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3/23/2012

Transpo Bills, Westwood Village, America Fast Forward, Metrolink, Bergamot Station, Beverly Hills, A Last-Mile Bike, Dodger Shuttle & More

March 23: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (An historic date for the 1890's-era Los Angeles Consolidated Electric Railway Company, with links to numerous images)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2 Radical Plans For Turning Westwood Village Around
Curbed LA
Westwood Village Scenarios
UCLA City Lab
Westwood Village Vision
UCLA City Lab

19 Museums Will Have Free Admission On March 31 When Pacific Standard Time Closes
LAist

Advocates, Rep. Schiff Meet With Secretary LaHood On Hollywood Cap Park
StreetsBlog LA

America Fast Forward Unlikely To Have Real Impact, Expert Says
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

America's Broken Bridges
Business Week

Bergamot Art Station Getting Expo-Friendly Hotel And Museum
Curbed LA
Plan For Bergamot's Future Zooms Forward ("The City Council likes a plan centered on the arrival of the Expo Line. Now it needs a developer to step in to see the plans for a new hotel, restaurant and parking garage to fruition.")
Santa Monica Patch

A Bike To Fix Public Transit's Biggest Problem ("Many transit planners consider any distance beyond half a mile too far to walk, so without a practical solution to the first and last mile problem, cities run the risk that commuters will simply get into their cars and bypass a perfectly good transit system that's juuuust outside their reach.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Boxer Warns Of Transportation Bill's Urgency
San Francisco Chronicle

Cantor On Transportation Bill Delay: "We're Just Out Of Money"
The Hill

Dodgers And Metro To Provide Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle From Union Station To Dodger Stadium ("For the third consecutive year, a grant of $300,000 was awarded to Metro by the [Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee] in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium...Last year, the Dodger Stadium Express bus service transported more than 116,000 fans with 68 percent of those riders using public transportation from their place of origin to get to Union Station to take advantage of the special bus service to the games.")
Los Angeles Dodgers

Drivers, Beware: Overnight 405 Freeway Closures This Weekend
LAist

Drylands Design (exhibit : March 22-April 26 : "Since no single solution will meet the complex needs of the US West, the exhibition will explore a range of approaches for how buildings and parks, houses and streets, industry and agriculture, cities and neighborhoods might be adapted to face a drought-prone future.")
A+D Museum

Earth, Water, Air, Fire: A Historical Look At SoCal's Troubled Relationship With Nature
LA as Subject via KCET

A Fantasy Transit Map For San Francisco
The Atlantic: Cities

The Future Of Intelligent Parking ("The idea is to better inform drivers about where they can find parking to help reduce congestion on streets, up to a third of which has been blamed on drivers searching for open parking spaces.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Gas Prices Drive Historic Bus Ridership
Riverside Press-Enterprise

GOP Lawmaker: Senate Republicans Would Back Short-Term Highway Bill
The Hill

House GOP Throwing Transportation Bill Tantrum
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

House To Vote On 9th Transpo Extension Just As Time And Money Run Out
StreetsBlog DC

Improving Bus Transit Safety Through Rewards And Discipline (62p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

LA Leaders Urge Passage Of Federal Transportation Bill
Los Angeles Times

Let's Get Serious On Transportation Funding
Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

Martha Welborne On Balancing Planning Responsibilities, Goals, And Constraints At Metro ("TPR sat down with Martha Welborne, Executive Director of Countywide Planning at Metro, to discuss her duties towards the Metro Board, project completion, and the people of Los Angeles County. Building Los Angeles’ new transit system will take decades, and Measure R’s seemingly reliable flow of money means that Metro will feature prominently in the purviews of local governments across the county for the foreseeable future.")
The Planning Report

Mayor Awesome: Against All Odds, L.A.'s Mayor Stays Green ("Political high jinks in Washington aren’t stopping Villaraigosa from dreaming big. He says he’ll move forward with or without help from Washington. We caught up with Villaraigosa this week to see how he’s managed to stay green in a time when, as a famous frog once lamented, it’s anything but easy.")
Grist

