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10/05/2012

DASH, Metrolink, Clean Transit, LA's Livable Communities, CicLAvia, Van Nuys Blvd & More

5 Reasons Germans Ride 5 Times More Mass Transit Than Americans
The Atlantic: Cities
Demand For Public Transport In Germany And The USA: An Analysis Of Rider Characteristics (27p. PDF)
Transport Reviews

12th National Light Rail Conference: Sustaining The Metropolis -- LRT & Streetcars For Super Cities (November 11-13 : Salt Lake City)
APTA

The Average LA Worker Still Can't Actually Afford To Live In LA
Curbed LA
Building Livable Communities: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness In Los Angeles (24p. PDF : Policy recommendation #1: Invest in the Development of Livable Corridors Along Transit.  "Los Angeles County is at a crossroads in its regional development. In the wake of an extended recession and foreclosure crisis, an economic recovery is starting to take shape. Economic and construction activity is picking up, although slowly, and business investment is gaining traction. Concurrently, the public transportation sector -- backed by Measure R -- is making an unprecedented push to reshape transit infrastructure across the region. Over the next 30 years and potentially beyond, an estimated $40 billion or more of tax revenues will be committed to expanding and enhancing Los Angeles’ transit system.")
Los Angeles Business Council Institute

California Assemblyman Mike Davis Presented Rail Transportation Hearing
Eurweb

CicLAvia Not Just for Cyclists; Walkers Group Forms WalkLAvia
Blog Downtown

CicLAvia Road Closures Hit Downtown, Chinatown On Sunday, Oct. 7
LA Weekly

Councilman Tony Cardenas Proposes Free Evening Street Parking On Van Nuys Boulevard
Los Angeles Daily News

Extend Your Hours Of Cyclo-Topia: Start CicLAvia In South L.A.
StreetsBlog LA

Governor Signs Bill To Extend Sales Tax For L.A. Transportation Projects
Marina Del Rey Patch

Governor Vetoes Cell Service Shutdown Bill ("The new legislation was a response to the Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency (BART) taking its mobile service offline during public protests in August 2011.")
Mass Transit

Hollywood Stops Added To DASH Bus Real-Time Info ("The service allows riders to check the location of their bus and expected arrival times.")
Hollywood Patch

In Debate On Domestic Policy, No Talk Of Cities
New York Times

Mayors Voices: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ("Los Angeles: home of the freeway and land of the Range Rover. But look a little closer, and you’ll quickly see that LA is undergoing a transit revolution that’s fundamentally changing how we connect our communities. We’re laying the foundation to get Angelenos out of their cars, into public transportation and onto green space.")
National Geographic News Watch

Metrolink Unveils New Safety System
Camarillo Acorn

OCTA To Present Bus Information
Orange County Register

Opponents Request Building Freeze On High-Speed Rail: Injunction Would Stop Work On Merced-Fresno Route
Merced Sun-Star

Orange County Transpo Authority Vies To Be Regional Rail Manager
StreetsBlog LA

Secretary LaHood Announces $59.3 Million For Clean, Energy-Efficient Transit Projects Across The U.S.
Mass Transit

Targeting Our Efforts To Reduce National Oil Consumption, Part Two
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Transportation Sector Adds 17,000 Jobs In September
The Hill

Turning Around The Transportation Culture At A School
StreetsBlog Network

U.S. DOT's Website Gets A Big Tune-Up
Government Technology
U.S. DOT Website

Yes, This Ad Is Offensive. But Free Speech Rides Public Transit, Too ("Government entities in particular can’t censor someone just because his opinions are offensive to other people. And transit agencies are a form of government, too. For decades, they have landed in court again and again parsing variations on this question.")
The Atlantic: Cities


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10/04/2012

Expo Line, CicLAvia, TIFIA, Grand Park, MAP-21, SGVCOG & More

AASHTO's 2012 Annual Meeting Goes Mobile With New App
AASHTO Journal

Alameda Construction Authority Backs Sales Tax Extension, Seeks Grade Separation Bids
Progressive Railroading

CicLAvia Rolls Into Downtown This Weekend
Los Angeles Downtown News

Coachella Valley Cities Working To Slash Emissions
Desert Sun

County Leaders Approve Homes in Canyon Project
 ("The Saddle Crest South land was transferred to the Orange County Transportation Authority for conservation purposes under the freeway mitigation program in 2011.")
Orange County Register

Expanded TIFIA Changing The Loan Game For Transit ("While this year only $122 million was available to cities like L.A. seeking to borrow money for transit, $750 million will be available in 2013 and $1 billion from 2014 on." Article focuses heavily on Los Angeles)
Next American City

Expo Line's Motor Ave. Bridge Options: Plain, Fancy, Fancier
Curbed LA

Federal Loan Approved For Crenshaw Corridor Train Connecting Downtown To LAX
Blog Downtown

