Transportation Headlines for Friday November 20, 2009


1 Clean Truck Program, 2 Ports, And Now 2 Strategies
Southern California Public Radio

710 Tunnel Feasible, Study Says
Pasadena Star-News

Congestion Pricing: Will Southern Californians Warm Up To HOT Lanes?
Urban Insights

Conservatives And Public Transportation: Join Us For An Upcoming [Online] Debate
Tranpsortation For America
Registration and more information for December 7 event

Delays Expected On Metro Blue Line [Today And This Weekend] For Track Installation
Los Angeles Times

For Creating Jobs, Transit Operating Aid Is Best Bet
Mobilizing The Region

Gang Injunction, Proposed Rail Yard Topics At Joint County/City Meeting In Monrovia
Pasadena Star-News

LADOT Launches Real-Time DASH Downtown LA Arrival Times
L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti

LA Loves A Street Party

L.A. Mayor Seeks “Creative” Funding To Prevent 7MPH Gridlock

L.A. Metro Takes Aim At Cheaters: Turnstiles Annoy Some Commuters, But Transit Officials Fret It Would Cost Too Much To Dump The Pilot Project - Even If They Wanted To
Neon Tommy, Annenberg Digital News

Los Angeles Without Traffic! (photo essay of major streets, car-less)

Measure R Funding Followup – It Pays To Check The Math!

Metro Say Fully Underground Connector Feasible, Could Cost 20% More
Blog Downtown

Metrolink Fare Rise Plan Angers Riders
San Bernardino Sun

MTA Committee Okays Crenshaw Light Rail, Green Line Extension
Daily Breeze

New Study Quantifies High Personal Costs Of Building CA Cities For Cars
SF StreetsBlog
“Windfall For All” Report Highlights (17p. PDF)

Pelosi: Passing A Wall Street Transport Tax Would Require Overseas Buy-In
DC StreetsBlog

Placentia To Settle Caltrans Claim Over Failed Rail Project
Los Angeles Times

Rough Road To Gold, Part 4: Gold Line Finally Arrives In East Los Angeles
EGP News

Santa Monica City Council Endorses Hybrid Proposal For Light Rail Maintenance Yard Location

Study Finds Higher Air Pollution Near Santa Monica Airport
Los Angeles Times

Survey Finds Many Commute Stress-Free
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A Tale Of Two Cities’ Crossings: Different Takes On Congestion
Daily Journal Of Commerce Oregon

Tarnished Gold (vandalism and neglect go unaddressed at Highland Park Station)
Highland Park 90042 Blog

Transit Use Is Growing, But Not Where You Think
(Top 10 Metro Areas With Largest Growth; Charlotte NC Ranks First)

Web 2.0 Applications For Improving Public Participation In Transport Planning
Andrew Nash, Vienna Transport Strategies
Full text of paper (25p. PDF)

Welcome To The Blogroll: CicLAvia And City Of Lights
LA StreetsBlog

What Do Two Nobel Laureates Know That L.A.’s Mayor Doesn’t?
Biking In LA

Wheel Squeal Considered, Santa Monica Votes For Hybrid Yard
LA Curbed


Transportation Headlines for Thursday November 19, 2009


Bipartisan Support Builds For Six-Month Extension Of Current Transpo Law
LA StreetsBlog

California Faces A Projected Deficit Of $21 Billion: The Legislative Budget Analyst’s Projection...Threatens To Send Sacramento Back Into Gridlock And Force More Broad Cuts To State Programs
Los Angeles Times

C.I.C.L.E. Announces Campaign To Make N.E.L.A. More Bike Friendly
LA StreetsBlog

Dialogue, Education Key In Getting Public To Accept Road Tolls, U.S. Transit Officials Say
Daily Commercial News And Construction Record

Echo Park Community Warns Metro: Hybrid Plan For Route 2 Terminus Untested, Illegal
LA StreetsBlog

Editorial: Fantasy Tops Reality – Schwarzenegger’s Foolish Request To Help High-Speed Rail
Oakland Tribune

Google Bike Directions Could Be Useful Tool For Cities
Mobilizing The Region

June Groundbreaking For Downtown’s New Civic Park
LA Curbed

No Late-Night Subway Service For The Holidays This Year

Opinion: What The Future May Hold
New York Times

Our View: Don’t Let Commuter Rail Hit the Skids – Pushing For High-Speed Rail Is Fine, But It Shouldn’t Mean Less Money For Amtrak
Merced Sun-Star