Metro Brings Back Dodger Stadium Shuttle
CBS Los Angeles

Metro On Track To Destroy Beverly Hills High
Beverly Hills Courier

Metro To Pay $297M For 550 New Buses
Redondo Beach Patch

Metro's Final EIR Recommends Tunneling Under Beverly High
Beverly Hills Weekly

Montebello Bus Lines Opens $2.4 Million Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
Whittier Daily News

MTA Approves Plan For Faster Antelope Valley Line
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

MTA Board Green-Lights Antonovich Plan To Upgrade Metrolink ("Improvements Would Provide Seamless Rail Service between the Antelope Valley and San Diego, and a Metrolink Station at the Bob Hope Airport.")
SCV News

New Getty Initiative Aims To Boost Preservation Of Modern Architecture
Los Angeles Times

Opposition To Bergamot Village Project Grows To Nearby Communities
The Argonaut

A Park Over The Hollywood Freeway One Step Closer To Reality ("Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for the first time met with local officials about the proposed 44-acre Hollywood Central Park, which would create a street-level expanse of green over the capped freeway between Hollywood and Santa Monica Boulevards.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Parking Around Seattle May Get Worse As City Planners Favor Transit ("Seattle city planners are recommending that the city eliminate parking requirements for new developments within a quarter-mile of frequent transit, under the theory that more people will take buses and light rail and fewer will own cars, particularly in dense urban neighborhoods like Queen Anne's West Galer neighborhood.")
Seattle Times

Project Updates: Still More New Bike Lanes
LADOT Bike Blog

RTA Head Picks Up Statewide Award ("The Riverside Transit Agency’s chief executive officer has been named Manager of the Year for 2011 by the California Transportation Foundation.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Sneak Peek: What Will The Subway Stations Look Like? ("Metro's The Source blog is featuring renderings of the Purple Line stations.")
Westwood-Century City Patch

U.S. Transportation Secretary Likes The Idea Of Putting A Park On Top Of The 101 Freeway
LAist

Will Light-Rail Tunnel Machine Crack Old Building On Capitol Hill? ("A Sound Transit tunneling machine will break through to the future Capitol Hill light-rail station this week, but not before passing under an 88-year-old brick building. The owner worries that vibrations or soil settling may crack the masonry.")
Seattle Times
Tunnel Machine Finally Breaks Through Early Wednesday At Capitol Hill Station
Seattle Times

Wilshire Boulevard Subway Circa 2020
Los Angeles Magazine

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Source, your window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.

3/22/2012

Westside Subway Extension, Expo Line, Burbank Airport, America Fast Forward, Parking & More

March 22: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Construction begins on L.A.'s first freeway, Metro Rail receives critical funding and electric trolley buses are promoted)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Brien, Mirisch Sworn In During Mayoral Inspiration ("Highlighted throughout the evening was the City Council’s new resolve to fight the Westside Subway Extension tunnel under Beverly Hills High School.")
Beverly Hills Courier

The Convoluted Path To Ending Los Angeles' Mural Ban
The Atlantic: Cities

Could A New Terminal Turn Around Sad Old Burbank Airport?
Curbed LA

Gold Line Gains Control Of Monrovia Land Needed For Maintenance Yard
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Fighting The Critics: Transit Myths & Facts (March 27 : "This [free] webinar will discuss some of the most recent attacks against transit investment, specific modal decisions and future operating costs. It will provide the counterarguments and facts necessary to combat the critics.")
Center For Transportation Excellence / NAPTA

High-Speed Rail, Bay Area Plan To Split $1.5 Billion Cost To Supercharge Rail Line
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Is Growth A Prerequisite For Long-Term Community Health And Prosperity?
APA Sustaining Places

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Urges Congress To Pass Transportation Bill
Los Angeles Daily News

Make Way For The Expo Line
Blogging Los Angeles

Mayor Villaraigosa Urges House To Pass America Fast Forward Program
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Mica To Propose Three-Month Extension Of Federal Transport Funding: Move Would Provide Financing For Highway And Transit Programs Through End Of June
DC Velocity

