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Transportation Headlines for Thursday September 24, 2009

Assemblyman Eng Urges Governor To Sign 710 Freeway Bill
California Business

BNSF Says California's Application for Stimulus Funds Will Help Improve the State's Freight Mobility and Economy

California to Ask for $4.5 Billion in High Speed Rail Stimulus Funds

Caltrans Awards $8.7 Million for Statewide Planning Grants to Improve Transportation in Local Communities

Charging-station network built along 101
San Francisco Chronicle

City bailout loan OK'd for South Lake Union streetcar
Seattle Times

DOT has taken steps--commits to more--toward helping solve energy challenges
USDOT Fastlane

Finally, a good reason to take the bus: BMW street furniture

FLASHBACK – LA Doesn’t Need Rapid Transit, So Says Paul Lynde
Hidden Los Angeles

Homeland Security Advisory System Increased to Orange for Mass Transit and Passenger Rail
Public Intelligence

House Passes 3-month Transportation Funding Extension----Action Moves to the Senate

Interfacing with the State and Local levels on transportation funding

Law Makers Huddle To Encourage Governor To Sign A Bill to kill a surface-road extension for the 710 Freeway

Long Beach, L.A. ports get grants to fight terrorism
Press Telegram

MTA chief urges new bids to build, refurbish rail cars
Los Angeles Times

MTA fare system runs into roadblocks - Amid delays and rising costs, streamlined pass program lacks oversight and a clear deadline, audit finds
Los Angeles Times

NTSB urges transit systems to address 'safety glitches'
USA Today

OCTA reveals March 2010 doomsday scenarios

OCTA unveils redesigned Website
Metro Magazine

Pasadena, South Pasadena back bill to eliminate 710 surface route
Pasadena Star News

Review of Mobility 21 Conference
LA Streetsblog

SCAG Boss Hasan Ikhrata Confesses To Sierra Madre City Council That He Runs A Rubberstamp Operation
Sierra Madre Tattler

Sierra Madre Won’t Pay SCAG Membership Dues
Sierra Madre Weekly

State to seek half of all federal stimulus money for high-speed rail
Press Enterprise

Think Tank Offers Six (6) Compelling Reasons To Avoid The Car-Free Lifestyle!

Topanga Canyon Speedway

Transportation Committee Terminates LADOT Taxi Study Contract
LA Streetsblog

Transportation Planning and Funding Under California Sustainable Communities Bill SB 375
Sunroom Desk

Transportation summit: Mobility 21
KPCC 89.3

Tunnel Connecting the 710 to the 210 Awaits Gov’s Signature - The bill has the backing of all the cities through which the long-stalled route would pass
NBC News

USA Today article cites new data showing drop in auto commuting
Transportation For America

Value of Research – Telling the R & T Story
Federal Highway Administration

What’s Up With MagLev? 6 Current Proposals To Build Floating Trains
The Infrastructurist

Why Californians are paying even more for gas
San Francisco Chronicle

Will California crack down on rail-yard pollution?
Los Angeles Times

Wilshire Bus Only Lanes: The Above-Ground Subway to the Sea
LA Subway Blog

Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Moves Forward with Environmental Impact Report
Labor Community Strategy Center

Wooing Women to Transportation Planning


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday September 23, 2009

Alerts across USA intensify in terror probe
USA Today

America's Cleanest Commutes

Another Study Confirms Los Angeles Is Most Congested City In America
Horizon Watching

BART tests on-demand text messaging
The Transit Wire

Bloomberg and Dems Blast Congressional Plan to Let Guns on Amtrak

Business Lobby to Senate: No, Stimulus Won’t Do Enough for Transport

Census profiles for Pink Line MOS-4 stations

Council Approves Moving Forward With Wilshire Bus Lanes
LA Streetsblog

Higher bus costs for some proposed
Press Enterprise

How to Sound Like an Expert on All Things Gold Line Foothill Extension
I Will Ride

Lawmakers Encourage Governor To Sign Bill Ending 50 Year Battle Between the North and South over 710 Freeway
Mayo Communications

Leftovers from City Hall: El Monte Transit Village proposal falling further from reality

Logistics and transportation news: Forecast calls for another slow peak season - LM reader survey cites slack demand, low consumer spending as drivers for fourth straight decline in peak season shipping
Logistics Management

March 2010 Proposed OCTA Bus Service Reduction Details
Pacific Progressive

Mass Transit Announces its Top 40 Under 40 List

Mt. Washington mobilizes against a freeway tunnel
Eastside Citizen

New research report evaluates smart video
Transit Wire

Pasadena, South Pasadena back bill to eliminate 710 surface route
Pasadena Star News

Pricing Road Use to Address Congestion
TR News July-August 2009

Quick Study: Unlocking Gridlock - With the economy stuck in low gear, congestion has actually improved a bit lately. But, experts warn, the lull won't last
Readers Digest

