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3/30/2012

Bergamot Station, South Figueroa Corridor, Highway Bill Passed, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Plan, Subway Bracelets & More

March 30: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (A milestone in regional freeway planning, plus archival film footage shows Los Angeles saying goodbye to the last of its streetcars which are replaced the following day with a new fleet of 300 buses -- highlighted by a "Bus Spectacular" at Dodger Stadium)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2010 Status Of The Nation's Highways, Bridges, And Transit: Conditions & Performance: Report To Congress (502p. PDF)
Federal Highway Administration / Federal Transit Administration

Bergamot Art Center Takes Big Step Forward ("The arrival of the Expo Line is expected to transform the City of Santa Monica in multiple ways. Some of that anticipated transformation is planned for the City’s eastside, where Expo riders will either be saying hello or goodbye to Santa Monica as they pass by Bergamot Station. Among the many planned projects at or near Bergamot Station include the proposed Bergamot Art Center.")
Santa Monica Mirror

Calif. Bullet Train Project Under Review ("Proponents of a bullet train in California say they are exploring ways to relax environmental review procedures on the high-speed rail project.")
UPI

Congress Extends Highway Funding With Stopgap Bill
New York Times

Congress Fails To Pass Long-Term Highway Bill
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Congressional Lawmakers Temporarily Extend Highway Spending Authority
CNN

Dems Trip up GOP On Highway Extension Again
Transportation Nation

Divided Congress Resorts To 3-Month Highway Bill
Stateline

Doing "Big Things" In Government
Governing

Editorial: Don't Let The South Figueroa Corridor Project Get Lost In The CRA Shuffle
StreetsBlog LA

Editorial: Our Dense Population Requires Smart Planning
Los Angeles Daily News

Facelift Project For Hollywood Stirs Divisions
New York Times

Fashion Accessory Of The Day: Subway Map Cuff Bracelets
The Atlantic: Cities

Google Maps Now Includes Real-Time Traffic Data
Mashable

Heavy Truck Corridor Proposed To Boost Exports
Los Angeles Times

How And Why We Should Green Parking Facilities
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

How Many People Are Moving To LA?
Curbed LA

L.A. Built The Metro, Now It Needs The Buildings
Slate

Malls, Parking Garages And...Mass Transit? Sometimes, They Work Together
Next American City

Metro Silences Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills Courier

Millhouse To Head So Cal Transportation Committee: The Moorpark City Council Member Has Been Involved With County Transportation For More Than 10 Years ("Moorpark City Council member and former Southern California Regional Rail Authority chairman, Keith Millhouse, has been elected chairman of the Transportation Committee of theSouthern California Association of Governments, or SCAG.")
Moorpark Patch

New Group Plans To Have Ballard-To-West Seattle Monorail Running By 2018
KOMO

The New Language Of Mobility: Talking Transportation In A Post-Recession World (40p. PDF : "In this volume, the Maslansky-Luntz team begins with messages that were used in the three success stories and builds upon them in testing a variety of messages with focus groups of “opinion influencers” in three U.S. cities. These listening sessions were then followed by a session with a “Washington insiders” proxy group where a unique Instant Response Dial technology was used to measure responses to a range of messages.")
AASHTO

The New Plan For California's High Speed Rail Project: Faster, Smarter, Cheaper -- And Legal
California Majority Report

Omnitrans' College Student Fares Arrive At 1 Million Trips
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Op-Ed: Hate The Bus? It's Time To Reconsider
NPR

Paint Testing On Spring Street Bike Lane Rescheduled For This Weekend
Blog Downtown

Senate Clears Transportation Extension
Politico

SFMTA Budget Proposal Includes Metered Parking On Sunday Afternoons
StreetsBlog SF

Transportation Bill Replaced By Stopgap Measure In House
Huffington Post

What's Next For The Transportation Bill?
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars? ("Auto makers are worried about the Millennials. They just don't seem to care about owning a car. Is this a generational shift, or just a lousy economy at work? ")
The Atlantic

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3/29/2012

Expo Line Precursors, Beverly Hills Subway, Gold Line Videos, Dodgers & Transpo, Highway Bill Deadline, 710, Canoga Park At 100 & More

