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Transportation Headlines for Friday January 15, 2010

As Bicycle Sharing Plans Develop, LaBonge Would Rather See Bike Stations

Bicycle Sharrows Could Be On L.A. Streets By May

Change In Policy Shift By DOT For New Public Transit Projects Is A Big Victory For the Environment And Economic Development

EPA Chief: We Need To Do More To Reduce VMT
DC StreetsBlog

Flying Bicycle Lane Lets You Soar Above Traffic

Forums To Focus On 710 Tunnel
La Canada Valley Sun

Gold Line Fillmore Station Getting Makeover
Brigham Yen

Harnessing The Web: SAN's eMedia Initiatives Inform Travelers, Connect With The Community (San Diego International Airport's social media and cross-marketing)
Airport Business

High Speed Rail To Cross Taylor Yard
EGP News

LaHood Wants More TIGER Aid In The Congressional Jobs Bill
DC StreetsBlog

Las Vegas Monorail Bankrupt; Ambac Faces Exposure

Less Cars, More Public Spaces
City Parks Blog

Mark Your Calendars: LADOT To Hold Meetings About Bus Service Cuts

Mayor’s “Online Budget Challenge” Forces Players To Pick Privatized Parking
LA StreetsBlog

[New York] MTA Unveils Open Data Policy, Clearing A Path For NYC Transit Apps

New Transit-Funding Rules Make Streetcars More Desirable
Wall Street Journal

Night-Owl Bus Riders Face The End Of The Line
OC Weekly

NTSB To Consider Final Report On Chatsworth Rail Crash
Los Angeles Times

The Rise Of the Megaregion: The Idea Of “Megaregions” Is Getting A Bit Too Much Mega-Hype (although transportation is “one area of public policy where a megaregional approach really does make sense”)

[Washington, D.C.] Metro General Manager John Catoe Jr. To Resign
Washington Post

Way2Go's To Do List: 10 Transportation Wishes For 2010
EDF Way2Go Blog

The Wilshire Subway: Oh, Say, Can You Sea?

Would You Mind Turning That Down? I’m Trying To Ride Public Transit


Transportation Headlines for Thursday January 14, 2010

28% Of Accidents Involve Talking, Texting On Cellphones
Washington Post

Amtrak To Add WiFi, Upgrade Fleet

Awaiting Crosswalk, Venice Residents Put Up Their Own Signs
LA Curbed

Big Transit News: Bush-Era Rule Tossed, Enviro Benefits On The Table
DC StreetsBlog

Blogging From TRB: Performance-Based Funding Systems In The United States
The City Fix

County Development Group Sees $1 Billion Economic Boast [sic] By Extending Gold Line
Pasadena Star-News

DOT Stimulus Payouts Approach $8 Billion
Journal Of Commerce

Extra Lane Added To 110 / 5 Freeway Connector: New Lane Will Alternate Using Electronic Signs And Lighted Pavement Markers

Extra Stop At Dorsey High Added To Expo Line?
LA Curbed

Feds Announce Change To Consider Livability In Funding Transit Projects
Transportation For America

Freight Rail Traffic Hit 20-Year Lows In 2009
LA StreetsBlog

Gold Line Crossings Exhibit Dangerous Diversity
The Bus Bench

International Transit Experts Share Advice For U.S. Subways
Washington Examiner

It's Not An M.T.A. App, But It's Close (New York MTA mobile web access)
New York Times

Legislative Analyst’s First Look At 2009 Business Plan
California High Speed Rail Blog

Report: Dozens Of Bridges Use Fault-Prone Eyebars: Caltrans Closed Bay Bridge Over Cracked Eyebar

Schwarzenegger Plan For Gasoline Taxes Slammed As "Bait And Switch"
Sacramento Bee

Spain: The Next American System?
(high-speed rail)
PBS Blueprint America

State Adopts Greenest Building Codes In U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle

State DOTs: We Back National Transport Goals – If We Get To Write Them
DC StreetsBlog

Success In Pico-Union Highlighted In New Bike Parking Resource Guide
LA StreetsBlog
Getting More Bike Parking Racks In Your Neighborhood: A Community Resource Guide (16p. PDF)

Transportation Research Board 2009 Annual Report
(76p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board

US Government Plans Overhaul Of New Start Funding Guidelines, Reducing Importance Of Cost-Effectiveness
Transport Politic

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Historic New Safety Standards For Freight And Passenger Trains
U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration Press Release

What's The Status Of The Transportation Bill?
California High Speed Rail Blog


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday January 13, 2010

AP: Road Projects Haven’t Helped Employment
National Public Radio

Bailout Beneficiary Wells Fargo Loses Transit Tax-Shelter Lawsuit
DC StreetsBlog

Blogging From TRB: Carshare, Bikeshare, We All Care For Vehicle Share!
The City Fix

Construction At Compton’s MLK Transit Center
The Bus Bench

Councilman Dennis Zine: Southern California Car Culture Here To Stay
LA StreetsBlog Official U.S. Government Website For Distracted Driving

Federal Regulations Released For New Train Safety Technology: The Automated Braking Systems Mandated By Congress Must Be Installed On All Passenger And Freight Trains By 2015
Los Angeles Times

If L.A. Is Going To Invest In Bike Lanes, Then Do It Right!
LA StreetsBlog

L.A. County Holds First Bike Advisory Committee…But It’s Hidden From The Public
LA StreetsBlog

New Parking Meters Today
Little Tokyo Unplugged

OCTA Puts Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante In Driver's Seat: He Will Take Over As Chairman For The Agency; Pat Bates Will Replace Him As Vice Chair
OC Metro

