Transportation headlines, Tuesday, Dec. 29

As we creep towards the New Year, the Metro Library keeps on collecting the final transportation headlines of 2009.

In the spirit of year end reminiscing, the blog Plus Metro recounts some of the biggest transportation stories in Los Angeles over the past year. TAP, turnstiles and the Gold Line Eastside Extension opening are just a few found on the list. The launch of The Source in October is considered worthy enough to be included. Thanks Plus Metro!

The City Fix takes a look at the 2010 Sustainable Transportation Awards finalists, all which happen to be cities in developing countries this year. The award is given to cities that use innovative transportation strategies to improve mobility and reduce pollution for residents. All of the nominee cities used bus rapid transit (BRT) to accomplish this goal.

“Gov 2.0” has arrived according to a story by CNN Tech. More and more cities are using emerging mobile and social technologies to connect citizens with government – whether this ushers in a new era of democracy or simply a backlog of complaints remains to be seen. We at The Source are betting on the former.

Check out the rest of today’s headlines after the jump.

The 2009 Sammies: Good, Bad And Downright Pathetic (see: “Bad”)
Santa Monica Daily Press

2010 Sustainable Transport Awards: Nominees Announced
The City Fix

405 Freeway: Major Nighttime Closures Scheduled In January For Widening

Adding A Dose Of Honesty To The Congressional Job-Creation Debate
DC StreetsBlog

Air Quality Guidelines Face Unexpected Critics
New York Times

Are London Heathrow’s ULTra Pods The Future Of Transit?
Transport Politic

Cities Embrace Mobile Apps, “Gov 2.0” (examples include cellphone photos of overcrowded railcars with GPS coordinates sent to City Hall yielding results)

Effect Of Suburban Transit Oriented Developments On Residential Property Values
(102p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

Fast Trains Lead Amtrak’s List Of Needs
New York Times

FHWA Approves 10,000 Recovery Act Projects; 2010 To Bring More Projects, More Jobs
Department of Transportation Fast Lane Blog

For Airline Passengers, Pat-Downs, Searches, And Restroom Monitors
New York Times

Fullerton To Anaheim ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center)
California High Speed Rail Blog

The Future Started in Copenhagen…And Now World Streets Gears Up For 2010
World Streets

Hollywood Freeway Park Update
LA Curbed

Judge Allows Public Access To Transit-Related Hearings
New York Times

Metro In 2009
(A look back at the past year for LA Metro)
Plus Metro

A Stated Preference Analysis Of Real-Time Public Transit Stop Information
(20p. PDF)
University of South Florida National Center For Transit Research

The Thin Red Line: A Review Of Taylor, Kim, & Gahbauer (examines the decision-making process behind the decades of planning of the “Wilshire Red Line subway”)
LA Subway Blog
Article abstract

Tolltrans 2010: A Traffic Technology International Supplement
(76p. annual online publication featuring numerous articles on toll pricing, HOT lanes, electronic collection, etc.)
2009 ed.

The Top 10 Infrastructure Stories Of The Decade (Part 1)

Transportation Officials Use Rose Bowl To Promote Metro Gold Line
Southern California Public Radio

Transportation Workforce Development Regional Summit (Long Beach : February 1-2, 2010)
Metrans Transportation Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, Long Beach City College

Urban Planner: As One Of The 50 Best Careers Of 2010, This Should Have Strong Growth In The Next Decade
US News & World Report

Virgin Atlantic Helps Passengers Pay Their Fare Share: New Initiative Connects Passengers to Share Airport Taxi Journeys
PR Newswire

Vote For The 2009 Livable Streets Person Of The Year!
LA StreetsBlog

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