Transportation headlines, Monday, Nov. 30

Me being me, the first headline that caught my eye this post-holiday Monday morning is courtesy of the NYT and runs under the headline, “Sex and the SUV: Men, Women, and Travel Behavior.” While I was offended at the use of the comma after ‘women’ — it’s not necessary, people — the story didn’t tell me all that much. Women have shorter commutes than men on average but tend to have more complex patterns to their daily trips. The author doesn’t provide explanations, but my one-cup-of-coffee hypothesis is that carrying the bulk of the responsibility for child-rearing likely has something to do with it.

On his blog, Brigham Yen provides an update of construction on the Lake Avenue station for the Gold Line. For those unfamiliar, the station is entombed in the middle of the 210 freeway with entrances on the bridge over the freeway. The idea is to give the station a beefier presence on Lake — a clock-tower has even been added for aesthetic effect. In my view, the same old problems remain. The station is more than one half mile from the heart of the business district on Lake, there’s no parking, bus connections can be infrequent and standing on a platform in the middle of a giant freeway is smelly, noisy and generally unpleasant.

Another victim of the sour economy? Radio traffic reports, according to an AP story posted on the KPVC website. Instead of taking to the air — which is pricey — reporters can freelance from home by monitoring traffic on computers, video monitors and call-ins from folks actually on the road.

The rest of today’s headlines, courtesy of the Metro library, are after the jump.

AC Transit’s Extensive Service Reduction Planning Process Yields Great Results
A Better Oakland

Architect Calls For Design Contest For High-Speed Rail
Palo Alto Online News

Bike Lanes Slated For Foothill
Glendale News Press

Bus Rapid Transit: Some Questions To Ask
Human Transit

The Cable Car Took Us There
(historic Cape Horn Cable Car Viaduct, Lincoln Heights, 1890s)
Highland Park Blog

China Enters The Carpool Lane

County In Better Shape Than State, Zev Says
The Acorn

The Deadliest Roads Are Rural
National Public Radio

Doomsday Looming For Many Truckers At Los Angeles And Long Beach Ports: Clean-Air Guidelines Banning Older Rigs And Those Without Diesel Particulate Filters Take Effect Jan. 1 – Many Drivers Say The Changes Are Just Too Costly
Los Angeles Times

The Expo Line Should Connect, Not Conquer, Neighbors

Gasoline Fumes May Fuel Road Rage

Gold Line Lake Ave Station Construction Update
Brigham Yen

High-Speed Rail Authority Eyeing San Gabriel Valley Cities For A Station
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

How To Make Trucks Safer On Highways
National Public Radio

“Insecurity Cameras” To Track All Of Town’s Traffic
(Tiburon, Calif.)
National Public Radio

L.A., Long Beach Ports’ Feud Resurfaces
Los Angeles Times

Major Health Benefits Seen From Reduction Of Greenhouse Gases

New Chief, New Relationship With Cyclists?: LAPD Creates Bicycling Working Group
LA StreetsBlog

New Los Angeles Metro Line For Foodies
Times (London)

New Report: Road Funding From Non-Road Users Doubled In 25 Years
DC StreetsBlog

Nobody Walks In L.A.? Not If cicLAvia Has Its Way: The Coalition Wants To Make Sundays Virtually Car-Free, Transforming The City’s Streets Into Giant Bike Lanes – A Neighborhood Test Run Is Planned For Next Spring
Los Angeles Times

On Two Wheels, The Road Looks Different
National Public Radio

Personal Rapid Transit: Future Or Elevated Fantasy?
National Public Radio

Problems With A Front-Loaded Infrastructure Package
Transport Politic

Rail Yard Looks Like A Possibility
Santa Monica Daily Press

Railroad Crossing Safety Call
Glendale News Press

Roads Closed Due To Station Fire To Reopen Monday Morning

Sex And The SUV: Men, Women, And Travel Behavior
New York Times

Signal Fading On Radio Traffic Reports
Southern California Public Radio

Supporters Celebrate Metro Gold Line
Citrus College Clarion Online

These Traffic Reporters Do Their Work On The Fly
(history of Los Angeles helicopter traffic reporting)
Los Angeles Times

Why You’re Not The Great Driver You Think You Are
National Public Radio

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