Transportation Headlines for Friday September 4, 2009

Big Blue Bus uses more buses to accommodate back-to-school passengers
The Argonaut

Bus Riders Union gives failing grades to MTA
Los Angeles Independent

California bill advances to take 710 extension underground

California Edges Ahead In High-Speed-Train 'Race'

California rail PR deal delayed; firm with political ties in line
Sacramento Bee

Feds Still Forcing Transit Agencies to Bow to Private Charter Buses
LA Streetsblog

Gridlock and Growth: The Effect of Traffic Congestion on Regional Economic Performance
Reason Foundation

High-Speed Rail board delays P.R. contract decision
Capitol Alert

High-Speed Rail Skeptic Outlines Position

Higher Gas Tax, Road Mileage Charges Remain An Option -DOT Secretary

Inland Valley cities anticipate extension of Gold Line light rail to area
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

L.A. has worst traffic congestion in U.S.

LaHood: Mileage Charge, P3s, Expanded Tolling All Possible
Cascadia Prospectus

LA residents feel commuter pain the most

LAX ranked among nation’s best for on-time arrivals
The Argonaut

London Seeks to Reduce Congestion by Eliminating Traffic Lights
New York Times

Massive widening of I-215 gets green light
Press Enterprise

More People, Less Driving: The Imperative of Curbing Sprawl
LA Streetsblog

Neighbors complain of traffic near SMC
Santa Monica Daily Press

New Study on the Benefits of Density

Santa Monica City Council to consider new configuration for Exposition Light Rail facility
The Argonaut

Sepulveda Blvd. project to continue through September
The Argonaut

We’re Metro
Metro Interactive

Wilshire Bus-Only Lane Needs Full Environmental Review After All
LA Streetsblog


Transportation Headlines for Thursday September 3, 2009

18 firms vie to offer Wi-Fi on LIRR, Metro-North

Bill targets pungent riders of Honolulu's transit system
Honolulu Advertiser

Bus Riders Union gives failing grades to MTA
Los Angeles Wave

California high speed rail commission set to award contract to group with ties to Schwarzenegger - A $9-million public relations deal is set to go to a firm led by the governor's top political advisor and his former campaign manager. Ethical questions are being raised
Los Angeles Times

Calif. port holds hearings on more trains

DesertXpress train aiming for March construction start - Official says 10,500 construction jobs possible with $4 billion project
Las Vegas Sun

FTA Eliminates New Starts Rule that Gave Leg Up to Private Operators
Transport Politic

Minnesota's Northstar, Oregon's TriMet to launch new services
Progressive Railroading

New hope for hydrogen storage
The Transit Wire

New York Public Transit Data Summit and MTA Licensing Q&A
Station Stops

One year later: is Metrolink safer now? Lessons learned but still a long way to go
Ventura County Reporter

Open Letter to Antonio Villaraigosa

Port of Long Beach Seeks Zero-Emission Systems
Journal of Commerce

Riverside campaign to focus on train safety
Press Enterprise

Tourist's Quick Guide to seeing Los Angeles using Public Transit

Train to Nowhere
Riding in Riverside

Transportation Stimulus Supporting 76,000 Direct Jobs
Journal of Commerce

U.S. DOT to Stop Rewarding Transit Projects That Use Private Contracts


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday September 2, 2009

AC Transit to hold meetings on service cuts
San Francisco Chronicle

Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to oust transportation commission appointee
Los Angeles Times

Artists to create designs for bus project
San Bernardino Sun

California Wins Second in 'Best of the Web' National Competition for State Governments

Desert Xpress: March Ground-Breaking?
Curbed LA

DOE awards $300 million for clean fuel, infrastructure development
Ethanol Producer Magazine

Gridlock in the U.S. Hits Bottom According to INRIX National Traffic Scorecard

High Speed Rail 2009
US High Speed Rail Association

How to kill time you don’t have: Drive in L.A., still #1 in traffic congestion
GreenLA Girl

How to waste time: Drive in L.A. - Los Angeles gets top honors as the most congested metropolitan area – again
Mother Nature Network

LA's Buses Would Be a Lot Less Crowded...
Curbed LA

LADOT P.S.A. – Same Crash, Different Perspective
LA Streetsblog

L.A. works toward a revitalized, walkable Crenshaw
Los Angeles Times

Many local residents change their transportation habits
Fontana Herald

Metro Struggles with Connectivity

New Poll: Public Supports Congestion Tolling Over Gas Tax Hike by 2 to 1

No Free Fix for Funding U.S. Transportation

OCTA Service Changes Starting September 13, 2009
Pacific Progressive

Real-Time Arrival Information: It Really Pays Off
Seattle Transit Blog

Rita Robinson’s Twitter Page
LA Streetsblog

Take a Zeppelin Tour this Labor Day Weekend

Torrance transit center proposal ready to roll
Daily Breeze

Will The United States Ever Get The High-Speed Rail Network Of Its Dreams?

