Transportation Headlines for Thursday April 1, 2010

Can New Technology Make Mass Transit Safe?

Could Gas-Tax Bonds Pay For The Next Federal Transportation Bill?
StreetsBlog DC

DHS Has Completed Incident Planning For A Moscow-Like Explosive Attack (but it is the only one of 15 hypothetical terrorist attack scenarios with a completed strategic guidance statement, strategic plan, concept plan and operations plan)
Government Security News

Half Of All [New York] Subway Security Cameras Don’t Work
Huffington Post

Housing And Transportation Squeeze Hitting Rural America, New Report Concludes
Transportation For America

How Long Will It Take To Bring High Speed Rail To California? (interview with Jeffrey Barker, Deputy Executive Director for Communications, Policy and Public Outreach, California High-Speed Rail Authority and Pat Merrill, Assistant Vice-President for Policy & Development West, Amtrak)

Is Caltrans Running Over The History Of L.A.’s Oldest Freeway? (Highland Park Heritage Trust asks California Office Of Historic Preservation order a stop to construction work they claim threatens or damages historic features of the Pasadena Freeway)
Eastsider LA

Letter From India: Railway Exams Not A Free Ride (audio : India's Railway Exams, given to aspiring guards, ticket collectors and drivers, ask a surprising variety of difficult questions. Competition for jobs on the railway is extreme — by one account there are 20,000 applicants for one ticket collector job)
National Public Radio

Los Angeles: The "Psychology Of The Place?"
Human Transit

Metrolink Train Crews Threaten Boycott Over Personality Test Requirement
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink May Raise Fares, Cut Service
Orange County Register

National TOD Organization Offers A Hand To Los Angeles
StreetsBlog LA

New Film Series Showcases City Transportation Innovations
The City Fix
National Association Of City Transportation Officials’ Best Practice Videos

Personal Infrastructures Take You On The Metro, A Bike, And Into Your Neighbor's House
Curbed LA

Public Gets Peek At $444 Million I-5 Project
Orange County Register

Proposed Texting Ban For Commercial Truck And Bus Drivers Pioneers Innovative E-Rulemaking Partnership
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Restructuring The Commercial Strip: A Practical Guide For Planning The Revitalization Of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
(64p. PDF)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Success In The South Bay: South Bay Bicycle Coalition
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

TAD Or TOD? A Look At The W At Hollywood And Vine
StreetsBlog LA

What Happens When You Remove All Traffic Signs? A German Town Finds Out (In a counterintuitive approach to reducing car accidents and making streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, a town has nixed all traffic signs and traffic lights in the town center)
Christian Science Monitor

What’s Bugging You? Parking Restrictions
(video : LADOT responds to complaints about outdated restricted parking signage on newly reconfigured James M. Woods Blvd. near downtown)