Transportation headlines, Monday, Dec. 28

We’ll have light posting at The Source this week due to the holidays, but we’re always eager to browse transportation headlines compiled by the ‘what holiday?’ team at the Metro library.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is also a member of the Metro Board of Directors, is transferring a key official to Los Angeles World Airports and charging him with finding a way to link the Green Line to LAX, reports the Daily Breeze. The Crenshaw Line light project would put a station at Aviation and Century, just outside the airport grounds. So the decision to be made is should LAX build, as has been proposed, a people mover to link it to the Crenshaw Line or should the light rail actually be extended into the terminal horseshoe? Stay tuned — the Crenshaw Line is supposed to open by 2018.

There has been some debate in the transportation community whether federal stimulus funds should be used for big, long-term infrastructure projects or smaller shovel-ready projects such as repaving roads and such. In Simi Valley, the city is using $484,000 of federal stimulus money to upgrade bus shelters and erect new bus stop signs, reports the Ventura County Star.

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

2009 In Review: Have You Read These Posts?
Human Transit

Americans Outraged At Sudden Realization Interstate Highways Are Government Run
The Beast

Best And Worst Of 2009: The Year In Bikes, Planes, Trains, And Boats

The Car Park As A Way Of Life
(Miami’s shocking new parking structure)
Financial Times

Is China’s Economy Speeding Off The Rails?
(Is a $300 billion investment in high-speed rail too much train, too fast?)
New York Times

Consolidated Appropriations Act Should Do Wonders For Metro Numbers
(legislation would enhance census with annual American Community Survey and Local Employment Dynamics Program to better understand underlying data of metropolitan area residents)
New Republic

A Decade Of Predictions For Green Transit By 2010
Business Week

Despite Expansion, It Has Been Turbulent Ride For Airport
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Economic Reality Drives Agenda (higher gas taxes coming?)
Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Sees Sharp Rise In Red-Light Camera Revenue
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Looks To Track Down Federal Money For New Rail Safety System
Southern California Public Radio

Official: Las Vegas Can Be Transport Hub Of The West
Las Vegas Sun

Opinion: Bullet Train To Fantasyland
Orange County Register

Predictions For 2010: Round One
Next American City

Predictions For 2010: Round Two
Next American City

Region Poised To Be Crossroads For Bullet Trains
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Santa Monica: Residents Get First Look At Multi-Story Transit Project

Siemens Prepped For More US Light Rail, High Speed

Simi Valley To Replace Bus Shelters Using Federal Stimulus Funds
Ventura County Star

Sunset Strip’s Facelift Just Around The Corner
Curbed LA

Taking Away When Needs Are Greatest: California Governor Proposes Cutting State Support For Transit To Balance The Budget
Transport Politic

Transit Archeology: Tour Of Abandoned Subway Network Offers A Glimpse Of How The T Was Built
Boston Globe

The Transportation Decade: Gas Prices Drive Changes
Los Angeles Daily News

Villaraigosa Adviser’s New Job: Help Bring Light Rail To LAX
Daily Breeze