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12/03/2012

Downtown Streetcar, LAX, CAHSR, Amtrak, Income-Based Fares, VISTA Wi-Fi, Walkability & More

December 3: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles gets its first taste of transit-oriented development -- in 1885)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

10 Techniques For Making Cities More Walkable
The Atlantic: Cities

Amtrak Supporters Warily Eye Shuster As Rail Funding Fight Looms ("The Pennsylvania lawmaker, who is the son of a former Transportation Committee chairman, said recently that there could be "common ground" in the next Congress on rail funding.")
The Hill

As More Cyclists Hit The Road In Long Beach, Need For Clearer Code Emerges
StreetsBlog LA

British National Health Experts: Cycling Safer Than Couch Sitting
StreetsBlog DC

Brown Seeks Sovereign Wealth To Back High-Speed Rail Line
Bloomberg

A Difficult Lift For Shuster ("What should committee members be focusing on next year when it comes to transportation? Will it really be another four years before a highway bill gets done? Will a new chairman breathe life into the committee? How should legislators confront the niche transportation issues like rail, transit, and aviation? What makes a good transportation leader?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Downtown L.A. Residents Voting On Streetcar Project ("The proposal calls for an assessment district to help finance the $125-million fixed-rail project that is forecast to spawn $1 billion in development, including 2,600 new housing units.")
Los Angeles Times

Induction Charging Comes To Public Transit ("Say goodbye to catenary wires. Utah State University has unveiled an electric bus that charges through induction, topping off its batteries whenever it stops to pick up passengers.")
Wired

LAX Runway Separation Plan Advances, Over Groups' Objections ("Some neighbors and Ontario airport supporters oppose a plan touted as improving safety and the handling of the largest new aircraft at Los Angeles International.")
Los Angeles Times

Let's Talk About Metro-Riding Etiquette (Again)
LAist

Mesmerizing Visualizations Show Mass-Transit Patterns Of Major Cities
Wired
One Day Of Activity For The Los Angeles Metro
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[New York] M.T.A. Seeks Aid Not Just For Repairs, But For Improvements
New York Times

Muni And Other Agencies Consider Basing Fares On Income
San Francisco Examiner

Patty Murray As Senate Budget Chief: What It Means For Transportation
StreetsBlog DC

President Proposes $50 Billion For Infrastructure
Transportation Issues Daily

Recount For Alameda County Transportation Sales Tax Increase ("The measure lost by 0.14% or fewer than 800 out of the 527,403 votes cast." It received 66.53% of the vote)
Oakland Tribune

Review Of Public Transit Funding For New Starts And Small Starts Projects, October 2004 Through June 2012 (27p. PDF : This report discusses the extent to which project sponsors use non-New Starts funding to help construct New Starts, Small Starts and Very Small Starts projects. GAO reviewed financial information for all of the 25 New Starts and 32 Small Starts and Very Small Starts projects FTA identified as receiving construction funding from October 1, 2004, through June 2012. GAO interviewed FTA officials regarding program data and officials from 8 project sponsors to get their views on funding sources. GAO also reviewed relevant federal laws and other documentation.")
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Roadshow: Time To Lower Sales Tax Threshold For Transportation
Silicon Valley Mercury News

U.S. May Be Next Hot Spot For Infrastructure Debt Investments
Reuters

Ventura County VISTA Buses Now Offer Wi-Fi
Ventura County Star

Weigh In On Union Station Master Plan
Los Angeles Downtown News

The Weird Weather Phenomena Created By Urban Bike Paths
The Atlantic: Cities

Will SoCal Cities Try To Slow High Speed Rail?
California High Speed Rail Blog


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