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Transportation Headlines for Saturday May 30, 2009

91 Eastbound Land Addition
Inland News Today

Art Center College of Design Panel: Sustainable Mobility Opportunities Abound In L.A.
The Planning Report

Art Leahy, New Metro CEO, Takes Leadership of L.A. Transit Authority, Measure R Process
The Planning Report

Bus riders at the back of the stimulus bus

California High Speed Rail Competes for Federal Stimulus; Benefits from State Bond Approval
The Planning Report

City Releases Draft Maps for Bicycle Plan

City Starts to Release Bike Plan
LA StreetsBlog

Council to debate 710 Tunnel
La Crescenta Valley Sun

Court clears way for Long Beach Airport terminal expansion
Los Angeles Times

Deeper budget cuts hit schools and California's neediest - New reductions would affect classrooms, transit, state workers and a broad array of services for residents
Los Angeles Times

Feds approve $68 million to help ease terrible traffic bottleneck - Widening will alleviate congestion on one of California's worst bottlenecks
OC Register

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Appointments (High Speed Rail Authority)
Office of the Governor

Green L.A. Transportation
LA StreetsBlog

High prices at pump to climb further - Gallon of gas may top $3 mid-summer, experts say
San Diego Union Tribune

High-speed rail could run from Oregon to B.C. - High-speed rail could carry trains between Oregon and Vancouver, B.C., thanks to federal stimulus money
Herald Net

Long Beach Museum Express Bus Seems Pretty Magic
OC Weekly

Metro’s Leahy, Katz Grapple with SB 375-RTAC’s Process for Setting CARB’s VMT, Emission Targets
The Planning Report

MTA adopts $3.9-billion budget
Los Angeles Times

MTS passes budget with a warning
Sand Diego Union Tribune

Muralist Frank Romero sues Caltrans for painting over freeway work
Los Angeles Times

New high-rise opens in Koreatown
ABC News

NTSB to expand accident report accessibility
Metro Magazine

Review of Yesterday’s FRA Meeting in Sacramento
California High Speed Rail Blog

Spain, Trains and Money Drains

State motorists drove less at start of year
Sacramento Bee

Train yard manager keeps things moving
Press Enterprise

Tunnel opposition premature, officials say - Wait for a report on the possible negative impacts before making a decision, they say
Glendale News Press

Voice of the San Gabriel Valley: Week 2
I Will Ride

Women's seminar launches foundationMetro Magazine


Transportation Headlines for Friday May 29, 2009

Amtrak’s unfortunate trip planner

Caltrans Plans Weekend Freeway Closure
KHTS AM 1220

China to Impose Stricter Gas Mileage Rules Than U.S.

County approves funding for paratransit shuttle
The Argonaut

Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger now a goat to local officials
Sacramento Bee

Flashback: Obama Once Led Push for ‘Complete Streets’
LA StreetsBlog

Gold Line to get $10 million
Whittier Daily News

Hydrogen Road Rally Hits the West Coast
Daily Green

Infrastructure 2009: Transit and Development in Secondary Markets
ULI GroundFloor

Insider’s Look at the Paris Velib Bikeshare Program
Bike Commuters

LACMTA approves FY2010 budget
Progressive Railroading

Metro Continues Rail Car Talks, Leaving Open Option for Downtown Manufacturing Plant

Metro Sort of Passes Budget, Punts on Ansaldo Breda, Insults Public
LA StreetsBlog

Metro vs. Cyclists

MTA grants Italian rail car builder more time in contract negotiations
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

MTA grants new extension to rail-car manufacturer
Daily News

MTA spending plan expands by $500 million with federal stimulus cash
Daily News

MTA will continue to study South Bay rail extension
Daily Breeze

“Pedaling Revolution” Author Hosts Two Free Events in L.A. on Saturday
LA StreetsBlog

Santa Monica to be Presented with Bicycle Friendly Award May 29th

Some sobering stats on texting while driving - Column: This dangerous practice needs to be made illegal, as well as 'uncool.'
CS Monitor
Press Release on study:

South Bay gas prices zooming up
Daily Breeze

Tunnel proposal comes under fire - Some residents say freeway link would burden city. Others spoke in support of the proposal
Glendale News Press

Two decades-old problems, two approaches
La Cañada Valley Sun

We Need a Complete Solution to Climate Change
LA StreetsBlog


Transportation Headlines for Thursday May 28, 2009

Achieving the Vision: Intercity Passenger Rail
Transportation Research Board

As Contract Vote Nears, Rail Firm Pushes Its Leverage

BART Fiscal mess blamed on contracts
SF Examiner

Bipartisan Policy Ctr’s Nat’l Transportation Policy Project Releases Reform Plan
ATU News

California's problem is spending? That's a myth
Los Angeles Times

Can America be America without sprawl?
All About Cities

Chief urges MTA to decline Italian firm's $300 million contract options
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

City Council Wants to Get Cyclists More Involved with Bike Planning
LA StreetsBlog

Courtesy-Minded DC Metro Stands Up for Riders Who Shouldn't Have To
Washington Post

Dallas, Fort Worth exploring PPP for rail expansion
Metro Magazine

DC Metro Posting Signs For 'Next Bus' Return
Washington Post

Economists say recession to end in third quarter
Whittier Daily News

Emergency Response and Street Design
Transportation Research Board

Federal Officials to Hear California's Plan for High-Speed Train and Conventional Rail Integration

Federal Transit Administration: Progress and Challenges in Implementing and Evaluating the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program
Transportation Research Board

FTA Low-Speed Urban Maglev Research Program - Lessons Learned
Transportation Research Board

High-speed rail along the West Coast is a 'no-brainer' - Vancouver mayor complains about backups at the border
Seattle Post Intelligencer

Infrastructure Bank Plan Gaining Attention And Momentum

L.A. council approves $7.01 billion budget
Daily Breeze

LADOT to Cyclists "There's no more room for cyclists!"