Funding For Crenshaw / LAX Line Approved
Los Angeles Sentinel

Get Ready To Bike/Walk/Skate/Enjoy: CicLAvia This Sunday, October 7th
LADOT Bike Blog

Governor OKs Free Toll Lane Access For Clean Cars
Sacramento Bee

Grand Park To Be One Of Six Hubs On Upcoming CicLAvia Ride
Blog Downtown

How Barclay's Center Opening Caused Subway Surge ("The Barclay’s Center is the new home to the Nets basketball team...and is served by 11 transit lines and commuter rail...subway ridership spiked by more than 5,000 at the arena’s station compared to previous days.")
Transportation Nation

How MAP-21 Allocates Transpo Funds Where They're Needed Least
StreetsBlog DC

L.A. Officials Sign Farmers Field Agreement
Los Angeles Times

Miss Traffic: Bikes On Metro Rail (video : "Take a break from traffic during CicLAvia, LA's free celebration of public spaces. And whether you bike, jog or picnic at CicLAvia, Metro takes you to the heart of the action.")
Metro via YouTube

Obama, Romney Steer Clear Of Auto Bailout, Transportation Funding In Debate
The Hill

Peapod.com Opens 100 Digital Rail Station Grocery Stores
Metro Magazine

Reviewing The Media Reviews Of Los Angeles' Dangerous Streets
StreetsBlog LA

SGVCOG Hosts Transportation Forum Amid 710 Protests
Pasadena Star-News

Photos: San Gabriel Valley Council Of Governments' (COG) Transportation Forum
Pasadena Star-News

Transportation Watchers Not Looking For Much Talk During Presidential Debate
The Hill

Why Driverless Cars Have So Much More Potential Than Subways
LA Observed

Why Isn't Bike-Share Reaching More Low-Income People?
StreetsBlog DC

The World's Most Luxurious Subway Ride ("The train cars are completely covered, from walls to vaulted ceilings, in the extravagant replications from the palace, including ornamented furniture, golden statues, and decorative ceiling designs." And oh yes, reclining seats)
The Atlantic Cities


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10/03/2012

ExpressLanes, CicLAvia, Mobility 21, "Artmageddon," Surfliner, Redevelopment, 91 Fwy, APTA & More

91 Freeway Expansion Leaves Homes In Limbo
KABC Los Angeles

Amtrak's New Virtual Assistant Can Answer Your Questions Online...Sort Of
The Transit Wire

APTA Announces New Executive Committee ("Doran J. Barnes, executive director of Foothill Transit in West Covina, Calif., is the new secretary-treasurer.")
Mass Transit

Bikeshare Stations Don't Have To Be Clunky
The Atlantic: Cities

Boxer, Villaraigosa, Talk To Mobility 21 About Local Infrastructure Crisis
StreetsBlog LA

Brown Adds Insult To Injury With Redevelopment Vetoes
California Planning & Development Report

California Receives $136 Million In Redistributed Federal Transportation Funds
Mass Transit

Compelling Evidence That Red-Light Cameras Do Make Roads Safer
The Atlantic: Cities

Design Guidance For Freeway Mainline Ramp Terminals (131p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Effective Experiment Design And Data Analysis In Transportation Research (89p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Feds Approve Loan To Build Commuter Rail Line From South L.A. To LAX
Daily Breeze

Governor OKs Free Toll Lane Access For Clean Cars
Sacramento Bee

Governor Signs Surfliner/LOSSAN Reorganization Bills
StreetsBlog LA

Help Us Map Los Angeles' Most Dangerous Areas For Bicyclists And Pedestrians
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

In L.A., A Freeway's Closure Prompts A Celebration Of Neighborhood Culture ("Can art fight traffic? In response to L.A.'s second highway-less "Carmageddon," artists around the city created "ARTmaggedon" to get people excited about the cultural happenings right in their own neighborhoods.")
Fast Company Exist

In Long Beach, Some Lights Rest Unless Drivers Follow Speed Limits
StreetsBlog LA

L.A. Mayor, Transit Execs Honored By APTA
Metro Magazine

LA Sales Tax Vote
KFI News

LaHood Waffles About Staying As DOT Secretary In Obama Second Term
DC Velocity

Metro ExpressLanes And Carpooling: The Facts, The Benefits And More
StreetsBlog LA

Mobility 21 Honors Senator Boxer For Championing Transportation
The Planning Report

Private Bus Routes And Silicon Valley's Outmoded Office Model
StreetsBlog Network

Report Finds Highway Bill Funds Not Going To The Right Places
The Hill
Highway Robbery: How Congress Put Politics Before Need In Federal Highway And Transit Funding (35p. PDF)
Center For American Progress

The Sad, Sorry State Of U.S. Roads ("Something has to change about the nation's crumbling infrastructure, Read writes. What would you do?")
Christian Science Monitor

Sustainable Transportation Simply May Require A Top-Down Approach
The Atlantic: Cities

Thinking Of Walking CicLAvia? Think Of Joining The Figueroa Street Parade
StreetsBlog LA

Why Losing Google Maps On The iPhone Is A Good Thing
The Atlantic: Cities


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.

