MTA Legal Audit, I-5 Widening, Gas Tax & The Deficit,Transit & Social Justice, L.A.'s Green School Buses, Transit Apps And Dating & More

Adding Cabbie Know-How To Online Maps: Nobody Knows How To Get Around A City Like A Taxi Driver - A New Method for Creating Online Maps Taps Into That Expertise
Technology Review

As A New Congress Sets Up Shop, Questions About The Future Of Transportation Funding
Transport Politic

Asleep At The Wheel: The Prevalance And Impact Of Drowsy Driving (16p. PDF)
AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety

California Investigates Bullet Train Agency Officials: The Inquiry Focuses On Overseas Trips Paid For By Foreign Governments Jockeying To Help Their Homeland Firms Secure State Contracts
Los Angeles Times

China's First Driverless Subway Lines Opens
Mass Transit

Could A Coal-N-Highways Dem Take Overstar's Place On Transpo Committee?
StreetsBlog DC

Derailed: Why High-Speed Trains Haven't Caught On In The U.S.
Fox Business

El Monte Takes On $22M In Debt To Advance Transit Village
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Estimated State Budget Deficit Reaches $25.4 Billion: The Economy, New Restrictions Approved By Voters, Phantom Savings In The Budget And The End Of Temporary Taxes Add To Gloomy Forecast By Legislative Analyst's Office For The Next 18 Months
Los Angeles Times

Event To Teach Bruins How To Travel L.A. Without Car
UCLA Daily Bruin

Five Social Media Transit Apps That Can Get You A Date

High Speed Rail Could Ask Planes And Trains To Work Together (a look at the sensibility of rail vs. flying short distances, and how JetBlue and Southwest executives differ on the comparison)

How Viable Is High-Speed Rail In California?

Litigation A Major Expense For MTA: Audit Finds Agency's Legal Costs Are Soaring, With Lax Oversight
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles School Buses Getting Greener
School Transportation News

Mapnificent: How Far Can You Go In 15 Minutes?
("Mapnificent is less of a trip planner and more of a tool for figuring out larger-scale mobility. You can pick a point on a map and select a time from the point that you could use public transit, walking or biking to get there. For example, the map tells you where you could live or work within a commute of 30 minutes using public transit.")
The City Fix

Measure R Dollars At Work: Massive Widening For I-5 Near Santa Clarita
StreetsBlog LA

MTA Audit Finds Big Legal Spending With Little Oversight: The L.A. County Transit Agency's Attorneys Spent Millions On Legal Contracts Without Board Approval And Lacked Protocols To Control The Costs Of Prolonged Litigation, A Review Finds
Los Angeles Times

New Buses To Ease Overcrowding (Sunshine Shuttle Service in South Whittier)
Downey Patriot

Oil Is Going To US$300 A Barrel, Peak Oil Coming Soon
Financial Post

Our Stagnant Gas Tax Rate Is Making The Deficit Worse
StreetsBlog DC

The Playlist Does The Locomotion: Notable Train Films
Indie Wire

The Power Of The Pursestrings Shifts To A Livability Denier In The House
StreetsBlog DC

Preparing The Automobile City For High-Speed Rail ("It’s up to Roger Sherman, AIA, to find a way to make high-speed rail mass transit work in car-obsessed Los Angeles...Sherman is currently working with three sites in the Los Angeles area: Anaheim, Norwalk, and Burbank. For each, he is developing a series of scenarios that can be implemented given certain variable criteria.")
American Institute Of Architects

Reconnecting America Releases Analysis Of Federal Sustainable Community Grants: Report Details The Innovative Ideas, Common Themes And Unique Concepts Found In The Applications
Reconnecting America

Richard Branson's New High-Speed Project

Scooter Style
(In Los Angeles, "Scooters are being turned to by Downtowners not just for being stylish, but also as a functional way to move around.")
Blog Downtown

S.F. May Hit Drivers With Variety Of Tolls (which could total as much as $1,560 a year)
San Francisco Chronicle

Tensions With States Grow Over High-Speed Rail

Think Public Transportation Isn't A Social Justice Issue? Think Again
("Public transportation speaks volumes about a society. It speaks about racism, economic injustice and the patterns of historical development as a nation -- economic, social, cultural, political, environmental -- which are embedded in a transportation system many people take for granted.")
Huffington Post

U.S. Department Of Transportation Supports Walk-Friendly Communities
The City Fix

U.S. Trade Deficit Joined At Hip To U.S. Oil Dependence
StreetsBlog Network

What Does It Take To Win A Planning Grant From The Feds?
StreetsBlog DC

With Oberstar Out, Who Will Be Top Dem On Transportation Committee?


