Let’s start the holiday week in Sin City — where else? — with a fun story by Metropolis Magazine taking a critical look at the monorail that is supposed to serve the Las Vegas Strip but is mostly out-of-view and slow. The author’s conclusion: if you’re trying to get around in Lucky Town, you might as well take the bus.
The California High Speed Rail blog has a post on a rumor making its way around transit circles: that California is one of four finalists to receive billions of dollars in funding for high-speed rail. Metro CEO Art Leahy also reported the rumor in his daily brief to staff. The rumor was pparently started with some remarks from Rep. John Mica, but the U.S. Department of Transportation won’t confirm. Stay tuned. The other three supposed finalists are Illinois, Florida and Texas.
Meanwhile, a scathing editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune questions some of the assumptions about ridership by the California High Speed Rail Authority. Specifically, the newspaper notes that ridership estimates have decreased now that the election for the high-speed rail bond is over — and estimates ticket prices have increased.
Using emails obtained under the California Public Records Act, USC Neon Tommy’s Christine Trang reconstructs some issues that she says delayed the Eastside Gold Line Extension from opening this past summer, as was orginally planned.
The rest of today’s headlines from the Metro library are after the jump.
Americans Still Driving Less
The Art Of Moving L.A.: A Conversation With Metro’s New CEO, Art Leahy (January 15, 2010)
Westside Urban Forum
California One Of 4 HSR Stimulus Finalists?
California High Speed Rail Blog
Delays Won’t Derail Expo Project
Santa Monica Daily Press
Editorial: High-Speed Myths – Business Plan Shows Deceit Of Bullet Train Push
San Diego Union-Tribune
“Final” Expo Line Plans Across Westside Unveiled
Los Angeles Wave
Future Mobility In California: The Condition, Use And Funding Of California’s Roads, Bridges And Transit System, December 2009 (24p. PDF)
TRIP National Transportation Research Group
Final Environmental Report Issued For Proposed Expo Line Extension
Southern California Public Radio
Gloria Molina “Hates” Gold Line’s Painted Asphalt
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy
High-Speed Rail: Great For Europe, But Less So For The U.S.?
Is Big Brother Watching Your ORCA Card?: The New ORCA Transit Fare Card Raises Questions About Privacy – For Instance, Employers Have The Right To View Trip Details If They Subsidize A Worker’s Fare Card
Job Woes Reduce Transit Ridership
Metrolink Awaits Arrival Of Cars Featuring Crash-Resistant Technology
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
[New York] MTA Mythbusting: Back Again
Officials Unveil New Gold Line Bridge Design, Discuss Project’s Time Table
Should The Federal Government Take Over Regulation Of Rail Transit Safety?
National Journal Transportation Blog
South L.A. Light Rail Gets The Green Light
L.A. Watts Times
Transportation Agency To Spend Millions Saving Habitat
Orange County Register
We Can Learn Much From The TGV
Rail Passenger Association Of California & Nevada