10/02/2012

Crenshaw Line, Measure J, MAP-21, AEG, HSR, 710 & More

210 Bridge Falsework To Come Down, Up To 20 More Closures Planned ("After more than one year of intense activity, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority announced today that all structural work has been completed on the I-210 Gold Line Bridge.")
Sierra Madre News

As MAP-21 Takes Effect, Road Builders Vie For TIFIA Funds
StreetsBlog DC

Bang! Los Angeles Hits The AEG Iceberg
Los Angeles Downtown News

Brown Signs Measure J Bill To Extend Sales Tax For Transportation Projects
Beverly Hills Courier

CA High-Speed Rail Funding Gets Little Love At Candidate Forum
Sacramento Bee

Carmageddon II, Fun Times & Flawed Infrastructure Priorities
StreetsBlog LA

A Decade Of Progress At Southern California Ports
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Editorial: All On Board -- Port's Railyard Project Must Move Ahead For Better Air Quality And Less Traffic Congestion
Long Beach Press-Telegram

The End Of Car Ownership (In The Developed World, At Least)
The Atlantic: Cities

Equity Arguments Against Congestion Pricing Aren't Used Elsewhere
Road Pricing

First Look At This Weekend's CicLAvia Architecture Guide
Curbed LA

Governor Shocks Cyclists With "Give Me 3" Rejection, Appoves Bills Making Infrastructure Improvements Easier
StreetsBlog LA

Governor Signs Bill To Extend Sales Tax For L.A. Transportation Projects ("Los Angeles County voters will officially decide in November whether to extend from 30 to 60 years a half-cent sales tax that would accelerate public transportation projects across the region.")
Cerritos-Artesia Patch

Happy Anniversary, Weird Metro Building At Wilshire & La Brea
Curbed LA

Interview: Mitchell Silver, President, American Planning Association ("Our profession is uniquely tailored to deal with place and people where we can connect the systems and we can connect the environment. We help promote orderly change and growth over time. We can certainly collaborate with other professions but no one is really that involved in how all those different systems – infrastructure, water, buildings and facilities relate to one another and fit together. Planners maintain a community’s quality of life and manage growth and change.")
Urban Times

LA County To Get $546 Million Loan For Train Line ("Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood approved a $545.9 million loan for construction of the Crenshaw Corridor light-rail line.")
Orange County Register

L.A. Drivers Have High Rate Of Fatal Pedestrian, Cyclist Crashes
Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s "Carmageddon" Produced Dramatic, Instantaneous Air Quality Improvements
The Atlantic: Cities

LAX Sepulveda Tunnel Lanes To Close For Lighting Project
Daily Breeze

Once Again, Carmageddon II Was Practically A Non-Issue
The Atlantic: Cities

Remaking L.A. With A Groundbreaking New Idea For Public Transportation ("The initial concept, which we call NETWORK_LA Transit, remains a legitimate (although still speculative) response to the original challenge put forth by SCI-Arc, etc., for two important reasons. It does not require major infrastructure investment, which disrupts city life and runs the risk of being obsolete by the time it’s built. And it does not require that LA Metro purchase more public transit vehicles.")
Fast Company Exist
Los Angeles: A Nightmarish Fantasy That Refuses To Die
Human Transit

Ride-Sharing Services Grow Popular In Europe
New York Times

San Gabriel Valley COG Presents Transportation Forum ("The SGV Council of Governments meets Wednesday morning to discuss transportation issues and funding, including SR710. There will be time for public comments.")
Eagle Rock Patch

Sunday Stabbing On The Blue Line Spotlights Questions Of Safety On The Trains
StreetsBlog LA

There Is A Bicycle Economy, Two Cities Find
TreeHugger

Toll Lanes Coming Soon To 110 Freeway; First In LA County
Blog Downtown

TriMet To Pilot Mobile Ticketing System
The Transit Wire

Voters Must Say No To Measure J...And Here's Why
CityWatch


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.