More Evidence Of Progress On The Expo Line To Culver City (rail car spotted west of La Cienega)
Culver City Times

New Beverly Hills Mayor, Vice Mayor Vow To Fight Constellation Station
Westwood-Century City Patch

Officials Celebrate Opening Of Montebello Bus Lines' New Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
Pasadena Star-News

One Slow Step Closer To The Westside Subway
Franklin Avenue

Parking Minimums Create Too Many Parking Spots
The Atlantic: Cities

Part 2, Insiders Answer "What I Learned From The Senate Transportation Bill Debate And Passage"
Transportation Issues Daily

Progress Makes Way For Removal Of Terminal Island Freeway; Could Alter Entire West Long Beach Landscape
Long Beach Post

Republicans Want More Time On US Transportation Bill
Reuters

Research Pays Off: Can Travel Training Services Save Public Transportation Agencies Money? (3p. PDF : The data indicate that for every $1.00 used to purchase travel training services, the three agencies participating in study saved or diverted from $1.45 to $3.98, which equates to net benefits of $200,000 to $440,000 annually. The savings in large part result from the travel trainers’ abilities to teach customers how to use fixed-route transit successfully—instead of relying on paratransit—for some or all of their trips.)
Transportation Research Board

Restoring Retro Hollywood, One Apartment At A Time
The Atlantic: Cities

The Road Forward On Transportation Policy ("Since Latinos in America represent both the fastest-growing segment of the labor force and those most dependent upon public transit and safe pedestrian options, it is essential that Congress send a comprehensive transportation reauthorization to President Obama before time runs out.")
Huffington Post

SCAG Transportation Committee Meets To Discuss Regional Plan One Last Time
StreetsBlog LA

Scientists Question Plan To Build Gondola On Catalina Island
Curbed LA

See Downtown's Expo Line/Blue Line Junction In Action
Curbed LA

Senate Bill Introduced In House, Mica Plans To Unveil Extension [Today]
StreetsBlog DC

Senate Democrats Blast House GOP Transport Extension
Journal Of Commerce

Senate Democrats Stop Short Of Saying They'd Reject Short-Term Highway Bill
The Hill

Standoff In Congress Threatens Highway Construction Funding
CNN

Trade In Your Car For A Bike At Woodland Hills Shop
Los Angeles Daily News

Villaraigosa, Officials Push Transit Spending Bill At Chatsworth Depot: America Fast Forward Plan Would Provide Federal Loans To Transportation Agencies To Build Projects
Chatsworth Patch

What's Making Americans Less Thirsty For Gasoline?
NPR

Why Can't We Just Leave Infrastructure Spending To The States?
Washington Post

Why People In Cities Walk Fast
The Atlantic: Cities

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Source, your window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.

3/21/2012

Architecture & Urban Design Center For LA, I-5 Widening, Metro Ridership, House Transpo Bill, Metrolink, LAX, Westside Subway Stations & More

5 Freeway Getting Wider Before The Orange Curtain
Curbed LA

AIA/LA Working on Plans for A Center For Architecture And Urban Design Los Angeles
Curbed LA
AIA/LA Has Architecture Center Envy
Architect's Newspaper

Air Commuters Growing In Number
Transportation Nation

Broad Museum Cleared For Takeoff: Construction Permits Issued For $100 Million Arts Complex
Los Angeles Downtown News

Dems Plan To Introduce $109B Senate Highway Bill In The House
The Hill

Editorial: Stop Dithering, Pass Transportation Bill
Sacramento Bee

Fasten Seat Belts For Next Year's "Planegeddon" At Van Nuys Airport
Los Angeles Daily News

Feds Launch Mobile App Focused On Commercial Bus Safety
The Transit Wire

Fourteen Firms Pre-Qualified To Bid On $498 Million ACE Project
Pasadena Star-News

Gas Price Spike Behind Metro Ridership Increase: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reported That Rail Ridership Jumped 5.9% In February Over The Same Month In 2011
Glendora Patch