$7 Billion Public-Private Plan In Chicago Aims To Fix Transit, Schools And Parks
New York Times

Are These Gold Line Videos A Waste Of Tax Dollars? ("The Gold Line Construction Authority has released a series of videos explaining the coming attractions for the Gold Line Foothill Extension. One local blogger thinks the money would be better spent elsewhere.")
Monrovia Patch

Assembly Candidates Pledge To Oppose Subway Route Under BHHS: Their Comments Come As Residents' Opposition To Subway Tunneling Under Beverly Hills High School Gains Momentum
Beverly Hills Patch

Canoga Park Centennial (Canoga Park celebrates its 100th birthday tomorrow. The West San Fernando Valley community is rich in Pacific Electric history. Includes timeline)
Canoga Park 100
Recalling Pacific Electric's Leading Role In Valley
Los Angeles Daily News

City Revs Up Efforts To Get Millions In Federal Funding For 101/23 Expansion
Thousand Oaks Acorn

City To Test New Paint On Spring Street Bike Lane
Los Angeles Downtown News

Countdown Clock ("Time remaining for the House to pass the bipartisan Senate Bill to avert a transportation shutdown: 2.9 million jobs at stake.")
U.S. Senate Democrats

Dodgers Sale Creates A Chance To Fix Broken Parking Lot/Transportation
StreetsBlog LA

Evacuated Tube Travel To Replace Trains, Planes And Automobiles?
Huffington Post

Gold Line Foothill Extension From Pasadena To Azusa: Small Business Opportunities (video)
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority via YouTube

Google Maps 6.5 Gets A Face-Lift, Adds Public Transit Features
CNET

Graphic: A Closer Look At The Senate MAP-21 Vote By State
Transportation For America

Ground Broken On Next Phase Of I-5 Freeway At Alondra Blvd. Bridge
Los Cerritos News

Guidelines For Providing Access To Public Transportation Stations (146p. PDF : "Several issues underlie contemporary rapid transit station access planning: What is the best way or “process” for station planning and development? Which groups should be included in this planning process? What travel modes should be accommodated? How do development densities and land use patterns affect the use of various access modes? How can station ridership and access modes use be estimated? What are the likely effects of parking on station ridership? How can the sometimes-differing concerns of transit agencies and communities be addressed? How do access issues vary between mature and new stations? How should pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and auto access be integrated into the site plan for the station and its environs? What guidelines underlie the provisions of park-and-ride? When are garages preferable to surface parking? What provisions should be made for TOD and integrating station access with the surrounding neighborhoods? Under what circumstances are feeder bus services likely to provide a cost-effective means of providing station access? What are ways to maximize access at constrained stations?")
Transit Cooperative Research Program

The Hitchhiker's Guide To Congress Not Re-Upping The Highway Bill By March 31
Fox News

Hollywood Debates Its New Planning Standards At City Hall
Curbed LA

House GOP Is Back To A 90-Day Extension, Will See Debate [Today]
StreetsBlog DC

House Nears Vote On Highway Bill To Avert Halt To Road Projects
Business Week

How And Why We Should Green Parking Facilities
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

The Latest Fantastic Transportation System That Will Never Be Built ("Beijing to New York in two hours.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Metro Community Meeting Thursday At Temple Emanuel ("Residents are encouraged to attend the session and weigh in on plans to tunnel under BHHS as part of the Westside Subway Extension.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Metro EIR Targets Beverly Hills Buildings For Demolition: Restaurants, Offices And Apartments Could Be Bulldozed For Subway Extension (cover story plus related articles)
Beverly Hills Weekly

Metro Seeking Community Liaisons In 710 Study: Metro Trying To Bridge Gap Between Community And Government
South Pasadena Patch

Parking On SaMo's Colorado Ave. Taking Hit From Expo Line
Curbed LA

Pressure Mounts On House To Take Up Senate Bill. Does The House Care?
StreetsBlog DC

Public Transit Holds Key To America's Hidden Energy Reserve
The Hill

Rail Returns To The Westside: The Expo Line's Historical Precursors ("Although its tracks, signals, and power lines are all new, much of the light rail line's right-of-way dates to 1875, when the first rail link between downtown L.A. and the Westside opened and gave birth to the city of Santa Monica." Includes numerous photos from Metro Transportation Library's Archive as well as other historical photos and maps)
LA as Subject via KCET

