July 1, 2009

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Green shared lane in Long Beach, CA

(Photo courtesy href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/26/eastside-and-long-beach-celebrate-biking-tomorrow/">Streetsblog
LA)



Highlights

  • Patrick signs transportation overhaul ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/06/patrick_signs_t.html">Boston
    Globe, href="http://transportation.blog.state.ma.us/blog/2009/06/governor-patrick-signs-transportation-reform-bill.html">Commonwealth
    Conversations)


    By Globe Staff -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill
    overhauling the state
    transportation system and consolidating a patchwork of agencies that
    govern roads, rail, and bridges. [...]
    The bill, a key part of what Patrick is calling his href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/26/patrick_signals_he_will_sign_tax_hike/">"reform
    agenda,"
    creates a new state Department of Transportation that will oversee
    highways, mass transit, aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor
    Vehicles. It also eliminates the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and
    ends some perks at the MBTA that critics have seized on as symbols of
    waste and abuse in government. Patrick's administration says the new
    law will save tens of millions of dollars annually.


  • Trolley lawsuit thrown out ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3492">Jamaica Plain
    Gazette)


    Local activists will appeal
Green shared lane src="http://www.livablestreets.info/files/streetnews/colored_shared_lane_long_beach.jpg"
moz-do-not-send="true" height="281" width="500">

Green shared lane in Long Beach, CA

(Photo courtesy href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/26/eastside-and-long-beach-celebrate-biking-tomorrow/">Streetsblog
LA)



Highlights

  • Patrick signs transportation overhaul ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/06/patrick_signs_t.html">Boston
    Globe, href="http://transportation.blog.state.ma.us/blog/2009/06/governor-patrick-signs-transportation-reform-bill.html">Commonwealth
    Conversations)


    By Globe Staff -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill
    overhauling the state
    transportation system and consolidating a patchwork of agencies that
    govern roads, rail, and bridges. [...]
    The bill, a key part of what Patrick is calling his href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/26/patrick_signals_he_will_sign_tax_hike/">"reform
    agenda,"
    creates a new state Department of Transportation that will oversee
    highways, mass transit, aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor
    Vehicles. It also eliminates the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and
    ends some perks at the MBTA that critics have seized on as symbols of
    waste and abuse in government. Patrick's administration says the new
    law will save tens of millions of dollars annually.


  • Trolley lawsuit thrown out ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3492">Jamaica Plain
    Gazette)


    Local activists will appeal

    Green shared lane src="http://www.livablestreets.info/files/streetnews/colored_shared_lane_long_beach.jpg"
    moz-do-not-send="true" height="281" width="500">

    Green shared lane in Long Beach, CA

    (Photo courtesy href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/26/eastside-and-long-beach-celebrate-biking-tomorrow/">Streetsblog
    LA)



    Highlights

    • Patrick signs transportation overhaul ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/06/patrick_signs_t.html">Boston
      Globe, href="http://transportation.blog.state.ma.us/blog/2009/06/governor-patrick-signs-transportation-reform-bill.html">Commonwealth
      Conversations)


      By Globe Staff -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill
      overhauling the state
      transportation system and consolidating a patchwork of agencies that
      govern roads, rail, and bridges. [...]
      The bill, a key part of what Patrick is calling his href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/26/patrick_signals_he_will_sign_tax_hike/">"reform
      agenda,"
      creates a new state Department of Transportation that will oversee
      highways, mass transit, aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor
      Vehicles. It also eliminates the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and
      ends some perks at the MBTA that critics have seized on as symbols of
      waste and abuse in government. Patrick's administration says the new
      law will save tens of millions of dollars annually.