Portlander Wins “Dump The Pump” Film Contest
Oregon Live

San Francisco Starts Building Green Streets For Stormwater Management
SF StreetsBlog

“This Needs Attention:” Senators Seek Shot In The Arm On Transportation
DC StreetsBlog

Transport Official Laments “If It Scares, It Airs” Mentality
CBS News

U.S. Department Of Transportation Releases New Action Plan To Address Motorcoach Safety Issues
U.S. Department Of Transportation
Full-text document (56p. PDF)

U.S. Proposes Bus Seat Belts, Driver Cell-Phone Ban

World-Class Avenues For The East Side: What Great BRT Looks Like
NY StreetsBlog


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday November 18, 2009


710 Freeway Tunnel Would Be Feasible, Caltrans Study Finds
Los Angeles Times

Activism Success: Metrolink Riders Convince Board To Put Off Fare Hikes
LA StreetsBlog

An Air-Traffic Upgrade To Improve Travel By Plane
New York Times
NextGen Air Transportation System

All’s Fare In Travel By Bus: Cheaper Prices, Free Access To The Internet, Driving Local, US Ridership Higher
Boston Globe

California’s Strategy For Federal High Speed Rail Money
Southern California Public Radio

Charlotte Names Next Transit Chief: Job Goes To Carolyn Flowers, Who Currently Supervises Bus System In Los Angeles County
Charlotte Observer

Claremont's Trolley Experiment Falls By The Wayside
Los Angeles Times

Crowdsourced Cartography In PublicEarth, OpenStreetMap

Cyclists’ App Aids Traffic Planners (Cyclists track trips via iPhone GPS and data sent to County officials is used to predict future traffic patterns)
San Francisco Chronicle

DASH Restructuring, Part 2: San Fernando Valley
MetroRider LA

The Future Of Public Transportation Takes Off
Daily Aztec

HSR Should Go Where The People Are
California High Speed Rail Blog

Low Countries, High Taxes: The Dutch Take Aim At Driving
Wall Street Journal

More At Stake In City’s Measure R Debate Than Just Bike/Ped. Issues
LA StreetsBlog

Need For Speed Not A Priority For Metro Planners

Next Stop, Better Transportation: Join Assembly Speaker Karen Bass At A Town Hall To Discuss Major Transit Improvements In The [Los Angeles] Community
(Thursday, November 19)
California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
Flyer With Complete Information

An Opera About A Freeway? Only In L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Protestors Rally Against Deal Between Long Beach Port And Trucking Industry
Long Beach Press-Telegram

A Reality Check On High-Speed Rail For California
Innovations: Research & News From Berkeley Engineering

Researchers Demonstrate Next-Generation Bus; Fleet Planned For USDOT Congestion Relief Program
University Of Minnesota Center For Transportation Studies

Subway Ride To Squash Blossom Quesadillas
The 99 Cent Chef

U.S. DOT Secretary LaHood Announces DOT Safety Council Will Address Pedestrian Safety Following T4America Report
Transportation For America

A Welcome Extension: The New Six-Mile Leg Of The Gold Line Is Getting Mostly Cheerful Reviews, From Little Tokyo To East L.A.
Rafu Shimpo

What is cicLAvia?

Widening 405 Pits O.C. Against L.A. County (Includes interview with LACMTA CEO Art Leahy)


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday November 17, 2009


15 Cities For People Who Hate Driving And Long Commutes: Where To Go If You Don’t Want To Spend A Lot Of Time Behind The Wheel
U.S. News & World Report

CATS Names New Transit Director From L.A. County: Carolyn Flowers Is Chief Operating Officer Of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Charlotte Observer

Counties Diverge On Plan To Widen The 405 Freeway: Officials In L.A. County Prefer To Have Focus Transit Dollars On Rail Projects. In Orange County, Freeway And Surface Street Improvements Get Top Priority
Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Metrolink Should Consider Lowering Fares To Bring In New Business
Los Angeles Daily News

El Monte Taking Transit Village Into Its Own Hands
LA Curbed

Expo And Crenshaw Lines: Under Whose Authority?

