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3/13/2013

LA Metro Commercial, Downtown Streetcar, California Rail, Bike Lanes, Long Beach Buses & More

California Rail Renaissance Or Reluctant Locomotion? ("Have you noticed that news headlines seem to be taking a friendlier approach to California's high speed rail system, which is slated to begin construction this summer in the San Joaquin Valley? Whereas a year ago the buzz about the expensive train system rumbled with hostility and doom, today's buzz bears a melodious tenor of optimism.")
California Economic Summit

Car Sharing, Transit And Bike Access Could Render D.C.'s Parking Minimums Moot
Transportation Nation

Closer Look At DTLA's Streetcar-Adjacent Olympic/Hill Project
Curbed LA

Closing Streets To Cars -- For Good (Identifies and explains 8 stages in the cycle of automobile dependency. Includes several photos and infographics)
Copenhagenize

Get Ready To Talk Bike Lanes! Again... ("Anyone with an opinion (especially business owners) on having a bike lane in the NoHo Arts District along Lankershim Boulevard at the cost of losing a traffic lane will have another opportunity to speak their mind on Wednesday.")
North Hollywood Patch

Historic Preservation Board To Consider Transit Village Tonight
Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

Introducing The $32,000 Lamborghini...Bicycle
The Atlantic: Cities

LaHood Video: Record Transit Ridership, But We Can Do Better
Transportation Issues Daily

Long Beach Electric Buses Made In America, By Chinese Company
PlugIn Cars

Los Angeles Reconsidered By Drew Austin ("Instead of a suburban sprawlscape, Los Angeles is better understood as the highest possible density that is traversed primarily by automobile.")
Urbanophile

The Mayoral Race And The State Of Transit In New York
Next City

Movement For Green Space Next To Westwood Expo Stop
Curbed LA

Nevada Lawmakers Defend High-Speed Rail Proposal
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nexus 4: Live In The Now (Los Angeles' Metro Rail subway is featured in a commercial for Google Now, watched by more than 28.4 million viewers during the recent Grammy Awards. While people in other cities are shown checking the weather or looking up restaurants, the creative team behind the commercial chose to feature Metro Rail and a fashionable transit customer to represent Los Angeles)
Google via YouTube

Now These Could Be Useful: Pedestrian Penalty Cards
The Atlantic: Cities

Opinion: In The Pipeline: The Ghost Of The Red Car Trains
Huntington Beach Independent

Public Transit Forces Celebrate Near Record Year
Politico

Rebuilding Scenic Road After San Pedro Landslide Up For Debate
Daily Breeze

Remembering L.A.'s Other Trolleys: The Yellow Cars (A single image from our Metro Transportation Library archive inspired this brief history of Los Angeles Railway. While "LARy" is less widely known than the Pacific Electric "Red Cars," it carried twice as many passengers)
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Senate Restores MAP-21 Transportation Funding Levels Cut By House
Transport Topics

Silver Lake Street Loses Traffic Lanes After Being Put On A "Road Diet"
Eastsider LA

Silver Lake's Rowena Slimmed To 2 Lanes Plus Room For Bikes
Curbed LA

Solar Road, Charging Roads, And The Future Of Transportation
Fast Company Exist

The Streetlight Of The Future Will Do So Much More Than Light Your Street
The Atlantic: Cities

Taking The Guesswork Out Of Rating BRT: An Interview With Walter Hook
StreetsBlog Chicago
The BRT Standard 2013 (50p. PDF : "Despite the increasing prevalence, prominence, and success of BRT, many people remain unaware of the characteristics of the best BRT corridors and their ability to provide levels of service more typically associated with metro and subway systems. This lack of awareness frequently results in desire for rail when BRT is a comparable, more cost-effective, and equally elegant solution. The lack of awareness stems partly from the lack of a common definition for BRT. Without a definition, oftentimes, modest improvements to standard bus service are inaccurately labeled as BRT.")
Institute For Transportation & Development Policy

U.S. Refiners Turn To Rail To Tap Canadian Oil
Wall Street Journal

Villaraigosa, LA City Councilmen In Washington For Conferences
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Voices From The National Bike Summit 2013 (video)
StreetFilms

WeHo Bicycle Advocates Worry La Brea Redesign Leaves No Room For Bike Lanes
WeHoVille

While Amtrak Subsidies Draw Fire From Congress, Aviation Gets A Free Pass
StreetsBlog DC


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