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Transportation Headlines for Friday February 26, 2010

70 Years Ago: Digging Completed For Figueroa’s First Street Cut
Blog Downtown

Approval Of Light Rail Concerns Neighbors
Santa Monica College Corsair

Decongesting Rail Traffic Is A Major Step To Raise Fuel Efficiency
New York Times

Driving Green: L.A. Flush With Freeway Cap Park Proposals (Putting roofs over sections of freeway and building a park on top? There are currently four cap parks in the works in Los Angeles)
Architects Newspaper

Eng Proposes Selling Caltrans Homes Along 710 Route
Pasadena Star-News

Fights On Public Transit: Oakland Bus Fracas Is Latest Flash Point (A fight aboard a city bus is latest incident to be captured on video and disseminated on YouTube, heightening concern about the safety of public transportation)
Christian Science Monitor

Flying Into The Future: New Zealand Company To Make Personal Jet Packs (reaching heights of up to 1.5 miles and 60 MPH)
Telegraph (U.K.)

HSR And Economic Expansion
California High Speed Rail Blog

HUD’s Shelley Poticha Discusses Sustainable Development (Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities director on land use, transit patterns, economic recovery, and a healthier built environment)

Mexico City Launches Ecobici Bike-Sharing Program
The City Fix

MTA Votes For Audit Of Agency's Legal Costs
Los Angeles Daily News

Obama’s Partnership For Sustainable Communities Will Put The Feds’ Weight Behind Smart Growth

OCTA Backs Off Same-Time Railroad Work, Mayor Says
Orange County Register

Op-Ed: Heavy Impact Of Light Rail – Metro’s Expo Line Plan Will Hurt Businesses And Neighborhoods In L.A.’s South-Central And Westside
Los Angeles Business Journal

Raise My Taxes, Please! Financing High Quality Public Transit Service Saves Me Money Overall

Ridley-Thomas: Expo Line Dooms South L.A. To Second Class Status
LA StreetsBlog

Senate Passes Jobs Bill With Transport Funds
Journal Of Commerce

Shadow Elite: If You Believe That, I’ve Got A Bridge To Sell You… (Facing enormous budget shortfalls, mayors and governors are increasingly turning to the sale of public assets, including in Los Angeles)
Huffington Post

State Departments Of Transportation Lead The Way Using New Media
(round up of state DOTs use of social media tools to reach the public)
State Department Of Transportation Twitter And Facebook Sites (list by state)

Transportation Chief Says Bikes, Buses Are Way To Go in D.C. (Talking in-depth with Gabe Klein, D.C.'s innovative, entrepreneurial, pro-bike and pro-transit director of transportation)
Washington Post

Transportation Panel Okays Increased Speed Limit On Riverside Drive

What The County Bike Plan Is And Is Not

Will Facebook Replace Traditional Government Web Sites? (“For a certain demographic, Facebook is the only way for entering into a conversation with the rest of the world.”)
Government Technology


Transportation Headlines for Thursday February 25, 2010

Americans Moving Greener, New Federal Data Shows
Mobilizing The Region

A Bus System Reopens Rifts In South Africa
New York Times

BRU: No Fare Hikes Without Public Process
LA StreetsBlog

Building Law Seen As Threat To California History (preservationists say new law requiring new construction to meet stringent green building standards could encourage demolition of historically significant buildings)
National Public Radio

Computers Turn Flat Photos Into 3-D Buildings (Researchers are working on technology to help create 3-D models of buildings and places by using large collections of digital photos)
New York Times

Encouraging Signs In Long Beach (improved sign visibility, junction markings, and network awareness for Long Beach’s ambitious campaign to become the most bicycle friendly city in America)
LA StreetsBlog

Fun Facts About The Sad State Of American Parking Policy
DC StreetsBlog

Getting To Yes On Open Data
Next American City

Gold Line Extension Wins Distinct Honor: Light Rail Development Named Project Of The Year
Los Angeles Downtown News

