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Transportation Headlines for Friday April 30, 2010

22 Cities That May Have New Streetcar Lines Within 2 Years
Scientific American

Back To The City
(The suburbanization of business headquarters may be coming to an end. "Research...shows that out of a number of daily activities, commuting has the most negative effect on people’s moods. And economists...found that commuters who live an hour away from work would need to earn 40% more money than they currently do to be as satisfied with their lives as non-commuters.")
Harvard Business Review

"Cadillac Of Steam" To Ride The Rails Again
Los Angeles Times

California High-Speed Rail Plan Troubled, Official Warns: The State Auditor Cites Poor Planning And Uncertain Funding. She Says The Result Could Be Delays Or A Failure To Complete The System
Los Angeles Times
High-Speed Rail Authority: It Risks Delays Or An Incomplete System Because Of Inadequate Planning, Weak Oversight, and Lax Contract Management (Full-Text Report From California State Auditor : 52p. PDF)

China Still Interested In CA HSR - But So Are Others
California High Speed Rail Blog

Council Delays Vote On Bus Fare Increase
Santa Monica Daily Press

Expo Line: LA Planning Yet To Get On Board

Heads Up: Street Closures In Downtown & Westwood For May Day Immigration Rallies

Hollywood & Vine Case Study Panel Discussion (May 5 : "Hollywood & Vine, one of the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented projects in LA, encompasses an entire city block on the Walk of Fame...includes transit improvements at the Hollywood/Vine Metro Red Line Station.")
Urban Land Institute

Inland Corruption Probes Linked To Push For Legislation ("Boards of local government appointees, such as Riverside County's transportation agency, someday could eject members facing criminal charges under a bill approved Wednesday by a state Assembly committee.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

LEED For Neighborhood Development Formally Launches To Promote Smart, Sustainable Land Use
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

March Expected To Snarl Traffic Saturday: Labor And Immigration Rally To Cause Delays In Historic Core, Civic Center
Los Angeles Downtown News

Microsoft Introduces Social Media Directory For State And Local Government
Government Technology

National Train Day Is Saturday, May 8, 2010
National Train Day
Events Scheduled At Los Angeles Union Station

Public Transit? In L.A.?
("Public Transportation in LA might sound like a contradiction, but for over 25 years LA has been building a system which looks like it is coming into its own. See images of the public transit lifestyle of Angelinos in the MetroRiderLA group. Also, the Metro Library And Archive's Photostream has fascinating images of the historic and emerging transit lines of Los Angeles.")
Flickr Blog

Quick Hit: How Bad Is The City's Pothole Problem?
StreetsBlog LA

RITA Speaks: What Technology Can Do For Transportation Safety (Research and Innovative Technology Administration)
StreetsBlog DC

The Road Gang: Roadbuilding Lobby Wary As Livability Advocates Gain Momentum
Center For Public Integrity

San Diego Plans Extension To Its Trolley Network, Mostly Skipping Over Inner City
Transport Politic

San Diego: The Rail-Bus Balance
Human Transit

State Bullet Train Might Take A Detour Under Dodger Stadium
Eastsider LA

Through The Grapevine: Streams Of Transit In Southern California's Great Pass (exhibit)
Center For Land Use Interpretation (Culver City)

Transportation Agency Gets State Funding for 405, 22 Freeway Project
Contra Costa Times

Streetcars Are Making A Comeback, Thanks Largely To Obama
Clean Technica

What Do These Things Have In Common: Smog, Highway Widenings, And Congestion?
StreetsBlog LA


Transportation Headlines for Thursday April 29, 2010

10% Set Aside Passes, LADOT Makes The Case That It Needs Reform
StreetsBlog LA

Agencies May Not Like Facebook's New "Like" Feature: Changes To Social Networking Site Pose Questions For Agencies, Says One Privacy Expert
Federal Computer Week

Bicycles And The "Immigrant Effect"
("Although L.A. County has the largest concentration of immigrants in the U.S., immigrant community outreach has not been incorporated into city planning. In fact, an Internet survey was the most significant element of the public participation process for the bike plan revision.")