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10/01/2012

Carmageddon II Impacts & "Carmaheaven", Complete Communities, MAP-21, Gas Tax, 710, Clean Transit Technology & More

October 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Pacific Electric is no more after being sold to Metropolitan Coach Lines)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

After LaHood ("What are the biggest challenges for the next Transportation Secretary? What qualities would get that person to advance the ball on infrastructure? Where should LaHood's replacement have expertise? In business? In surface transportation? In aviation? In Congress? And while we're at it, why don't all of you throw any names into the hat that I haven't thought of.")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Are We There Yet?: Creating Complete Communities For 21st Century America (96p. PDF : "Reconnecting America believes that when communities — urban, suburban or rural — offer what people need, we begin to get closer to “there.” We see higher high school graduation rates, reduced rates of obesity and diabetes, and reduced traffic congestion and cleaner air. We see more people walking and biking and engaging in their communities and we see a reduction in crime. Our children live in safe and affordable housing, and we see citizens getting active in the democratic process and the creation of civic environments that foster more economic activity and jobs — which gives the U.S. an economic competitive advantage.")
Reconnecting America

Bicyclists Arise From Carmageddon II
Los Angeles Daily News

Bloomberg: Transit Should Be Free, And Drivers Should Pay More
StreetsBlog

Carmageddon II An Uneventful Sequel For Los Angeles
Los Angeles Daily News

Carmageddon II Comes To A Close: Los Angeles, Restart Your Engines ("Carmageddon Redux came to an end according to plan before Monday's commute got underway. But unlike last year's freeway closure, which wrapped up an unexpected 17 hours ahead of schedule, this time construction crews used most of their allotted time to make as many improvements to the 405 Freeway as possible.")
Los Angeles Times

Carmageddon II: Different Opinions On Freeway Widening
Los Angeles Times

"Carmaheaven": Closure Of 405 In 2011 Improved Air Quality Up To 83%
UCLA Newsroom

Completing A Grants Management Framework Can Enhance FRA's Administration Of The HSIPR Program (27p. PDF)
Federal Railroad Administration

Could The Sepulveda Corridor Congestion Reduction Plan Equal Carmaheaven? ("After some analysis, I bring you the Sepulveda Corridor Congestion Reduction Plan. The plan is a public-private partnership that leverages immediate, private investment in the early years in order to bring bring near term relief to automobile and bus commuters, while providing a new source of funds to construct light rail between the San Fernando Valley and LAX by 2025.")
StreetsBlog LA

Creating The Santa Monica Freeway, Building Walls Across Communities (Historic images illustrate the story of how freeway construction was the real "Carmageddon" for Los Angeles communities)
LA As Subject via KCET

Drab San Fernando Boulevard In Burbank Set For Make-Over
Burbank Leader

Five Taxes We Should Raise. Really. ("The federal gasoline tax hasn't been increased since 1993, and a third of its value has been eaten away by inflation. This has led to federal and state governments dipping into general revenue to pay for roads, an effective subsidy for driving which should be eliminated by raising the gas tax.")
Bloomberg

A Japanese Subway Train Composed Of Music
The Atlantic: Cities

MAP-21: Moving Ahead For Progress In The 21st Century (New centralized webpages explain everything you need to know about the new federal transportation legislation)
Federal Highway Administration

Mayoral Candidates Step Into Sidewalk Debate
Los Angeles Times

Metro To Apply To Become "Managing Agency" For Surfliner
StreetsBlog LA

The Most Elegant Transit Maps Ever
The Atlantic: Cities

MTA Hears Opposition Grow Louder To 710 Freeway Tunnel Plan
Los Angeles Times

OCTA Rideshare Week Starts Oct. 1
Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

Opinion: The MTA Is Child's Play
Glendale News Press

President Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Talk Infrastructure In Plain Dealer Interviews
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Public-Transit Apps Bolstered By Missing iOS-6 Feature
CNET

Riding With L.A.'s Transit Punk ("A punk rocker from Los Angeles has gotten the attention of local leaders for taking on a couple of issues that just about every Angelino can relate to: crowded freeways and public transportation. But first there are a couple of things you need to know about Eddie Solis...")
California Report

Road Safety In New York And Los Angeles: U.S. Megacities Compared With The Nation (33p. PDF)
University Of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

San Bernardino Train Extension Gathers Momentum
Contra Costa Times

Transit On The Cutting Edge Of Clean Technology (11p. PDF : "This white paper reviews the substantial progress that transit agencies have made in investing in innovative clean technologies and fuels, such as electricity, hybrid vehicles, electric storage, biofuels, natural gas, and hydrogen fuel cells. Transit, in fact, has often been on the cutting edge of adopting these clean technologies,driven in part by a range of federal and state policies, programs, and incentives.")
APTA

Upcoming I-405 Closing In Los Angeles Gets Attention Of Bay Area Drivers
Silicon Valley Mercury News

What You Need To Know About The Wilshire Grand Work
Curbed LA

When "Carmageddon" Strikes, How Much Of California Feels The Pain?
The Atlantic: Cities


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.