Transportation headlines, Tuesday, March 9

The Infrastructurist offers up a list of the 10 most expensive transit projects in the U.S. over the past decade — although the website reserves judgment on whether the cost was worth it. Not surprisingly, all of them are rail lines. The Red Line subway clocked in at No. 5 but the dollar amount is wrong — it should be $1.3 billion, not the $1.9 billion cited. The most surprising was that No. 1 on the list was a rail line in San Juan, Puerto Rico — even beating out a project in New Jersey.

I was in the midst of an intense online Scrabble game yesterday on the Gold Line when — predictably — we hit a cell phone dead spot for AT&T (and there are lots of them in L.A.) and I lost my Edge network signal and a chance to nab 36 precious points. On the other hand, Amtrak is asking firms to bid on a contract to supply wi-fi for all its trains, reports Some trains in the northeast and California have wi-fi but the national rail carrier wants to expand the service as a way to retain and attract customers.

Electronic clocks that tell passengers when the next train is arriving are starting to appear in subway stations in New York, reports the NYT. They’re not always very accurate and some passengers seem indifferent to them, having ridden the system in the big Apple for years without any electronic assistance. The story also looks a look under the hood to explain how the system should work.

The rest of today’s headlines, compiled by the Metro library, are after the jump.
The 10 Most Expensive Transit Projects Of The Decade (Los Angeles Red Line, Phase III is #5)

Amtrak WiFi Going National
Daily Wireless

Benefits And Pitfalls Of A National Infrastructure Bank
Transport Politic

Building An App To Help Neighbors Ride Together
StreetsBlog NY

China Promotes Its Transcontinental Ambitions With Massive Rail Plan
Transport Politic

Cities Where The Recession Is Easing
(Los Angeles showing signs of recovery)

DOT Research And Innovation Technology Administrator Peter Appel: New ITS Strategic Plan Envisions Unprecedented Mobility And Safety
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Experimental Clocks Tell Straphangers If The Wait May Soon Be Over
New York Times

L.A.’s Green Schools: Propane Buses, Solar Panels And Environmental Education
Los Angeles Times

More Big Blue Buses On The Way

Santa Monica Daily Press

MTA Plans Baby Steps For Billion Dollar NoHo Wave
Curbed LA

OCTA Backs Off Same Time Rail Work
Orange County Register

Orlando Conference Identifies High-Speed Rail’s Success Factors

Recognizing A Woman’s Role In Sustainable Transport
The City Fix

Regulatory Reform And HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

Reinventing The Wheel: “Why Cycling Saves Lives” Message From Iceland
World Streets

Saving Money By Ditching The Car
StreetsBlog LA

The Site Where Chinese Laborers Were Interred, Their Graves Forgotten, Gets A Memorial: Transit Agency Builds A Memorial at Evergreen Cemetery And Will Rebury Remains That Were Excavated During Gold Line Eastside Extension
Los Angeles Times

Transit Grants Out The Federal Door, But What About The Cuts?
Transportation For America

Transport Jobs Shrink In February
Journal Of Commerce

Transportation Gets Stimulus: Buses, Trains Rolling As Federal Money Kicks In
Pasadena Star-News

Using GPS To Tag Potholes
National Public Radio

Villaraigosa To Ask Feds For $30 Billion In Transit Money

What Advice Would You Give [D.C.] Metro’s New Interim Head?
National Journal Transportation Blog

What Happens To Transportation Reform If A.B. 32 Does Get Repealed?
StreetsBlog LA

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