Highway Bill Could Be Headed For A Standoff
Transportation Nation

Hollywooder Lobbies For Sunset Blvd. Guitar Center Crosswalk
Curbed LA

House GOP Opts For Short-Term Transpo Extension
Transportation Nation

House Working On Transpo Extension, Buying time For Backwards Bill
StreetsBlog DC

Infographic: When Reagan, The GOP, And Democrats Doubled The Gas Tax
StreetsBlog DC

Interstate 5 Freeway Widening Project Begins In Santa Fe Springs
KABC Los Angeles

LACMTA Expands Additional Train Testing On New Expo Line
Railway Track & Structures

Los Angeles' System Shows How Tech Can Beat Traffic (registration required)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Madness: The NCAA Sweet Sixteen Decided By Walk Score!
The Atlantic: Cities

Metro Study Backs Century City Stop For Westside Subway
Jewish Journal

Metrolink Holds Safety Workshop For Regional Transit Agencies
Los Angeles Times

Mica: Talks Under Way On Short-Term Transportation Funding
Washington Post

No Data? No Problem ("Smarter transportation decisions require comprehensive, accurate and timely data about infrastructure condition, travel time reliability, crashes and their causes. These data can inform decision makers about what really works – how best to relieve congestion and improve supply-chain connectivity to make freight transportation – and hence the U.S. economy – more competitive. Good data can enable people and businesses to use the transportation system more efficiently and ensure universal mobility.")
StreetsBlog DC

Plan Aims To Boost Exports At Port, LAX
Los Angeles Daily News

Residents Call For Council To Act Against MTA
Beverly Hills Courier

Take A Peek At Renderings For 3 Future Purple Line Stations
Curbed LA

Transforming Transit-Oriented Spaces Into Theatrical Happenings: A Conversation With The Artistic Director Of The Watts Village Theater Company
StreetsBlog LA

Transit Workers Union Targets Riders In New Campaign
Huffington Post

Transportation Impact Fee Heads To Santa Monica City Council
Santa Monica Mirror

U.S. Poised For Passenger Rail Boom
Forbes

"We Grow Fastest When We Grow Greenest"--LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ("In the case of LA, this meant that transit expansion that would have taken 30 years to build on a "pay as you go" basis can be completed in 10 years, at much lower cost and providing jobs and transportation alternatives when they are needed -- now. Fast Forward would allow cities to compete for $2 billion in low-interest loans. According to Villaraigosa, "In Los Angeles, this will allow us to create 166,000 jobs now by accelerating bus and rail projects.")
Huffington Post

Westside Subway Extension Final EIS/EIR Released
Mid-City West Community Council

What U.S. Population Trends From The 2000s Tell Us About The Future
The Atlantic: Cities

Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance Hears 710 Freeway Expansion Plans
Contra Costa Times

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Source, your window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.

3/20/2012

Westside Subway, Downtown Streetcar, CAHSR, I-5 Widening, LA's Roots Of Sprawl, House Transpo Bill, WeHo Parking & More


75 Years Ago This Week: 10,000 Turn Out As Shirley Temple Inaugurates New PCC Streetcar Service In Los Angeles
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Anti-HSR Initiative Cleared For Circulation
California High Speed Rail Blog

Beverly Hills Unified School District Blasts Newest Recommendations For Antonio Villaraigosa's Westside Subway
LA Weekly

Caltrans Officials Promise Congestion Relief
Whittier Daily News

Conservatives: Senate Bill Is "Crap Sandwich" ("Will it survive? Is it a spending boondoggle? Is it too much like the previous highway bill? Is this the appropriate legislation for conservatives to use in waging their battle on big government? How much impact do these arguments have?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

CTA Seeks To Sell Some Naming Rights: Bus And Train Trackers, Holiday Train, Penny Rides All Could Get Sponsors
Chicago Tribune

Downtown Los Angeles Streetcar Prepares For Environmental Review
Southern California Public Radio

Final Plans For Wilshire Subway: Tunneling Under Bev Hills High, Westwood/Wilshire Station
Curbed LA

Google And Mountain View May Pursue "Personal Rapid Transit" To Solve Commute Congestion ("Google is already one of the Bay Area’s larger transit providers, and Google buses from San Francisco and elsewhere have cut the company’s drive-alone rate to 62%.")
California Planning & Development Report

