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Transportation Headlines for Saturday January 31, 2009

Angels Flight Closure Hits Eight Years - Operator Says Railway, Which Has Missed Multiple Reopening Goals, Will Return 'Very Soon'
Downtown News

Council President Garcetti Leads First Ride for Car-Free Fridays

Eastside Gold Line Transit Service Interface Proposal — Part 0: Preview

FTA Restores Executive Director Position; FTA Veteran Matthew Welbes Appointed
Passenger Transport

Improving Transit Efficiency The German Way

In wake of deadly accident, MTA makes safety fixes to help blind riders
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

L.A.'s Standard Hotel owner charged with chemical dumping - Pool workers poured large amounts of chlorine and acid down a rooftop drain, prosecutors say, causing a gas cloud in a nearby Metro station. Officials initially suspected terrorism
Los Angeles Times

LimeWire Creator Brings Open-Source Approach to Urban Planning

Meet the New Face of LA Streetcar, Inc

Metrolink to begin annual rail-grinding program
Press Enterprise

Norway or the Highway: Poo Powers Oslo Buses

Saugus Metrolink parking lot burglars still at large - Local commuters wary of using station facilities
Santa Clarita Signal

Stimulus on tap at Port of Long Beach
Press Telegram

S.V. memorial a place to reflect - Loss of 25 people devastating
Ventura County Star

Sweet 16

Top Trends Shaping Place

Working to Move Public Transit Forward
Passenger Transport


Transportation Headlines for Friday January 30, 2009

$5.28 Million Asked for Inaugural Transit - Extra Transportation Services 'Pushed the System to Its Limit,' Official Says
Washington Post

Alleged LA graffiti taggers tracked via Internet
Press Enterprise

Attorneys for victims in 2005 Glendale train crash fault engineer - They say the Metrolink engineer had enough time to apply emergency brakes after seeing an SUV parked on the tracks and prevent derailment in the crash that left 11 dead
Los Angeles Times

Attorneys: Metrolink driver was negligent - Engineer could have applied the emergency brakes earlier before 2005 crash, they allege
Burbank Leader

Bernard Parks steps down from MTA board
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Car Free Fridays!

City Planning to Use Old Parking Meters for Bike Parking

Dukakis to S.B.: ‘Get Cracking’ - Now Is Time to Push for Commuter Rail, Ex-Prez Candidate Says
Santa Barbara Independent

Eastside Bridge Saga Nears Conclusion - The four-decades-in-the-making city project is on schedule. Eastbound lanes now open, westbound lanes in early 2010
Eastside Sun

Engineer error cited in 2005 Metrolink crash
Daily News

Expo line ruling again postponed - The decision has been held over for ‘further review’ for the second month in a row
USC Daily Trojan

Funding guaranteed for Bay Area road projects
San Francisco Chronicle

LADOT Bikeways “Under New Management”

Loma Linda takes on tasks of researching train station proposal
Press Enterprise

More Cities Want Ticket On Gold Line Extension
Eastside Sun

No PUC decision on Expo Line street crossings today
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Old and ‘Punitive’ Bike License Law Repealed

Pedal to work with a City Council President
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

RTA transit center in downtown Riverside might stay put
Press Enterprise

Sharing space on the subway - Trying to make everybody happy with more room for bikes
Daily News

Site selected for Metrolink memorial - Community suggests southeast corner of Simi Valley station for plaque
Ventura County Star

Thinking Big: What About an Interstate Rail System?

William W. Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on Passage of House Economic Recovery Bill
American Public Transportation Association

Will the economic recovery bill do anything for local transit?
Los Angeles Times/LA Now


Transportation Headlines for Thursday January 29, 2009

$819 Billion Stimulus Passes in House
CQ Politics

7 alleged members of L.A. tagging crew arrested - Authorities say the Metro Transit Assassins created the city's largest tag
Los Angeles Times

AC Transit signals 25-cent fare hike
Contra Costa Times

Bike Plan Targets Shore-Downtown Route
Grunion Gazette

California's EPA waiver - With a push from Obama, the state's effort to regulate greenhouse gases may finally bear fruit
Los Angeles Times

Can traffic jam job growth?
Daily Pilot

Clean air act: Feds finally get out of state's way
Daily News

Engineers: U.S. infrastructure a 'D' - American Society of Civil Engineers says under-funding has caused the nation's infrastructure to crumble - and stimulus won't do enough