Metro Debates FY10 Budget, Including Measure R
LA StreetsBlog

Metrolink approves lower-than-expected fare hike
Progressive Railroading

Metrolink might hire its own crews in wake of deadly crash - The commuter rail agency has contracted out most of its operations since being created. But the Chatsworth collision that killed 25 last September has prompted some rethinking
Los Angeles Times

Michael Dukakis: Obama Needs To Revive Train Manufacturing Industry
The Infrastructurist

More Drama: LA Marathon Now A Fist Fight

MTA begins using tether straps on buses
ABC News

Out of Time

Rail car bid in doubt, firm makes new offer - AnsaldoBreda is hoping to land a $300-million contract, but the MTA chief recommends seeking bids from other firms, based on its performance on an earlier contract
Los Angeles Times

Rogoff receives Senate approval to head FTA
Metro Magazine

Schwarzenegger promotes hydrogen fuel in L.A.
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Standardizing Transit Funding - Transit capital projects should receive federal funds proportional to their merit
Transport Politic

State wants Feds to back its loans
Daily Breeze

Top 10 Free Web Applications for Planning


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday May 27, 2009

710 Extension: Must Tunnel

Blue Line Train & Car Collide Near Downtown

Burbank Plans Intermodal Transit Center
Aviation News Today

California gas prices rise 11.3 cents
Los Angeles Times

California Senate weighs in on bandit taxis, 710 extension - Senators approve a $1,250 penalty for unlicensed taxis -- a particular problem in Los Angeles -- and a bill stipulating that any 710 Freeway extension consist of a tunnel
Los Angeles Times

CARB To Release $90 Million For Freight Emissions Projects
Cunningham Report

Caught on tape: Wheelchair woes on MTA

Do New Demographics Require New Approaches?
National Journal Transportation Blog

Equity issues in Transportation Financing and Transportation Libraries in the Digital Age: Essential Resources
TR News, March/April Issue

Goldberg: Highest Priority; Game Changers

iMove: A real-time Google Maps implementation for Vancouver traffic
GPS Obsessed

Inland goods movement issue at a crossroads
Press Enterprise

Lawmakers: 710 Freeway extension must be underground
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Long Beach Port Will Furlough Workers
Journal of Commerce

Lose the Traffic. Keep That Times Square Grit
New York Times

Metro Blue Line train hits car
Los Angeles Times/LA Now

Metro Gold Line Rail Safety (Video)
Metro Library YouTube Channel

Museum Express Bus starts June 2
Seal Beach Daily

NYC Transit App for BlackBerry - see schedules offline
Blackberry Cool

Obama’s Transportation Secretary Says He Wants to ‘Coerce People Out of Their Cars’
CNS News

Orange line was a missed opportunity for light rail
Daily News

Poll: Economists Say Recession Likely To End In '09

Proven Business Strategy that will Save LA from Bankruptcy: Partnership with the Customers

Schwarzenegger says drastic budget cuts are 'the message of the people' - 'The voters sent a very clear message to Sacramento: Live within your means, cut spending, slash the size of government, get rid of the waste and the inefficiency and don't raise taxes,'
Los Angeles Times

Stimulus Money: Little spent so far
American Public Works Association

Transportation Districts Charting New Course to Stretch Shrinking Budgets
Public CEO

Washington friendliest state for bikes
Seattle Post Intelligencer

Wheelchairs on buses not always secured
ABC News


Transportation Headlines for Sunday May 24, 2009

Dan Walters: Constitutional convention may be Cailfornia's only hope
Sacramento Bee

L.A. THEN AND NOW - Business still booming for an old railway restaurant
Los Angeles Times

L.A. River Causes Bad Grades Along Coast
Grunion Gazette

Metro Gold Line Eastside Light Rail Extension Safety (video)
YouTube/Metro Library

Omni to Straphangers: No Barbecue for You!
Riding in Riverside

Rail Company Could Come to Manufacturing Site
LA Downtown News

Rating R - Experts Find That $40 Billion Transit Tax May Not Pay for All They Hoped
LA Downtown News

REGION: SANDAG adopts $1 billion budget - $73.4 million set aside for Highway 76 widening
North County Times/Californian

Slicing up California's budget pie - Leaders in the fields of education, health and human services, and corrections explain how they would make necessary, but painful, cuts
Los Angeles Times

State in search of a leader - Eli Broad and Peter Ueberroth know it's true: California has no one taking charge
Los Angeles Times

State policies work against good fiscal management - Five recommendations could help, including updating the tax structure, ending the two-thirds majority rule, reigning in initiatives, building a serious rainy day fund and getting real oversight
Los Angeles Times

Supply up, demand down, but oil prices rise - Recessions usually bring cheap oil and gasoline. But not now. And that has analysts worried that another fuel-price spike could be on the way
San Francisco Chronicle

Orphan Road