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  • Before taking the helm of California's High-speed Rail Authority, Dan Richard told Gov. Jerry Brown that the plan was "really screwed up and going to end up biting you in the ankles."

    Mercury News
  • Increasing the U.S. gasoline tax and instituting a levy based on miles driven should be options to pay for highway spending as cars become more fuel efficient, said Representative Bill Shuster, who will be the top House member overseeing federal transportation policy....Shuster said a vehicle-miles tax, raising the gasoline tax, tolling and public-private partnerships should be among options Congress considers to close the gap between the amount it needs for highway and transit spending and the money available.

    BusinessWeek
  • An inside candidate was named Monday to head the Orange County Transportation Authority, despite concerns from some board members about how he was chosen for the $255,000-a-year job.

    Orange County Register
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    Republicans met today to choose committee chairs, and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been placed at the head of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The former chair, John Mica, dropped his request yesterday to stay on as chair despite term limits. You can read all about Shuster’s record on rail and bike/ped issues in these recent posts

    DC .Streetsblog.org
  • The current transportation law dealt a few hard knocks to bicycling and walking programs. One big one was the restructuring of the Transportation Enhancements program into something called Transportation Alternatives, which has to fund more types of projects with less money.

    DC .Streetsblog.org
  • Ahead of schedule. Under budget. Best use of innovation....The Judges' Grand Prize was awarded to the California DOT (Caltrans)for the Mulholland Drive Bridge demolition, part of the I-405/Sepulveda Pass project. The demolition was also a winner in the Ahead of Schedule Small Project competition. Southern Californians and transportation fans will remember this project as "Carmageddon," a planned weekend shutdown of a heavily traveled portion of I-405 near Los Angeles. 

    Fast Lane
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    Metro's going to make $18 to $20 million off its ExpressLanes program, which charges solo drivers to use new carpool lanes on the 110 (and soon the 10). The program just launched on November 10, but it's already it's got yet another revenue stream coming in: citations to drivers "caught on camera without the required FasTrak transponders." 

    Curbed LA
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    ...(T)he sense one gets from a new pre- and post-storm review of city transportation [PDF], released earlier this week by NYU's Rudin Center, is that things could have been much, much worse...The MTA's preparedness was matched by the "inventiveness" of city commuters, writes the NYU report.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Panels of experts assigned to review major state projects are only credible if they are transparent and independent. Because the one that Caltrans trotted out to look at bridge safety was far from the ideal, it's imperative that state lawmakers explore how to make the panels better.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Questions about real and perceived conflicts of interst among experts hired to review California megaprojects, such as the Bay Bridge, high-speed rail and Delta twin water diversion tunnels, are driving state legislators to look at writing stiff new rules for peer review panels. 

    Contra Costa Times