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Transportation Headlines for Thursday December 24, 2009

21st Century Public Transportation Tools
Plus Metro

2009: The Year Of The Bike!
CityWatch LA

Application Disables Smart Phones In Moving Cars
Los Angeles Times

Applying Analysis Tools In Planning For Operations
U.S. Department of Transportation

Auditing Long Beach Streets For Safety
Long Beach Post

The Bike Is the Star At This Café
New York Times

Can You TAP Me Now? (how durable are Metro TAP cards? Nine tests provide the answer)
Plus Metro

County Releases First Strategic Plan To Spur Jobs
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles County Strategic Plan For Economic Development, 2010-2014 (16p. PDF)

CTA Expands Bus-Tracking Service To Cell Phones: Text Messages Will Detail Arrival Times
Chicago Tribune

Diesel Hybrids Deliver Big Savings To UPS (pilot study with National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Press Release

Editorial: Study Shows California Highway’s Are A Failure
Oakland Tribune

Expo Releases Phase 2 Final EIR
Santa Monica Mirror

Holland’s Plan To Tax On Every Kilometer Driven

Is Portable Technology Changing How Americans Travel?: A Survey Of The Use Of Electronic [Devices] On Intercity Buses, Trains, And Planes (18p. PDF)
DePaul University, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

L.A.-Area Air Pollution Could Dip From New EPA Rule On Ships
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles 2010: Is The Glass Half Empty?
CityWatch LA

Los Angeles Sees Sharp Rise In Red-Light Camera Revenue
Los Angeles Times

Map: EPA Violations In The L.A. Area

No On Prop 1A Crowd Reunites To Attack HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

R We There Yet?: Re-Evaluating Los Angeles’ Transit Future

Revealed: Crazy Basket Bridge for 210 Freeway
LA Curbed

Schwarzenegger's Plan To Again Raid Transit Funds Angers Rider Advocates: The Governor's Proposal To Help Balance California's Budget, Which Would Cut As Much As $1 Billion From Public Transportation, Could Trigger More Route Closures And Fare Hikes For Buses And Trains
Los Angeles Times

Share The Road: Buses And Bicycles (video: shared responsibility of bus operators and bicyclists regarding mutual safety from the Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Transit Authority)

A Social Snow Storm For Transportation Agencies (D.C. Department of Transportation social networking communication efforts pay off during blizzard)
Washington Post


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday December 23, 2009

2009: The Legislative Year In Review
Passenger Transport

Bad News Dept.: Lawsuit Over Expo Phase II?
LA Curbed

Bay Area Transportation Commission Starts Climate Sustainability Fund
SF StreetsBlog

Big Ideas: Kill the Cul-De-Sac And Build Bicycle Highways
The City Fix

Can Transit Perform Well In “Abandoned” Urban Cores?
Human Transit

Count Shows Bike Trends: Glendale Hopes To Continue Adding Bicycle-Friendly Measures While Increasing Safety
Glendale News Press

The “Diesel Death Zone:” Fit For A School Room?
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Efforts Lag At Making Highway Work Zones Safer
New York Times

End-Run Around Clean Air Program Could Mean Dirty Skies Continue
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Funding In New Legislation Would Equal Stimulus Transportation Totals (15 shovel-ready projects in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

High-Speed Rail Tops New Policy Directions For 2009
Passenger Transport

Obama Signs Transportation Bill, Metrolink Receives Safety Funds

Rail, Bus Systems Move Forward Across North America In 2009
Passenger Transport

Reviewing The Best And Worst Of Times For Public Transit In 2009
Passenger Transport

Schwarzenegger To Seek Federal Help For California Budget
Los Angeles Times

State To Pay Unprecedented $1.1 Billion To Make Walkways Accessible To Disabled
Los Angeles Times

Tax District Approved For D.C. Metro Extension

Wireless Now Available In BART’s Transbay Tube
San Francisco Chronicle


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday December 22, 2009

10 Biggest Problem Projects Of The Decade: Along With The Boom, Downtown Has Had Some 21st Century Busts
Los Angeles Downtown News

2009 Wrap-Up: With FEIR In-Hand, Expo Phase II Seems Ready To Roll, But Is It?
LA StreetsBlog

3-Hour Limit Placed On Airline Passengers’ Tarmac Waits: The Department Of Transportation Orders Airlines To Allow Passengers On Domestic Flights To Leave Airplanes
Los Angeles Times

