Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Dec. 15

The California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released its 2009 California High Speed Rail Business Plan to the public. The big news? Projected costs have increased to $42.6 billion and fares are expected to be 83% the cost of typical airfare. On their blog, the CHSRA says the $9 billion cost increase is due mostly to federal rules requiring inflation to be factored in to cost calculations. The fare level was chosen because at 83% of airfare cost it offers the most bang for the buck when it comes to paying back private investors who helped fund construction.

Streetsblog LA reports that the Los Angeles County Bicylce Coalition (LACBC) is conducting an all volunteer bike count and coming up with some surprising numbers. The 2008 census reported 16,000 cyclists commuting in L.A. but so far the LACBC has counted over 20,000. The LACBC has volunteers at 56 intersections across the city.

At-grade light rail safety is always a controversial issue. The Texas Transportation Institute conducted a study of Houston METRORail accidents, which were numerous during its first months of service in 2004. Their findings? The majority of collisions occurred by auto drivers making illegal left turns into or in front of trains.

You can read the rest of today’s headlines, compiled by the Metro Library, after the jump.

The 2009 Business Plan Is Out (higher cost, higher fares)
California High Speed Rail Blog

AASHTO Testifies That ARRA Is Delivering Jobs, Boosting Economy
ThomasNet News

Bike Coalition’s Bike Count Hints At Chronic Undercounting Of L.A. Cyclists
LA StreetsBlog

Can Entrepreneurs Drive People Movers To Success?
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

Congress Increases Funding For Public Transportation And Provides For New Funds For High-Speed Rail

Crash Course In Transit Safety (examining motor vehicle collisions with light rail trains)
Texas Transportation Institute

The Exodus: 2,400 City Of L.A. Employees Prepare To Retire
(includes 161 from Department of Transportation)

Google Maps Feature Watch: Nearby Transit Stops In Search Results
Trillium Solutions

Greenways Can Achieve Most Of 2020 US Climate Goal (transforming our transportation system from polluter to solution)
Huffington Post

How The Connected Car Is Altering The GPS Landscape
GPS Business News

In Compton, A Runway From The Past With An Eye On The Future
Los Angeles Times

Map: A Beefed Up Vision Of High Speed Rail In The West

Metrolink Looks Into Crossing: Board Of Directors Considers Closing The Doran Street Train Junction After Fatality
Glendale News Press

Modern Train Service Slowed By Freight
Chicago Sun-Times

New Center For National Policy President Hopes To Rescue U.S. Infrastructure
The Infrastructurist

Oberstar: Much Unfinished Business Remains
Roll Call

OCTA Scales Back Plan To Add Metrolink Trains
Orange County Register

Railroads Await FRA’s Final Implementation Rule On PTC (Positive Train Control)
Progressive Railroading

Rethinking Green: Save The Environment – Don’t Take Transit
Vancouver Sun

Scientists Create Formula For Perfect Parking (mathematical formula to help motorists park perfectly)
Telegraph (London)

Social Media Called Just Another Communications Tool: Agencies Should Look At The Technology As Another Way To Interact With The Public, Experts Say
Federal Computer Week

Streetcar Project Receives Federal Funding, Wants To Ask For More (downtown Los Angeles streetcar project)
Blog Downtown
Press Release from the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar (2p. PDF)

U.S. System For Tracking Traffic Flow Is Faulted
New York Times

Valley Eyes $1 Million In New Fed Transportation Funding
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

What Are All Those Roadway Devices?
IN Denver Times

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