Transportation Headlines for Wednesday, April 21, 2010

30/10 Transportation Initiative Would Create Jobs, Cut Emissions In Southern California
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Andy And Gandy: League Of American Cyclists' President Visits Long Beach
StreetsBlog LA

BBB Fare Hike Delayed For SMC (Big Blue Bus)
Santa Monica Daily Press

The Big Bang And Incremental Improvement
("Last Saturday RailPAC held what was a fantastic event at MTA headquarters in Los Angeles, bringing together rail advocates from across the state and even the nation to speak about the future of passenger rail in California, with an emphasis on high speed rail.")
California High Speed Rail Blog

Can The Density Of Some Neighborhoods Be Too Low For Transit To Work?
Next American City

Clean Trucks Battle Heads To Los Angeles Court
Business Week

East Los Angeles One Step Closer To Cityhood

Foothill Transit Considers Rate Increase
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

In State Of The City Speech, Villaraigosa Admits Errors, Vows Swift Action On Financial Crisis
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Bus, Rail Fares May Increase: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Is Proposing Fare Hikes For The First Time In Two Years To Offset A $204-Million Budget Gap - The Bus Riders Union Says The Agency Has Other Options
Los Angeles Times

Mayor's Office Rescues 10% Set-Aside For Bicycling And Pedestrian Projects In Measure R Local Return
StreetsBlog LA

MTA Holding Hearings On Green Line Extension Into South Bay
Daily Breeze

One For The Road? Bar Cars May Face A Last Call
New York Times

One Winner In The Aviation Crisis: Europe's Railways
Progressive Fix

Parking Lots Shouldn't Take Up Prime Streetfront Real Estate
StreetsBlog Network

Rallies Across The Country Call Attention To National Transit Funding Crisis, As Riders Begin To Join Forces
Transportation For America

Should We Plan Transit For "Bikeability?"
Human Transit

The Stimulus In Downtown: Federal Recovery Act Has Already Sent More than $500 Million To The Community ("The largest grants have gone to public entities such as Metro — the transit agency got $66.7 million to help fund the Gold Line Eastside Extension, and another $241 million to overhaul its fleet of buses running on compressed natural gas.")
Los Angeles Downtown News

TomTom's Latest Traffic Study Reveals Most Polluting Roads In The United States: Data From GPS Users Give Detailed View Of The Environmental And Economical Impact Of Carbon Emissions From Traffic Jams On Nation's Primary And Secondary Roads
("Of the top ten most polluting major, or interstate, roads in the country, seven are in California, including: I-5 South (#1); I 10 East (#2); I 405 South (#3); 60 East (#4); I 5 North (#6); 101 South (#8); and I 210 East (#9).")
Market Watch

Stranded At The Station: Mapping The Transit Funding Crisis
(Map of service cuts, layoffs, and fare increases at 150+ U.S. transit agencies : "With public transportation ridership at record highs, transit agencies across the country are facing unprecedented fiscal crises in this economic downturn, with many laying off workers, cutting back service drastically, and raising fares at the worst possible time. Americans took nearly 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, a four percent increase over 2007 and the highest level since 1956. Public transportation use has increased 38 percent since 1995 — nearly triple the growth rate of the population of the United States. Incredibly, these record ridership numbers are being met with one trend at transit agencies from coast to coast: Service cuts, layoffs, and fare increases.")
Transportation For America

Villaraigosa Presses Obama To Speed Up Funding For Local Transit Projects

Will The Metro Board Overload "30 In 10" With Highway Projects
StreetsBlog LA