Transportation Headlines, Friday, Oct. 30

Here are today’s transportation headlines, courtesy of the Metro library.

Recommending reading:

Mayor Villaraigosa seems to be committed to transit, but what about bicycling? Stephen Box over at City Watch ponders whether things would be different in Los Angeles if the Mayor actually rode a bike to City Hall and experienced first hand all the issues bicycle activists are up in arms about.

Transit activist from the Southern California Transit Advocates, Dana Gabbard, takes on LA Observed on its own turf after one writer claimed the Westside subway would “never, ever, possibly happen.”  Gabbard’s message: get real.

The California High Speed Rail Blog rhetorically asks, “How much per driver did US freeways lose?” in response to a PEW report that revealed Amtrak lost $32 per passenger in 2008.  The blog then delves into the numbers to show that over the past decade Amtrak has actually increased ridership and improved farebox recovery.

Full list of headlines after the jump:

A 5th Option? (Little Tokyo Community Council Asks Metro To Consider Underground Station At Nikkei Center Property)
Little Tokyo Unplugged

Amazing German Bike-Carrying Train
Wired

Amtrak To Assume All Commuter-Train Operations For Metrolink
Progressive Railroading

Announcing The 2010 Bike [and Pedestrian] Summit!
Urban & Environmental Policy Institute

At Senate Climate Hearings, Lots Of Transport Talk And All Eyes On Baucus
LA Streetsblog

Bad News For the Mayor: Money To Privatize Infrastructure Drying Up In Recession
LA Streetsblog

LA 2.0: Refresh, Reinvent, Re-Imagine – Join Fellow Urban Thinkers for LA 2.0, A Call For Fresh Ideas For The 21st Century City
GOOD

How Much Per Driver Did US Freeways Lose?
California High Speed Rail Blog

If Only The Mayor Rode A Bike…
CityWatch

LA’s Draft Bike Plan Is A Step Backward On Bike Lanes
CICLE

Metro Talks About Regional Connector: Downtown Meetings To Update Residents On Rail Plans
Los Angeles Downtown News

MORE Confessions Of Spatial Navigators (Part II)
Human Transit

(New York) MTA To Publish Board Materials On Internet
Newsday

OCTA Contemplates Route Reductions During Deficit
Examiner

OCTA Grants $1.5M For Long Beach Street Improvements
Long Beach Post

Privately Run Infrastructure Deals Dry Up
USA Today

SANDAG To Try Social Media
KPBS

Smart Traffic: How We Get From Point A Today To Point B Tomorrow
IBM

Take Transit Seriously, LA Observed
LA Observed

Villaraigosa Wants Transit Projects On The Fast Track: The Mayor Envisions Completion In 10 Years Instead Of 30 And Makes Rail His Top Priority – His Plan Would Need At Least $10 Billion In Additional Funds
Los Angeles Times