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Transportation Headlines for Friday January 8, 2010

Caltrans To Report To Public On 710 Tunnel Study
Pasadena Star-News

Evaluating Transportation Economic Development Impacts: Understanding How Transport Policy And Planning Decisions Affect Employment, Incomes, Productivity, Competitiveness, Property Values And Tax Revenues (97p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Finding The Rail Line Bucks To Get LA To LAX In 2010

First Couple Of Public Transportation
LA Weekly

For Better Or Worse, Webster’s Word Of The Year 2009: Distracted Driving
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Funding Problems Could Delay 7th St. Freeway Reconfiguration
Long Beach Press-Telegram

A Grand Gateway For Denver’s Transit Users
Transport Politic

High-Speed Rail Authority Head To Retire In March
Sacramento Bee

Highway Barriers Stifle Sound, Sight, And Soot
U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration

Improved Sepulveda Boulevard Makes Its Debut
Los Angeles Times

LA Traffic Tips And Shortcuts
Huffington Post

Little Truck, Big Job, For Westside Subway Planning
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 3rd District

Los Angeles Tops List Of 99 Metros Losing Jobs
Los Angeles Business Journal

Public Transit Best Vehicle For Economic Recovery
Progressive States Network

Record Year For Muni Bond Sales Seen As N.Y. MTA Preps Offering
(round-up of issuers of Build America Bonds)
Business Week

Reducing Traffic Congestion And Improving Travel Options In Los Angeles

Statewide/Local Advocates Slam Schwarzenegger’s Rumored End-Around Cut On Transit Funding
LA StreetsBlog

Study: Almost Half Of PCH Intersections In South Bay Need Fixing
Daily Breeze

Transport Economist Challenges Claim That “VMT Causes Growth” (vehicle miles traveled)
DC StreetsBlog

The U.S. Transportation Financing Crisis: A Snapshot From The States
LA StreetsBlog

Waiting For Multi-Year Legislation (For cash-strapped state and local governments with critical transportation infrastructure needs, the coming year will be bittersweet)
Bond Buyer


Transportation Headlines for Thursday January 7, 2010

Advisory Committee For Gold Line Eastside Extension Meets Next Thursday (Jan. 14, 2010)
LA StreetsBlog
Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Review Advisory Committee website

Bike Master Plan Comments Due Friday: Here’s Mine
LA StreetsBlog

City To Uncle Sam: Can We Borrow A Few Billion For New Trains?
LA Curbed

Devastation In The Aftermath Of California’s Transit Funding Crisis
California Transit Association

Dodd And Dorgan Retiring: The Consequences For Transportation Policy
DC StreetsBlog

Enterprises Are Key To Smarter US Transportation
Internet Evolution

How Google And Portland’s TriMet Set The Standard For Open Transit Data
SF StreetsBlog

I-405 Expansion in LA Offers a Case Study of the Fundamental Law of Traffic Congestion
Environmental and Urban Economics

Initiative Launched To Protect CA Transportation Funds

L.A., Long Beach Ports Fight To Stay Dominant
Los Angeles Times

New Report Finds American Auto Fleet Shrinking
DC StreetsBlog

Omnitrans Gains New CEO: One-Time Mechanic Says He Aims To Boost Ridership
San Bernardino Sun

Should Drivers Be Taxed By The Mile?
Houston Chronicle

Tales From A Bus In Los Angeles
Huffington Post

Transit Committee Favors Naming Rights (San Diego County’s North County Transit District marketing committee recommends naming rights for train stations)
North County Times

Troubling Silence On Transit In Gov's State Of The State Address
LA StreetsBlog

Washington State GIS Transportation Repository Takes Long Road
Government Technology

What’s A Computer Doing On This Bus? (Singapore outfits bus with laptops, monitor, and printer)
Asia One

Why America Needs Trains
(by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden)
Huffington Post

With Congestion Pricing, Saving Time Trumps Reducing Pollution
LA StreetsBlog

You Can Drive 55: How A National Speed Limit Could Improve Our Lives


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday January 6, 2010

Are [Transit-Oriented Developments] Over-Parked?
Reconnecting America
University of California Transportation Center Policy Brief (2p. PDF)
Full-text report (54p. PDF)

California Watchdog: Historic Reviews Slow Stimulus
Huffington Post

Cars, Community Gain Equal Footing From Living Streets
Washington Park: The Profile

The Case Against Bike Paths
LA StreetsBlog

Computers Guide Traffic Lights To Reduce Congestion For Commuters, Other Drivers
Washington Post

Crossing The Bay Again - But Not Necessarily With BART
Transport Politic

Environmental Reviews: Helpful (And Hurtful) to Many Ideologies
LA StreetsBlog

Facebook Site Takes A Look At Red-Light Camera Tickets
Public CEO

Federal Agencies May Have To Consider Climate Before They Act
Los Angeles Times

Group Urges Comment On City Bike Plan (Friday is last day to offer recommendations)
Los Angeles Downtown News

L.A. Seeks Federal Loan To Speed Measure R Projects
Los Angeles Daily News

LADOT: We’re Too Poor To Staff Bike Advisory Committee Meetings
LA StreetsBlog

Leadership From Columbus: A Great Transit Advocacy Website
Human Transit

New Contract Keeps Foothill Transit Buses Rolling
Southern California Public Radio

A Real L.A. Gift: Light Holiday Traffic (Sandy Banks speaks with LACMTA's Doug Failing and Transit Coalition's Bart Reed about this seasonal phenomenon)
Los Angeles Times