A Bronx Tale About Mass Transit: Take Note, Los Angeles ("Though I'd come to N.Y. for the Project For Public Spaces training, it was the DOT transit and public space projects and Sadik-Khan's leadership that captured my imagination.")
Huffington Post

California Poised To Allow Personal Vehicle Sharing Resources
StreetsBlog SF
Car-Sharing Resources Online

Cities Blazing A Green Trail

Lousy Roads Cost You $335 Annually

On Emissions, CA Lawmaker Questions Whether CA Should Lead The Way
StreetsBlog DC

Our View: Foothill Transit Fare Hike May Be Necessary
Pasadena Star-News

The Problem(s) With Westlake MacArthur Park
StreetsBlog LA

Quick How To: Airport Transit
(recommendations for public transit from Inland Empire to all five major Los Angeles area airports)
Riding in Riverside

Residents Take Notice As LED Streetlights Take Over L.A.

Silver Streak: Amtrak's Beef-Powered Passenger Train Debuts
Fast Company

Texting While Driving Is Increasing, Auto Club Study Finds

Train Stopped Safely By "Dead Man" Feature
New York Times

Transportation Project Bids Fall Amid Recession
San Francisco Chronicle

UCR-Area Residents Sound Off On Lack Of Noise Prevention With Perris Train Project
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Who's To Blame For Our Crumbling Roads Bridges? Democracy, For One
Road Work Ahead: Holding Government Accountabe For Fixing America's Crumbling Roads And Bridges (57p. PDF)
U.S. PIRG Education Fund

The World's 18 Strangest Airports
(photo gallery)
Popular Mechanics


Transportation Headlines for Wednesday April 28, 2010

Amtrak Runs Its First Biodiesel Train

BTS To Track Freight-Rail Yields As Transportation Indicator
Progressive Railroading

Community Transportation Expo
(Long Beach, CA : May 23-28, 2010)
Community Transportation Association Of America
Conference Brochure (12p. PDF)

Developers Ride Culver City Line: Projects Now On Track Near Future Train Station
Los Angeles Business Journal

Do-It-Yourself Maps Of Real-Time Information
Human Transit

Expo Update: Farmdale Station, Color Code Issue
Curbed LA

Go Play On The Freeway!: Cap Park Proposals And A Look Back At The Highway Relationship To Park Planning In Los Angeles
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Los Angeles Is Still The Nation's Smoggiest City: The Metropolitan Area Averages More Than 140 Days A Year With Dangerous Ozone
Los Angeles Times

Railroad Study Assails Positive Train Control
Journal Of Commerce

Truth About The "Trip Down Market Street" Video On YouTube
(the story behind the viral streetcar video that has been viewed 1.1 million times, filmed just days before much of San Francisco was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire)
Market Street Railway

Unlocking Gridlock (First in a three-part series titled Transportation Reboot: Restarting America's Most Essential Operating System, report explores what is changing in America and the impact of those changes on the demand for new transportation capacity)
Key Findings
Full-Text Report (48p. PDF)

U.S. PIRG Slams American Transportation Priorities As Roads Fall Apart
Transport Politic

US Railroads, Customers In Dispute Over Economic Benefits Of Safety Upgrades
Dow Jones Newswire

Villaraigosa's Parking Garage Revenue Plan Called Unrealistic By Budget Committee Members
Los Angeles Times


Transportation Headlines for Tuesday April 27, 2010

Bay Area Transit Up For Unprecedented Overhaul
San Francisco Chronicle

Burbank To Unveil New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus

Federal Transit Security Inspections: A Once-Every-Three Years Affair
StreetsBlog DC

Good Transportation Planning: It's Not Magic
StreetsBlog LA

How Much Gas Does Your State Use Per Person?

