Transportation Headlines for Friday March 12, 2010

8 Of the World’s Most Popular High-Speed Trains
Huffington Post

Big Blue Facility Goes Solar In Santa Monica
Get Solar

Bike Racing Is The New Football: High School Teams Ride Wave Of Momentum
Bike Portland

Il Ciclista Dolce: Michael Musto (video : Village Voice legend Michael Musto has been riding a bike in New York for over 25 years. He shares entertaining insights on not possessing a driver’s license, the benefits of biking everywhere, other notable New York cyclists, and how to ride successfully in a large city in all weather conditions)

Death On The Tracks: Can Trains Be Safer For Non-Passengers?

The Decade’s Top Hits (additional context for the biggest transit projects of the past decade, including sortable table columns to compare various aspects of over 70 projects)
Transport Politic

Developers In The Driver’s Seat On Transportation: Unfocused Transport Policy Leaves Real Estate Industry Eager To Give Congress Directions
Center For Public Integrity

Editorial: Going Green Vs. Going Broke
Los Angeles Times

FHWA Recovery Act Map Tells A Great Story With Few Words
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Google Bike Maps: A Cynical Cyclist Speaks Out
PC World

Google Engineer Scott Shawcroft Explains Google’s Bike Map
StreetsBlog SF

How Cars Are Killing Us Around The World (infographic)

It’s On! Neighbors For Smart Rail File Suit Against Expo Construction Authority
StreetsBlog LA
Legal Petition To Have Certification Of FEIR Overturned (26p. PDF)

Metrolink Proposing Cutbacks
Los Angeles Daily News

Monday: Talk Transit At "Transportation 2020"
Blog Downtown

Moving Through The Recession, Part 4: Can We Sustain The Biking Boom?
The City Fix

OCTA Outlines New Bus Service Cuts
Orange County Register

Pennsylvania Ave. To Have Dedicated Bike Lanes (the center of the street from the White House to the Capitol soon may be reserved for just two things: Presidential inaugurations and people riding bicycles)
Washington Post

RTC To Las Vegas Monorail: You're On Your Own
Las Vegas Sun

Time To Re-Invent The LADOT?

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

United Against Freeway Tunnel: City Officials Are Banding Together With Others To Oppose Proposed 710 Extension
Glendale News Press

U.S. DOT Cagey On Funding New Trnasport Bill As Senators Seek Solutions (Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa at Senate environment committee's hearing)
StreetsBlog DC

Willingness To Pay For Transit Improvements
Human Transit


Transportation Headlines for Thursday March 11, 2010

All Aboard – Amtrak Set To Rail About This Or That On Twitter

Angels Flight Opening By April 15th, Says Railway President
Curbed LA

Angels Flight Railway Gets PUC Safety OK
Los Angeles Times

Bicycle Sharrows Expected To Be On L.A. Streets By Summer

Budget Woes Hit Public Transport Hard (video)
MSNBC via Mefeedia

CA Transit Operators Hopeful state Diesel Tax Will Create Stable Funding
StreetsBlog LA

Cycling Coming To Google Maps In Los Angeles…Today?
StreetsBlog LA

Fuel Tax Increase Necessary To Cut Transportation Emissions
The City Fix

Google Maps Rolls Out Trail And Street Directions For Cyclists: A New Layer On Google Maps Will Let Cyclists Access Maps Of 150 Cities Around The U.S. – It’s A Bike Geek’s Dream Come True
Christian Science Monitor

High-Speed Rail: A Social Cohesion Strategy For the U.S.?
Brookings Institution

L.A. Parking Enforcement Officers Wrongly Issue Tickets At Broken Meters: After Numerous Complaints From Constituents, Councilman Tom LaBonge Asks Transportation Department To Clarify The Issue
Los Angeles Times

Looking Inside A Bus Routing Algorithm (video : creative depiction of how planners used Toronto Transit Commission’s open data to create a trip planner)
Flowing Data

Metro Gold Line Noise Solution On Track
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Opinion: Santa Monica Needs A Monorail
Santa Monica Daily Press

Railway Shift Could Save Buena Park
Orange County Register

South Korea Unveils “Recharging Road” For Eco-Friendly Buses


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday March 10, 2010

AAA Looking For The Really, Really Bad Drivers To Watch “Worst Driver”
Daily Record

Best Google Street View Shots: What’s The Most Picturesque Street In The US?
Huffington Post

Buena Park's HSR Concerns
California High Speed Rail Blog

Cities Not On Track With Calif High-Speed Rail
Associated Press

Downtown Streetcar Non-Profit Readying To Rally The Public

Fight Brewing Between Council And Mayor Over Street Furniture Funds
StreetsBlog LA

The Human Body As A Subway Map
Information Aesthetics

Job Outlook For Los Angeles Expected To Improve, Survey Says
Los Angeles Times

"Let's Move" Toward A National Model Of Active Community Design
The City Fix

Making Tracks To East L.A.: Community’s Tourism Campaign Leverages New Metro Line Stop
Los Angeles Business Journal

Metrolink Weighs Cutting Train Service To Ventura County
Ventura County Star

Miami-Dade Makes Launching A Contactless Fare Collection System Easy: Miami’s New Smart Card-Based Transit System Rolls Out In Record Time
Contactless News

