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Transportation Headlines for Friday April 9, 2010

Advocacy And Endorsements, The Next Step For Bike Advocacy?
StreetsBlog LA

Amtrak On Pace To Break Annual Ridership Record
StreetsBlog DC

Backbone, 1977 Edition (Revisits the forgotten 1977 L.A. Bike Master Plan; includes map)
Bikeside LA

Bullet Train Authority To Look At Sharing Tracks
Orange County Register

Bullet Train Offiicals Agree To Take Second Look At Sharing L.A.-Anaheim Tracks
Los Angeles Times

Dream Commute: Private Solar Pods On Public Transport

Expo Station Site Begins Transformation (Santa Monica's 1947 Sears automotive building at 4th & Colorado undergoes demolition)
Santa Monica Daily Press

The Fare Evasion Fiasco: Why Spend $171 Million To Save $4.38 Million Annually? (Vancouver Translink)
Rail For The Valley

Future Of High-Speed Rail: Passenger Growth And Freight Challenges (video)
Trains For America

Local Transportation Projects Could Create 500,000 Jobs & $68.8 Billion, Study Finds

Making Streets For Walking: Dan Burden On Reforming Design Standards

Mass Transit Fantasyland
LA Observed

More Expo Line Canopies
Curbed LA

New Poll: 27% Of Public Would Cut Transit Aid, Versus 12% For Highways
StreetsBlog DC

No Way! Way. Portland Dethroned As America's Top Cycling City

San Francisco Moves Toward Demand-Based Parking Prices
Smart Growth Online

So You Say You Want A Revolution? Introducing The League Of Bicycling Voters LA ("Save the date - the politics of local cycling will change forever Saturday, May 15, on the UCLA campus.")
Biking In LA

Southeast-Area Cities Group Endorses Washington Boulevard Light-Rail Route
Whittier Daily News

State Seeks 1.5 Million Missing People In 2010 Census
(How many people live in California? The current count could be off by 1.5 million people, and a lot is riding on the results of the 2010 Census. Planners and state leaders discuss flaws in the Census and how they'll shape state policy)

Tomorrow's SO.CA.TA. Meeting: Ask Denny Zane Your 30 in 10 Questions
StreetsBlog LA


Transportation Headlines for Thursday April 8, 2010

Bullet Train Audit Pending
StreetsBlog LA

China Offers High-Speed Rail To California
New York Times

CHSRA Releases Draft Revisions To 2009 Business Plan
California High Speed Rail Blog

Coming Soon To Popular Transport Stimulus Programs: Local Funding
StreetsBlog DC

DOT Posts Open Gov Plan; Concrete Steps Promise Transparency, Collaboration, Citizen Participation
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

FRA Unveils [Positive Train Control] Grant Program; Amtrak Accelerates PTC Installation Work
Progressive Railroading
Federal Railroad Administration Positive Train Control Grant Program Press Release

I-405 Sepulveda Pass Project Open House On Thursday
UCLA Be A Green Commuter!

Journey Into The Seventh Street Bridge
L.A. Creek Freak

Ka-Ching! Big Blue Line Fare Hike Worries Riders
Curbed LA
Proposed Fare Hike List

L.A.'s Credit Rating Downgraded By Ratings Agency
Los Angeles Daily News

Map Of The Day: Pothole Activism At Your Fingertips

Ray LaHood, Secretary Of Transportation, Makes The Case For Better Transportation Options Again
National Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Regional Connector Update: Less Connections, More Connections
Curbed LA

Transit In Los Angeles (a critical look at transit history and ridership prior to Measure R, and the prospects for future growth)
New Geography

Up, Up And Away In A Cable Car
The City Fix

Would The New Senate Fuel Tax Deal A Death Blow To The Transport Bill?
StreetsBlog DC


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday April 7, 2010

America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities
(Ratings are based on support of a vibrant and diverse bike culture. Los Angeles is not in the Top 50)

Boosting Property Values Near BRT
The City Fix

The Consequences Of HSR Misinformation
California High Speed Rail Blog

Crosswalks, Parking, And Other Suggestions For Blue Line Slauson Station
Curbed LA

Funds In Danger For $202 Million Rail Project
(Railroad and local transportation officials have less than two days to save Colton Crossing train overpass, but have not announced any breakthroughs and remain guarded regarding if an acceptable deal can be reached)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

L.A. Mayor Calls For Temporary Shutdowns Of Some Agencies: Villaraigosa, Battling With The City Council Over A Growing Fiscal Crisis, Seeks To Slash City Services Starting Monday
Los Angeles Times

Long Beach Signs On To Some Good Ideas
StreetsBlog LA

More Road Zombies Than Ever: 3.4 Million Americans Are Extreme Commuters

Now Hear This: Subway Service Announcements Are A Train Wreck, Survey Finds
New York Daily News

Our Transit Advocate's Take: Is Metro Ready For "30 In 10?"
(roundup of responses to the question of whether Metro is up to the task of completing projects on a compressed timeline)
StreetsBlog LA

Parking And Neighborhoods Should Be Focus Of TOD Revamps
Urban Land Institute Ground Floor Blog

