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9/14/2012

6th Street Viaduct, Measure J, Amtrak, Red Car History, Carmageddon II, Claremont, Women Bike & More


Amtrak Commuter Rail Service: The High Cost Of Amtrak's Operations: Oversight And Investigations Staff Report (28p. PDF)
U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Transportation & Infrastructure

Beverly Hills School Board Votes To Oppose Measure J Sales Tax
Beverly Hills Patch

"Carmageddon II" Could Come With Financial Rewards
EGP News

CBS Fighting For MTA Contract
Advertisement Journal

Claremont And Metrolink Partner For "Discover Claremont Weekends"
Red Orbit

Competing Visions For 6th Street Viaduct "Iconic," But Residents' Concerns More Practical
StreetsBlog LA

East 22 To North 405 Connector To Close For A Year Sunday
Orange County Register

Editorial: Why Bike Sharing Will Make Cities Friendlier
Christian Science Monitor

Henry Waxman Discusses The Upcoming Election, The Top-Two Primary And The Subway
Beverly Hills Weekly

It Could Happen To Anyone: Problems With Deputies Patrolling Metro Trains And Buses Need A Closer Look
Pasadena Weekly

LA Braces For Upcoming 405 Freeway Closures Including "Carmageddon II"
Fleet Owner

League Launches "Women Bike"
League Of American Cyclists

Long Beach Named Silver-Level Walk Friendly Community
Long Beach Post

Marchers Demand More Community Say In Metro Development Plans ("More than 200 protesters march from downtown to Boyle Heights in a show of frustration over some Metro projects, which displaced residents of affordable housing.")
Los Angeles Times

New Poll Shows State Split On HSR Project
California High Speed Rail Project

Nobody Likes Riding North American Commuter Rail
Pedestrian Observations

The "Red Cars" Brought Mobility And Prosperity To Inland Valley ("We've been reporting for some time on a plan to extend the Gold Line light-rail route from Pasadena to Claremont and Montclair, and maybe even LA/Ontario International Airport. But 98 years ago much of that train line already existed -- and honestly, it was a lot better than anything being planned for our future.")
Contra Costa Times

Riverside Transit Agency Will Get $2.4 Million For Low-Emission Buses
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Rosendahl Announces Start To Long Awaited $3.5M Sepulveda Tunnel LED Lights Project
Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles City Council, 11th District

Say What? You Want Another $50 Billion! ("Measure J, the November ballot measure that proposes to extend the life of the “one-half cent traffic relief sales tax” for an additional thirty years, is not in our best interests.")
CityWatch

Sixth Street Bridge Designers Dream Big: City Shows Off Finalists For Replacement Of The Sixth Street Viaduct
Los Angeles Downtown News
About The Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project (project website)

A Tale Of Two Stations ("Why is a Washington, D.C., rail revamp moving forward while another in New York can’t seem to pull away from the platform?")
Architectural Record

This Is The Sexiest And Best TV Ad For Public Transportation Ever Made ("This ad was produced by the Danish government to promote public city buses, and it is better than 99.9% of the schlock turned out by super-expensive Madison Avenue advertising firms. It is, perhaps, the best television ad ever produced about mass transit."  Turn on the "CC" closed-captioning button for English subtitles)
Tree Hugger

Three Design Renderings For The 6th Street Bridge; What's Your Favorite? (Community meeting dates announced)
Blog Downtown

Transit Agencies Collide Head-On (Omnitrans, SANBAG)
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Visions Of Sixth Street: Three Finalists Present Plans For Major New Bridge In Los Angeles
Architect's Newspaper

Walkable Urbanism Is The Future, And DC Is The Model
StreetsBlog DC

What About Greyhound?
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Woolly Mammoth Tooth Found At San Francisco Work Site ("A crane operator found the 10-inch-long tooth while digging for a new transit center in downtown San Francisco.")
Los Angeles Times


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9/13/2012

Pocket Parks, TAP, Palm Springs By Bus, Walk/Bike Conference, MAP-21 & More

September 13: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The City of Los Angeles moves to help make Metro Rail a reality)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Banking On Infrastructure: Enhancing State Revolving Funds For Transportation (20p. PDF)
Brookings-Rockefeller Project On State And Metropolitan Innovation

BART Turns 40: Some History Lessons
UC Berkeley Blog

Bike Nation Unveils New Bike Design For Long Beach And Los Angeles
StreetsBlog LA

Boxer Demands Restoration Of MAP-21 Funding Levels
StreetsBlog DC

CNU Hones its Transportation Agenda In Long Beach
StreetsBlog LA
Pro Walk / Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 (September 10-13 : Long Beach : "The leading international conference on walking, bicycling, and creating great communities through Placemaking.")
Pro Walk / Pro Bike: Pro Place

Communicating Transportation Issues In 2012 And Beyond (today : webinar)
Transportation For America

Group Decries L.A. Bus Contract Over Link To Mideast Contract ("An operator for part of L.A.'s DASH bus is complicit in Israel's violation of international law, says a protest group. A council panel backs the contract.")
Los Angeles Times

In Inglewood And South LA It's Goodbye Trees, Hello Pocket Parks
KCRW Which Way L.A.?

