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Transportation Headlines for Saturday March 7, 2009

Bike Summit Weekend Kicks Off with Press Conference and Meetings

Chinatown Blossom Plaza project halted
Los Angeles Times

FasTrak To Begin New Toll System On I-15
10 News

Feeding the Dream: Bike Blvds in Los Angeles
Rearview Rider

Former bus driver new MTA chief in L.A. County
Los Angeles Times

Former Bus Driver to Head Metro
LA Downtown News

Google Maps 500% Greener Than Last Year (Google Transit)

Governments and public officials use Twitter too
Oh My Gov!

If You Want to Know Bike Laws, Don’t Ask the California Highway Patrol

Industry Leaders Converge In Washington -- APTA Legislative Conference Looks To The Future Of Public Transit
American Public Transportation Association

Interstate 215 carpool lanes project pushed
Press Enterprise

Mileage tax idea gains congressional support, raises privacy concerns
Sacramento Bee

Mixed Decisions on Expo Lightrail Crossings

New Metro Head for Los Angeles – Patt Morrison Interviews Art Leahy (Audio)
KPCC 89.3 FM

Public Transit Riders Save $8,500 Annually -- Economic Stimulus Law Also Provides Up To $230 in Transit Benefit per Month
American Public Transportation Association

The State of Transportation Funding
City of Ventura Transportation Engineering

Stimulus Bill Debated by California High-Speed Rail Authority
Government Technology

Traffic Down 30% in Cities: How?

Where do you find 7,622,234 square feet of graffiti?
Los Angeles Times/LA Now


Transportation Headlines for Friday March 6, 2009

Art Leahy Began Career as Bus Driver - Top Transit Official Picked to Head Metro in Los Angeles County

California legislators transfer millions in transit funds to cover budget deficit
Progressive Railroading

County Transportation Chief Resigns
Dana Point Times

Development Continues On Wilshire Blvd
Larchmont Chronicle

Expo Line Coming To Santa Monica
Santa Monica Mirror

Federal board criticizes train safety gaps
Press Enterprise

Former bus driver new MTA chief in L.A. County "Bus driving is a tough way to make a living," says Leahy. Art Leahy rose through the ranks before holding top jobs in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Orange County
Los Angeles Times

How States are Divvying Up the Transportation Money

Is N.Y. Times' 'Freaknomics' Falling in Love With L.A.?
L.A. Weekly

LA's Metropolitan Transportation Authority hires Leahy as chief executive
KPCC 89.3 FM

Los Angeles beats New York -- in traffic congestion
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Business Journal Recognizes Archstone Del Mar Station - Community Wins Outstanding Project Award for Unique Approach to Urban Living

Lynchburg area’s mass transit maps now a click away (Google Transit)

Meet the New Head of Public Transit in LA: Art Leahy

Metrolink jettisons 2 managers
Los Angeles Times

MTA's new CEO was once an L.A. bus driver
Daily News

MTA trots out its new CEO
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

New CEO of Metropolitan Transportation Authority Named

Obama veers from Bush's environmental course
USA Today

OCTA CEO and OCBC Board Member Art Leahy to Take Over Reigns at Metro

O.C. transportation chief leaving to take L.A. post - Art Leahy will head the nation's 3rd-largest transit agency
Orange County Register

Orange County's Leahy named to head MTA
Pasadena Star News

Port complex moves to stop loss of trade - INCENTIVES: With the first cargo decline in years, improvements and rebates are being promised
Press Telegram

Railroad shipping: Senate Judiciary Committee signs off on railroad antitrust legislation
Logistics Management

Santa Monica considering franchise system for taxis
Los Angeles Times

SCAG Refuses to Oppose NFL Stadium

Sprinter One Year Anniversary

Stadium fight crosses county lines
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Women’s Transportation Seminar

Streetfilms Rides with East Hollywood Art Cycle

Violations in Metrolink crash stir safety debate
San Francisco Chronicle


Transportation Headlines for Thursday March 5, 2009

Bike summit coming to L.A.
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Bike Summit Now a Four-Day Affair

Brace yourself: Full closure on 405 in Westside
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

County transit expects $200 million from stimulus - Agency eyes money for 2 freeway projects, says bus cuts might still be needed
Los Angeles Times

DC Metro eyes budget boost from advertising dollars
DC Examiner

Dear Mr. Mayor: Congrats, and here's your to-do list
Los Angeles Times

Federal inquiry finds rail oversight woefully inadequate
Los Angeles Times

Hate the 91? Extended toll lanes could ease traffic - Riverside County officials begin planning to add lanes
Orange County Register