    • Trolley lawsuit thrown out ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3492">Jamaica Plain
      Gazette)


      Local activists will appeal
    Green shared lane src="http://www.livablestreets.info/files/streetnews/colored_shared_lane_long_beach.jpg"
    moz-do-not-send="true" height="281" width="500">

    Green shared lane in Long Beach, CA

    (Photo courtesy href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/26/eastside-and-long-beach-celebrate-biking-tomorrow/">Streetsblog
    LA)



    Highlights

    • Patrick signs transportation overhaul ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/06/patrick_signs_t.html">Boston
      Globe, href="http://transportation.blog.state.ma.us/blog/2009/06/governor-patrick-signs-transportation-reform-bill.html">Commonwealth
      Conversations)


      By Globe Staff -- Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill
      overhauling the state
      transportation system and consolidating a patchwork of agencies that
      govern roads, rail, and bridges. [...]
      The bill, a key part of what Patrick is calling his href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/26/patrick_signals_he_will_sign_tax_hike/">"reform
      agenda,"
      creates a new state Department of Transportation that will oversee
      highways, mass transit, aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor
      Vehicles. It also eliminates the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and
      ends some perks at the MBTA that critics have seized on as symbols of
      waste and abuse in government. Patrick's administration says the new
      law will save tens of millions of dollars annually.


    • Trolley lawsuit thrown out ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3492">Jamaica Plain
      Gazette)


      Local activists will appeal
      By John Ruch -- A lawsuit seeking restoration of MBTA Green
      Line trolley service
      through central Jamaica Plain was thrown out of court last month after
      a judge ruled it was filed too late. The local Arborway Committee, a
      pro-trolley resident
      group that filed the lawsuit as a last-ditch trolley restoration
      effort, will appeal the decision, according to group head Franklyn
      Salimbene. “If the appeals court doesn’t agree, [the lawsuit], for all
      intents
      and purposes, is over,” Salimbene said in a Gazette interview last week
      at his Pondside home. There appears to be little dispute over the
      general claim of the
      suit: that the state obviously did not restore trolley service after
      once promising to do so. But that does not mean the Arborway
      Committee’s law-suit will be successful.


    • How does the new transportation bill draft measure up? ( href="http://t4america.org/blog/2009/06/24/how-does-the-new-transportation-bill-draft-measure-up/">T4America,
      Streetsblog
      DC
      , href="http://bikeportland.org/2009/06/22/oberstar-releases-full-transportation-bill-new-federal-office-would-study-cyclists-rights/">BikePortland)


      “A bill to transform Federal surface transportation to a
      performance-based framework to reduce fatalities and injuries on our
      Nation’s highways, address the mobility and access needs of people and
      goods, improve the condition, performance, and connectivity of the
      United States intermodal surface transportation system, provide
      transportation choices for commuters and travelers, promote
      environmental sustainability, public health, and the livability of
      communities, support robust investment in surface transportation, and
      for other purposes.” That’s how the new 775-page draft of the House
      Surface
      Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 opens up. Considering that
      this is federal legislation here — not literature — that’s a pretty
      lofty opening to guide the upcoming six-year transportation bill. But
      does reality match the rhetoric in the 774 pages that follow?


    • The Metro Crash: A Nation's Aging Transit System ( href="http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1907095,00.html">TIME,
      New
      York Times
      )


      By Brian Walsh -- Investigators are still sorting through the wreckage
      of Monday's crash
      of two Metro rail cars in Washington, D.C., the deadliest in the
      system's 33-year history, which killed nine people and injured scores
      of others. Federal officials said on Tuesday that the train that
      rear-ended another was an older model that lacked equipment that might
      have helped avert the collision and, according to the Washington Post,
      had been overdue for needed brake work. The D.C. Metro is hardly the
      only one in the U.S. with an aging fleet.
      Public-transit advocates in many major cities face a similar problem:
      an aging, underfunded transit system struggling to safely ferry ever
      larger numbers of riders.


    • VIDEO: Sharrow Cam Tells the Story of Long Beach's Green
      Shared Lane ( href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/29/cyclists-pumped-about-long-beachs-green-sharrows/">Streetsblog
      LA)


      By Damien Newton -- Russ Roca, the
      photographer and
      bike activist who has taken the lead on promoting Long Beach's
      world-class shared lane, brings us a video on people's first reactions
      to the lane.  For anyone that missed href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/26/eastside-and-long-beach-celebrate-biking-tomorrow/">Friday's
      story,
      Long Beach painted a travel lane green and installed Sharrows on 2nd
      Street, one of the busiest streets in the city for both bikes and cars.
      Longe
      Beach's sharrows policy is groundbreaking both locally and
      internationally.  As far as I know, this is the first time that
      anyone,
      anywhere has colored a lane with Sharrows and the world is watching to
      see the results.


