Transportation headlines, Monday, March 15

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood often doesn’t mince words — as people who attended last month’s town hall meeting with him at Metro headquarters already know. So when airline officials complained to him recently about so much federal money going to high-speed rail — which they view as potential competition — LaHood offered this advice: “People want alternatives. People are still going to fly, but we need alternatives. So get with the program.’’ Wall Street Journal

The combined impacts of state budget cuts, declining ridership and falling sales tax revenues has resulted in more reductions in bus service run by the Orange County Transportation Authority, reports the Register. It’s a story that seems frequently repeated across California these days.

Speaking of high-speed rail, Chinese officials want to build a network of lines that connects London, Shanghai and Singapore, with stops in India and Pakistan, reports the Telegraph. If built, officials say it will take two days to travel between London and Shanghai, a journey of more than 5,000 miles.

The rest of today’s headlines, collected and disseminated by the Metro library, reside after the jump.

Angels Flight Funicular To Reopen Monday
Los Angeles Times
Archiving Angeles: Wilshire & Crenshaw (1934 photo)MetBlogs LA

Bikes Are More Than A Part Of Life, They Are A Way Of Living (Initiative of Bikes Belong is gathering a million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice – to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone)

People For Bikes

Budget Cuts Could Curtail Street Service: Repair, Cleaning Of Roadways May Be Affected

Los Angeles Daily News

Bus Service Between Union Station And Dodger Stadium Is Back


Could Shamu Station Be Around Bend? Transit Officials Weigh Selling Naming Rights

San Diego Union-Tribune

Dodger Stadium Shuttles Are Back: The Service, Which Had Been Discontinued Last Season Because Of The City’s Financial Constraints, Has Resumed Through State Funding

Los Angeles Times

Downtown Streetcar Campaign, Downtown Park At Ninth And Hill

Curbed LA

Early Estimate Of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities In 2009 (If projections are realized, fatalities will be lowest since record-keeping began in 1954; 2p. PDF)

NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts

End Of The Lines? Foothill Transit Plans To Cut Hours And Cancel Routes In Light Of $12.5 Million Deficit

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Expo Authority Says It Will “Vigorously” Defend Line In Lawsuit

Curbed LA

How L.A. Could Build 12 Major Transit Projects In 10 Years


Is 2010 The Year For Federal Bike Aid? The Answer: A Big “Maybe”

StreetsBlog DC

It’s Lights Out For Late-Night Bus Service

Orange County Register

King’s Cross To Beijing In Two Days On New High-Speed Rail Network (China announces ambitious plan to build high-speed rail across Asia and Europe to England)

Telegraph (London)

LaHood To Airlines: Get Onboard The High-Speed Rail

Wall Street Journal

New Republic

Map Of The Day: What Streets Have Been Repaved So Far This Year? (liberating city data for residents)

Nine Years Later, Angels Flight Opening To Riders

Curbed LA

Opinion: On Board With The Mayor – Villaraigosa’s 30/10 Plan To Fund L.A. Transit Projects Is Winning Supporters In High Places, And Deservedly So

Los Angeles Times

Opposition Intensifies For 710 Freeway Tunnel Plan

Los Angeles Times

Panelists Stress Need to Constantly Monitor 24-Hour News Cycle

AASHTO Journal

Petition To Kill California’s Anti-Pollution Legislation Is Off To A Rocky, Slimy Start

Huffington Post

Ray LaHood Rocks Summit Crowd With Tabletop Speech

Bike Portland

Redevelopment Field Trip: Past, Present & Future (Past: Old Town Pasadena; Present: Los Angeles Downtown Arts & Old Bank Districts; Future: North Hollywood)
California Planning & Development Report

Testifying On Our 30/10 Plan (Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa)
Huffington Post

Think Renewables Need Huge Subsidies? Federal Energy Subsidies Visualized (President Obama has proposed eliminating federal subsidies for fossil fuels in 2011, but for now they’re still a $72 billion piece of the pie. Solar, wind and geothermal? $12.2 billion)

Train To (Near) LAX To Begin Exploratory Drilling On Monday

Transit Authority Responds To Lawsuit Against Train From Culver City To Santa Monica

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