation Headlines for Saturday January 10, 2009

2008 Port Traffic Lowest in Four Years
Calculated Risk

California Changes The Definition Of A Motorcycle

DOT Asst Mgr Takes the Hit for Parking Meter Backlash – Apologizes

Editorial: Text Law Models Inefficiency
Los Angeles Downtown News

Executive Order: Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Transportation

Green leaders stimulated by Obama’s plan: enviros praise Obama’s stimulus package, but call for transit funding to be added
Grist Environmental News and Commentary

Green Line to LAX Delayed Up to 7 Years on Staff Report

LAPD Recommends Discontinuing Bike License Program
Streetsblog Los Angeles

Metro Library treasures on Flickr
Native Intelligence

Metrolink chief's job in jeopardy
Bottleneck Blog

Metrolink CEO Could Lose His Job

Muni chief rumored to be on Obama transit list
San Francisco Chronicle

No decision yet on Metrolink CEO’s possible ouster
Los Angeles Times

OC Readies Obama Wish Lists
Orange County Business Journal

President-Elect Addresses Transit – Sort of
The Transport Politic

Region: Highway 76 project to break ground - Residents urge Caltrans to move faster
North County Times

Regional Connector's Impact on Downtown Streets Detailed

Rethink Transit Time Line
Daily Breeze

Tom LaBonge Regrets Voting to Increase Parking Meter Hours

WiFi on the Go (Foothill Transit Silver Streak)


Transportation Headlines for Friday January 9, 2009

An Argument for Congestion Pricing

Cal Poly Pomona develops small transit system for mass use
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Cars with More Emissions Pay Bigger Parking Fees In Britain

Controller freezes payments on transportation projects
Capitol Weekly

DASH Accident Leaves Pedestrian Dead

Google Transit isn't about Google
Greater Washington

Is There Any Chance We'll Be Riding A Subway To The Sea Before We're Old and Grey?
Franklin Avenue

Key vote on subway project later this month
Bottleneck Blog

LA Mayor Wants Subway Construction Schedule Speeded Up
Riding My Train

LA Subway Timetable Off-the-Rails Crazy - Voters and local officials frustrated by projected delays at LA County MTA

Measure R and Beyond

Media Silent on Horrific Bus Crash Downtown

MTA board delays adopting long-range plan
Bottleneck Blog

Metro Explains Why Subway Will Take Forever

Metro Irritated; Facebooking Us Events We Cannot Attend

Metro: Whoops. Nevermind

MTA to delay hearing on long range plan
Pasadena Star News

Oberstar Calls for $85 Billion in Transport and Public Works
Outsourced Logistics

Omnitrans to consider fare increases
SB Now

Ready, set, Inland governments compiling lists of go projects
Press Enterprise

Study says college’s traffic demands can be mitigated
Palos Verdes Peninsula News

Supervisors Knew About Metrolink's Engineer's Use of Cell Phone at Work Prior to Crash
San Fernando Valley Sun

Survey finds drivers are hanging up cell phones
Daily Breeze

Tell Congress: Don’t Waste Money on Highway Expansion

Test drilling is ‘logical first step’
La Cañada Valley Sun


Transportation Headlines for Thursday January 8, 2009

City (Chicago) misses out on $153M - Fails to meet deadline for federal funds
Chicago Sun Times

CTA launches joint smart card program with car sharing company
Contactless News

Hell to the No (Metro Rail Extension)

iGov - How government, including transportation agencies, are opening up on the Web
The Atlantic

LA Westside Subway: Transit officials say it may take until 2032 to extend tracks 10 miles to Westwood
Bel Air Association

Lawyer: Train engineer regularly used cell phone
Associated Press

LAX extension delay brings howls
Daily Breeze

Levels of Government Using Bike Sharing
Commute by Bike

Measure R Highway Funds Ready to Roll. Transit Funds? Not So Much

Metro: Um… We’ll Get Back To You

Metrolink report urges safety guidelines - Agency needs to do more to monitor employees and keep board members informed, according to experts studying last year's fatal crash
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink safety report released
Bottleneck Blog

MTA to consider alternatives for Eastside Transit Corridor
Los Angeles Wave

New Chicago politics (Long Beach Airport privatization)
Press Telegram

New Metro Long Range Transportation Plan

Oberstar Anticpates Big Year for Transportation
Red Rock On Air

Official Takes Heat for Parking Meter Confusion

Oregon Ironworks builds first U.S.-built modern streetcar
Metro Magazine

Riverside transit hub closing, SB plans one
San Bernardino Sun

Solis a solid choice for labor
Pasadena Star News

Supervisors approve traffic-relief project - Synchronized lights will start in spring, costing more than $2 million
Whittier Daily News

Tax monies for Gold Line may be delayed
Pasadena Star New

Transport co. at fault in Metrolink crash?

Transportation officials seek federal funding
Press Enterprise

Wiki Wednesday: “Shovel-Ready” Pedestrian Safety Plans?