Opinion: A National Of Hunkered-Down Homebodies (America’s declining mobility rate)
New York Times

Pelosi: Gas Tax Hike Doesn’t Have Majority Support In Congress
LA StreetsBlog

Safety, Traffic Concerns Raised When 3.5-Mile-Long Freight Train Rolls Through L.A. Basin
Los Angeles Times

See The New Design For Big Blue Bus Shelters At The Community Meetings
Green LA Girl

Spurred By Metrolink Crash, Rails Move Closer To Installing Automatic Brakes
Los Angeles Times

South Bay Bicycle Coalition’s Regional Plan Gaining Momentum
Daily Breeze

Street Corners Vs. Cul De Sacs
(walkability’s influence on crime, housing costs)
New York Times

The Transportation Stimulus Has Not Created Jobs - But Was It A Bust?


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday January 12, 2010

2010 High-Speed Rail In The United States: An International Practicum On System Implementation (Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles : February 11-13, 2010)

Ballot Initiative Barring State From Taking Local Funds Gains Steam
Daily Breeze

Beyond Neo-Victorianism: A Call For Design Diversity (advocating a return to the post-war mixed-use districts that provided pedestrian scale but encouraged automobiles and parking)
New Geography

Buses, Trains Are Plugging In To The Times With Wi-Fi
Chicago Sun-Times

City Attorney To Weigh Options On Bicyclist Anti-Harassment Ordinance

City Council Public Safety Committee Blows Easy Chance To Support Cyclists
LA StreetsBlog

Commuters Are Leaving Mass Transit For Their Cars, And They Have Their Reasons
San Jose Mercury News

Concerns Raised As Expo Rail Construction Continues
USC Daily Trojan

Editorial: L.A. Needs A Long-Term Plan - The Poorly Managed City Needs A Road Map For The Future For Land Use, For Its Government Workforce And For Finances
Los Angeles Times

Final Draft Of APTA 2010-2014 Strategic Plan Available For Member Comment
Full-text report of The First Steps To Transitvision 2050 (31p. PDF)

Full 405 Freeway Closures Begin Early Wednesday Morning

High-Speed Rail Plan Flawed, Says Legislature’s Financial Analyst
Los Angeles Times

LADOT Outlines Massive Cuts, Fare Hikes, For DASH
LA StreetsBlog

LADOT Recommends Cutting 11 Bus Lines, Doubling Cash Fares

More Cuts To O.C. Bus Service Might Be In Store
Orange County Register

MTA Bus Drivers Indicted
Culver City News

Obama Administration Working On Its Own Six-Year Transportation Bill
LA StreetsBlog

On The Subway In Their Skivvies: No Pants Day 2010

A Picture Is Worth: Advertising By Amtrak In TSA Security Line

Schwarzenegger Budget Tallies $397 Million From Traffic Camera Tickets
Sacramento Bee

Stop Yawning And Start Building Trains And Other Infrastructure
Huffington Post

Time Warner Cable Offers Customers A Solution To Southern California’s Traffic Woes
Triangle Software

Wave Of Imports Lifts Ports: Cargo Volume In December, Including At L.A. And Long Beach Facilities, Suggests A Recovery Is Underway
Los Angeles Times

White House And Congress Take Issue With AP’s Transport Stimulus Claims
DC StreetsBlog

World Warming To Greener Train Travel


Transportation Headlines for Monday January 11, 2010

Bring Income Based Traffic Fines To LA
MetroRider LA

The CityFix Guide To Communication And Mobility At TRB's Annual Meeting
The CityFix

Coming Soon: A Senate Jobs Bill...With A New Approach To Transport?
DC StreetsBlog

A Cyclist By Any Other Name
DC StreetsBlog

Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards
New York Times

Does Transit-Oriented Development Work Even Without Transit?
LA StreetsBlog

Facebook Refuses To Remove Group Promoting Anti-Cyclist Violence
LA StreetsBlog

The Fake Freeway Sign That Became A Real Public Service

Follow TRB On Twitter
The Transit Wire

Freeway Will Be Closed For Construction (I-5 in Buena Park)
Orange County Register

Governor Wants To Catch Speeders With Red-Light Cameras To Help Balance Budget
Los Angeles Times

Governor's Proposed Budget Summary: 2010-11
California Department of Finance
(Proposed Budget Detail)
(State Transit Assistance)
(California Transportation Commission)
(Transportation Financing Authority)
(Department of Transportation)

Green Box Biking And Safety: It's All In Our Heads

Metrolink Cuts 10 Trains But Fares Stay Put: Eight Weekend And Two Weekday Routes On The Commuter Rail System's Inland Empire / Orange County Line Will Be Eliminated Starting In February
Los Angeles Times

[New York] M.T.A. To Unveil A Makeover Of Its Web Home
New York Times

Oakland Proposes Bus And Bike Lane Across City
(plan proposes creating what may be California's longest "complete street," with bike lanes, bus lanes, and pedestrian improvements)
San Francisco Chronicle
National Complete Streets Coalition

The Parlor: Santa Monica's Permit Woes
LA Subway Blog

San Francisco Sees A Transit Center Revitalizing Downtown

Trains Restored On Line, For Now: Airport Officials Had Especially Opposed Plan To Cut Ventura County Routes
Glendale News Press

Ventura County's New Parking Standards: A Guide For Los Angeles?
LA StreetsBlog

Whittier Officials To Lobby For Gold Line Extension
Southern California Public Radio