The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released its 2009 California High Speed Rail Business Plan to the public. The big news? Projected costs have increased to $42.6 billion and fares are expected to be 83% the cost of typical airfare. On their blog, the CHSRA says the $9 billion cost increase is due mostly to federal rules requiring inflation to be factored in to cost calculations. The fare level was chosen because at 83% of airfare cost it offers the most bang for the buck when it comes to paying back private investors who helped fund construction.
Streetsblog LA reports that the Los Angeles County Bicylce Coalition (LACBC) is conducting an all volunteer bike count and coming up with some surprising numbers. The 2008 census reported 16,000 cyclists commuting in L.A. but so far the LACBC has counted over 20,000. The LACBC has volunteers at 56 intersections across the city.
At-grade light rail safety is always a controversial issue. The Texas Transportation Institute conducted a study of Houston METRORail accidents, which were numerous during its first months of service in 2004. Their findings? The majority of collisions occurred by auto drivers making illegal left turns into or in front of trains.
You can read the rest of today’s headlines, compiled by the Metro Library, after the jump.
The 2009 Business Plan Is Out (higher cost, higher fares)
California High Speed Rail Blog
Can Entrepreneurs Drive People Movers To Success?
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge
Crash Course In Transit Safety (examining motor vehicle collisions with light rail trains)
Texas Transportation Institute
The Exodus: 2,400 City Of L.A. Employees Prepare To Retire (includes 161 from Department of Transportation)
Google Maps Feature Watch: Nearby Transit Stops In Search Results
Greenways Can Achieve Most Of 2020 US Climate Goal (transforming our transportation system from polluter to solution)
How The Connected Car Is Altering The GPS Landscape
GPS Business News
In Compton, A Runway From The Past With An Eye On The Future
Los Angeles Times
Modern Train Service Slowed By Freight
New Center For National Policy President Hopes To Rescue U.S. Infrastructure
OCTA Scales Back Plan To Add Metrolink Trains
Orange County Register
Railroads Await FRA’s Final Implementation Rule On PTC (Positive Train Control)
Scientists Create Formula For Perfect Parking (mathematical formula to help motorists park perfectly)
Streetcar Project Receives Federal Funding, Wants To Ask For More (downtown Los Angeles streetcar project)
Press Release from the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar (2p. PDF)
U.S. System For Tracking Traffic Flow Is Faulted
New York Times
Valley Eyes $1 Million In New Fed Transportation Funding
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
What Are All Those Roadway Devices?
IN Denver Times