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11/21/2012

ExpressLanes Money, Silver Line, Smartphone Ticketing, Measure J, Flexing Funding, TAP, NTSB & More

Can We Please Stop Pretending Cars Are Greener Than Transit?
The Atlantic: Cities

Expedited Procurement Procedures For Emergency Construction Services (118p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

GAO: States "Flexing" Fewer Federal Dollars To Transit
StreetsBlog DC
Flexible Funding Continues To Play A Role In Supporting State And Local Transportation Priorities
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Full-Text Report (25p. PDF)

Gondolas Could Be The Next Great Urban Transportation Device
Wired

Here's What Metro Will Do With Its New Toll Lane Money
Curbed LA

Holding Back Floodwaters With A Balloon ("The three-minute procedure, conducted on a chilly morning this month in an airport hangar not far from West Virginia University, was the latest test of a device that may someday help guard real tunnels during disasters -- whether a terrorist strike or a storm like Hurricane Sandy, whose wind-driven surge of water overwhelmed New York City’s subway system, shutting it down for days.")
New York Times

In Transit: School Districts Look To Public Agencies As Transportation Option ("School districts like Seattle, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Baltimore are among those that for years have also been using public transit to help students get to and from class. But in a stagnant economy, more school districts are looking to do the same, although skeptics say the jury is still out on just how much money is saved and to what extent children are being jeopardized to realize those savings.")
School Transportation News

More Local Agencies Dealing With TAP, But Metrolink Remains Elusive and A Surfliner Update
StreetsBlog LA

Neighbors Cheer, Jeer Plans For Rose Bowl To Host NFL Games ("Proponents say noise and traffic congestion around the stadium are secondary to the jobs and revenue that would be generated.")
Los Angeles Times

Next Steps For The Bike Movement In Santa Monica (Part 2 Of 2)
StreetsBlog LA

NTSB's Most Wanted List Identifies Top Ten Transportation Challenges For 2013
National Transportation Safety Board Press Release

Silver Line Stroll From Union Station To El Monte (Numerous photos illustrate this tour of the length of the Metro Silver Line)
KCET

Smartphone Ticketing Rolls Out For Train Riders ("The mTicket application is available for both iOS and Android devices.")
IT World

Support For Measure J Increases In Latest Ballot Count, But Still Not Enough ("Measure J, which would extend for three more decades a 30-year, half-cent tax for transportation projects voters originally passed in 2008, now has 65.33% approval, according to the latest update county officials released Tuesday.")
Los Angeles Times

Tons Of Downtowners Want To Vote On Special Streetcar Tax
Curbed LA

A Web-Based Pavement Performance And Maintenance Management And GIS Mapping System For Easy Access To Pavement Condition Information (22p. PDF)
University Of Texas Center For Transportation Research

West County Freeways Open During Holiday
Orange County Register

Why Mayors Should Run The Department Of Transportation
The Atlantic: Cities


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11/20/2012

ExpressLanes, Transit & Fossils, AASHTO, Caltrans, CAHSR, I-405 & More

2nd Set Of L.A. Toll Lanes May Open On 10 Freeway By Late January
Los Angeles Times

Amtrak's New App: Does It Actually Make Travel Easier?
The Atlantic: Cities

Anti-Gridlock Group Urges Speeding Up 405 Improvements (Features David Murphy, Angelenos Against Gridlock; Paul Taylor, Deputy CEO of Metro : "The new HOV lane from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley is supposed to speed up commuter traffic on the 405 when it's finally complete. In the meantime, it seems like it'll never be done. The original deadline — Spring of 2013 — has been pushed back until December. Now a group called Angelenos against Gridlock has formed a subsidiary, the Faster 405 campaign.")
KCRW Which Way LA

Board Selects Former FHWA Official As New AASHTO Executive Director
AASHTO Press Release

California's High-Speed Rail Gains Momentum, But Doubts Remain
Stateline

Caltrans Awards Nearly $18M So Low-Income Residents Can Take Transit To Work
Mass Transit

Culver City Police Announce Parking Alert For USC Football Game Saturday
Culver City Patch

Cyclists Find Fault With Alhambra's Draft Bike Plan
Pasadena Star-News

Debate Over High-Speed Rail Project In CA (video)
Washington Post

Funding Uncertainty Plagues Highways, But They Still Get Built
StreetsBlog Network

How Is A Mastodon Like A Bus?: Local Transit Planning Impacts Los Angeles' Paleontological Record (An in-depth look at how subway construction has yielded important scientific clues about prehistoric Los Angeles)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Judge Rejects Bid To Halt California High-Speed Rail Project
Los Angeles Times