Auditor: CalTrans Inflated Job Data To Feds
Sacramento Bee

Can Dial-A-Ride Get High Ridership From Low Density?
Human Transit

Downturn In Public Transit Ridership Reflects Economic Times

Education Key To Reversing Trend In Bicycle Accidents
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Expo Line Phase II’s Latest: Colorado Route, Ground-Breaking Chatter
LA Curbed

Final Plan For Expo Line From Culver City To Santa Monica Released

The Human Side Of Transit
EDF Way2Go

Implementing Transportation Knowledge Networks
U.S. Transportation Research Board
Full-text document (85p. PDF)

The Infrastructure Show (archived podcasts now available)
Infrastructure Show

Is LADOT Finally Embracing Zebra Crosswalks?
LA StreetsBlog

L.A. City Retirements Threaten A Deep And Lasting Legacy: The Exodus Of Employees Approved To Ease Budget Problems Will Drain The Workforce Of Many Experienced People And Leave Los Angeles Officials Hampered In Hiring Replacements Until 2024
Los Angeles Times

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension 2009 State Of The Project
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

More Accessible Cabs Hit Cities
(retrofitted minivans become wheelchair-accessible taxis)
USA Today

New Report: Climate Instruments In The Transport Sector (CITS)
The City Fix

New Toll Lanes Untangle Commutes
(HOT lanes)
USA Today

Pod Cars: Climate Solution Or Pipe Dream?
Solve Climate

Risky Roads: Traffic Experts Have An Arsenal Of Solutions
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Roundabouts (images and descriptions of various types of roundabouts with different designs and purposes)
Fiets Beraad (Netherlands)

Route 66: Immortalized But Mortal
Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Announces Car Free Party Schedule, Will L.A. Get Ever The Same?

The Safety Bogeyman (Narrow, auto-centric focus of EIRs fail to account for other modes of transportation)

Tell Your Transit Troubles Here
Los Angeles Downtown News


Transportation Headlines for Monday December 21, 2009

Americans Still Driving Less
New Republic

The Art Of Moving L.A.: A Conversation With Metro's New CEO, Art Leahy (January 15, 2010)
Westside Urban Forum

Backdoor Tour: The Curious Route Of The Las Vegas Monorail Is The Product Of An Equally Bizarre Planning And Development Process
Metropolis Magazine

California One Of 4 HSR Stimulus Finalists?
California High Speed Rail Blog

Delays Won't Derail Expo Project
Santa Monica Daily Press

Editorial: High-Speed Myths - Business Plan Shows Deceit Of Bullet Train Push
San Diego Union-Tribune

"Final" Expo Line Plans Across Westside Unveiled
Los Angeles Wave

Future Mobility In California: The Condition, Use And Funding Of California’s Roads, Bridges And Transit System, December 2009 (24p. PDF)
TRIP National Transportation Research Group

Expo Line Corridor Brings Development, Santa Monicans Worry
LA Curbed

Expo Releases FEIR For Phase II Chooses Alignment Along ROW And Colorado Avenue
LA StreetsBlog

Final Environmental Report Issued For Proposed Expo Line Extension
Southern California Public Radio

Geithner Adviser Backs “More Merit-Based” Infrastructure Spending
DC StreetsBlog

Gloria Molina “Hates” Gold Line’s Painted Asphalt
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

High-Speed Rail: Great For Europe, But Less So For The U.S.?
Politics Daily

Is Big Brother Watching Your ORCA Card?: The New ORCA Transit Fare Card Raises Questions About Privacy - For Instance, Employers Have The Right To View Trip Details If They Subsidize A Worker's Fare Card
Seattle Times

Job Woes Reduce Transit Ridership
USA Today

Jobs Data Shows Stimulus Spending On Public Transportation Produces More Jobs, Faster
Smart Growth America

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Holds State Of The Project
Earth Times

Metrolink Awaits Arrival Of Cars Featuring Crash-Resistant Technology
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

[New York] MTA Mythbusting: Back Again
On Transport

Officials Unveil New Gold Line Bridge Design, Discuss Project's Time Table
Pasadena Star-News

Should The Federal Government Take Over Regulation Of Rail Transit Safety?
National Journal Transportation Blog

Single Union Station: Activists Worry Over Crushing Impacts
CityWatch LA

South L.A. Light Rail Gets The Green Light
L.A. Watts Times

Transportation Agency To Spend Millions Saving Habitat
Orange County Register

We Can Learn Much From The TGV
Rail Passenger Association Of California & Nevada