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4/23/2012

Metro App, Measure R+, Expo Line, Metro Blue Line, Beverly Hills, Metrolink, L.A. Walkability, 710, High Speed Rail Cars & More

$932 Million Expo Line Set To Open April 28
Los Angeles Wave

All Aboard For The Expo Line
Jewish Journal

America Hates Los Angeles, Poll Says
LAist
American Cities Favorability Poll
Public Policy Polling
(As if that weren't enough, California now ranks dead last among the states in favorability poll)

Bev Hills Could Vote To Delay Subway Certification, Engineering
Curbed LA

BH City Council Requests Public Forum For Subway Debate ("The move delays a Metro board vote on a route that calls for tunneling under Beverly Hills High School.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Bill Bars Cell Service Shutdown By Public Agencies ("BART and other government agencies in California would be barred from shutting down cellular phone networks unless they first obtain a court order under a bill that is sailing through the Legislature.")
San Francisco Chronicle
SB-1160 Communications: Service Interruptions
California Legislative Information

Breakdowns And Delays Plague Metro Blue Line: Metro Officials Point To A Backlog Of Maintenance Issues As The Cause Of A Surge In Problems On The Line Between Long Beach And L.A., Which Carries 26 Million Riders Per Year
Los Angeles Times

Capital Bikeshare Nearly Operationally Profitable
StreetsBlog DC

City Council Meets Tonight For Special Subway Session
Beverly Hills Patch

City Council Unanimous To MTA: You Must Listen To Us
Beverly Hills Courier

Coming Soon: Public Transit Website, App To Direct Passengers From Burbank To Pasadena
La Canada Online

Consultants Present Plans For Designated Bike Lanes On Campus
USC Daily Trojan

Covina Moves Toward Improving Pedestrian Safety At Metrolink Station
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Editorial: Clear The Tracks, Beverly Hills
Los Angeles Times

Electric Bikes Tap Into Southern California Market
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Expo Line Misses Book Festival By That Much (Train testing photos)
LA Observed

Federal Agency Ratchets Up Transit Push: Calculate Your Carbon Savings
Transportation Nation

Feds Open Bidding For High-Speed Rail Cars ("The $551 million request for proposals was announced by the Federal Railroad Administration, which is coordinating a California-led effort to purchase standardized bi-level rail fleets for use on Amtrakroutes in California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana and potentially Iowa.California will get 42 of the 130 new rail cars.")
Chicago Tribune

Feinstein: Senate Committee Approves Funding For Major California Transit Projects
Political News

Four Cities Begin Regional Bike Plan Effort; Bike Commuters To Benefit ("Baldwin Park, Monterey Park, El Monte and South El Monte are leading the historic planning effort in the hopes that their regional approach will land them an environmental justice grant from Caltrans worth $200,000.")
Pasadena Star-News

Group Will Address L.A. Walkability, Transit At Conference ("Pedestrians Count! 2012 promises to build on the social momentum gained from Sunday’s CicLAvia.")
Montrose Patch

High-Speed Rail Hearings Have Different Tone
Merced Sun-Star

House Passes HR 4348, Setting Up Chance For Senate Conference On Long-Term Bill
AASHTO Journal

Italy Launches Private High-Speed Train
AFP

Joel Kotkin: The Great California Exodus
("A leading U.S. demographer and 'Truman Democrat' talks about what is driving the middle class out of the Golden State.")
Wall Street Journal

La Canada High To Host Forum On 710 Freeway Expansion: Those Who Oppose Extension Hope Turnout Will Mean Something To Metro
La Canada Valley Sun

Los Angeles Rejects MTA Seismic Study; Approves 39-Story Tower On Top Of "MTA Faults"
Beverly Hills Courier

Maybe The System Really Is Working ("What are the chances that lawmakers succeed on negotiating a smaller bill? How far apart are Republicans and Democrats on the structure of the revamped highway program? Do the Keystone and gas price talking points add to or detract from that conversation, if they have an impact at all? Will the policy conversations that take place over the next few months benefit future highway bills?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Metro Expo Line To Open On April 28
Asian Journal: The Filipino-American Community Newspaper

Metro Launches New Smartphone App: Android Available Now, iPhone and iPad Next Week
The Source

Metro Unveils A New Smartphone App: Will You Use It?
LAist

Mike Antonovich's Tortured Point And How The Mayor Should Have Reacted
StreetsBlog LA

Opinion: High-Speed Rail For A More Sustainable State
Sacramento Bee

Opinion: Transportation Policy Needs Push To Get Moving (Two former DOT Secretaries argue that lawmakers need to hear a strong public mandate to resolve transportation funding deadlock)
Politico

Our View: Robbing Vote From 2039 ("There is such a thing as being too forward-thinking. And Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's suggestion Wednesday to make Measure R sales tax permanent is an example of that extreme vision.")
Pasadena Star-News

Poll Finds Toronto Drivers Would Pay For Relief ("Our politicians shouldn’t be fearful of implementing some of these choices. They’ve been done elsewhere, where the congestion and traffic issues weren’t as critical as they are in Toronto...citing the example of Los Angeles County. A 2008 referendum there supported a 30-year, 0.5 per cent regional sales tax to raise money for transit and road improvements.")
Metro News (Canada)

Port Of Los Angeles Proposes Developing The Cleanest Truck Program
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

San Francisco Puts Brakes On An App For Transit
New York Times

Santa Monica Opening Bike Campus On Earth Day Sunday
StreetsBlog LA

Santa Monica To Debut A "Bicycle Campus" On Earth Day
KCET

Senate Approves FY 2013 Transportation Appropriations
AASHTO Journal

State Lawmaker Wants To Make Sure Cities, Counties Pay For Sidewalk Repairs
The City Maven

Touring The New Expo Line With The "Ethnic Media"
StreetsBlog LA

Understanding The Trends From The APA Conference (A look at Twitter for a detailed analysis of the trends that emerged from this year's APA national conference, and for a comparison to last year's popular topics)
Planning Tech

Video: Metro Will Begin Testing The Orange Line Extension Next Week
Encino-Tarzana Patch

Villaraigosa's Transit Proposal Getting Cautious Reactions
LA Observed

Visionary Transportation Bureaucrats, Part 5: Shailen Bhatt And Kirk Steudle
StreetsBlog DC

What Does The Battle Over California's High Speed Rail Project Mean For America
Talking Points Memo

Why Is A Patent Troll In Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?
The Atlantic: Cities

Will Beverly Hills Delay Finalization Of Westside Subway Route?
LA Weekly

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