Rep. Mica Calls On Dems To Support Short-Term Highway Bill
The Hill

Road Bill Gridlock Worries States ("The Highway Trust Fund -- the place where federal gas taxes are deposited -- will start incurring losses to the tune of $110 million each day the law is lapsed. That means states won’t be reimbursed for projects already under way, putting them in the uncomfortable position of trying to decide how long they can float the money before they have to shutter projects midstream. The uncertainty created will also mean states just won’t start new projects already planned.")
Politico

Santa Monica Perks Up Streets With New Lights, Landscaping
Curbed LA

Tax Collector Wants To Freeze State Levy On Gasoline
Los Angeles Times

The Utter Futility Of A Gas Tax "Holiday"
StreetsBlog DC

We're Number 1! In Density, That Is
KCET

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3/28/2012

Expo Line, Highway Bill, UCLA Traffic, Gold Line Mariachi Plaza, Farmers Field, Westside Subway, Gas Tax & More

48% Say Feds Should Drop Gas Tax Until Prices Come Down
Rasmussen Reports

California High-Speed Rail: Building A Faster Train Faster
Southern California Public Radio

Can A 100% Private Passenger Rail Line Turn A Profit?
StreetsBlog DC

Did The Senate Kill Private Finance In Infrastructure?
New Republic

Expo Line Arrives: Taking The Train With Zev Yaroslavsky
KCRW
Is Mass Transit Rail In Los Angeles Finally On The Right Track? (audio)
KCRW

Expo Line Scheduled To Open April 28
USC Daily Trojan

Expo Takes Trees, Gives Back Double
Santa Monica Daily Press

Google Maps Getting Rid Of Weird And Inaccurate Nabe Names
Curbed LA

GOP Scraps Planned Highway Vote For A Second Day In A Row
The Hill

Highway Vote Punt Complicates Hill Timing
Politico

House Schedules, Skips, Debates, Ultimately Delays Vote On 60-Day Extension
StreetsBlog DC

How To Build A Successful Downtown Stadium
The Atlantic: Cities

Illustrating A Commute, One Rider At A Time
The Atlantic: Cities

Lawmakers Ready To Green-Light California High-Speed Rail
Sacramento Bee

Libros Schmibros Lending Library And Bookshop Moves To Mariachi Plaza ("If you visit train stations in any city in the world . . . so many of them have newsstands. And most of those newsstands don’t just sell magazines, they sell books.")
StreetsBlog LA

Local Officials Balk At Bill To Require Them To Spend More On Transit
Ventura County Star

Los Angeles Ends Its Use Of Red Light Cameras
Daily Breeze

NFL Stadium EIR Goes Public On April 5
Los Angeles Daily News

Parking Lots, Ready For A Close-Up And A Spruce-Up
New York Times

Parking Switch Coming To Colorado Avenue ("City Hall plans to reconfigure parking along Colorado Avenue to make room for the Expo Light Rail Line by axing spaces on Colorado and creating angled spaces along six residential streets and one largely commercial road.")
Santa Monica Daily Press

QR Codes In Transportation: The District DOT Shows The Possibilities
Talking Transportation

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

Transportation Can Boost Las Vegas Economy (A proposed highway between Las Vegas and Phoenix, DesertXpress, and "Nevada also has the nation's second highest percentage of major roads in good condition and the lowest percentage of structurally deficient bridges.")
KLAS

The True Cost Of Unwalkable Streets
The Atlantic: Cities

UCLA Traffic Hits Lowest Level Since 1990
UCLA Newsroom
UCLA State Of The Commute, 2011 (20p. PDF : transportation statistics)
UCLA Transportation

What Californians Think About The Republican Candidates (audio : includes a segment on "a ride on the Expo Line")
KCRW

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3/27/2012

Gold Line Foothill Extension, High-Speed Rail, DesertXpress, Highway Bill, I-5 Widening, NoHo Tunnel, Westside Subway Meetings & More