How Was The West Won? With Hospitality (A look at the Fred Harvey empire of railroad station restaurants that "civilized the Wild West")
National Public Radio

Merging Transportation And Land Use Planning At The Federal Level
Transport Politic

A National Network Of Bike Trails: It Could Happen
National Public Radio

Opinion: Beauty And The Bridge - L.A.'s Iconic 6th Street Bridge Is Failing And Needs To Be Replaced; Can We Come Up With Something Good?
Los Angeles Times

Parking Initiative Could Cost City Hall Millions
Santa Monica Daily Press

Ridership On New York's Transit System Down, LA's Up
Curbed LA

San Bernardino's "Railroad Days" Celebrates An Era
San Bernardino Sun

Sci-Fi To Reality: Mass Transit In Our Lifetime

Thoughts On A Federal Policy For American Cities (including transportation)

U.S. DOT Releases Rules For "TIGER II" Grants, Bringing HUD On Board
StreetsBlog DC

Villaraigosa Wants All Parking Meters To Be Credit Card Friendly

What We Know About Bike Infrastructure: People Want It
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Why Progressive Transportation Policies Are Good For Gearheads


Transportation Headlines for Monday April 26, 2010

2 Metrolink Trains Saved From Cuts
Orange County Register

10 Freeway Ramp Closures From Alhambra To El Monte To Begin In May
Pasadena Star-News

Artist Promotes "Subway Etiquette" With Guerrilla Campaign
Animal New York

Bill To Kill High-Speed Rail Project Is Revised, Advances In Legislature
Contra Costa Times

Budget 2011: More Data For Metros
New Republic

Congress To President Obama: HSR Needs Dedicated Funding Source
California High Speed Rail Blog

Downtown 101 Freeway Cap Park Moving Ahead, Meetings Scheduled
Curbed LA

Fast Cities, 2010
Fast Company
Oakland: Zero Emission Public Transit
San Francisco: Open-Source Government

For Earth Day, Long Beach Added 2-Miles Of Bicycle Lanes

I-10 Expansion To Force Ramp Closures
(between 5 and 605)

If The City Finds Funds, Trolleys Could Cruise Through Town
(Manhattan Beach)
Beach Reporter

Library Saves The Railroads (a library keeps the railroad rolling in rural Colorado)
Highlands Ranch Herald

A Look Back: Corona's First Train Depot Was A Hub Of Activity
Riverside Presss-Enterprise

Los Angeles Without Traffic -- In Pictures

Making Muni Faster And More Reliable Through Bus Stop Consolidation

Metrolink Fares Going Up 6 Percent
Los Angeles Daily News

The Metrolink Board Today Approved Preliminary Budget Actions
Metrolink Blog

OCTA: Putting A New Media Touch On Public Transit
Gov 2.0 Radio

A Park Atop 101 Freeway In Downtown? Park 101 Open House Set For May
(Includes maps and renderings. "It will provide opportunities for the creation of new signature urban boulevards along First Street, Cesar Chavez Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Alameda Avenue and Grand Avenue that will become models for future great streets throughout Los Angeles.")

Plan For New Transbay Terminal In, Under Budget
San Francisco Chronicle

Savings Reported With New Bus System In Orange County
Mass Transit

Scientific Journal Recognizes High-Speed Rail Ridership Model: Method Of Estimating High-Speed Rail Demand Called A "Robust And Accurate Assessment"
PR Newswire
California Statewide Model For High-Speed Rail (26p. PDF)
Journal Of Choice Modeling

Should States Be Allowed To Commercialize Highway Rest Stops?
National Journal Transportation Blog

Smart Growth Incorporates Lessons From Planning Mistakes
Washington Post

Torrance Studies Ways To Reduce Train Horns, Establish "Quiet Zone"
Daily Breeze

Transit Officials Call For Billions In Security Funding
Mass Transit

Transit Projects May Be Sped Up: Initiative Aims To Help Pay For Expansions In 10 Years Instead Of 30
Glendale News-Press

U.S. High-Speed Rail's Ship Finally Comes In
Washington Post

Where Transit-Oriented Development May Be Failing
Curbed LA

Wilshire Bus Lane Project Could Be Completed By 2013