National Cooperative Highway Research Program At 50 Years: Anniversary Video (video)
The National Academies via YouTube

New Transit Station Proves Imperative For Some Students ("CSUN’s transit station is currently comprised of four different bays: the first bay, located where the 741 Rapid stops, the second bay, located where the Metrolink shuttle stops, the third bay, located where the 167 Metro Line stops, and the fourth bay, used by the 787 Antelope Valley express bus.")
California State University, Northridge Daily Sundial

Opinion: For California Bullet Train, More Backtracking
Los Angeles Daily News

Poll: 75% Of NYC Residents Approve Of Subway's Sandy Response
The Hill

Review Of FRA's Requirements For High Speed Rail Stakeholder Agreements (18p. PDF)
U.S. DOT Office Of The Inspector General

Rumors Antonio Villaraigosa Could Add Cabinet To Résumé ("With LaHood’s future up in the air and Villaraigosa’s pedigree as a leader in the transportation sector due to his unprecedented rail expansion in the nation’s car capital, the Department of Transportation seems to many Washington observers the most obvious landing spot for the term-limited mayor.")
Politico

Valet Parking Regulations To Be Considered By City Of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times

Which States Are Breaking Free From Oil Dependence? NRDC Ranks All 50 (California is #1 : features SCAG's Sustainable Communities Strategy, highlighting "12 major transit expansion projects in Los Angeles over the next 10 years.")
StreetsBlog DC
Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States' Gasoline Price Vulnerability And Solutions For Change (29p. PDF)
Natural Resources Defense Council


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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11/19/2012

Westside Subway, ExpressLanes, Gold Line Eastside, OCTA, Rose Bowl & More

Artificial Intelligence Applications To Critical Transportation Issues (156p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board

Bev Hills School District, Bleeding Money, Files Another Lawsuit Against The Subway
Curbed LA
BHUSD Files Federal Suit Against Westside Subway Extension
Beverly Hills Courier

City Approves Huge Universal Studios Expansion
Curbed LA

DC's Massive New Transportation Experiment Starts Tomorrow
The Atlantic: Cities

Doing The Math On "Lexus Lanes" ("Congestion pricing pencils out for those who want to travel faster. And it takes some of the burden of funding transit off the poor.")
Los Angeles Times

East L.A. Festival Mixes Bicycling, Safety & Fun ("The festival is part of a $9 million project designed to encourage and improve pedestrian and bicycle access to Gold Line station in East L.A.")
Eastsider LA

Florida And California Transportation Projects Named Best In Country: $10,000 Prizes Awarded For Innovative Bridge Replacement And Strong Communications Plan ("The California Department of Transportation earned the judges' Grand Prize award for its I-405/Sepulveda Pass—Mulholland Bridge Demolition project (better known as "Carmageddon").")
AASHTO Press Release

Kansas City Citizens Help Fund Civic Project With Donations ("Right now, he's working on getting local businesses involved in raising $75 million for the new streetcar system.")
American Public Media Marketplace

Los Angeles Walks Moseys Into Leimert Park, Speaks With Residents About Aspirations For Their Neighborhoods
StreetsBlog LA

OCTA CEO Will Kempton Announces Retirement ("Kempton, who has led OCTA since August 2009, has accepted the position of executive director for Transportation California and plans to leave the agency on Feb. 28.")
OCTA

O.C. Transportation Chief Applies The Breaks
San Juan Capistrano Patch

One For The Dustbin: The 85th Percentile In Traffic Engineering
StreetsBlog Network

Opinion: New DOT Chief Could Set Tone For Transportation
Bloomberg via Tampa Bay Online

Pains, Trains And Automobiles ("Commuters trying to get to and from Manhattan are faced with hours-long ordeals after Superstorm Sandy shut down many transit options, overloading the remaining lines.")
Los Angeles Times

Pasadena Considers Whether To Host NFL Team At Rose Bowl ("The City Council plans a hearing to discuss whether the infusion of revenue would be worth the traffic and noise that games would produce.")
Los Angeles Times

Poll: Who Should Be The Next U.S. Transportation Secretary?
StreetsBlog DC

Settlement Reached Between Homeowners, LADOT On Expo Bikeway
StreetsBlog LA

Should The Feds Have A Unit To Support Public-Private Partnerships?
Next American City

Toll Unsettles Los Angeles Motorists Used To "Free" In Freeways
New York Times

Why Are Mass-Transit Mobile Sites Such A Pain In The Seat?
Read Write Web

Will Driverless Cars Dominate Our Future?
National Geographic


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.