How to Fix Transit Financing

Locomotive Cameras May Follow Metrolink Crash Probe

Locomotive Union: Put More Train Pros Onboard

Mayor's Budget Includes $1 Million for Broadway Streetscape

Metrolink crash exposes systemic problems in U.S. rail safety enforcement
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink hearing: Signal-calling rules could create safety problems
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Metrolink union opposes video cameras inside locomotives
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

MTA's new CEO gets a public debut Thursday
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

NTSB official questions national rail safety supervision
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

People Had to Die Before a Move on Cellphones, Official Laments
New York Times

Ray LaHood: Interview Excerpts
Wall Street Journal

Residents rally against Expo maintenance facility
Santa Monica Daily Press

Union Pacific official says new train braking system may not meet federal deadline
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Union recommends 2 workers in all train cabs

Unusual high-speed rail news release of the day
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Will O.C.'s transit chief leave for L.A.? Art Leahy of Orange County Transportation Authority has interviewed for lead Metro job and decision expected this week
Orange County Register


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday March 4, 2009

13 Dubai Metro station naming rights still available

$400 million project set to link carpool lanes in west Orange County
Press Enterprise

Amtrak May Cut Ticket Prices Again as Ridership Drops

Architectural Design Vision for LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal "Bradley West" Project and Midfield Concourse Project

Crews in L.A. Train Crash Were Messaging, Probe Finds

Engineer let local train buff run locomotive
Daily News

Examine better alternatives before funding bigger 405
Daily News

Fourth Bus Rapid Transit Conference
Transportation Research Board

FRA Research Results Reports by E-Mail
Transportation Research Board

LA Now: OCTA’s Art Leahy to Be Next Metro CEO

Los Angeles Transportation Facts and Fiction: Transit
New York Times/Freakonomics

Metrolink engineer let unauthorized 'rail enthusiasts' control train - Federal hearing on deadly Chatsworth crash reveals engineer had previously been reprimanded for on-duty cellphone use, and that he sent teen a text message saying 'ur gonna run the locomotive.'
Los Angeles Times

MTA board set to choose next chief poobah
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

New park-and-pay station in LA County

Obama, At DOT, Points To Road-Building Jobs

Obama, Biden Visit DOT
Washington Post

Protesting truckers seek safer work conditions
Press Telegram

Shared Use of Railroad Infrastructure with Noncompliant Public Transit Rail Vehicles: A Practitioner's Guide
Transportation Research Board

Stimulus Flows Into Patchwork of State Transport Projects
New York Times

Stimulus money hits the street

Teamsters seeking to organize port truckers
Los Angeles Times

Will Congress Help Pave The Way For A Vehicle Mileage Tax?
Cascadia Prospectus

WMATA removes NextBus public test


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday March 3, 2009

After 8 years, Caltrans pays contractor in full
Press Enterprise

ASCE shifts focus to passage of transportation act
Smart Brief

Bay Area toll agency protects road projects by buying state bonds
Contra Costa Times

Better Transportation Needs Better Cities

Bleak outlook for flights at Palmdale airport
Los Angeles Times

CTA bus-tracking site to add service-delay alerts
Chicago Breaking News

Declining Traffic: How Will It Affect U.S. Transportation?

Diesel fuel goes along with energy and economy's dive
Los Angeles Times

Feds to hold hearing on deadly Calif. train crash
Associated Press

Forecasted Sales Tax Revenues Flat For Next Three Decades
Pasadena Sub Rosa

Gleam's first big test: Expo
Santa Monica Daily Press

Gold Line rider feels effects of parking meter rate hike
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Gold Line: Pasadena’s Metro Rail
Pasadena’s Condo Blog

Google Map of NYC Crashes

IBM: Let’s Build a Smarter Planet With Congestion Pricing!

LA RAIL Crenshaw Corridor Map
Wikimedia Commons

Long Beach’s State Senator Lowenthal Takes on Parking Requirements

Metro Eastside Gold Line Pre-Opening Meetings Focus on Safety
Eastside Sun

Metro Opening D.C. Subway to Wireless Choice
Washington Post

NTSB takes testimony in deadly Metrolink train crash
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Obama gets behind intercity rail system
Buffalo News

Obama Nominee for DOT Under Secretary of Policy Called 'Outstanding Choice' by DOT Adviser

Oil kept LB port afloat in 2008
Press Telegram

Orange County, Calif., May Be Successful Model for Interoperable Communications Systems
Government Technology

Qantas Airbus A380 too big for Los Angeles airport
Daily Telegraph

Very Astute Critique of Highways by an Editor of The Weekly Standard