Expo Phase II Environmental Documents Now Online

Free parking for some hybrids may be coming to an end in L.A.
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

Future of Dodger Trolley uncertain
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

High-Speed Trains Return to U.S. Fast Track

Jobs and Pocketbooks Threatened as Transit Agencies Face Cutting Jobs and Service, Raising Fares
Transportation for America

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board Authorizes Negotiation of Contract Modifications of up to $4.5 Million for Iteris' Services for the Metro Orange Line Extension
Trading Markets

Man Dies After Falling Onto Metro Blue Line Tracks

Man killed by train near Carson after falling onto tracks
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

March could screw up downtown traffic Thursday afternoon
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

Officials say existing right-of-way best serves Expo Line to Santa Monica
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

Parents want safer crossing - Rally is planned for Saturday to bring some new safety measures to six-way intersection in city
Burbank Leader

Rail lines, bus systems show security shortfalls
USA Today

Sexy Video of Gold Line Train Towing
Curbed LA

Soil sampling for 710 Freeway riles up South Pasadena

Stimulus would bring welcome relief to California
Los Angeles Times

Transit TV and Its Importance to Marketing Books

Transportation Commission Asks One More Year for Hail-a-Taxi to Take

US roads, water and basic systems earn 'D' grade
Miami Herald

What Can We Learn About Transportation From Beyond Our Borders?
National Journal


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday January 28, 2009

America's Top Five Transportation Headaches - and Their Remedies
Transportation Research Board

City to ask state for traffic upgrade funds
Ventura County Star

County revenue declines impacting ARTS bus contract
Pasadena Star News

DOT GM Robinson: “Time for Great Opportunity”

Even as Gas Prices Fall, More People Are Turning to Transit

Fare Increase is UnFair
Riding in Riverside Blog

James Oberstar and Larry Summers Engaged in a Shouting Match?
Transport Politic

Loma Linda to discuss Amtrak station
Redlands Daily Facts

Metro Proposes More Changes to Bus Routes and Schedules

MTA Moved Subway to the Sea Forward
Santa Monica Daily Press

New Metro Gold Line Train Hits Eastside Tracks

One step closer to a Wilshire Subway
Be a Green Commuter

Opinionated Q&A: MTA and its sales tax proceeds
Daily News

Orange Line Bike Path Turning into Mini Skid Row

Public comment period on LAX plans extended
Daily Breeze

Reinventing Los Angeles: Easing Sprawl, Growth, and Gridlock

Residents can voice concerns about Metrolink extension next month
Press Enterprise

RTA proposes bus service reductions, fare increases
Press Enterprise

Subway to the Sea study approved, moves onto environmental review
LA Subway Blog

Toll Roads Are Paved With Bad Intentions
Wall Street Journal

Trains (kind of) get rolling on Gold Line to Eastside
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now

U.S. Infrastructure Is in Dire Straits, Report Says
New York Times


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday January 27, 2009

1% of Stimulus for Public Transit = Disappointment #1?
Mobilizing the Region

Are more green lights coming to L.A. County?
Los Angeles Times/L.A.Now Blog

BNSF research pushes safety, efficiency
Business Press

California Transit Agencies Need Stimulus Too

Call to Action: Win Back Stimulus Funding for Transit Service

City Council puts bike license program on hold
Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now Blog

Commercial operations to close at Palmdale Regional Airport
Los Angeles Times

Expo line approval: A license to kill?
Daily News

L.A. port's clean-truck program running on empty
Los Angeles Time

La Habra Heights City Council opposes Harbor Boulevard widening
Whittier Daily News

Mass transit dilemma: Ridership up, funds down -ridership on public transit in Los Angeles spiked last summer. But tough choices lay ahead for the MTA, as the state budget crises may reduce or eliminate subsidies
Los Angeles Times

Mexico delays development process for Punta Colonet
Journal of Commerce

New SpeedInfo Sensors Installed on Highway 101 Extends Real-Time Traveler Information from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

Rail group seeks track to stimulus funds
The Hill

San Jose may get hybrid bus maker
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Santa Clarita Celebrating Progress On Cross Valley Connector
KHTS 1220 AM

Simi bike plan slated for vote - Public hearing first before council deliberates
Ventura County Star

Take the Last Train to SCAGsville
Sierra Madre Tattler

Transit Cuts: Coming soon to a system near you?
Transportation for America

Where's that train or bus? Help is just a few clicks away!
NY Examiner