    • How To Convince A Conservative To Support Public
      Transportation ( href="http://www.infrastructurist.com/2009/06/29/how-to-convince-conservatives-to-support-public-transportation-william-lind-explains/">The
      Infrastructurist)


      By Matt Dellinger -- Transportation bills of the last decade have
      enjoyed a terrific amount
      of bipartisan support, thanks perhaps to a flood of earmarks and a lack
      of any strong federal mandates therein. But this year (or next year? or
      2011?) we’re getting down to brass tacks. We’re turning the ship of
      state. We’re charting a new course, our leaders tell us. Which means
      it’s time to find out what kind of bipartisan support there may be for
      large-scale reforms, including perhaps a stronger focus on rail and
      transit, or an increase in the gas tax. Many Democrats have been
      championing such reforms for years, but there
      have been a few prominent conservative voices in favor of more and
      better transit and intercity passenger rail as well.

    "Streets"

    • Active Breakdown Lanes A Hazard, Some Drivers Say ( href="http://wbztv.com/curious/active.breakdown.lane.2.1051253.html">WBZ)
    • Comprehensive air quality testing for one year begins soon ( href="http://thesomervillenews.com/Main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=1591">Somerville
      News)
    • Urban retrofits: How to make a city green -- without tearing it
      down ( href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/06/28/urban_retrofits_how_to_make_a_city_green_ndash_without_tearing_it_down/">Boston
      Globe)
    • Preserving road back into history ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/06/28/historic_battle_road_byway_plan_offers_new_way_to_boost_tourism/">Boston
      Globe)
    • Shake your groove thing: Cambridge's annual dance party 'biggest
      ever' ( href="http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x931210817/Shake-your-groove-thing-Cambridges-annual-dance-party-biggest-ever">Cambridge
      Chronicle)
    • North Harvard Street Getting Repaved! ( href="http://bostonbiker.org/2009/06/30/north-harvard-street-getting-repaved/">Boston
      Biker)

    Transit

    • Where did the 'A' Line go, anyway? ( href="http://www.metro.us/us/article/2009/06/22/02/3545-72/index.xml">Boston
      Metro)
    • T previews Route 23 bus improvements at meeting ( href="http://www.dotnews.com/2009/t-previews-route-23-bus-improvements-meeting">Dorchester
      Reporter)
    • Ferry, T team up on passes ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/06/25/mbta_salem_ferry_team_up_on_passes/">Boston
      Globe)
    • The voice of T riders at risk under reform ( href="http://www.metro.us/us/article/2009/06/25/04/5944-72/index.xml">Boston
      Metro)
    • Trolley lawsuit thrown out ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3492">Jamaica Plain
      Gazette)
    • D.C. crash raises questions about MBTA's aging transit system ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/28/safety_concerns_about_aging_mbta_transit_system/">Boston
      Globe)
    • Taking the bus [scroll down] ( href="http://www.mcdermottventures.com/tompalmer/eb_oandm">Tom
      Palmer's Journal)

    Cars/Parking

    • Fast lane slowdown in route? ( href="http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2009_06_23_Fast_lane_slowdown_en_route_:_Backup_predicted_in_lanes/">Boston
      Herald)
    • Should Seniors Drive? ( href="http://www.radioboston.org/?p=1718">Radio Boston)
    • Elderly driver study adds wrinkle to discount ( href="http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20090629elderly_driver_study_adds_wrinkle_to_discount/">Boston
      Herald)
    • Pol unveils elderly driver plan ( href="http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20090630pol_unveils_elderly_driver_plan_expanded_proposal_has_lower_age_for_rmv_retesting/">Boston
      Herald)