Stretch Of Grand Avenue May Be Transformed Into A Park: The Street Would Be Narrowed Between 9th And Olympic In Downtown L.A.'s South Park Neighborhood To Create Green Space For Residents
Los Angeles Times

Transit Fare Inflation Hitting Health Insurance-Like Levels?
DC StreetsBlog

Understanding The Rise And Fall Of Urban Economies
Seeking Alpha

U.S. Car Ownership Shifts Into Reverse
Globe and Mail

Ventura Plans To Begin Several Road Projects This Year
Ventura County Star

The Web 2.0 Paper Trail Problem
(As more public agencies use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, their IT officials are trying to determine whether those communications should be archived — and how to do it)

West Hollywood Shows Us How To Use Stimulus Funds To Make A Difference
LA StreetsBlog

Westwood One Acquires Sigalert
Los Angeles Business Journal

When The Streetcars Return
LA Metblogs

Whittier Plans To Install New Bus Stops
Whittier Daily News


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday January 5, 2010

Airlines Choose Alternative Fuels En Masse

APTA: Economic Slump Hitting Transit Ridership…But Not In L.A.
LA StreetsBlog

Are High-Speed Trains The Future Of Travel? (video interview: Maglev 2000 inventor Jim Powell)
Fox Business

Bills To Curb Distracted Driving Gain Momentum

Death To Dead Ends: Will The New Suburbia Omit Cul-De-Sacs?
Fast Company

Gold Line Riders Tour Nacimientos
Los Angeles Times

How About A Rail Line All The Way To LAX In 2010?

Integrating The Transportation Network Through Energy Credits
Transport Politic

LA's Best Bike Plan - "Bringing Home The Bacon!"

More Editorial Page Folly
California High Speed Rail Blog

New Year Begins With Distracted Driving On The Media, Legislative Radar
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

No Streetsie Left Behind: Even More Awards For 2009
LA StreetsBlog

Rebranding TransLink
San Francisco Examiner

Rethinking Public Participation For Smart Growth
The City Fix

San Francisco Ready To Begin Construction On Transbay Terminal
Transport Politic
San Francisco Transbay Transit Center animation (video)

Schwarzenegger’s Folly: Rumored Budget Would Slash Transit Funds And Gas Tax
LA StreetsBlog

Smart Growth America Analysis Reveals Transportation Projects Create The Most Jobs At The Lowest Cost
Transportation For America
Press Release
Full-text report (13p. PDF)

The State Of Transportation (What were the three most important transportation developments of 2009, and what should be the top three transportation policy priorities of 2010, either for government at any level, or for the private sector?)
National Journal Transportation Blog

Three Years Of Bottlenecks On The 405
Los Angeles Daily News

Transit Agencies Upset By Governor Schwarzenegger's Plan To Divert Funds
SF StreetsBlog

Why Doesn’t The U.S. Have Decent Rail Service? Blame Democracy


Transportation Headlines for Monday January 4, 2010

The 2009 Capitol Hill Streetsies! Meet The Winners
DC StreetsBlog

2010: The Year Ahead In California HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

2010: The Year In Transit
MetroRider LA

Chokepoints For Effective Transit: The Example Of Seattle
Human Transit

Cities Collaborate For Gold Line Extension Along 60 Freeway
Whittier Daily News

City Of Alhambra's 2010 Rose Parade Float (Pacific Electric Red Car: "On Track In 2010")
More information from the float builder

Cuts Proposed For Hollywood Area DASH Buses
Hollywood Unbound

Editorial: Bullet-Train Folly
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Freight Trains Make Big Comeback In Nation's Transportation Network: Warren Buffett's Recent Purchase Of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Shows The Renewed Importance Of Railroads In The Global Supply Chain
Los Angeles Times

LAX Is Permanently Closing Parking Lot B
Los Angeles Times

LED Signals Seen As Potential Hazard
New York Times

Los Angeles’ Red-Light Ticket Ripoff
LA Weekly

Openings And Construction Starts Planned For 2010
Transport Politic

Metro Gold Line May Extend More To East L.A.

More Budget Pain, Cuts Ahead For California In 2010
Huffington Post

Nighttime Freeway Closures On The 10, 605 Freeways This Week

One Day, I Will Be Able To Tweet Underground: Metro To Write RFP To Install Cell Service In Subway Tunnels
LA Subway Blog

Opinion: A Trainsportter's Guide To The Future Of The World
New York Times

Public-Transit Passengers Face Rough Ride: Agencies Nationwide Raise Fares, Cut Service As Budget Pressures Mount
Wall Street Journal

Sustainability Comes Of Age
New York Times

A Symbol Of Progress: Detroit's Striking New Transit Center Takes On Even Greater Significance As The City Suffers Its Most Serious Economic Blow
Metropolis Magazine

“Tell Your Story” To Members Of Congress
(District Days, Jan. 6-8: opportunity to make sure members of Congress understand the importance of public transportation and the need for increased federal investment)
Passenger Transport

View From Los Angeles City Hall, Then And Now: The Changing Downtown Landscape As Captured By Two Photographers Shooting From The Observation Deck Nearly Six Decades Apart
Los Angeles Times

Year In Review: Year Of The Gold Line
I Will Ride

A Year Without Getting Into A Car
San Francisco Chronicle

The Year’s Top Transit News – State By State
Transport Politic