The Internet Is The New Town Hall, And Soon Cities Will Be Listening
The Atlantic: Cities

Metro To Accept Only TAP Cards
USC Daily Trojan

Nine Reasons To Create A Bicycle-Friendly Business District
Transportation Issues Daily

NRDC Poll: Americans Support New Transit Twice As Much As New Roads
StreetsBlog DC
Reducing Vehicle Miles Travelled: A Summary Of National Perspectives (37p. PDF)
Natural Resources Defense Council

New Route 220 Between Desert And Downtown Riverside Starts
Riverside Press-Enterprise

NYC Straphangers Could Lose Last Bit Of Bonus On A Multi-Ride Metro Card
Transportation Nation

Part I: Architects, Advocates, Ponder Future Of Long Beach Civic Center
StreetsBlog LA

Profitable Or Not, China Doubles Down On Investments In New Metro Systems
The Transport Politic

Proposed NFL Stadium In Downtown Los Angeles Put On Fast Track
Los Angeles Daily News

Road Noise: Deadly? Maybe. Annoying? Definitely.
The Atlantic: Cities


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9/12/2012

Metro Advertising, Carmeggedon II, Amtrak, Santa Monica Bikeshare, MAP-21 & More


September 12: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (End of the line for the L.A.'s Greyhound station jointly operated with Southern California Rapid Transit District)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

AIDS Walk Los Angeles Protests Santa Monica Bus Systems' Ad Ban ("For the last five years, the Big Blue Buses have carried the group's ads. But the city is halting the practice because it bans non-commercial advertising.")
Los Angeles Times

Amtrak Maintains Strong Security Posture To Keep Passengers Safe
Amtrak News Release

Amtrak Should Exit Commuter-Rail Business, Mica Says
Bloomberg

Carmageddon II: Freeway Closures Starting This Weekend
South Pasadena Patch

Carmageddon II On 405 Means Discounts, Deals To Keep You Home
Los Angeles Daily News

CBS In Nasty Fight For Los Angeles MTA Advertising Contract ("CBS, which this year received MTA approval on a $110-million bid to renew its contract for an additional five years from 2013 through 2018, is trying to derail a rival's effort to get that winning bid overturned.")
Los Angeles Times

China Racing Past Competitors To Expand City Subways
StreetsBlog Network

Extra $500K Given To Santa Monica For Its Bike Share Program
Santa Monica Patch

High-Speed Rail Agency Tries To Ease Farmers' Fears
Fresno Bee

How Highway Spending Could Become As Transparent As Bike/Ped Spending
StreetsBlog DC
National Transit Database
Federal Transit Administration

L.A. Officials Avoiding Carmageddon Scare Tactics This Time ("For Carmageddon II, L.A. officials and business leaders are relying on discounts and special events to encourage Angelenos to leave their cars at home.")
Los Angeles Times

LA Rail Lines Far Exceed Previous Bus Service
Riverside Press-Enterprise

The Next Big Question Facing Cities: Will Millennials Stay?
The Atlantic Cities

SaMo's Big Bike Share Program Will Have Rental Stations In LA
Curbed LA

Sen. Boxer Wants Boehner To Restore Transportation Funding
The Hill

Urban Designers Are From Mars, Transit Planners Are From Venus
Human Transit


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9/11/2012

TAP, Expo Line, Gold Line, Metrolink, Bus Ads, Amtrak, Bike Lanes, APTA & More

September 11: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles' all-night "Owl Service" begins on this date in 1906)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Amtrak Funding In Crosshairs In Presidential Race
Associated Press

Amtrak On Track To Set Rider Record
Politico

APTA Elects Officers, New Board Members
Progressive Railroading

BART's Record Setting August
California High Speed Rail Blog

Bike-Lane Cultural Revolution Pokes Along In Some Cities
USA Today

Boosting Ridership By Replacing Buses With Rail
The Atlantic: Cities

Concrete Ideas For Promoting Walkability
The Atlantic: Cities

Disappointing Contest Of The Day: America's Transportation Award
The Atlantic: Cities

Electric Drive By '25: How California Can Catalyze Mass Adoption Of Electric Vehicles By 2025 (32p. PDF)
Bank Of America / UC Berkeley Law / UCLA Law

Expo-Adjacent Murals Just Placeholding For Retail Project
Curbed LA

The Feds Lionize Mayors, But Forsake Their Cities ("At least until very recently, conversations about community development, transportation and infrastructure have necessarily been couched in the language of federalism — will the long fingers of the federal government stifle the good work being done by mayors? — rather than the language of place.")
Next American City

FHWA Offers A Guide For American Cities And Towns Considering Bike-Share
StreetsBlog DC
Bike Sharing In The United States: State Of The Practice And Guide To Implementation (68p. PDF)
Toole Design Group / Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center for USDOT FHA