Randy O’Toole: Problems with Long-Range Urban Planning
Daily Uprising

Report: 10 Percent Transit Growth Would Help Meet House Climate Target

Securing the Financial Health of New High-Speed Projects
Transport Politic

States to Lose $8.7 Billion in Highway Funds
Journal of Commerce

To Inland truckers, still feels like recession
Press Enterprise

Transit systems warned to watch for terrorists

A Transportation Vision
Huffington Post

Two Inland counties suing state over redevelopment funds
Press Enterprise

Web 2.0 and the challenges to accessibility
The Transit Wire

Worst freeways in Southern California? Planners have a fix-it list
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday September 22, 2009

$100 Million in Obama Administration Economic Recovery Act Funds Charts New Course for Green Transportation - 43 Transit Projects Chosen to Reduce Energy Consumption
and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Airport Commission Approves Environmental Impact, Compliance Reports for Bradley West Project at Los Angeles International Airport

America’s Top 10 Transportation Projects Unveiled: States Vie for “People’s Choice” and National Grand Prize
Transport Gooru

Another Reason Why The Downtown Street Car Will Be a Success!
LA Cowboy

At Current Pace, Stimulus Won’t be Fully Tapped For Another Two Years

Census: Recession had sweeping impact on US life

Cost of Lowballing Light Rail Ridership Projections
LA Streetsblog

Decide which green projects deserve L.A.’s Stimulus Bill money
Green LA Girl

Don’t forget to leave your car behind! September 22 is Car Free Day
Transport Gooru

Expo Light Rail Is On Schedule
Santa Monica Mirror

Gold Line not a funding priority for regional transportation coalition
Pasadena Star News

Got $625 Billion? List of 21 Transit Projects for Region Unveiled

How Much to Fix Our Transit Woes? Just $625 Billion - $625 billion in "critical" transportation projects hope to improve SoCal traffic
NBC News

Is the MagLev Train to Las Vegas a Ghost Train?

Late-night service
Riding in Riverside

Latest L.A. MTA poll shows more riders give thumbs up to service performance
Progressive Railroading

List of 21 must-do transportation projects unveiled
Daily News

Metro CEO Art Leahy visits Transit Coalition tonight

Metro Receives Stimulus Funds for Red Line Subway Train
LAist new website design live is lighter, more airy
Transit RiderOC

Public can weigh in on growth of county
Ventura County Star

Public input sought on High Desert Corridor
Victorville Daily Press

Tale of Two Hollywood

Taxi Contract Controversy at Transportation Committee
LA Streetsblog

Think regionally on transit and infrastructure, officials urge
Press Enterprise

Transit coalition unveils $650-billion 'IMBY' list
Pasadena Star News

Transit funding drive hits the fast lane - Coalition lays out list of local projects that need federal dollars to advance
Daily News

Transit TV Returns to Los Angeles Metro
Media Buyer

Why aren’t there more Transit API’s?
Open Source Blog

Zipping through the state at 220 mph
Tehachapi News


Transportation Headlines for Monday September 21, 2009

Bay Area may soon lead nation in carpool lanes open to solo drivers for a fee
Oakland Tribune

Bill For $50 Million Train-Safety Program Clears US Senate

California Unemployment Goes Up; Records Broken, Again

Electric Love Affair: Downey, Long Beach Pursue Tesla

Green Metropolis - Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, And Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability
Washington Post

Hoping for piece of $735M Gold Line pie
San Bernardino Sun

Human error. The problem with platform barriers
The Bus Bench

In hundreds of cities, parking spaces become parks

Is the Expo Line Making the Grade? (Part II)

L.A. jobless: 12.3%
L.A. Observed

Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

L.A.-Las Vegas train a good thing
Denver Post

Loco Motives - Two train proposals race to provide fast and cheap trips to Vegas—but one involves planes, politics and peril for the Mojave
Inland Empire Weekly

Metro Is Drilling On Wilshire Boulevard For The Westside Subway Extension
Santa Monica Mirror

Metrolink performance on key reform stuns Boxer - The senator is shocked that 87% of trains still have just one crew member in the cab a year after the Chatsworth crash
Los Angeles Times

Metro planner recognized as leading urban thinker

Metro Planning New Busway Stop to Unify Connections at Union Station

New Bus Service From North County To Chargers Game
CBS News

Pasadena freeway tunnel option up for discussion
Pasadena Star News

Port Asks For Community Feedback On Expansion Plan

Randal O'Toole Wants to Abolish the DOT

Residents Oppose Bus Route Changes
Grunion Gazette

Riverside schoolchildren learn about railroad crossing safety
Press Enterprise

Seattle transit expands smart card system
Metro Magazine

Senate Brandishes a Gun at Amtrak
New York Times

Short-Staffed Local Governments Struggle with Stimulus Grants
Government Technology

States offer instant traffic updates via Twitter, sending mixed message on texting and driving
Los Angeles Times

Streetscast: Bill Rosendahl on Transportation Issues Within His District
LA Streetsblog

Teaching the Art of Guerrilla Art
Fast Company

Yucaipa Transit Center on track to start construction soon
Press Enterprise