10 Best American Cities For Cycling
Huffington Post

210 Gold Line Bridge Construction Stays On Track
Monrovia Patch

237 Express Lane Opens: Small Step In Huge Plan ("Whether, and when, Bay Area drivers will take to express lanes - carpool lanes that solo drivers buy their way into for a varying toll - remains to be seen. But the beginnings of what could become a nearly 600-mile network of the lanes are taking shape, and lone drivers seem willing to pay.")
San Francisco Chronicle

All Aboard PatrĂ³n Billionaire John Paul DeJoria's Golden-Era Railcar ("DeJoria’s train has three staterooms, a master suite, a dining room, a vast kitchen, an observation room, and a crew member who looks after it all.")
Forbes

As Young Lose Interest In Cars, G.M. Turns To MTV For Help
New York Times

Boehner, Reid Talks May End U.S. Transport Bill Standoff
Chicago Tribune

Boxer Warns Of Transportation Bill's Urgency
San Francisco Chronicle

CA Gov. Brown Says High Speed Rail Is On Track (video)
MarketWatch

California High-Speed Rail Likely To Get Green Light
Scripps News

California Home To Most Densely Populated Areas ("Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. is the most densely populated area in the country, with nearly 7,000 residents per square mile.")
Governing

Center For Transit-Oriented Development's Comments On Proposed Changes To New Starts, Small Starts Rules
Reconnecting America

Dear DesertXpress Developers: Has Your Project Gone Off Tracks?
Vegas Inc

Few U.S. Cities Are Ready For Aging Baby Boomer Population ("Transportation usually tops the list of unmet needs in local aging-agency surveys, advocates say. Public transit routes and stops sometimes aren't flexible enough; volunteer transportation networks are popping up in a few places but remain rare.")
USA Today

Greening Government's Fleet Of Big Trucks: Street Sweepers, Snow Plows And Fire Trucks Will Soon Be Cleaner And More Fuel Efficient Under New Emissions Standards ("Welcome to the inaugural issue of Governing's Sustainability newsletter. Each month, we'll be delving into the latest environmental news and analysis that public managers need to know to meet present needs without compromising the future.")
Governing

Guidance On Protecting People From The Aerodynamic Effects Of Passing Trains (40p. PDF)
Rail Safety And Standards Board (U.K.)

High Line May Mix Past With Koons' Vision ("Mr. Hammond speculated that Los Angeles and New York could both eventually wind up with Mr. Koons’s train replica.")
New York Times

Highway Bill: House GOP Delays Vote
Politico

House Republicans Abruptly Cancel Vote On Extension Of Highway Programs As Deadline Looms
Washington Post

How Can Cities Reverse Urban Sprawl, Increase Transit Use, Reduce Emissions?
Sys-Con
The Impact Of Center City Economic And Cultural Vibrancy On Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transportation (104p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

How The House Transpo Extension Hurts The Senate's Two-Year Bill
StreetsBlog DC

I-210 Gold Line Bridge Construction Stays On Track: A Critical Portion Of Bridge Construction Is Completed
Glendora Patch

Interstate 5 Truck Lanes To Be Extended
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Las Vegas May Get DesertXpress High-Speed Rail Link ("The vast park-and-ride project hinges on the untested idea that car-loving Californians will drive about 100 miles from the Los Angeles area, pull off busy Interstate 15 and board a train for the final leg to the famous Strip.")
Huffington Post

Let The Muni Party Begin (San Francisco Municipal Railway, "Muni," turns 100 on April 5)
San Francisco Chronicle

Mathematical Modeling For Optimizing Skip-Stop Rail Transit Operation Strategy Using Genetic Algorithm (37p. PDF)
Morgan State University National Transportation Center

Mayors Urge House To Pass Senate's Transportation Bill
Governing

Meeting Tuesday Details Downtown Rail Project ("Work extending Metrolink service to downtown San Bernardino will not start for another year or more, but residents and others curious about the plan to bring passenger trains past the Santa Fe Depot can find out more tonight.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Metro To Hold Public Meetings For Westside Subway Plans ("Three public meetings are scheduled this week to give residents a chance to learn about the project's final environmental report.")
NBC Southern California

Mica Introduces Three-Month Extension To SAFETEA-LU
Progressive Railroading
More Employed, But L.A.'s Jobless Rate Stays Steady
Los Angeles Business Journal

National Train Day ("Join us on Saturday, May 12 for the 5th annual National Train Day, as we celebrate trains and train travel across America.")
National Train Day

New Expo Line To Finally Open To Public
USC Annenberg Intersections South LA

NoHo May Get Underground Tunnel Between Red, Orange Lines
Curbed LA

Obama Administration Trying To Curb Distracted Driving Among Public Transit Employees
The Hill

Obama Considers $4.9Bn High-Speed Bullet Train To Connect California And Las Vegas
Daily Mail (U.K.)