World's largest Zeppelin returns to Long Beach


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday September 1, 2009

Air quality at hazardous levels in foothill cities
Los Angeles Times

Ask Curbed: Buying on the Purple Line
Curbed LA

Crenshaw Line Meeting: Sort of An Update
Curbed LA

DesertXpress train aiming for March construction start - Official says 10,500 construction jobs possible with $4 billion project
Las Vegas Sun

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff: America’s Transit Systems Are On Track with Recovery Investments
USDOT Fastlane

Flying Pigeon LA peddles bike culture north of downtown - Brothers Adam and Josef Bray-Ali host monthly tours -- with dim sum or art the destination -- to introduce their shop's Chinese bicycles and also to cultivate a vision of a different Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times

Forget Pork. When It Comes to Transportation Spending, Think Sugar - What's wrong with U.S. transportation policy, and how to get it right.
Daily Green

Golden Moment on the Gold Line
Los Angeles Cycle Chic

Governors Highway Safety Assoc. backs texting ban

Gridlock in the U.S. Hits Bottom According to INRIX National Traffic Scorecard --Study shows increases in travel time in first half of 2009 due to stabilizing economy, stimulus-funded road construction and low fuel prices

LA & Sydney: Visions Lost & Found
Soapbox LA

LADOT Wins Emmy for Powerful “Watch the Road” P.S.A.
LA Streetsblog

LB Transit proposal draws fire - Service would be added in, around CSULB
Daily 49er

Long Beach Transit seeks comments on service changes
Everything Long Beach

Militant Takes On Metro's Turn To A New Style
Militant Angeleno

NPR’s All Things Considered considers HSR in a series this week
Trains for America

One bridge set to open, one to close - Link to Hollywood Way and Alameda Avenue will open Sept. 8, while Pass Avenue bridge will close the following day
Burbank Leader

Ride Report: Santa Clarita Transit Line 757

Sacramento Regional Transit fares increase
Business Journal

Santa Monicans React to Controversy Over Narrowed Ocean Park Blvd
LA Streetsblog

Smart Growth America Chief: High-Speed Rail Grants Are Down Payment for America's Future
Smart Growth Online

States Make Pitches For High-Speed-Rail Money

Subway To Sea (Through WeHo) Making Progress
WeHo News

Torrance transit center proposal ready to roll
Daily Breeze

Transit agency urged to keep bus service in county's core - Anaheim mayor wants to protect most-traveled routes and cut less-used service
Orange County Register

Transit TV Network Returns to L.A. Market

U.S. DOT creates new bond fee reimbursement program - DOT’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization to Create New Bond Fee Reimbursement Program
Hawaii 24/7

U.S. High Speed Rail Projects

Video Highlights Danger Of Texting While Driving

What Kennedy’s Loss Could Mean for Transport Policy
LA Streetsblog


Transportation Headlines for Monday August 31, 2009

Architecture review: Anaheim's rail hub
Los Angeles Times

Board Chair’s Perspective: Talking with CTA’s Carole Brown
Passenger Transport

Bus Rider’s Union: Metro Bus Service Barely Passes
LA Streetsblog

Caltrans set for round two of bridge, street closures
Burbank Leader

Census profiles for Purple Line MOS-2 stations

City, Bike Coalition, Moving on Sharrows
LA Streetsblog

Cityride Program to Use Electronic Fare Cards
Beverly Press (page 6)

Clean Energy Opens World’s Largest LNG/CNG Truck Fueling Station At Long Beach/Los Angeles Ports Complex to Support Clean Air Goals
PR Inside

Daily Dig - High Speed Rail Edition
The Infrastructurist

Dispatch from Down Under – Brisbane Bikeways
Soapbox LA

Drunk motorist blocks Gold Line tracks in South Pasadena
Los Angeles Times

Hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms

It's Politics: Activism helps kill light-rail proposal for Greenway Trail
Whittier Daily News

Lake Forest man takes charge of OCTA's finances - Ken Phipps is named director of finance and administration
Orange County Register

Mercedes-Benz Makes a Small Bet on Hydrogen

Metrolink reverses course on running its own train crews, opens talks with Amtrak
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink will replace train operator Connex
Ventura County Star

Monterey Park gets Gold Line extension
Whittier Daily News

MTA gets low marks for bus service in survey - The Bus Riders Union says riders gave the agency a D in overall service, a finding that conflicts with the results of the MTA's survey in June
Los Angeles Times

On the Waterbus
LA Weekly

Pedestrian undercrossing unveiled at Orange Depot - Walkway is the first in series of improvements at historic train station
Orange County Register

Public Transit vs. Cars? Mineta Institute Examines Trends
Passenger Transport

Riverside renews request for money to offset possible increase in train traffic
Press Enterprise

Sanbag gets $10 million for green truck project
San Bernardino Sun

Soil Sampling Completed for Subway to the Sea - Officials Call for Project to be Built in 10 Years
Beverly Press (pages 1 & 20)

Speeding toward Expo Line's proposed maintenance yard
Santa Monica Daily Press

Stimulus Math: Following the Money Isn’t Easy
New American Media

Stimulus road projects slow going, but proceeding as planned
Press Enterprise

Transit and taking back the street
Pushing Buses

U.S. DOT Summit Scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in DC
Passenger Transport

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