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday January 7, 2009

After Measure R, Los Angeles Transit Plans Advance… Slowly
Transport Politic

Attorneys in Metrolink crash promise 'explosive' new details
Bottleneck Blog

By the Time L.A.’s Subway Reaches the Sea, You Could be Dead

Cell-phone use by Metrolink engineer ignored, attorney says
Daily News

Company Knew About Metrolink Engineer's Cell Phone Habit

Gold Line Route Proposals Spit-Shined For Metro Board Approval
Eastside Sun

Go Metro, See Art

Governments Use Twitter for Emergency Alerts, Traffic Notices and More
Government Technology:

L.A. County Working on It’s Own Bike Master Plan

Long Beach puts airport privatization on agenda - The City Council is expected to discuss leasing some or all operations at the city-owned facility to private investors. The airport generates $28 million a year and is self-sustaining
Los Angeles Times

Metro Looking to Expand Gold Line Further than East LA

More Anger Directed to City over Higher Parking Meter Rates

MTA unveils new timelines for transit projects
Bottleneck Blog

No more Big Smoke: All London buses will be hybrid by 2012
Optimist Travel

Pricing formula at gas stations makes cents, but no sense
Los Angeles Times

Roads, rails up for billions in upgrades
Whittier Daily News

State drills to investigate 710 Freeway tunnel routes
Whittier Daily News

Subway to the Sea (err, 405) Could be Done in 5 Years, but...

'Subway to the Sea' timetable is too long for Villaraigosa - Transit officials overseeing Measure R say it may take until 2032 to extend tracks 10 miles to Westwood. An aide to the mayor says that is unacceptable
Los Angeles Times

Traffic-signal project has successfully eased traffic in Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo Life

What LA Will Look Like When Your Favorite Metro Project Opens

Why You’ll Love Paying for Roads That Used to Be Free
New York Times


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday January 6, 2009

710 tunnel soil sample drilling begins Tuesday
LA Now

Bond Tracking Tool Helps Citizens Follow Funding
Government Technology

California is in Desperate Need of a Gas Tax
California Progress Report

California Legislature's prospects look grim
Daily Breeze

Cargo jobs could drop further in 2009
San Bernardino Sun

Commission's Report To Urge "Transformation" In Surface Transportation Funding
Cascadia Prospectus

Device Helps Disabled Gain Independence - researchers develop technology to help people with disabilities travel independently using public transportation
Tampa Bay Online

Gasoline prices rise - The U.S. average climbs for the first time since Sept. 15. California sees its third straight weekly increase
Los Angeles Times

Latest Developments in Completing Mass Transit Projects to Be Discussed in January in Anaheim
International Business Times

Legality of proposed California tax plan in question
Sacramento Bee

Long Beach officials to consider privatizing airport
LA Now

Measure R Plan a Test for Villaraigosa

Metro Considers 4 Alternatives for Gold Line Extension

Omnitrans buys downtown SB land for transit center
Daily Bulletin

Online services take pain out of public transit plans
Mercury News

Save Public Transportation Operating Funds!
San Fernando Valley Transit Insider

Streets: Utilitarian Corridors or Livable Public Space
The Oil Drum

That old red magic
KCET – Where We Are

Trains ''Gaining Steam'' as Right Transportation Investment for Today
Smart Growth Online

Transit Agencies Still Seeking Gov’t Aid

What to Expect from Waxman

What's Under LaHood, Obama's Transportation Secretary Pick? Will Republican Ray LaHood be good for mass transit, plug-in hybrids and other clean vehicle technologies?
Daily Green

Will traffic still stink in 2009?
Bottleneck Blog


Transportation Headlines for Monday January 5, 2009

2009: The Year in Transit

Administration Posts Early Release of 2009-10 Budget Proposal
League of California Cities

Conflicts snarl Orange County tollway plans - Route rejected; agency balks at alternative
San Diego Union Tribune

FRA increases civil penalties
Metro Magazine

LaHood's tough road at Transportation - Republican chosen by Obama
Washington Times

L.A.'s 'Hail a Cab' experiment - Can Los Angeles, famous for driving and drivers, learn to love, and use, taxis?
Los Angeles Times

L.A., Orange County gas prices rise again
Daily News

LAX on the Web - Upgrading has been in progress for a year, incorporating many Web 2.0 techniques.
Government Technology TV
Link to Los Angeles World Airports Web site:

Let's Discuss the Late Night DASH

Machine gun on Metro - Teen allegedly carried assault weapon on Metrolink train
Santa Clarita Signal

My New Year's Transit Wish List for Los Angeles

New L.A. parking rules cause unrest in theater district
Los Angeles Times

Nickel-and-diming: New city parking meters empty pockets
Daily News

O.C. bus fare rises to $1.50- Fuel costs are cited as partly responsible for the 25-cent increase
Los Angeles Times

O’Connor Receives Inaugural County Award
Santa Monica Mirror

Oregon considers subbing mileage tax for gas tax
Los Angeles Times

Panel wants fuel taxes hiked to fund highways

Pitch for Mass Transit
New York Times

Rand: Best Congestion Strategies Are Price-Based

Reforming the Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee
Brayj Against the Machine

Sacramento Regional Transit Fares Going Up
FOX News

San Bernardino-Redlands passenger rail link could be running with decade
Press Enterprise

Saving Fuel Could Mean Higher Taxes - A drop in fuel consumption has made an increase in gas taxes seem inevitable

Schwarzenegger seeks more borrowing, new tax increase
Sacramento Bee

Some Hope for a Smoother Commute on LA’s Bumpy and Clogged Highways

U.S. gas tax needs hike, overhaul – commission