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Cities Not on Track with Calif High-Speed Rail

Mayor Art Brown spent years pushing for a commuter train station combined with nearby housing in his community. But as townhouses are being finished around the $14 million Metrolink station, he's facing the prospect that California's high-speed rail line may plow right through his beloved project...That a successful effort to get car-dependent Californians to embrace mass transit could be derailed by another transportation project may strike some as ironic.

San Jose Airport Study Session Ends in Frustration

Unless San Jose officials make some painful choices in the coming year, the city's airport risks "failure," aviation director Bill Sherry told the City Council Monday during a special study session on the airport's mounting financial challenges. Not only is Mineta San Jose International Airport grappling with a weak economy and steep declines in passengers and flights, it also faces a $32 million debt payment on its $1.3 billion renovation.

Iconic Self-Anchored Suspension Span Begins to Rise From the Bay

Lift, place, slide. Sounds simple enough, unless you’re talking about erecting a series of ultra-heavy deck sections for the self-anchored suspension span (SAS) that will complete the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In February, crews from American Bridge/Fluor began the tricky job of lifting, placing and sliding (photos 1 - 3) the first deck sections for the SAS. 

LaHood Touts Safety, Recovery, Rail in Washington Briefing Remarks

During a year that saw $48 billion delivered to transportation projects via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the recall of hundreds of thousands of Toyotas for safety issues, the announcement of $8 billion in high speed rail grants, and this week's two-day shutdown of the Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been busy and on the job, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told AASHTO's Washington Briefing on Wednesday morning.

A High-Speed Rail System that Wouldn't Serve Californians (Opinion)

It may be an attractive idea to have high-speed trains running from San Diego to San Francisco, but they wouldn't help the vast majority of Californians who drive to work, school and other destinations within 100 miles of their homes. Commuters need to get to work, get their kids to school, transport goods, provide services and get themselves to entertainment venues quickly and conveniently. Businesses need to transport goods, receive customers and provide services quickly and at low cost.

Caltrans Responds to Analyst's Report that it Needs to Cut Jobs

We disagree that we are overstaffed at this time given the daily demands and efforts to upgrade and maintain our transportation system. This includes the implementation of Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter approved transportation bond, and the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which represents nearly 2,000 projects to date, will continue to grow, and has resulted in thousands of jobs for Californians.

And Now, for Something Completely Different for LA

One of the great things about the passage of Measure R is that it inspired many people to dream about a Los Angeles that isn't car-dependent.  Apparently, it's inspired people outside of Los Angeles, and I mean well outside of Los Angeles, to dream a little dream as well... The project proposes large stretches of green space, a system of small vehicles with designated transportation lanes and parking stations, and a complete overhaul of the city’s streets, overpasses, culverts, right of ways, power lines, and underutilized rail lines.

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