Fare’s Fair? (When Does Transit Fare Policy Treat People Equally? When It Treats Them Exactly The Same)
New York Times

Feds Propose To Expand Opportunities For Biking And Walking To Transit
LA StreetsBlog

The Future Of American High Speed Rail: Regional And Slow

Gold Line Extension Artwork
Los Angeles Times

The Gold Line Is Rolling, Now What About A Bike Network To Support It?
LA StreetsBlog

Los Angeles: Reader Feedback On The Gold Line
Human Transit

Low Ridership Tarnishes Gold Line Luster: Only 13,000 Riders Daily Are Expected To Use The New Extension, Which Began Its Normal Operations Monday, By The End Of Its First Year
Los Angeles Times

Obama Administration’s Transit Safety Rules To Eventually Apply To Buses
DC StreetsBlog

Remember The Red Cars?: Join Pacific Electric Railroad Expert, Brian Marcroft To Find Out More (Altadena Historical Society & Altadena Library Talk, November 23)

Software Upgrade Should Speed Gold Line's Freeway Crossing
Blog Downtown

Shuttle From Irvine To LAX Begins Today
Orange County Register

Stricter Transit Standards To Be Sought
New York Times

Tide May Be Changing At Port Of L.A.: Exports In October Rise, And Glimmers Of Hope Are Seen Up And Down The West Coast
Los Angeles Times

A Tour Of L.A.'s Rich Rail History: A New Exhibit, "Hollywood -- Trains, Streetcars And The Movies," Provides A Starting Point For Presentations And A Bus Tour
Los Angeles Times

Truth Getting Lost In The Measure R Feeding Frenzy

Urban Freeway Farming For LA?
Urban Insights

Why Portland’s Mass Transit Rocks

Workday Commuters Ride Gold Line Extension For First Time
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Monday November 16, 2009

The Source.metro.net

50,000 Take A Free Ride On The Gold Line; No Major Problems Reported
Los Angeles Wave

After Decades Of Waiting, Their Train Have Arrived: A Sense Of Kinship And Progress In East Los Angeles As Riders And Residents Celebrate The Opening Of The Gold Line Extension - The Area Had Long Been Among The Most Transit-Dependent Yet Underserved
Los Angeles Times

Angels Flight Inches Forward: Safety Hearings Scheduled For November 20
Downtown News

Clear Track For Rail Car Bids
Los Angeles Business Journal

Don’t Let Arnold Schwarzenegger Divide And Conquer
California High Speed Rail Blog

East L.A. Hails Arrival Of The Gold Line; Activities Are To Be Held [Sunday] At Four Stations
Los Angeles Times

El Monte Takes Over $1 Billion Transit Village In Wake Of Fraud Investigation
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

El Segundo Ready To Fight Proposed MTA Rail Yard
Contra Costa Times

An Extension Of More Than The Gold Line: Sunday’s Opening Of Eight New Metro Stations On A Path From Downtown To East L.A. Lays Down Tracks Toward An Exciting Future (architectural review)
Los Angeles Times

Federal Oversight Of Subways Proposed: [D.C.] Red Line Crash Spurred Safety Plan, Obama Administration To Push Congress To Change Law
Washington Post

Gold Line Eastside Extension Dedication: Metro Gold Line Weekday Service Begins Monday

Gold Line Payoff
Los Angeles Downtown News

The Guide To Gold Line Foodiness (Plus Maps!)

Jobs Lost In Transportation: Economic Stimulus Can't Prevent Widespread Job Loss In Down Economy
Denver Daily News

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies Arrest 73-Year-Old Tagging Suspect
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Gold Line Opens: "Planners" Blamed
Human Transit

Mayor V. Bows To The Westside As He Dedicates Eastside Rail
L.A. Weekly

Metrolink Postpones Decision About Rate Hike
Daily News

MTS Considers Cutting Sunday Bus Service
10 News San Diego

Netherlands To Tax Drivers By The Kilometer

New Technology Allows Enforcement Of Anti-Texting Legislation

Opinion: The Eastside's New Gold Line
Los Angeles Times

Over 40% Of Transportation Construction Firms Anticipate Additional Lay-Offs Of Non-Seasonal Employees In 2010
Transportation Construction Coalition

Riding L.A.'s Newest Rail Line
Fast Company

Slow And Steady Progress On Port Air Quality
Long Beach Post

A Street-Level View Of The Gold Line Eastside Extension
LA StreetsBlog

WeHo Subway To The Sea: All Aboard!…In 2047!
WeHo News

Which Is The Best Way West For L.A.'s Subway?: Wilshire Or West Hollywood? - As A Subway Extension Draws Closer To Reality, The Debate Over The Route Intensifies
Los Angeles Times

Year Later, Angels Flight Still Not Open (But Meeting Scheduled)
LA Curbed