Gold Line Bridge Prompts Additional 210 Freeway Closures In Arcadia
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LADOT Brings Bike Friendly Design To Yucca Street
StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Transportation Club Supports Students Through Endowment ("Though its civic namesake resides just slightly to the north, the Los Angeles Transportation Club has made Long Beach its business-activity hub for decades. Since the transportation-industry non-profit was founded in 1924, it has found a logical home in the rich aerospace, rail, shipping and maritime histories of the City by the Sea.")
Long Beach Post

Metrolink Previews $200-Million Crash Prevention System ("Four years after the Chatsworth disaster, Metrolink shows off its progress on a pioneering crash prevention project like the kind some in the railroad industry want to delay implementing.")
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Previews New Safety System 2 Days Before Anniversary Of Chatsworth Wreck
Moorpark Patch

Metrolink PTC (video : How Metrolink's new "positive train control" works)
Metrolink via YouTube

Muni App Seeks To Improve Fleet, Crews
San Francisco Chronicle

Opinion: Caltrans The Root Of All Evil And Many Local Traffic Problems
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Ports Gone Green: A Brief History
Long Beach Business Journal

Remote-Controlled Brake System Unveiled To Prevent Metrolink Crash Repeat
CBS Los Angeles

Russia: High-Speed Rail Construction In Question
Mass Transit

Santa Monica Bans AIDS Walk Los Angeles Ads On Big Blue Bus Line
Examiner

Santa Monica Debates Content Of Bus Ads: Big Blue Isn't Supposed To Advertise Nonprofits
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Santa Monica Ramps Up Its Bike Share Program
LAist

State DOTs, Smart Growth Group Highlight How To Stretch Transportation Funds
Governing

Transit Goes Hybrid In San Francisco
Hybrid Cars

Unraveling Ped & Bike Tension In Santa Monica
StreetsBlog LA

Upper West Side Subway Stations To Get Wi-Fi And Cell Service This Fall
DNA.info New York

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Grant To Van Nuys
Corporate Jet Investor

What's On TAP? For Some, Confusion ("While thousands of regular and occasional Metro train riders seem to be adapting well to the agency’s new, mandatory TAP card system that’s rolling out this summer, first-timers, tourists and people who haven’t ridden Metro trains lately are encountering trouble on the tracks. Some seniors are complaining, too, about having a hard time finding the reduced-fare options on the ticket machines’ new menu of purchase alternatives.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Why China's Subway Boom Went Bust
The Atlantic: Cities


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9/10/2012

ACE, BART, PCH, 405, Metrolink, Rail Cars, Parklets, Wilshire BRT & More


ACE, Industry Pushing Hard For Separation From COG ("The Alameda Corridor East (ACE) was started in 1999 as part of the COG to build railway underpasses throughout the region.")
Pasadena Star-News

Bay Area Rapid Transit Celebrates 40 Years Of Service (photo essay featuring early promotion and construction of BART which opened September 11, 1972)
Silicon Valley Mercury News

California Joins Nevada, Takes A Step Towards Autonomous "Robot" Cars
Treehugger

Caltrans To Close Transition Road From Northbound 405 To Northbound 605 Next 2 Weekends
Los Angeles Daily News

City Launches Interactive Site For PCH Study
Malibu Times

City To Begin On $1.5 Million Street Project (West Covina)
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Commentary: Add Capacity To The Congested 405 Freeway (Orange County)
Daily Pilot

Councilmember Wants To Knock 2 Weeks Off Public Notice For Downtown NFL Stadium Approval
Curbed LA

Editorial: An L.A.-Friendly Football Stadium ("Though AEG'S downtown arena has clear public benefits and should go forward, the city should ensure that the public interest is protected.")
Los Angeles Times

Four Years Later, Survivors Of Metrolink Crash Still Hurting
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Victims Claim Inadequate Compensation
Silicon Valley Mercury News

More Than 100 Trees Come Down In Inglewood To Make Way for Shuttle
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Muni App Seeks To Improve Fleet, Crews
San Francisco Chronicle

One Woman's Terrifying Tale Of Harassment On Metro
LAist

Rail Car Comparison: Chicago vs. New York (Detailed breakdown of specs comparing CTA and NY MTA rail cars)
Chicago Tribune

Recycling Project Of The Day: MetroCard Collages
The Atlantic: Cities

Road Repairs Face An Uphill Funding Battle
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Santa Monica Dial-A-Ride To Expand Thanks To Federal Grant
Santa Monica Mirror

UCLA Offers City Planners Manual For Creating Parklets, Living Streets
CivSource
Reclaiming The Right Way: A Toolkit For Creating And Implementing Parklets (173p. PDF)
UCLA Luskin School Of Public Affairs

Will China Have To Rebuild An HSR Line?
California High Speed Rail Blog

Wilshire Repaving To Start This Weekend, Ahead Of BRT Design
StreetsBlog LA


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

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