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Transportation Headlines for Friday December 11, 2009

Arcadia Locks In Plans For Gold Line Arrival
Arcadia Weekly

Cell-Phone Ban For CTA Workers Leads To 11 Firings, Union Complaints Of Overreaching
Chicago Tribune

Coalition Fights To Allow Cellphone Use On Planes
USA Today

Federal Policy Is A Local Job
New Republic

Freeway Sign Update: Artist Richard Ankrom Gets Some Bad News on His “Guerrilla Public Service”
Franklin Avenue

Last Night’s Bike Meeting Highlights: Late Start, Unanswered Questions But Anti-Harassment Ordinance Moves On
LA StreetsBlog

Let There Be Light Rail...And It Was Good
NBC Los Angeles

Light Rail For Crenshaw Line, Reprieve For El Segundo
LA Curbed

Los Angeles Integrates Service On Two Busways, With Plans To Implement Congestion Pricing
Transport Politic

Metro Announces 24-Hour Train Service On New Year’s Eve

Metro Moves Forward On Harbor Subdivision, Crenshaw Corridor, Hybrid Alternative For Route 2 Terminus And Gating For The Eastside Extension
LA StreetsBlog

Metro To Study Extending Green Line As Far As Torrance

Metrolink Chief, Under Pressure Since Chatsworth Crash, Could Be Moved Aside
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Emergency Drill Canceled
Ventura County Star

Metrolink May Cut Some Trains Amid Budget Shortfall
Los Angeles Times

MTA Approves $1.7-Billion Rail Line Along Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles Times

No Transportation Superprojects? No Problem

Obama Plans $50 Billion For Transport
Journal Of Commerce

Port Trucks With Cleaner Big Rigs On Order Can Keep Operating
Daily Breeze

Putting A Car-Driven Culture In Reverse
UCLA Today

Putting The Cart Before The Horse: Could A Transportation-Based Jobs Stimulus Stymie Infrastructure Reform?

So Long, Solari
(retiring the train station’s nostalgic “clackety-clack” schedule board)
New Haven (CT) Independent

Transportation: One Man's Train, Another Man's Pain

Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Progress Made In Enrolling Workers And Activating Credentials But Evaluation Plan Needed To Help Inform The Implementation Of Card Readers (81p. PDF)
Government Accountability Office

US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood At Brookings on Infrastructure
The City Fix

Walkscore Innovators Turn To Improving Public Transportation
Transportation For America
All US Transit Agencies Without Open Data (comprehensive list of 663 of 748 total without open data, including online petitions for each requesting access using standard format and license)
Transit App Gallery (currently 66 total apps using open data from 90 transit agencies)

WeHo Changes Crosswalk Policy
WeHo News

The Western High Speed Rail Alliance Announces Formation
PR Newswire

Who’s In Charge At The Transportation Security Administration? Nobody
ABC News


Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 10, 2009

Board Delays Diesel Rules
Sacramento Bee

Buy A Condominium In Toronto, Get One Year Of Free Transit Rides (new city law requires all condos purchases to come with public transit passes)
Digital Journal

Cargo Bikes: Go Ahead And Bring The Kitchen Sink
National Public Radio

Cities For Cycling (project launch to catalog, promote and implement the world’s best bicycle transportation practices in American municipalities)
National Association Of City Transportation Officials

Clearing Up Los Angeles Traffic Myths

Diagram For Route 2 “Hybrid” Option Unveiled Before Tomorrow’s Metro Vote
LA StreetsBlog

Dubai? No, Condo Glut's Stalling Grand Avenue
Los Angeles Business Journal

The Future Of American Streetcars: Are They Coming To Your City?

Grand Ave Project Should Be Abandoned, Says Planner
Curbed LA

House And Senate Agree On $2.5B For High-Speed Rail – And More
DC StreetsBlog

Is The U.S. In A Superproject Void?

The Jobs Bill: Transit Operations Funding Will Save Green Jobs
EDF Way2Go

Just 15% Favor Higher Gas Tax To Fund More Transportation Projects

Rasmussen Reports

A Message From Copenhagen: Climate Plan Must Include Walkable Urbanism
LA StreetsBlog

More Sharrows Appear, This Time In Glendale
LA StreetsBlog

Our View: Regional Connector Will Link Up Our Region
Pasadena Star-News

Pedaling Toward National Bicycle Planning Guidelines
The City Fix

Plain Talk: Take Off The Transportation Blinders
Cap Times

Selling Metro: Why It Doesn’t Hurt To Ask, And Lessons From Cirque Du Soleil
Huffington Post

Silver Line Launches Sunday, Ready To Take You To The HOT Lane
Curbed LA

Tests Link Cancer To Snarled Freeway Air
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 9, 2009


75 Years Ago: Wilshire Boulevard Opened Through Westlake Park
Blog Downtown

And The Winner Is...You Decide
(2009 Streetsie Awards)
LA StreetsBlog

Choice Of Location For Light Rail Facility Angers El Segundo; Councilman Rosendahl Opposes Relocation To Westchester

Congress: Invest In Intelligent Transportation Systems To Create Jobs
The Hill

The Economics Of The Bike Boulevard
LA StreetsBlog

The French Revolution: How Strausbourg Gave Up The Car (And Why Midsized American Cities Can Too)
Next American City