West Hollywood Subway, BUR-Metro Shuttle, I-5 Widening, Port Job Dangers, Japan's Fastest HSR & More

Are Dense WeHo Developments A Problem Without Subway?
WeHo Daily

California High Speed Rail To Break Ground In Central Valley In 2011

Changing Vehicle Travel Price Sensitivities: The Rebounding Rebound Effect
(17p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Clipper Card Has Some Worried About Privacy Issues (Public transportation not covered by state law protecting privacy)
San Francisco Examiner

D.C. Metro To Invest In Security Protection Against Improvised Explosive Devices
Metro Magazine

The Easier, Safer Rides Of The Future
("The Department of Transportation is funding research to build "intelligent" cars that can warn you of potential accidents and suggest less-congested

Feds Award OCTA $38M For Positive Train Control
Metro Magazine

Fiscal Concerns Eased By Riding Public Transportation: Riding Public Transportation Can Save Individuals Up To $9,515 Annually
APTA Press Release

Help Us Set The April 2011 CicLAvia Date

Input From Pasadena Community Sought For New Land-Use And Mobility Plans
Pasadena Star-News

Japan Kicks Off World's Fastest High-Speed Rail Project, While Our Politicians Do Nothing

Judge Limits [D.C.] Metro Liability In Fatal Crash
Washington Post

LaHood To States: Proceed With Rail Projects Or Give Up Stimulus Funds

LA Neighbors United Asks Feds To Halt Transit Assistance For City Of Los Angeles
PR Newswire

[D.C.] Metro's Talking Buses Now Advising You On Traffic Safety
(“Pedestrian, this bus is turning! Pedestrian, this bus is turning!”)

NASA's Aviation Reporting System Improves Railroad Safety

New Free Shuttle Between Bob Hope Airport And North Hollywood Metro Station
Los Angeles Times
Press Release (2p. PDF)

New York's City Hall Subway Station
(slideshow : New York's famous City Hall subway station has been closed for decades but can now be viewed again by in-the-know riders of the 6 train)

No Wage Increase For Bus Mechanics
Orange County Register

Obama Says U.S. Gridlock Hurts Trade Posture
Journal Of Commerce

Oberstar Legacy Will Outlive 36-Year Term
Mass Transit

On The Waterfront: Port-Related Jobs Are High On Danger List ("Six of America's 10 most dangerous occupations include industries employing some 25,000 people working regularly in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.")
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Opinion: Clueless On Failed Subway
WeHo News

Rapid Bus Transit A Cheaper Alternative To Rail

Rahall To Seek Top Dem Spot On Transportation Panel
The Hill

San Francisco Passes First Open Data Law
Fast Company

State Plans I-5 Widening: Improvement To Add Lanes Throughout the SCV Will Cost About $500M
San Clarita Valley Signal

Statistical Methods And Visualization (links to 11 papers that explore modeling injury severity of multiple occupants of vehicles; methods to estimate crash counts by collision type; spatial correlation in multilevel crash frequency models; predicting rear-end crashes at unsignalized intersections; using incident management data to identify hot spots; and regression to the mean in before-and-after speed data analysis)
Transportation Research Record

Subways Threaten LA's Residential Character

They're Watching: More Oversight Of Expo Project Coming
Curbed LA

Transportation: A Moving Target Of Opportunity: Robust Technologies In Transit, Airports, Rails, Highways And Other Infrastructures Signal Jobs For System Integrators
Security Info Watch

Union Pacific Rallies Railroad Fans To Vote Early And Often To Bring Legendary Steam Locomotive To Their Towns

West Hollywood City Council's Big Dreams Of Subway-Oriented Development Goes Down In Flames, Traffic Destined To Be A Nightmare
LA Weekly

What Questions To Ask If/When AEG Announces Their Plan For Downtown Stadium
StreetsBlog LA


Congestion Pricing, New & Notable, OCTA Agreement, Expo Oversight, Driverless Cars, Aging Drivers, Roundabouts & More

Chicago Sun-Times


Associated Press

Blueprint 2010-11: Doing More With Less (4p. PDF : Eight strategic changes for the City of Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Department Of City Planning


StreetsBlog LA

StreetsBlog Network


Huffington Post

New Congress To Revisit Obama Transport Priorities ("TIGER grants have been oversubscribed and state capitals want them extended, but there is no commitment from Congress to do that...Mica also said he hopes to craft a six-year transportation spending blueprint by spring, relying less on new federal outlays and featuring plans to attract private investment for road, rail, waterway and other infrastructure improvements.")

Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

StreetsBlog DC

Southern California Public Radio

Production (178p. PDF)
UC Berkeley Energy Biosciences Institute

StreetsBlog LA


St. Augustine Record

Mineta Transportation Institute

Long Beach Press-Telegram

Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Times

National Journal


L.A.'s Bike Plan, Shifting National HSR Picture, Predictive Traffic Info, Clean-Tech Industry & More

Average Fuel Spending Drops, But We Still Use A Lot Of It
Transportation Nation
Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States' Gasoline Price Vulnerability And Solutions For Change (24p.PDF)
Natural Resources Defense Council Issue Paper

Basics: The Spacing Of Stops And Stations
Human Transit

Bus Project Offers Optimism To Some, Relocation To Others (New 60-foot BRT buses in San Bernardino County can carry one-and-a-half times the number of passengers as a conventional bus)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

City Council Prods Stimulus Spending: L.A.'s Lagging Rate Called "Embarrassing" Fodder For Opponents
Los Angeles Daily News

Clean-Tech Industry Loses Several Advocates In Congress: Election Results In California Bode Well For Alternative Energy Projects In The State, But There Might Be Less Federal Funding
Los Angeles Times

Construction Authority, Montebello Discuss Compromise For Railroad Crossing Project
Pasadena Star-News

A Dear John Letter About The Wilshire Subway To The Westside
Huffington Post

California Statewide General Election: Maps (county-by-county maps show who voted for what)
California Secretary Of State

The Cities We Want: Part I: Do We Want Urban Spaces That Are Big Or Small? Spread Out Or Compact? New Or Old?

For Traffic, Real-Time Information Is Too Late ("The future in transportation engineering is to move from today’s reactive model – in which we discover a traffic problem in real time and then scramble to fix or avoid it – to a predictive model, which uses advanced analytics to model what traffic patterns are likely to be in the near future.")

GOP-Controlled House Might Hinder Villaraigosa's Transit Funding Request: Republicans Are Vowing To Cut Government Spending, But The L.A. Mayor And Others Argue That His 30/10 Plan -- Seeking Federal Loans To Expedite Key Transit Projects -- Is A Wise Use Of Federal Money
Los Angeles Times

A High-Speed Derailment ("Several newly elected Republican governors from states that received rail funds have indicated that they don’t want the money.")
New York Times

Human Transit Has Come (Back) To L.A.
MetroRider LA

Identifying And Using Low-Cost And Quickly Implementable Ways To Address Freight System Mobility Constraints (137p. PDF)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program

Is The Digital Age Changing Our Desire To Drive?

L.A. Planning Commission Aligns With Cycling Community, Rejects City's Bicycle Plan

Opinion: Will Gridlock Trap 30/10?: It's Clear That 30/10's Road To Realization Has Become A Lot Rougher In The New Congress
Los Angeles Times

The Perplexing Question: Hire Local Or Shop For An Import?
("City Hall is faced with three options as it prepares to deal with LADOT; hire from within and avoid the time and expense of a national search while pursuing familiarity, hire from the outside and go after a transportation "Rock Star" with a demonstrated track record for innovation, or seize the opportunity to pursue efficiency and fold the LADOT into other city departments.")

Plan For $3-Million Universal City Development Comes Into Focus
Los Angeles Times

Project: What's The Best Bus Route In America?
("What is it about your bus route that you love? Is your bus driver brilliant? Is the view from your window breathtaking? Do your fellow riders characters belong in a Hemingway novel? Show and tell us why your bus route is the best in America.")

San Bernardino Celebrates Rich Railroad History
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The Shifting Federal HSR Picture
California High Speed Rail Blog

Top Architects To Talk Los Angeles Development
Los Angeles Downtown News

Train In Vain?
("What is bad news for train supporters in Wisconsin, Ohio, and New Jersey could be good news for commuters in California and the Northeast.")
The Economist

A Tribute To James Oberstar (panel of transportation experts pay tribute to the outgoing Chair of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee)
National Journal Transportation Blog

Tunnel Vision: Beverly Hills Officials, Business Split On Location For Subway Stop
Los Angeles Business Journal

Who's Scared Of a Transit Bridge?
Next American City

With Cellphone Service On [D.C.] Metro, Riders Brace For Noise
Washington Post