Next Week’s L.A. StreetSummit: Workshops And Pre-Registration
StreetsBlog LA

Opinion: Slug On The Tracks (the best application for high-speed rail funds would be to upgrade the D.C. to Boston, 150 mph Acela line to true, high-speed rail status and used as a showcase for American rail technology)
New York Times

Opinion: Why The Anti-Urban Bias? (Harvard economics professor argues that the United States has a long, pervasive pattern of anti-urban behavior that needs to change)
Boston Globe

The Road to America's Economic Recovery Starts In L.A. (due to Measure R)
Washington Post

Santa Monicans Spend $8,000 Each Year On Transportation
Santa Monica Daily Press

Seeking A Future For A Symbol Of A Grander Past (Detroit’s Michigan Central Station hasn’t seen a train in more than 20 years, and the once-stunning building is becoming a symbol of a dying American city - includes photo slideshow)
New York Times

Transit Funding Disaster: A Hard Look At What Happens When Money Is Tight
Environmental Defense Fund Way2Go Blog

U.S. Transit Trips Hit 10.2 Billion In 2009, With Light Rail Up In Nine Cities
StreetsBlog DC

Using Social Media To Fix Transit That Fails
StreetsBlog LA


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday March 9, 2010

The 10 Most Expensive Transit Projects Of The Decade (Los Angeles Red Line, Phase III is #5)

Amtrak WiFi Going National
Daily Wireless

Benefits And Pitfalls Of A National Infrastructure Bank
Transport Politic

Building An App To Help Neighbors Ride Together
StreetsBlog NY

China Promotes Its Transcontinental Ambitions With Massive Rail Plan
Transport Politic

Cities Where The Recession Is Easing
(Los Angeles showing signs of recovery)

DOT Research And Innovation Technology Administrator Peter Appel: New ITS Strategic Plan Envisions Unprecedented Mobility And Safety
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Experimental Clocks Tell Straphangers If The Wait May Soon Be Over
New York Times

L.A.’s Green Schools: Propane Buses, Solar Panels And Environmental Education
Los Angeles Times

More Big Blue Buses On The Way

Santa Monica Daily Press

MTA Plans Baby Steps For Billion Dollar NoHo Wave
Curbed LA

OCTA Backs Off Same Time Rail Work
Orange County Register

Orlando Conference Identifies High-Speed Rail’s Success Factors

Recognizing A Woman’s Role In Sustainable Transport
The City Fix

Regulatory Reform And HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

Reinventing The Wheel: “Why Cycling Saves Lives” Message From Iceland
World Streets

Saving Money By Ditching The Car
StreetsBlog LA

The Site Where Chinese Laborers Were Interred, Their Graves Forgotten, Gets A Memorial: Transit Agency Builds A Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery And Will Rebury Remains That Were Excavated During Gold Line Eastside Extension
Los Angeles Times

Transit Grants Out The Federal Door, But What About The Cuts?
Transportation For America

Transport Jobs Shrink In February
Journal Of Commerce

Transportation Gets Stimulus: Buses, Trains Rolling As Federal Money Kicks In
Pasadena Star-News

Using GPS To Tag Potholes
National Public Radio

Villaraigosa To Ask Feds For $30 Billion In Transit Money

What Advice Would You Give [D.C.] Metro’s New Interim Head?
National Journal Transportation Blog

What Happens To Transportation Reform If A.B. 32 Does Get Repealed?
StreetsBlog LA


Transportation Headlines for Monday March 8, 2010

Diamond Lil: A Busload Of Sustainable Dining (Restaurant owner and self-professed “public transportation junkie” retrofits a 1957 GMC bus as a fully featured eatery on wheels)

Enviros, Villaraigosa Slam Out Of State Oil Companies For Threatening CA Greenhouse Gas Laws
StreetsBlog LA

The Failed State Of California: The Changing Landscape Of America
New Geography

Feds Gives $89 Million In Public Transit Funds To California

First Two Metrolink CEM Cars Have Arrived!
(includes video and photos of unloading at port)
Metrolink Blog

Frequent Rider Miles?
Snob On A Bus

High-Speed Rail’s Airport Connection
Transport Politic

Initiative To Rewrite The Entire State Constitution Takes A Step Forward

LaBonge Calls For Arts District Rail Spur: Proposal Would Extend Red And Purple Lines To Sixth Street
Los Angeles Downtown News

Life's Last Journey On A Street Car Named Descanso
Eastsider LA
Pacific Railroad Society's Descanso Streetcar History Page

Obama To Nominate Ex-Army General To Head TSA, Sources Say

On A Bike, Reinventing L.A. (video : a day in the life of local biketivist Ramon Martinez)
Bicycle Kitchen

PCC, Metro Team Up To Provide Low-Cost Transit
Pasadena Star-News

Rebuilding America From Ore To Assembly
Huffington Post

A Review Of The Metro Sector Governance Council’s Meet And Confer
StreetsBlog LA

The Truth About HSR Bonds And The State Budget
California High Speed Rail Blog

U.N. General Assembly Declares “Decade Of Action For Road Safety”
The City Fix

Why Are Cyclists Included In Distracted Driving Bill?
StreetsBlog LA

With No News Of A Lawsuit, Expo Authority Shops For Contractors
Curbed LA