Transportation headlines, Thurday, Jan. 28

The L.A. Times reports that the LAPD has put a stop to late night construction on the Expo line due to noise complaints, but it remains unclear how the project timeline will be impacted. The LAPD revoked a previously held 24 hour permit and now construction can only take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Just because my New Year’s resolution involves guzzling 600-calorie protein shakes in the hopes of gaining 20 lbs. of Jersey Shore style muscle mass doesn’t mean everyone needs to go that far to be healthy. According to TAPPED, the group blog of the American Prospect, simply walking at a moderate or brisk pace everyday can ensure a healthy future for most people. Unfortunately, in our car-centered society, walking — even a little bit — is actually rather rare. Heck, how many people do you know who drive to the gym? TAPPED thinks that in addition to making cities more friendly to pedestrians, driving actually needs to be made less convenient. Can smart transportation policy make our country healthier? TAPPED thinks so.

LAist reports that bicycle sharing may be coming to Los Angeles. The City Council brought up the idea at a recent meeting as a way to fill the gaps in L.A.’s growing alternative transportation system. Proposed neighborhoods for bicycle sharing include Koreatown, Hollywood, Downtown, and USC adjacent. My only worry is that L.A. roads still aren’t safe enough for most commuters to feel comfortable taking to two wheels.

The rest of today’s headlines, compiled by the Metro Library, after the jump.

And The High Speed Rail Cash Goes To…

Bay Area Transit Brouhaha A Harbinger For LA?
LA Curbed

Board Members Predict Even Feds’ Threats Can’t Derail Oakland Airport Connector
SF Weekly

Breaking News: CA Gets $2.35 Billion Stimulus For HSR And Other Passenger Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog
Fact Sheet On The California High-Speed Train American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Application (2p. PDF)

California Northern Railroad Converts To Green Locomotives
Sacramento Bee

California To Get $2.25 Billion In High-Speed Rail Funding: The Federal Stimulus Grant, The Largest For Any State, Is Intended To Help The Anaheim-To-San Francisco Project To Fruition
Los Angeles Times

EPA Sets Stricter Air-Quality Standards Near Roads
Wall Street Journal

Exercising And Transportation Policy
American Prospect

Explaining International IT Application Leadership: Intelligent Transportation Systems (58p. PDF)
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Following Noise Complaints, LAPD Halts 24-Hour Construction Of Westside Rail Line
Los Angeles Times

How the LA Metro Is Part Of The “Green” Mass Transportation Movement
Travelin’ Local

Irvine Spending $19 Per Rider On City-Run Bus System
Orange County Register

Metro Eyes Hollywood & Koreatown, City Envisions Downtown & USC For Bicycle Sharing Programs

Next Steps After Copenhagen: Transportation (wrap-up of key messages from EMBARQ’s Transforming Transportation 2010)
World Resources Institute

One More Reason To Dig TIGER: Transit And Roads On The Same Footing
DC StreetsBlog

Port Of Los Angeles Fights Crime With Mobile Video

State, Federal Officials Tout Long-Term Transportation Plans (Rep. Oberstar and Secy. LaHood speak out on the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Tour”)
Finance & Commerce

Traffic Info Line Now Live In Inland Area
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Transit Riders Launch Grassroots Lobbying Push In Dire Political Climate
DC StreetsBlog

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