Practical Approaches For Involving Traditionally Underserved Populations In Transportation Decisionmaking (521p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Project Will Speed Traffic In South O.C.
Orange County Register

Railroads, Republicans Muscling Out Amtrak
Forbes

Rethinking A Lot: The Design And Culture Of Parking
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Road-Work Halt Days Away As Congress Argues Funding Bill
Business Week

Santa Monica Celebrates Opening Of Bike Corrals
StreetsBlog LA

Sidetracking Competition In Commuter Rail
Governing

Standoff In Congress Threatens Highway Construction Funding
CNN

State Bonds Propel Road-Building Blitz Across Bay Area
Silicon Valley Mercury Area

Tell Us Your Sob Stories ("What projects are being put on hold while lawmakers dither? How is the uncertainty affecting business, private investment, or even traffic? How many jobs are on the line? How much longer can you hold out with things as they are? Give us details, anecdotes, data, or just plain rants.")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Transportation More Costly Than Food For Most Families
WTOP

Two More Down! SoCal And Sacramento Do Right In Regional Sustainability Plans
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Westside Subway: Community Open House (Three meetings are announced)
StreetsBlog LA

When Will Metro Move The Regional Connector? Maybe This Month...
StreetsBlog LA

While Congress Fiddles, Southern California Shows How To Get Things Done ("While the grand coalition that championed the Measure R sales tax for transportation in L.A. County in 2008 is one example of how to get things done in a bipartisan manner, another perhaps even grander example of how cooperation, community and bipartisanship can yield impressive results is currently underway in Southern California.")
Huffington Post

Who's To Blame? As Gas Prices Soar, So Does America's Anger
Los Angeles Daily News

A Wider Look At How Travellers Value The Quality And Quantity Of Travel Time (128p. PDF)
New Zealand Transport Agency

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.

3/26/2012

Expo Line Opening, DesertXpress, Gas Prices, LA Traffic Lights, Positive Train Control & More

$275 Million I-5 Project Aims To Ease South O.C. Traffic
Orange County Register

$4.9 Billion Loan In The Works For Bullet Train From Victorville To Vegas
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Amtrak To More Than Triple The Number Of Track-Miles Equipped With Positive Train Control
(link to PDF)
Amtrak Press Release

Avoiding Logical Fallacies In Planning
Planetizen

Bid To Appease Bullet Train Critics May Violate Law
Los Angeles Times

Buses To Get Longer Yellow Lights Between Torrance And Long Beach
Daily Breeze

Capital Bikeshare Both Replaces And Promotes Transit Trips
StreetsBlog Network

Expo Line Opening Date Is April 28: Two Years Behind Schedule And $292 Million Over Budget
LA Weekly

Expo Line Opens Next Month; But Please, Metro, Change The Name
Franklin Avenue

Expo Line Opens To La Cienega April 28, Take A Ride With Us (numerous photos from press event Friday, March 23)
Curbed LA

Expo Line's Opening Date Finally Set
Los Angeles Times

Expo Opening Date Announced: Downtown To La Cienega On April 28
StreetsBlog LA

Federal Transportation Programs, Funding To Be Extended This Week
Transportation Issues Daily

Gas Price Debate Complicates Dems' Case Against Short-Term Highway Bill
The Hill

Gold Line Bridge Completes Major Phase Of Construction
Pasadena Star-News

GOP Budget Would Cut Transpo To The Bone
StreetsBlog DC

High Gas Prices Pinch CA College Students' Budgets ("Perhaps the hardest hit group of students, though, are the 2.5 million who attend California's 112 community colleges. Only 11 campuses have student housing, which means almost everyone commutes.On a recent day at Pasadena City College, the campus' multilevel garage was filled to capacity before noon, with a long line of cars, engines idling, waiting to get in.")
Silicon Valley Mercury News

