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Transportation Headlines for Friday April 30, 2010

22 Cities That May Have New Streetcar Lines Within 2 Years
Scientific American

Back To The City
(The suburbanization of business headquarters may be coming to an end. "Research...shows that out of a number of daily activities, commuting has the most negative effect on people’s moods. And economists...found that commuters who live an hour away from work would need to earn 40% more money than they currently do to be as satisfied with their lives as non-commuters.")
Harvard Business Review

"Cadillac Of Steam" To Ride The Rails Again
Los Angeles Times

California High-Speed Rail Plan Troubled, Official Warns: The State Auditor Cites Poor Planning And Uncertain Funding. She Says The Result Could Be Delays Or A Failure To Complete The System
Los Angeles Times
High-Speed Rail Authority: It Risks Delays Or An Incomplete System Because Of Inadequate Planning, Weak Oversight, and Lax Contract Management (Full-Text Report From California State Auditor : 52p. PDF)

China Still Interested In CA HSR - But So Are Others
California High Speed Rail Blog

Council Delays Vote On Bus Fare Increase
Santa Monica Daily Press

Expo Line: LA Planning Yet To Get On Board

Heads Up: Street Closures In Downtown & Westwood For May Day Immigration Rallies

Hollywood & Vine Case Study Panel Discussion (May 5 : "Hollywood & Vine, one of the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented projects in LA, encompasses an entire city block on the Walk of Fame...includes transit improvements at the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line Station.")
Urban Land Institute

Inland Corruption Probes Linked To Push For Legislation ("Boards of local government appointees, such as Riverside County's transportation agency, someday could eject members facing criminal charges under a bill approved Wednesday by a state Assembly committee.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

LEED For Neighborhood Development Formally Launches To Promote Smart, Sustainable Land Use
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

March Expected To Snarl Traffic Saturday: Labor And Immigration Rally To Cause Delays In Historic Core, Civic Center
Los Angeles Downtown News

Microsoft Introduces Social Media Directory For State And Local Government
Government Technology

National Train Day Is Saturday, May 8, 2010
National Train Day
Events Scheduled At Los Angeles Union Station

Public Transit? In L.A.?
("Public Transportation in LA might sound like a contradiction, but for over 25 years LA has been building a system which looks like it is coming into its own. See images of the public transit lifestyle of Angelinos in the MetroRiderLA group. Also, the Metro Library And Archive's Photostream has fascinating images of the historic and emerging transit lines of Los Angeles.")
Flickr Blog

Quick Hit: How Bad Is The City's Pothole Problem?
StreetsBlog LA

RITA Speaks: What Technology Can Do For Transportation Safety (Research and Innovative Technology Administration)
StreetsBlog DC

The Road Gang: Roadbuilding Lobby Wary As Livability Advocates Gain Momentum
Center For Public Integrity

San Diego Plans Extension To Its Trolley Network, Mostly Skipping Over Inner City
Transport Politic

San Diego: The Rail-Bus Balance
Human Transit

State Bullet Train Might Take A Detour Under Dodger Stadium
Eastsider LA

Through The Grapevine: Streams Of Transit In Southern California's Great Pass (exhibit)
Center For Land Use Interpretation (Culver City)

Transportation Agency Gets State Funding for 405, 22 Freeway Project
Contra Costa Times

Streetcars Are Making A Comeback, Thanks Largely To Obama
Clean Technica

What Do These Things Have In Common: Smog, Highway Widenings, And Congestion?
StreetsBlog LA