Pedestrian Deaths By Train Remain Steady
USA Today

Streetcar Ad Hits The Streets
Blog Downtown

Traffic Reduced in Santa Clarita, Thanks To Cross Valley Connector

Urban Biking's Next Generation: 5 Snazzy Innovations

Vancouver Becomes A Transit City For 17 Days

Way-To-Go Vancouver Olympics: Lessons For Transport Planners

Which Cities Save Commuters The Most With Public Transport?
Wall Street Journal
Public Transportation Takes Us There Savings Calculator


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday April 6, 2010

Analysis Of Google's Bike-There Feature, Part I
Utility Cycling

BART Expected To Avoid Service Cuts, Fare Increases In FY 2010-11 (a variety of cost-cutting measures and $26 million in state funding enough to replenish the reserves it dipped into last year to fend off the budget crisis)
StreetsBlog SF

Caltrain Goes Broke, Will Likely Wipe Out Weekend, Night And Midday Trains
(The popular commuter train service linking San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to eliminate half its service; cities planning dense developments near train stations left in the lurch)
San Jose Mercury News

Can the High-Speed Rail Authority Dodge A Bullet?

Editorial: Safety First At Metrolink - Personality Tests For Conductors And Engineers Are Just One Part Of Upgrading The Rail System
Los Angeles Times

Functional Street Art
(In Los Angeles, wheat-pasted posters that indicate bike lanes have been cropping up on utility boxes all over the city)

A Grim Assessment Of L.A.'s Finances: City Controller Wendy Greuel Declares An "Urgent Financial Crisis" And Says The Only Way To Continue Paying Bills In the Short Term Is To Begin Draining The City's Already Limited Emergency Reserve
Los Angeles Times

Hazard And Security Activities Of The Transportation Research Board (132p. PDF)
U.S. Transportation Research Board

It's Hard To Compete With Free Echo Park Parking
Eastsider LA

Jobs Increase Across Transport Modes
Journal Of Commerce

Map Of The Day: The LA Bike Map

Mutual Benefits And Close Connections: Baseball And America's Streetcars In The 19th Century (6p. PDF)
U.S. Transportation Research Board

Q. & A.: Transportation Secretary On Biking, Walking And "What Americans Want"
(interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood)
New York Times

Streetcar Revival: Will Your Town Be Next?
(AARP takes a comprehensive look at streetcars, exploring their past demise, their comeback and spread to as many as 40 cities, and how they increase mobility for seniors)
AARP Bulletin Today

TransPass Protest: Gender's A Sticky Issue
(SEPTA is the only major city transit agency with passes containing gender identification)
Philadelphia Daily News

What Happened To The Proposed "Transportation Tax" On Wall Street?
StreetsBlog DC

What Role For Polls In Policy Debates?
National Journal Transportation Blog

Will Bikers And Pedestrians Ever Be "Equal" To Drivers?

A Year Well-Spent: One Year Spent Car-Free
Imagine No Cars: Thoughts On Alternative Transportation And Urban Design


Transportation Headlines for Monday April 5, 2010

101 Freeway Park Proposal Ramping Up: Federal Lawmaker Plays Up Plan
Los Angeles Business Journal

Americans Rebuild For "The New Urban Century"
("What's on the way out: sprawling interstates, suburban living, long car commutes. What's now in: light rail, green space and vibrant downtown districts")

Bullet Train Plan Under Fire From Local Officials: The State's Massive High-Speed Rail Project Could Save Up To $2 Billion - And Hundreds Of Homes - By Expanding And Sharing Existing Tracks Through The L.A.-O.C. Region, Local Transit Leaders Argue
Los Angeles Times

Expo Station Site Begins Transformation
Santa Monica Daily Press

Fail Rail! High-Speed Train Connecting Vegas To L.A. Comes Up 100 Miles Short
Fast Company

Finding An Appropriate Role For PPPs In The Infrastructure-Creation Process
Transport Politic

High Speed Train To Nowhere
("California is on track to devote several billion dollars to a high-speed rail system that will never be finished - because the requisite money never existed")
San Francisco Chronicle

Mass Transportation Security Mess: Report Details Chilling Inefficiencies - The Obama Administration Announces New Security Measures For Air Travel, But Trouble Rises At Ground Level
ABC News
Surface Transportation Security Priority Assessment
(30p. PDF, includes 20 recommendations for security measures)

Metro, It's Time For A Spanish Lesson
Straight Outta Suburbia / Salienda De Las Afueras
The Foreign Placename Problem In Transit Announcements
Human Transit

Metrolink Appoints New Leader: John E. Fenton Will Take Over April 16, 2010
Los Angeles Times

A New Look For Google Transit Maps
Google Lat Long Blog

Obscure Transportation Spending Watchdog To Have Meeting Monday (Independent Citizens' Advisory and Oversight Committee)
StreetsBlog LA

Pedestrian Plaza Envy: How To Make Los Angeles A Walker's Paradise
Green LA Girl

Potential Metrolink Service Cuts Scaled Back
Whittier Daily News

Private Funding And High Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

Regional Connector Meetings Ahead: Metro Planning Four Sessions To Cover Underground Alternative Starting April 9
Los Angeles Downtown News

Specifically Speaking: California's General Plans Get More Prescriptive
Architect's Newspaper

Stimulus Funding Will Help Widen The Ronald Reagan Freeway

Update On 110 Pasadena Freeway Construction
Eastsider LA

WeHo Wants Jetsons-Style Automated Parking Structure
Curbed LA

Whittier Pushes For Gold Line Route
Los Angeles Wave

Why Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 Plan Matters