11/23/2010

Gold Line Maintenance Yard, Replacing The Gerald Desmond Bridge, Is HSR "Techno-Glamour?," Walk Score's 2,500 New Cities & More

8 Ways To Create Better Streets In Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Patch

The Allure Of Techno-Glamour
("High-speed trains exemplify autonomy and grace, sliding along effortlessly, with no visible source of fuel. To a stressed-out public, they promise an escape from traffic jams—and, at least until the first terrorism scare, from the hassles, intrusion and delays of airport security.")
Wall Street Journal

Artist Chris Burden Building Little Freeway Network For LACMA
Curbed LA

Beyond The Triple Circle: Design Alternatives For Traffic Lights
Los Angeles Times

Crumbling Long Beach Bridge's $1 Billion Replacement Nears
Beverly Hills Courier

Digitization And Transportation: Northwestern University's Google Books Project
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

A Former Traffic Engineer On The Industry's Perverse Standards
StreetsBlog DC

High-Speed Rail Takes A Shellacking
Wired

Long Beach Bridge At The End Of Its Lifespan: Officials Expect To Replace The Gerald Desmond Bridge With One Higher And Wider To Accomodate Larger Ships And More Vehicle Traffic ("According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the project is expected to generate about 4,000 jobs each year and more than $2 billion in economic activity.")
Los Angeles Times

[N.Y.] MTA Workers Didn't Do Thousands Of Subway Safety Checks On Time, Filed Bogus Reports, Sources Say
New York Daily News

A New Political Reality Settling In For National Transportation Financing
("Austerity measures that may be introduced in the House could result in significant cutbacks in support for transit. Meanwhile, the decision by Republican legislators to phase out earmarks may reduce support for a future transportation bill.")
Transport Politic

Not Enough Clipper Cheats To Fix Glitch, BART Says
San Francisco Chronicle

On The Waterfront: Cargo Traffic Climbs Back To '07 Levels
Long Beach Press-Telegram

One-Way Car Sharing To Airports Launches In NYC: Makes Practice More Like Bike Share Or Taxi
Transportation Nation

Otis Report On The Creative Economy Of The Los Angeles Region: The Power Of Art And Artists (73p. PDF)
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Otis College Of Art And Design

Peter Appel Discusses USDOT (audio : Appel, the Administrator of the USDOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), is responsible for leveraging effective research and cross-modal coordination. In this "Business of Government Hour," innovative transportation solutions are discussed)
Federal News Radio

Residents Opposed To Gold Line Maintenance Yard Now Keeping An Open Mind: The City Believes It Has Allayed The Concerns Of Many Residents Who Signed A Letter Opposing The Construction Of The Maintenance Facility In Monrovia
Monrovia Patch

Solution To 405 Backup Nightmare: East/West Tunnels Under Wilshire & Santa Monica
Calcanis

Some Doubt Ridership Estimates For S.F.-L.A. High-Speed Rail ("Rail officials say the ambitious projections were not meant to forecast revenue. Rather, they were developed to help planners account for the harshest possible effect of the system on the environment, they say. That means the numbers needed to be as high as could reasonably be expected.")
Fresno Bee

Streetline Named IBM Global Entrepreneur Of The Year ("At the core of Streetline's technology is its patented smart parking platform which detects the presence of a car through a network of ultra-low power wireless sensors located in each parking space.")
PR Newswire

Subway Cars On Venice Blvd.?
Plus Metro

Talking The Walk: The Great LA Walk 2010 Does Wilshire Blvd.
LAist

The Tea Party Targets...Sustainable Development?
("If you believe conservative activists, smart growth is really a global conspiracy to herd Americans into human habitation zones.")
Mother Jones

Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Recipients Of New Railroad Safety Technology Grants ("Seven projects will share $50 million to help make the nation’s rail system safer by facilitating deployment of Positive Train Control (PTC) collision avoidance systems and other advanced technologies...Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) Shared LA PTC Communications Infrastructure will develop and test the communications best practices guide for all railroads that must implement a standard Vital Train Management System (VTMS) which requires an interoperable communication architecture that will allow trains to operate safely across railroad networks using the Los Angeles basin as the prototype.")
PressZoom

Walk Score Ambles Into 2,500 New Cities
GOOD

Was AV Transit Agency Board Asleep At The Board?
In The AV