How Slums Can Save The Planet (1 billion people live in slums, with 60 million people in the developing world leaving the countryside every year. The squatter cities that have emerged can teach us much about future urban living, including transportation and sustainability)

In A First, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Vows To Better Protect Cyclists, Train Officers On Bikers Rights
Los Angeles Times

On The Road Again: Driving Decline Ends
The City Fix

Opinion: Want Better Transit? Say So
Daily Breeze

Public Space = Public Health
(“There are so many good civic ideas in this town and some of them even make it past the cutting room floor. CicLAvia is one that deserves to see itself projected onto even more of LA's endless pavement. Now if Metro would only finish building the train lines to get us there”)
Huffington Post

Steps Toward A Car Free Sunday” Study Tour Of Guadalajara (first annual international Ciclovia study tour)
The City Fix

Traffic, Parking Experts Offer Residents, Business Owners Possible Solutions For Culver Boulevard

U.S. High-Speed Rail Thankfully Trails China
LA Curbed

Vancouver: The Almost Perfect Grid
Human Transit

Who Needs High Speed Rail? Scrambling For Reasons To Feel Proud About American Backwardness – While China Roars Ahead


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday February 24, 2010

45 Years Ago: Council Committees Back Plan To Put Convention Center In Elysian Park
Blog Downtown

Aviation Data Suggests A Mixed-Bag Of Rail Riders
(To what extent will high-speed rail demand impact corridor air travel?)
New Republic
Related Report: Expect Delays - An Analysis Of Air Travel Trends In The United States (Brookings Institution)

Bill Would Raise Hands-Free, Texting Fines, Extend Bans To Bicyclists
Sacramento Bee

California's High Speed Rail Dream

Cities Shortening Yellow Traffic Lights For Deadly Profit: Some Cities Have Been Shortening Yellow Lights To Nab Drivers With A Ticket, But Studies Show That they’re Raking In the Bucks At The Expense Of Public Safety

Clock’s Ticking On Expo Phase II Lawsuit: Opponents Vow To Get It Filed By Next Week
LA StreetsBlog

Fate Of 6,000 Orange County Transit And Construction Jobs In Gov’s Hands
Pacific Progressive

GM Autoworker Commutes 1,000 Miles To Keep Job
(An eight-minute commute turns into 8 hours after the job he can’t afford to leave moves away)
Huffington Post

Google Transit Launches In Europe

House Lawmakers Hail Transportation Stimulus – But Add Three Caveats
DC StreetsBlog

It Takes A Bike: An Ex-Peace Corps Volunteer’s Bike Donation Program For Developing Countries Aims To Boost Local Economies
NYU LiveWire

James Corner And Santa Monica Are Made For Each Other
(New project brings together transit, contemporary architecture and design, open space, housing and pedestrian amenities)
Los Angeles Times

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Asks Congress For Bridge Loan To Build "Subway To The Sea"
Southern California Public Radio

New Searchable Tool: Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Performance Measurement Knowledgebase
U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration Emergency Transportation Operations

One Year Later, The Verdict Is In: Stimulus Is Working
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Passenger Rail Initiative Could Give Boost To Freight: In Addition To Saving Fuel And Cutting Emissions, Proposed High-speed Rail Network Would Free Up More Track For Freight
DC Velocity

Preparing For 2014-15 “Oil Crunch” Forecast By UK Industry Group

Transit Officials Talk Plans For San Bernardino Hub
San Bernardino Sun

U.S. Chamber Launches First-Ever Project To Measure Transport Performance: Study By Nation’s Biggest Business Trade Group To Quantify Performance Of Nation’s Infrastructure And Analyze Impact On U.S. Economy
DC Velocity

Vroom! It's Time To Talk Speed Limit Increases At City Council
LA StreetsBlog

Want To Foster Walking, Biking And Transit? You Need Good Parking Policy
LA StreetsBlog
Full-Text Report: U.S. Parking Policies: An Overview Of Management Strategies
(86p. PDF)


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday February 23, 2010

Alongside LaHood In L.A., Boxer Talks Timing For The Next Transport Bill
DC StreetsBlog