    Transportation financing/Government

    • Transportation reform bill passes Legislature ( href="http://www.dotnews.com/2009/transportation-reform-bill-passes-legislature">Dorchester
      Reporter)
    • Pike faces $268M payment after credit downgrade ( href="http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view.bg?articleid=1181036&pos=breaking">Boston
      Herald)
    • City workers told not to text on road ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/26/boston_city_workers_told_not_to_text_on_road/">Boston
      Globe, href="http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/19856757/detail.html">WCVB)
    • Patrick signs transportation overhaul ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/06/patrick_signs_t.html">Boston
      Globe, href="http://transportation.blog.state.ma.us/blog/2009/06/governor-patrick-signs-transportation-reform-bill.html">Commonwealth
      Conversations)
    • Mass. builders say stimulus cash-flow slow ( href="http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1181325">Boston
      Herald)
    • Local joins Pike lawsuit ( href="http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/news/x325624736/Locals-join-Pike-lawsuit">Brookline
      TAB)
    • Some still slow to make the move to Fast Lane ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/29/a_third_of_tollpayers_still_resist_offer_of_a_free_fast_lane_transponder/">Boston
      Globe, href="http://wbztv.com/local/fast.lane.transponders.2.1063776.html">WBZ)
    • Mass. toll hike scrapped; Gov. approved budget ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/29/mass_toll_hike_to_be_scrapped_gov_signs_budget/">Boston
      Globe, href="http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/news/x931210592/Turnpike-tables-100M-toll-hike">Brookline
      TAB)
    • Patrick hints at hike in gas tax ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/30/patrick_won8217t_rule_out_another_tax_increase_after_signing_budget/">Boston
      Globe)

    Parks

    • Editorial: Wise stewardship of the new Greenway ( href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/06/22/wise_stewardship_of_new_greenway/">Boston
      Globe)
    • City councilors suggest new outdoor cafe for Boston Common ( href="http://www.backbaysun.com/#ST1274">Back Bay Sun, href="http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20090630restaurant_on_the_common_park_could_be_place_for_posh_repasts/srvc=home&position=4">Boston
      Herald)
    • Long-awaited playground makes its Codman Square debut ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/28/codman_square_welcomes_long_awaited_playground/">Boston
      Globe)
    • Letter: As Greenway grows, key advisory board must be revived ( href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles/2009/06/29/as_greenway_grows_key_advisory_board_must_be_revived/">Boston
      Globe)
    • Dog park plan has bark, and bite ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/06/29/in_fields_corner_dog_park_plan_has_bark_and_bite/">Boston
      Globe)

    Development projects

    • Fenway fired up against a parking lot ( href="http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1180363">Boston
      Herald)
    • Cambridge City Council gives green light to Lesley expansion ( href="http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x931202647/Cambridge-City-Council-gives-green-light-to-Lesley-expansion">Cambridge
      Chronicle)
    • Syms says Basement belongs downtown ( href="http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/06/23/new_filenes_basement_owner_wants_downtown_boston_site/">Boston
      Globe)
    • Harvard looks to convert gas station into a restaurant ( href="http://www.backbaysun.com/#ST1274">Bulletin Newspapers)
    • River's Edge opening moves closer ( href="http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/malden/2009/06/rivers_edge_moving_forward.html">Boston
      Globe)
    • MBTA plans to revive its project at Mattapan Square ( href="http://www.dotnews.com/2009/mbta-plans-revive-its-project-mattapan-square">Dorchester
      Reporter)
    • More funds are coming for Jackson Square improvements ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3491">Jamaica Plain
      Gazette)
    • Office plans unveiled ( href="http://www.jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/3483">Jamaica Plain
      Gazette)
    • Westwood Station developers shift priorities to big retailers ( href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2009/06/28/developers_change_priorities_for_westwood_station_project/">Boston
      Globe)

