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HSR Profitability Questioned, Beverly Hills Tunneling, Avoiding Congestion Pricing, "Safety Train" & More

Beverly Hills Community Opposition Building Against Westside Subway

Bus Fares Increase As Los Angeles Metro Executives Get Huge Salaries
LA Weekly

Bus Cuts Drive Americans Back To Cars
Guardian (London)

California High-Speed Rail Ridership Forecast Not Reliable, Study Finds
UC Berkeley News
Review Of "Bay Area/California High-Speed Rail Ridership And Revenue Forecasting Study" (59p. PDF)
UC Berkeley Institute Of Transportation Studies

Drivers Try To Avoid Higher Tolls On Bay Bridge
(Traffic patterns are changing as commuters try to avoid congestion pricing hours in place before 10a.m.)
San Francisco Chronicle

High-Speed Rail Project's Prospects Called Unpredictable: A UC Berkeley Report Says The Ridership Forecasts Are So Unreliable That It Can't Be Determined Whether The Train Would Be Profitable Or Run In The Red
Los Angeles Times

Kids Safer On The Subway (A recent study shows that traffic fatality rates are lower for children in areas where public transit is widely used)
The City Fix

L.A. Losing Millions In Uncollected Parking Tickets And Fines: An Audit By City Controller Wendy Greuel For Fiscal Year 2008-09 Showed That Only 53% Of Some $533 Million In City Billings Was Collected, Resulting In A Loss Of $260 Million Annually
Los Angeles Times

Let's Hear It For L.A.

Metro Debuts New Rapid Service Between Downtown And Santa Monica

Metro Meets Some Community Opposition: Residents Speak Out Against Tunneling Under Neighborhood Homes
Beverly Hills Patch

Metrolink Fares And 91 Express Lanes Tolls Increase
Orange County Register

Our Cities, Ourselves: Ten Architects Re-Imagine Urban Transport In 2030
The City Fix
Bicycles As Transport: From Alternative To Mainstream

Park 101 Costs And Next Steps Outlined By Study
(Includes new conceptual sketches and plans. "The five phases of the project to cap the 101 freeway through Downtown with park space would cost $387 million, but would generate $408 million in private investment.")
Blog Downtown

Park Powers Forward: Green Component Of Grand Avenue Plan, Including A Dog Park, To Have Groundbreaking Ceremony July 15
Los Angeles Downtown News

Ride Report: Metro Rapid Line 733
MetroRider LA

"Safety Train" Ride Shows Danger To Pedestrians
San Francisco Chronicle

Santa Monica Announces Sharrows, New Bike Lane And More

Telling The Story Of Chicago, One Train Stop At A Time
StreetsBlog Network

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Is Charging Ahead In His Political Career
("Few expected this Republican in the Obama cabinet to cause such a stir. Yet, from his high speed rail advocacy to campaigning for road safety ("just say no to texting") to pushing livable communities, 64-year-old Ray LaHood has changed D.O.T.")
Washington Post

US House Panel Approves $67.4 Billion Transportation Bill
Dow Jones Newswires

What Does the Berkeley ITS Ridership Report Actually Say?
California High Speed Rail Blog

Who Is The Most Interesting Person You Have Met On Public Transportation?

Youths Welcome Subway In Beverly Hills: Metro's Proposed "Direct Connection" Subway Plans Give Local Teens A Chance To Get Out Of Town
Beverly Hills Patch


Subway Wraps, Orange Line Light Rail?, Park 101, World's Worst Commutes, Weight Loss Via Transit & More

Cities With The World's Worst Commutes
(Los Angeles? Worst in the nation, with 43% saying they believe traffic has gotten worse in the last three years, but doesn't fare too poorly when compared internationally. Moscow? Don't ask.)
Huffington Post
IBM Global Commuter Pain Study Reveals Traffic Crisis In Key International Cities

High Speed Rail Supporters State Their Case At Union Station And Beyond
StreetsBlog LA

HUD Chief Preaches Livable Communities At Conference On Cities
StreetsBlog Network

Irvine Co. Gives 20,000 Acres Of Open Space To Orange County (The parcel is five times the size of Griffith Park and doubles O.C. parklands overnight)
Los Angeles Times

Judge Throws Out Challenge To Metrolink Cameras That Monitor Engineers
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Council Approves Truck-Driving Academy Atop Old Lopez Canyon Landfill
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Planning Director Goldberg Announces Retirement
California Planning & Development Report

