Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Dec. 8

The Metro Library has compiled a list of transportation headlines that’s just bursting at the seams this morning. There’s so many interesting stories today it was hard for me to decide what posts I wanted to highlight – so make sure you check out the entire list.

First up, the L.A. Times reviews the ongoing issues on the building of the Expo Line, nearly all of which the paper and other outlets had previously reported. The line to Culver City, which was supposed open this summer, now may open only as far as Crenshaw in 2010 and not reach Culver City until late 2011 at the earliest. Why the delays and the cost increases? There’s a list of reasons given, with one of the most interesting is that there have been technical problems linking the Expo Line and the Blue Line together in downtown Los Angeles. One note: the budget for the line increased to its current pricetag of $862 million in 2008. It could still go higher.

New York City is testing out fancy new turbine hybrid buses that run quietly – at least compared to traditional buses. The buses cost $559,000 a pop, and if the testing goes well the Metropolitan Transit Authority will some have 90 of these gentle giants quietly roaming the streets of NYC. I live in Downtown L.A., where about half of Metro’s bus fleet runs past my front door, so the prospect of silent buses sounds like music to my ears.

Urban mobility blog The City Fix has a fascinating video and story on Metro’s efforts to market transit in Los Angeles.  Six years ago Metro decided to put forth a concerted marketing effort with goal of making public transportation cool by creating their own in-house ad agency. If new discretionary riders is a measure of marketing success, then Metro’s work has paid off – discretionary ridership is up 14% since implementing the new marketing strategy.

The rest of today’s headlines after the jump.

EPA Is Preparing To Regulate Emissions in Congress’s Stead
Washington Post

Expo Line Project Costs And Delays Are Ballooning: The Rail Line From Downtown L.A. To Culver City Is $220 Million Over Budget And A Year Behind Schedule – Officials Hope To Open Part Of The Route Next Year
Los Angeles Times

Eying Port Of L.A. Security
Daily Breeze

Feds Creating Real-Time Traffic Information Alerts
Washington Examiner

Google Transit your Next Bus Ride
(CalTrans and local agencies study statewide connectivity between transit operators)
Contra Costa Times

High-Speed Rail Proving Ground Proposed In North Las Vegas: Researchers Want Facility To Study, Test Next-Generation Rail Systems
Las Vegas Sun

Metro Board Preview: Route 2 Terminus, Villaraigosa’s Ten Year Plan, Gates For The Gold Line And The Crenshaw Corridor DEIR
LA StreetsBlog

New Buses Bring Silence To The Streets
New York Times

NY And CA: How Did They Spend Transportation Stimulus Money?
DC StreetsBlog

Our Smartest Growing Cities

Our View: Freeways, Roadways Prepared For Major Facelifts
Pasadena Star-News

Out Of Gas? Lost? Flat Tire? Who Ya Gonna Call?
San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

Scan And Deliver: Google’s “Favorite Places” In L.A.

Senate Cuts CA’s High Speed Rail Funding, Rally At Union Station Set For Today

Transit Agencies Need To Invest in Marketing: A Lesson From Los Angeles
The City Fix

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