    Out-of-state

    • Removing Aetna Viaduct Could Help Heal Hartford ( href="http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-viaduct-hub-of-hartford.art.artjun21,0,7062038.story">Hartford
      Courant, href="http://blog.tstc.org/2009/06/22/hartford-courant-highway-removal-could-heal-the-city/">Mobilizing
      the Region)
    • Train Crash in Washington Leaves at Least 6 Dead ( href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/us/23webcrash.html?hp">New
      York Times, href="http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2009/06/23/dc_transit_train_smashes_into_another_killing_9/">Boston
      Globe)
    • All Aboard the High Line ( href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124571055656438803.html">Wall
      Street Journal)
    • DOT Proposes Park Circle Improvements; CB 7 Approves ( href="http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/06/23/dot-proposes-park-circle-improvements-cb-7-approves/">Streetsblog)
    • All-electric car-sharing debuts in Baltimore ( href="http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_12676261?source=rss">Mercury
      News)
    • VIDEO: Hudson River Crossings: Improving Bus Capacity ( href="http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/hudson-river-crossings-improving-bus-capacity/">Streetfilms)
    • L.A. Breaks Ground on Orange Line Extension ( href="http://thetransportpolitic.com/2009/06/25/l-a-breaks-ground-on-orange-line-extension/">Transport
      Politic)
    • Power Flows Back to the Pedestrian ( href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/nyregion/28fifth.html">New
      York Times)
    • In a Reprise, Saturdays With Zones Free of Cars ( href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/nyregion/30streets.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion">New
      York Times)
    • Pedicabs Roll Toward Regulation ( href="http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/pedicabs-roll-toward-regulation/">New
      York Times)
    • Part Time Lover - Is The Car Just An Affair? ( href="http://www.planetizen.com/node/39477">Planetizen)
    • VIDEO: Sharrow Cam Tells the Story of Long Beach's Green Shared
      Lane ( href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2009/06/29/cyclists-pumped-about-long-beachs-green-sharrows/">Streetsblog
      LA)
    • In Urban Cycling, a Gender Gap Persists ( href="http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/in-urban-cycling-a-gender-gap-persists/">New
      York Times)

    National trends

    • Demolished! 11 Beautiful Train Stations That Fell To The Wrecking
      Ball ( href="http://www.infrastructurist.com/2009/06/22/11-beautiful-train-stations-that-fell-to-the-wrecking-ball/">The
      Infrastructurist)
    • 6 More Great Train Stations Lost To The Wrecking Ball ( href="http://www.infrastructurist.com/2009/06/25/6-more-great-train-stations-lost-to-the-wrecking-ball/">The
      Infrastructurist)
    • What Difference Would An 18-Month Delay in Reauthorization Make? ( href="http://transportation.nationaljournal.com/2009/06/what-difference-would-an-18mon.php">National
      Journal)
    • How does the new transportation bill draft measure up? ( href="http://t4america.org/blog/2009/06/24/how-does-the-new-transportation-bill-draft-measure-up/">T4America,
      Streetsblog
      DC
      , href="http://bikeportland.org/2009/06/22/oberstar-releases-full-transportation-bill-new-federal-office-would-study-cyclists-rights/">BikePortland)
    • GAO: Gov't lacks strategic high-speed rail plan ( href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hPGY0TWwiZBktX4pdKWYgy6GBxKAD990KNM02">AP,
      href="http://thetransportpolitic.com/2009/06/23/gao-questions-dots-hsr-strategy/">Transport
      Politic)
    • Speed of stimulus is a two-way street on Hill ( href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-06-24-stimulus_N.htm">USA
      Today)
    • The Metro Crash: A Nation's Aging Transit System ( href="http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1907095,00.html">TIME,
      New
      York Times
      )
    • All States Beat a Deadline on Transportation Spending ( href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/us/26states.html">New York
      Times)
    • How To Convince A Conservative To Support Public Transportation ( href="http://www.infrastructurist.com/2009/06/29/how-to-convince-conservatives-to-support-public-transportation-william-lind-explains/">The
      Infrastructurist)
    • Stimulus Buying A Lot Of New Highways, Not Much New Transit ( href="http://www.infrastructurist.com/2009/06/30/stimulus-buying-a-lot-of-new-highways-very-little-new-transit/">The
      Infrastructurist)


    International news

    • Amsterdam: More Trips by Bike than by Car ( href="http://www.bike-eu.com/news/3469/amsterdam-more-trips-by-bike-than-by-car.html">Bike
      Europe)
    • Beijing-Shanghai HSR Link to Average Speeds of Over 200 mph ( href="http://thetransportpolitic.com/2009/06/25/beijing-shanghai-hsr-link-to-average-speeds-of-over-200-mph/">Transport
      Politic)
    • A bridge, abridged [Vancouver] ( href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/a-bridge-abridged/article1194672/">Globe
      and Mail)
    • China 'to block' Hummer takeover ( href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8120231.stm">BBC)
    • Paris Shows How to Automate a Subway ( href="http://thetransportpolitic.com/2009/06/29/paris-shows-how-to-automate-a-subway/">Transport
      Politic)
    • The Dutch Railway Station Cycle Parking Crisis ( href="http://hembrow.blogspot.com/2009/06/dutch-railway-station-cycle-parking.html">A
      view from the cycle path)