L.A. School District Purchase CNG Buses
Fleet Owner

Meet Alhambra Gateway, San Gabriel Valley's Arc De Triomphe
Curbed LA

MTA To Raise Fares 6%: A One-Way Ticket Will Rise To $1.50 And A Daily Pass Will Increase To $6. Fares Will Remain The Same For Students, The Disabled, Medicare Recipients And People 62 Or Over
Los Angeles Times

Next Steps... (StreetsBlog LA to cease publication July 23)
StreetsBlog LA

Now, Anyone Can Monitor Reliability
Human Transit

Officials To Mull Rail Station In Valley: California's Planned 800-Mile High-Speed Rail System Will Include One Station In The Valley Along The Statewide Route
Glendale News Press

Park 101 Pseudo-Update: Latest Rendering Reveal
Curbed LA

Riders Who Take Mass Transit Regularly May Lose Weight
National Public Radio
The Effect Of Light Rail Transit On Body Mass Index And Physical Activity (8p. PDF)
American Journal Of Preventive Medicine

SoCal Seeks High Line West: Port City Of Wilmington [Is] Completing Its Own Elevated Park, A Buffer Between Loading Docks And Domiciles
Architect's Newspaper

Subway Wraps: Innovative Transit Revenue Streams (Not Sandwiches)...
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Terrafugia Transition "Flying Car" Gets Go-Ahead From US Air Authorities
(light aircraft can convert into a road-legal automobile and will go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the FAA)
Telegraph (London)

What About Upgrading The Orange Line To Light Rail?
Ride The Pink Line

Wonktime: The Great Los Angeles Parking Debate
LA Weekly


Venice Rapid, Lessons For CicLAvia, Yellow Lights, Metrolink Cuts, Eliminating Parking & More

Airport Connector Back On Track: After Feds Pull $70 Million, BART Makes Local Stops For Funds
Bay Citizen

Barcelona's Metro Continues Its Expansion At A Relatively Cheap Price
Transport Politic

Could The Gulf Disaster Be A Good Excuse To Beef Up The Region's Infrastructure?

D.C. Tests New Parking Technology To Help Drivers Find Space, Pay More Easily
Washington Post

A High-Speed Zip Across Europe By Train
Los Angeles Times

Is The Problem Auto-Dependency Or Suburbia?
Seattle Transit Blog

Lessons From Mexico City: Ciclovia
StreetsBlog LA

Metrolink Schedule Changes Confuse Commuters: Reduction Of Routes Leaves Some Riders Scrambling
Ventura County Star

Opinion: Where To Ride Those Bikes? Denver's Public Bike-Sharing Program Is A Great Success, But It Highlights The Need For a More Complete Network Of Bike Lanes
Denver Post

Proposal For Digital License Plates Faces A Major Hurdle: Gov. Schwarzenegger
Los Angeles Times

Some Good News for Bus Riders, Rapid Buses Come To Venice Blvd.
StreetsBlog LA

Tech Saves The World: New Software Makes Existing Trains Go Faster

There's No Such Thing As Free Parking: How Eliminating Parking Spaces Could Make Cities More Nimble And Efficient

Traffic Study Sees Shades Of Gray In Yellow Lights
Washington Post

Where Have All The Freeway Sweepers Gone?

Why Is Transit In Such A Fiscal Hole?
Transportation Nation


Citizen Advisory Committees, Region-Based Gas Taxes, Tunnel Drilling, Intermodal Security & More

10 Principles For Livable Transportation
Sustainable Cities Collective

Anti-Terror Cams On Track For Subway Hubs
New York Post

Burned Before, Railroads Take Risks
Wall Street Journal

California Lawmakers Consider License Plates That Flash Ads
Los Angeles Times

Can Dutch Cycling Lessons Carry Over To Modern Los Angeles?
Flying Pigeon LA

Congress Cuts High Speed Rail Funding, California Calls For It To Be Restored

Divide And Conquer: Should States Impose Region-Based Gas Taxes?