House GOP Proposes 36% Cut To Transportation Funding
Transportation Issues Daily

In Long Beach, City Looks At Removing Terminal Island Freeway
StreetsBlog LA

Industry Seeks Relief For Valley Boulevard Gridlock ("The City Council Thursday morning voted to solicit bids for a $900,000 Advanced Traffic Management System that would be linked to LA County's.")
Walnut Patch

L.A. Traffic Signals Are Finally Getting In Sync ("Workers are finishing the final links in a network that will synchronize more than 4,000 traffic signals across the city to reduce drive time and pollution. The citywide system, which also includes video cameras along major transit corridors, dates back nearly three decades to the 1984 Olympics, when signals near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were synced to help with the traffic load.")
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A.'s Westside Subway Is Practically Ready For Construction, But Its Completion Could Be 25 Years Off
The Transport Politic

Mayor Villaraigosa Urges U.S. House To Fund Transportation For The Long Haul
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Metro Rail Line To La Cienega Open April 28
KABC Los Angeles

Mica Calls Boxer His "Soul Mate" In Defense Of His Highway Bill Role
The Hill

New Report: Road Congestion Wastes 1.9 Billion Gallons Of Gas
USA Today
A New Economic Analysis Of Infrastructure Investment (36p. PDF : "Traffic congestion on our roads results in 1.9 billion gallons of gas wasted per year, and costs drivers over $100 billion in wasted fuel and lost time. More efficient air traffic control systems would save three billion gallons of jet fuel a year, translating into lower costs for consumers. Finally, new research indicates that Americans who were able to live in “location efficient” housing were able to save $200 per month in lower costs, including paying less at the pump, over the past decade.")
U.S. Department Of The Treasury / Council Of Economic Advisers

New WHO Tool Calculates The Health Savings Of Bike/Ped Infrastructure
StreetsBlog DC

Obama: "Common Sense" For House To Pass Senate Transportation Bill (includes video from weekly radio address)
The Hill

Obama Warns Of Economic Hit If Transport Bill Not Passed
Chicago Tribune

Op-Ed: A Wider View Of Area Transit Challenges
Pasadena Star-News

Opinion: Expo Line To Fill An L.A. Gap ("Geographic quibbling, of course, matters less than whether people will actually ride this $930-million train, and whether it will speed their trips. The answer: Yes, sort of.")
Los Angeles Times

Opinion: When A Parking Lot Is So Much More ("It’s estimated that there are three nonresidential parking spaces for every car in the United States. That adds up to almost 800 million parking spaces, covering about 4,360 square miles — an area larger than Puerto Rico. In some cities, like Orlando and Los Angeles, parking lots are estimated to cover at least one-third of the land area, making them one of the most salient landscape features of the built world...Since cars are immobile 95 percent of the time, you could plausibly argue that a Prius and a Hummer have much the same environmental impact: both occupy the same 9-by-18-foot rectangle of paved space.")
New York Times

S.F. Transit Agency's Plan To Speed Muni Service
San Francisco Chronicle

Should We Pay People To Drive Off-Peak?
The Atlantic: Cities

U.S. DOT Bus Safety App Is As Clear As A Blind Curve In A Fogbank
Transportation Nation

Vegas Rail: A Gamble Or A Good Thing? ("The vast park-and-ride project hinges on the untested idea that car-loving Californians will drive about 100 miles from the Los Angeles area, pull off busy Interstate 15 and board a train for the final leg to the famous Strip. Planners imagine that millions of travelers a year will one day flock to a station outside down-on-its-luck Victorville, a small city where shuttered storefronts pock the historic downtown.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Vegas Rail Plan Seeks $4.9 Billion Federal Loan: Idea Is For Los Angeles Visitors To Park In Calif. Town, Then Take Train In (extensive analysis of DesertXpress proposal)
MSNBC

Why Bicyclists Are Better Customers Than Drivers For Local Businesses
StreetsBlog DC

Why Community-Based Planning Works Better Than Anything Else
The Atlantic: Cities

Years Behind Schedule, Expo Line Sets Opening Date
KTLA

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.