GOP Paves Way For States To Retake Road Funding
Politico

Ground Broken For Santa Ana Freeway Widening Project
Los Angeles Wave

Here's What Santa Monica May Charge Developers For Each New Traffic-Causing Apartment
Curbed LA

LACMTA Posts Strong Ridership Gains In Early 2012
Progressive Railroading

LA County Metro Releases "Subway To The Sea" Plan
Southern California Public Radio

LaHood: America Is "One Big Pothole"
Transportation Nation

Learn About Last Remaining Program To Fund Mega Projects ("TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act ) may end up as the primary (and perhaps only) federal program capable of funding mega-projects or complicated multi-modal projects. That will depend on the fate of the current Projects of National and Regional Significance program (in the Senate bill, not in the House bill) and the TIGER program.")
Transportation Issues Daily

[D.C.] Metro Debuts New Map And Service Changes
Washington Post
New WMATA Metro System Map

Metro Officials Support Constellation Avenue Stop For Century City ("The Beverly Hills community has adamantly opposed a station at Constellation Avenue because it would require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Metro Recommends Constellation Station In Final EIS/EIR
Beverly Hills Courier

Metro Unveils Final Environmental Documents For Westside Subway
StreetsBlog LA

Mid-City West Disbands Land Use Committee
Park La Brea News Beverly Press

Next Phase Of Freeway Widening Project Begins: Work Expected To Relieve I-5 Bottleneck
NBC Los Angeles

The Odd Link Between Commute Direction And Marital Satisfaction
The Atlantic: Cities

Planning Commission Supports More Developers Fees
Santa Monica Lookout

Race To The Bottom: The Sad State Of Public Discourse On Gas Prices
StreetsBlog Network

The Roots Of Sprawl: Why We Don't Live Where We Work (How The Residence District Ordinance of 1908 codified zoning in Los Angeles and paved the way for too many cars and commuting)
KCET

Streetcar Chugs Toward Environmental Review: With Route Selected, Project To Move To Environmental Review Phase ("Early on, the Los Angeles Streetcar project had 65 route possibilities. Recently, that was whittled to one, and on Thursday, March 22, it will be presented to the Metro Board of Directors.")
Los Angeles Downtown News

Subway Makes Tracks Toward Westwood
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Subway Report Seeks New Location Of Century City Station
Los Angeles Business Journal

This Week: Road Builders And Bike Advocates Convene In The Capital (The National Bike Summit Program and Rally For Roads)
StreetsBlog DC

To Clean Up Subway Station, An Unlikely Tool: Bird Calls
New York Times

Want A New Bike? Check One Out From The Library
Fast Company Exist

The Week Ahead: Transport Bill Comes To Crunch
The Hill

West Hollywood City Hall Automated Garage And Community Plaza Project ("The City of West Hollywood has awarded a $2.6 million contract to Unitronics to design, engineer, fabricate, install and maintain a 200-car automated vehicle storage and retrieval system.")
City Of West Hollywood

Westside Subway EIS/EIR Goes With 7 New Stations
LA Observed

Widening Of 5 Freeway In L.A. Continues
Orange County Register

Work To Start On 5 Freeway Widening In Santa Fe Springs Area
Los Angeles Times

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Source, your window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.

3/19/2012

Expo Line, ACE, Baldwin Park Transit Center, Bergamot Station, High-Speed Rail, Gas Prices & Ridership, Mobile Apps & More

March 19: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (100 years ago today, Pacific Electric Railway extends its reach further into Los Angeles' budding suburbs)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

ACE Accepts Bids For San Gabriel Trench Project
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

As Gasoline Prices Rise, So Does Push For Bicycle Trails
USA Today

Baldwin Park To Break Ground For New Transit Center
Whittier Daily News

Ballot Box Is Desired Destination Of New Effort To Derail High-Speed Rail
Central Valley Business Times

Bergamot Development Opponents Warn Of Citywide Traffic Gridlock
Santa Monica Mirror