Do Apps For Democracy And Other Contests Create Sustainable Applications?
Government Technology

Drilling A Highway 99 Tunnel Thrills Industry Pros
Seattle Times

Effective Use Of Citizen Advisory Committees For Transit Planning And Operations (76p. PDF)
U.S. Transit Cooperative Research Program

Emergency Management Training And Exercises For Transportation Agency Operations (50p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

First Phase Of Gold Line Extension [Began] On Saturday: Real Estate Developers, Politicians And Residents Hope That The 11.3 Mile Extension, Scheduled To Be Completed In Four Years, Will Bring New Development To The San Gabriel Valley
Los Angeles Times

From Buses To BRT: Case Studies Of Incremental BRT Projects in North America
(110p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

Ground-Borne Noise And Vibration In Buildings Caused By Rail Transit
(208p. PDF)
U.S. Transportation Cooperative Research Program

Improving Passenger Safety On Buses
(p. 9 of PDF : development and testing of new system for aisle-side containment in the wheelchair station on buses)
Ignition: News From TRB's IDEA Programs

Infographic Of The Day: Walking And Biking Are Rising Explosively
Fast Company

L.A. Metro Transit Agency Awards Clean Energy New CNG Station Upgrade, Operation & Maintenance Contract To Help Support America's Largest Clean-Air Bus Fleet

Measure R Projects Underway: Ground Is Broken For Foothill Extension
StreetsBlog LA

Metro Fares To Go Up July 1st: Protest Group vows To Fight Metro Fare Hike
San Fernando Valley Sun

The Misery Starts As NY Transit Cuts Go Into Effect
Mobilizing The Region

Op-Ed: Mass-Transit Initiative A Chance To Unlock L.A.'s Freeways
Los Angeles Business Journal

Public Rejects Variety Of Options For Fixing State Budgets
Pew Research Center For The People & The Press

Seeing The Street As A New Cyclist
StreetsBlog Network

States Look For New Ways to Promote Route 66 Attractions
USA Today

Transportation Security: Additional Actions Could Strengthen The Security Of Intermodal Transportation Facilities
(30p. PDF)
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Truckers Say Safety Program Needs Work
Journal Of Commerce

What's The Best Way To Create Jobs? Spend More On Roads And Bridges (We Think)

Yearlong Effort Will Add Vans To Transit Options
New York Times


Gold Line Foothill Extension Launches, Amtrak Operates Metrolink, Vision California, HSR Leadership & More

Access For All: Transit Cuts Hit U.S. Cities' Less Fortunate
The City Fix

App Development Rush Strikes California State Government
Government Technology

Battle Lines Drawn Over AB32 As Oil Companies Qualify Battle Measure
StreetsBlog SF

Cut Suburban Sprawl, Save Energy, Study Urges
(Vision California, the state's first planning document in over 30 years, calls for compact development in established cities: "bringing commuters closer to their jobs can help Californians drive 3.7 trillion fewer miles and save 140 billion gallons of gasoline by 2050.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Private Jobs On Public Roads
Orange County Register

Expo Line's Path To Service By Next Summer Still Not Clear
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Fares On Metro, Metrolink To Go Up
Southern California Public Radio

From Los Angeles To The Inland Empire: A History Of RTD Line #496
More Than Red Cars

Gold Line Foothill Extension From Pasadena To Azusa Launches
Pasadena Star-News

L.A. City Planning Reorganization Is "Game Changing"
Planning Report

Lawmaker Calls For Leadership Changes In High-Speed Rail Authority
(State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, says high-speed rail directors should not also serve on local transportation boards. The ban would prevent a conflict of interest, he says)
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Board Approves Rate Hike; Amtrak Takes Over Operation Of Trains
Los Angeles Times

More From "Future Of The City": Smart Grid's Early Mistakes

MTA Breaks Ceremonial Ground In Arcadia For Foothill Extension
Arcadia Weekly

Opinion: Time To Get Moving On High-Speed Rail

Priority Seating For Conversations
I (Heart) Public Space

RTD Picks Team To Be Partner For DIA FasTracks Line
(Public-Private partnership ready to build rail to Denver airport)
Denver Post

Scientists Harness High Speed Train Technology To Test Food
National Public Radio

Taking Bus Transit To The Max In Salt Lake City
("Salt Lake City’s MAX Bus Rapid Transit was presented a Smart Solution Spotlight award by ITS America today for pioneering a new model for bus transit that replicates the speed and efficiency of rail and makes use of the latest in transportation technology and infrastructure improvements.")
ITS America

What To Look For In Transportation-Housing Projects?
National Journal Transportation Blog

Why High Speed Rail Should Remain At High Speed
California High Speed Rail Blog