Gold Line Extension Scrambling To Break Ground By June
Curbed LA

Guerrilla Sharrows Appear In Northeast L.A., Cleanup Will Take 60 Days, Says LADOT

Heavy Traffic Linked To Higher Miscarriage Rates
Sacramento Bee

How To Save The Los Angeles Times, End Rush Hour Traffic, Solve The Housing Crisis (And Not Have To Pay For It)
Huffington Post

Implementing Streetcars Demands Consideration Of The Way Traffic Works
Transport Politic

Los Angeles Transport Chief Proposes Law Protecting Cyclists From Harrassment

Map Of The Day: ExperienceLA Launches "Things To Do" Map (integrated Metro transit information)

NTSB Calls For Tougher Passenger Bus Scrutiny
Associated Press

Ridley-Thomas Wants Further Study Of Proposed Expo Line
Southern California Public Radio

States Vie For $69B In Infrastructure Funds
Washington Times

Subway Architecture (Must-see photos!)

Transit Coalition To Metrolink: "Fare Increases, Not Service Cuts, Are The Least Painful"

What Have We Learned From The Recovery Act?
National Journal Transportation Blog

White House Unveils Transit Safety Bill To Cautious Praise On The Hill
DC StreetsBlog


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 8, 2009

EPA Is Preparing To Regulate Emissions in Congress's Stead
Washington Post

Expo Line Project Costs And Delays Are Ballooning: The Rail Line From Downtown L.A. To Culver City Is $220 Million Over Budget And A Year Behind Schedule - Officials Hope To Open Part Of The Route Next Year
Los Angeles Times

Eying Port Of L.A. Security
Daily Breeze

Feds Creating Real-Time Traffic Information Alerts
Washington Examiner

Google Transit your Next Bus Ride
(CalTrans and local agencies study statewide connectivity between transit operators)
Contra Costa Times

High-Speed Rail Proving Ground Proposed In North Las Vegas: Researchers Want Facility To Study, Test Next-Generation Rail Systems
Las Vegas Sun

Metro Board Preview: Route 2 Terminus, Villaraigosa’s Ten Year Plan, Gates For The Gold Line And The Crenshaw Corridor DEIR
LA StreetsBlog

New Buses Bring Silence To The Streets
New York Times

NY And CA: How Did They Spend Transportation Stimulus Money?
DC StreetsBlog

Our Smartest Growing Cities

Our View: Freeways, Roadways Prepared For Major Facelifts
Pasadena Star-News

Out Of Gas? Lost? Flat Tire? Who Ya Gonna Call?
San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

Scan And Deliver: Google’s “Favorite Places” In L.A.

Senate Cuts CA's High Speed Rail Funding, Rally At Union Station Set For Today

Transit Agencies Need To Invest in Marketing: A Lesson From Los Angeles
The City Fix


Transportation Headlines for Monday December 7, 2009

32 Rail Companies Commit To Expanding In U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan
DC StreetsBlog

As Promised, Sharrows Appear In Hermosa Beach
LA StreetsBlog

Broadway Streetscape Renderings Published
Blog Downtown

Bullet Train Here Years Ago (San Bernardino's historic role in "high-speed" rail, ca. 1934)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Cities Mull Joining Forces (proposed San Fernando Council of Governments)
Glendale News Press

City Pushing Related On Grand Avenue Project?
Curbed LA

Congress Considers New Jobs Package, And Highways Look Like The Big Winners
Transport Politic

Congress: Urgent Need For More Public Transit Investment; APTA: Any Jobs Bill Should Include Transit Projects
Passenger Transport

Crenshaw Corridor Transportation Debate Continues (video)
Intersections: The South Los Angeles Report

DASH Buses Downtown Operate With GPS

Europe Enforces New Rail Passenger Rights: If A Similar Law Existed In The United States, Amtrak Would Suffer
Transport Politic

For Metrolink, It's A 6% Fare Hike Vs. Major Service Cuts
LA StreetsBlog

High Speed Rail On Track To Turn Into Next Big Flop
Manteca Bulletin

High-Speed Rail To Be A US Job-Growth Engine
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Is A StopLight With A Progress Bar A Good Idea?

L.A. Metro's "Source" Takes Media Into Its Own Hands
Passenger Transport

Lawsuit Filed Over War Memorial At Downtown's El Pueblo
Curbed LA

Local Governments Offer Data To Miners
New York Times

Pasadena Looks For Ways To Reduce Traffic, But Its Options Are Few
Pasadena Star-News

Pennies And Minutes With Art Leahy: Metro Chief Talks About Shaping The Future Of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Downtown News

Promoting The Car Phone, Despite Risks
New York Times

Senate Version of Wall Street Transportation Tax Coming Next Week
LA StreetsBlog

Take The (A) Train: Your Name Here On Metro
Huffington Post

Toolkit For Change: ICLEI's New Urban Sustainability Framework

Toward Roads For People, Neighborhoods: The Dominos Start To Fall

Transit Advocates Question New NoHo To Northeast Valley Bus

Transit Advocates Will Push Lawmakers To Rethink Transit Funding Cuts
SF StreetsBlog

Transit Tip: Check Your DASH Sign For Stop Number
Blog Downtown

U.S. DOT Has $1.5 Billion For Livable Communities
New Urban News