Burbank Airport Survey Finds Support For New Terminal
Los Angeles Times

The Dawn Of The Municipal Chief Innovation Officer ("Americans think their governments are broken, inert, corrupt. But, at the same time, we’re witnessing the rise of the so-called civic hacker, a growing army of deeply committed, tech-savvy city-dwellers who don't necessarily want to work for government, but who wouldn’t mind spending a Saturday afternoon benevolently coding its data...Behold the innumerable hackathons and unconferences, put together to develop apps for no reason other than that it’s just really hard to catch a cab in San Francisco, or to find a bus in New York City")
The Atlantic: Cities

Editorial: Light At End Of High-Speed Rail Tunnel? ("No amount of bureaucratic revision can keep the CHRSA from being a high-speed boondoggle.")
Orange County Register

Extending SAFETEA-LU, Not Passing Multi-Year Bill, Is Now Focus Of Congress
Transportation Issues Daily

For House GOP, Safer Streets Are The New "Bridge To Nowhere"
StreetsBlog DC

Four Burning Unanswered Questions About The Soon-To-Expire Transportation Bill
Transportation Issues Daily

Garcetti Commits To Small Ideas, Big Festivals, And Regular CicLAvias
StreetsBlog LA

Gas Price Spike Behind Metro Ridership Increase: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reported That Rail Ridership Jumped 5.9% In February Over The Same Month In 2011
Walnut Patch

High Speed Rail Funds Aiding Local Transit In CA ("One way to bring down the cost of the train would be to speed up improvements to local transit systems along its path.")
Transportation Nation

High-Speed Rail Planners Focus On Running Trains To L.A. Before Bay Area
Bakersfield Californian

High-Speed Rail Proponents Make Changes To Win Over California Lawmakers
Sacramento Bee

House Won't Take Up Senate Transpo Bill As March 31 Deadline Looms
StreetsBlog DC

Improving Transportation For All And Not Just The Few: A Look Into U.S. Metropolitan Cities' Disproportionate Transportation Spending
Reason Foundation

Insiders Answer "What I Learned From The Senate Transportation Bill Debate And Passage"
Transportation Issues Daily

Mount Lowe Railway -- Then And Now: Illustrated Lecture And Book Signing (March 20)
Pasadena Museum Of History via LA As Subject

New York's Largest Art Museum, In Your Pocket ("Our new mobile app allows users to browse through more than 200 works of contemporary art found throughout the New York City Subway, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels.")
New York MTA

Officials Hold Groundbreaking For San Pedro Downtown Harbor Project
Daily Breeze

On-Street Bike Corrals Land On Main Street (Santa Monica)
StreetsBlog LA

Overview Of State-Related Provisions In The Senate's Transportation Reauthorization Legislation, "Moving Ahead For Progress In The 21st Century Act" (MAP-21) (18p. PDF)
Georgetown Climate Center

Phase 1 Of Expo Light Rail To Open To Culver City In Mid-April
Santa Monica Mirror

Preserving And Protecting Freight Infrastructure And Routes (94p. PDF)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program

Restoring Parity Between Public-Transit Users And Drivers In Commuter Tax Breaks
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

The Streetcar As A City's Moving Symbol ("In many ways, the type of rail car a city employs can say a lot about the place. Some of the older ones can suggest a city's affinity for it's history (Milan) or perhaps its lower budget (Poznan). New ones can suggest a city's growing density levels (Seattle and San Diego) or just its attempts to modernize (Athens and Lisbon).")
The Atlantic: Cities

Tech Patent Trolls Target Transit Agencies ("Cash-strapped cities and transit agencies now face a new threat — so-called “patent trolling.”)
The Transit Wire

Technology And Tools That Will Shape The Future Of How We Travel
Tnooz

This Bus Shelter Will Give You Free Cake
The Atlantic: Cities

Time Running Out On Transportation Funding
Washington Post

Transit Ridership Up Sharply As Gas Prices Climb
Los Angeles Times

Transportation Lobby Sees Road To Short-Term Highway Spending Legislation
The Hill

A Web App Which Rates The Walkability Of Your City
This Big City

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Source, your window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.