Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Nov. 18

The Metro Library reminds me a lot of the Cincinnati Bengals: the library shows no quit, rounding up headlines much like the Bengals squash the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A few headlines caught my eye today.

A post on the California High Speed Rail blog takes a look at a dispute that has been around for a while: whether the bullet train line should follow the 5 freeway or the 99 freeway through the southern San Joaquin Valley. The blog argues convincingly that the route chosen by state officials — from the Antelope Valley over Tehachapi Pass to the 99 corridor — is the correct one, as it will serve many, many more people than going up the relatively people-empty 5 corridor.

The 99 Cent Chef blog, meanwhile, tackles a slightly less weighty topic: the delicious squash blossom quesadillas at Taqueria las Cabanas, a hole-in-the-wall eatery near Mariachi Plaza on the new Eastside Gold Line. It sounds to me as if the 99 Cent Chef will be back. Great pics on the blog, Mr. Chef!

After an initial blast of good press, the cicLAvia blog sets out to re-explain its mission: get some streets in the L.A. closed on a regular basis that cyclists and pedestrians may enjoy them sans car. I think it’s a great idea and one that is long overdue — many other cities around the world do this. So I wish these folks well and I hope some progressive elected officials in the area take them seriously. And I’m not sure I’m crazy about the name of the group — sounds too much like a prescription drug that may be advertised during a football game, if you catch my drift.

The rest of today’s headlines are after the jump:

Transportation Headlines for Wednesday November 18, 2009

710 Freeway Tunnel Would Be Feasible, Caltrans Study Finds
Los Angeles Times

Activism Success: Metrolink Riders Convince Board To Put Off Fare Hikes
LA StreetsBlog

An Air-Traffic Upgrade To Improve Travel By Plane
New York Times
NextGen Air Transportation System

All’s Fare In Travel By Bus: Cheaper Prices, Free Access To The Internet, Driving Local, US Ridership Higher
Boston Globe

California’s Strategy For Federal High Speed Rail Money
Southern California Public Radio

Charlotte Names Next Transit Chief: Job Goes To Carolyn Flowers, Who Currently Supervises Bus System In Los Angeles County
Charlotte Observer

Claremont’s Trolley Experiment Falls By The Wayside
Los Angeles Times

Crowdsourced Cartography In PublicEarth, OpenStreetMap

Cyclists’ App Aids Traffic Planners (Cyclists track trips via iPhone GPS and data sent to County officials is used to predict future traffic patterns)
San Francisco Chronicle

DASH Restructuring, Part 2: San Fernando Valley
MetroRider LA

The Future Of Public Transportation Takes Off
Daily Aztec

HSR Should Go Where The People Are
California High Speed Rail Blog

Low Countries, High Taxes: The Dutch Take Aim At Driving
Wall Street Journal

More At Stake In City’s Measure R Debate Than Just Bike/Ped. Issues
LA StreetsBlog

Need For Speed Not A Priority For Metro Planners

Next Stop, Better Transportation: Join Assembly Speaker Karen Bass At A Town Hall To Discuss Major Transit Improvements In The [Los Angeles] Community
(Thursday, November 19)
California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
Flyer With Complete Information

An Opera About A Freeway? Only In L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Protestors Rally Against Deal Between Long Beach Port And Trucking Industry
Long Beach Press-Telegram

A Reality Check On High-Speed Rail For California
Innovations: Research & News From Berkeley Engineering

Researchers Demonstrate Next-Generation Bus; Fleet Planned For USDOT Congestion Relief Program
University Of Minnesota Center For Transportation Studies

Subway Ride To Squash Blossom Quesadillas
The 99 Cent Chef

U.S. DOT Secretary LaHood Announces DOT Safety Council Will Address Pedestrian Safety Following T4America Report
Transportation For America

A Welcome Extension: The New Six-Mile Leg Of The Gold Line Is Getting Mostly Cheerful Reviews, From Little Tokyo To East L.A.
Rafu Shimpo

What is cicLAvia?

Widening 405 Pits O.C. Against L.A. County (Includes interview with LACMTA CEO Art Leahy)

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