Building A Smart Transportation System Means Jobs And Clean Air (Antonio Villaraigosa writes about LaHood and Boxer joint appearance at Metro)
Huffington Post

Companies To Build High-Speed Rail Cars In The US: With A High-Speed Passenger Rail Network Proposed For The US, Companies Are Gearing Up To Build The Equipment On American Soil
Christian Science Monitor

East LA To Get Grand Slammed
(“real estate boom” credits the building of the Gold Line Eastside Extension for attracting retail chains)
Eastsider LA

Freeway Messages Stir Outrage In Some Drivers
San Diego Union Tribune

Gas Prices Expected To Jump In Coming Weeks
San Jose Mercury News

Has The Golden State Gone Bust?
San Francisco Chronicle

L.A. Traffic Congestion Is Worst In U.S. (new data shows traffic peaks on Thursdays between 5-6 P.M.)
Other Findings, Including Worst Bottlenecks In The Nation

Mayor Pushes For Subway To The Sea, “Regional Connector”
Los Angeles Daily News

Measuring The Olympic Legacy
The City Fix

Metro Committee Approves Study Of New Regional Connector Plan
Rafu Shimpo

Moving Through The Recession, Part 2: Service Cuts Continue
The City Fix

MTV’s “The Buried Life” Knocks On My Door
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Multimedia For Road Commuters? (airline-style in-seat entertainment and internet access for business travelers designed for bus, taxis, metro railway systems)
Emirates Business

Port Pressured To Hire Laid Off City Workers
Cunningham Report

The Power And Pleasure Of Grids
Human Transit

Should TIGER Grants Be The Model For A New Surface Transportation Law? (panel of experts weight in)
National Journal Transportation Blog

The Sidewalks Of Today And Tomorrow: Is Concrete Our Only Option?

Under-Taxed Americans Are Too Broke To Finance Sustainability Infrastructure
Huffington Post

U.S. Vehicle Miles Traveled Rose In 2009
Wall Street Journal

You Build Some, You Wait Some (Part II): The Latest Information On 114 Downtown Projects
Los Angeles Downtown News


Transportation Headlines for Monday February 22, 2010

Association Of American Railroads Report: A Healthy Rail Network Critical To The Nation's Recovery
Full-Text Report (26p. PDF)

Advocates Make The Case For More Federal Funding For Southern California Transit And Bikeways
LA StreetsBlog

"A Bicycle Is Not A Transportation Device"
DC StreetsBlog

Calif. Drivers May Soon Pay For Accident Cleanup

Cyclists And Planners Talk, Metro Listens
Biking In LA

Extending The Gold Line Eastward Even Further (four route options narrowed to two; public meetings set this week for Pico Rivera, South El Monte, Montebello, and Whittier)

Glimpse The Wireless Future Of Transportation

Is A FOX Show Trying To Derail U.S. High Speed Rail?

"Libros Al Viento" (Books On The Wind) And Other Mobile Books (libraries operate book vending machines in transit stations)

Maglev Train Funds Being Sought Again: Gibbons To Press For State, California Assistance
Las Vegas Review-Journal

New Analysis: Major Cities Still Shortchanged By Transportation Stimulus
DC StreetsBlog

Parking Pricing Implementation Guidelines: How More Efficient Pricing Can Help Solve Parking Problems, Increase Revenue And Achieve Other Planning Objectives
(30p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Ratings System Targets Environmental Impact Of Roadways (University of Washington project looks at performance metrics and best practices; "like LEEDS, but for roads")
Environmental Leader

Record Numbers Taking Transit: Everything That Rolls And Floats Is In Service (1.6 million people a day used buses, SkyTrain, the SeaBus and the West Coast Express during first week of Winter Olympics)
Vancouver Sun

Service Cuts - Again
Riding In Riverside

Siemens to Expand U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Meet High-Speed Rail Needs: Trains Will Be Built With Renewable Energy

TIGER's Tale And Lessons For Stimulus Spending
(metropolitan areas miss out on stimulus funding)
New Republic