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9/05/2013

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Metro Transportation Research Library: Aggregating transit and transportation news via Twitter & select RSS feeds, curated on weekdays.
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Gov. Brown plan exempts transportation workers from pension limits - latimes.com
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thumbnail www­.latimes.com - The governor's proposal, in response to a federal threat to withhold transit money, would keep $4.3 billion in funds flowing while the state files legal action to determine whether the new public-p...
SEVENTY-FOUR PERCENT OF CONSTRUCTION FIRMS REPORT HAVING TROUBLE FINDING QUALIFIED WORKERS AMID GROWING LABOR SHORTAGES
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www­.agc.org - Nationwide Survey Finds Most Firms Worry There Are Not Enough Craft Workers Available to Meet Growing Demand for Construction as Officials Call for Immigration and Education Reform to Help Nearly t...
Transit worker unions prevail -- for now -- over pension reform - latimes.com
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thumbnail www­.latimes.com - At issue is whether the 1964 Urban Mass Transportation Act shields unionized bus and commuter rail workers -- current and future -- from the changes in public employee pensions enacted by state law...
Legislation would protect California transit money | California
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thumbnail www­.sfexaminer.com - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the state Assembly announced Wednesday that they have drafted legislation they hope will help California keep about $1.6 billion in federal transportation money th...
TRANSIT: Governor’s bill could avoid bus service cuts | Local News
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thumbnail www­.pe.com - Bus transit agencies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties would be spared from making severe service cuts and layoffs under legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday, Sept. 4, to av...
California mass-transit workers get pension reprieve - Transportation - The Sacramento Bee
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thumbnail www­.sacbee.com - Federal officials cut off $54 million for Sacramento Regional Transit on Wednesday, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to announce a pension-law compromise intended to keep the money flowing to transit age...
Sharing memories from the Metrolink crash five years ago » Ventura County Star
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thumbnail www­.vcstar.com - As the anniversary of the the Sept. 12, 2008 Metrolink crash approaches, we are looking back at that evening, the scene and how individual moments and people stand out. The crash killed 25 people a...
Pavement Work Begins Sept. 9 on W. Anaheim Street
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us6­.campaign-archive1.com - Workers will break ground Monday, Sept. 9, on a project to renovate West Anaheim Street from the Los Angeles River to the western City of Long Beach limits. The 14-month project will take a phased ...
A Walk In The Park On The 101 Freeway? City Council Says ‘Yes’ « CBS Los Angeles
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thumbnail losangeles­.cbslocal.com - LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council Friday voted in favor of a proposal to partner with a nonprofit group for an unusual plan to cover a portion of the Hollywood (101) Freeway wi...
New Omnitrans app available for Android | Omnitrans Public Transit News for the San Bernardino Valley
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thumbnail www­.omnitrans.org - What if you could have the Omnitrans website, store, Bus Book, blog stories, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr photos AND NexTrip all rolled into one on your mobile device? Now you can with our n...
Lindero bridge project beginning | www.theacorn.com
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www­.theacorn.com - The City of Westlake Village will begin construction on the Lindero Canyon/101 Freeway bridge project on Sept. 16. The construction will be performed in three phases. All the work will take place b...
Council opposes adding toll lane to 405 - HB Independent
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www­.hbindependent.com - The Huntington Beach City Council declared Tuesday its opposition to a transportation agency's plan to add a toll lane to the 405 freeway and agreed to take action to thwart such a move. Council me...
City Getting Serious About Cap Park Over the 101 Downtown - Greening of Downtown - Curbed LA
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thumbnail la­.curbed.com - The city is making some attempts at improving the pedestrian connections between Union Station and the Civic Center, but nothing would bridge that gap like the proposed Park 101, which would cap po...
6 Ideas For Solving the Arts District's Major Parking Problem - Where to Park It - Curbed LA
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thumbnail la­.curbed.com - Arts District gentrification is out of control--we know this, the rents are crazy high, hip new businesses move in every day, it might be getting a freaking Soho House--but the parking situation in...
405 Freeway nightmare: Even the retaining walls are weeping - latimes.com
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thumbnail www­.latimes.com - Now, it turns out, the freeway feels your pain and weeps along with you. Well, actually, it’s the retaining wall that keeps the hillside from cascading down onto Sepulveda Boulevard, just east of t...
SaMo Greenway Will Be Better For Bikes But Could Kill Parking - Bikeification - Curbed LA
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thumbnail la­.curbed.com - First plans for Santa Monica's Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway (MANGO!) were released at a planning commission meeting last week, and attendees were "optimistic but shared concerns," says the...
Gruber: Change Is Going to Come, No Kidding
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www­.santamonicanext.org - (This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted with the author’s permission. – DN) I don’t know about in your neighborhood, but in Ocean Park two “little free libraries” ha...
Portrait of Los Angeles Project - Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
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thumbnail www­.lamayor.org - The Far East Building, located in Little Tokyo in the Little Tokyo National Landmark Historic District, a three-story 1896 building with Beaux Arts and Moderne style elements, has a facade characte...
California Abruptly Drops Plan to Implant RFID Chips in Driver's Licenses | Threat Level
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thumbnail www­.wired.com - Following complaints from privacy groups, California lawmakers on Friday suspended legislation to embed radio-frequency identification chips, or RFIDs, in its driver’s licenses and state identifica...
What's Behind Bike Share's Skyrocketing Growth? | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network
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thumbnail www­.planetizen.com - Janet Larsen provides this update upon the advent of the latest bike share in the U.S. on August 29 - the 700 bike, five-city Bay Area Bike Share. "The United States is now home to 34 modern bike-s...
A Vision for LA's New Web-Based Zoning Code | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network
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thumbnail www­.planetizen.com - For the first time since 1946, Los Angeles is completely revising its zoning code. This effort is called re:code LA. The City's zoning code is used to guide where and how we build in Los Angeles. A...
CityDig: How 1946’s L.A. River Freeway Became Today’s 710 - CityThink - Los Angeles magazine
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thumbnail www­.lamag.com - This rosy cartographic view of the “soon to be built” Los Angeles River Freeway is one part reality and several parts fantasy. In the post-war freeway fever, all of California was being sized up fo...
Triumph of the Parking Meter - Curbed LA
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thumbnail la­.curbed.com - The city of Los Angeles is ditching those kiosks (where you had to enter your parking space number) and replacing them with individual coin-or-card parking meters. No one liked the pay stations it ...
Why Traffic Will Only Get Worse Even Though We're Driving Less
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thumbnail jalopnik­.com - Hopefully, you didn't spend your Labor Day weekend trapped in bumper-to-bumper traffic, but if you did, a new study indicates that may be something you'll have to get used to. America's traffic is ...
Charlotte Fights Its Anti-Transit Foes ... With Infographics - Eric Jaffe - The Atlantic Cities
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thumbnail www­.theatlanticcities.com - Charlotte, North Carolina, hasn't forgotten its last big fight over light rail. In 2007, before the LYNX blue line opened, a small but strong anti-transit group (rallying cry: "Stop the Train") tri...
7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization for Big Data | Blurbs
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www­.trb.org - TRB is sponsoring the 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization for Big Data on October 23-25, 2013, in Irvine, California. The goal of the 2013 Symposium is to adv...
Los Angeles Needs You for Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts
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thumbnail la­.streetsblog.org - “I never see people ride on the existing bike lane, why should we extend it?” “The census shows that less than 1% of people bicycle, even if a new bike lane doubles the amount of people biking, it’...
L.A. Metro campaign urges rail safety - News - METRO Magazine
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www­.metro-magazine.com - "Significant progress has been made but as long as accidents continue, we will continue our efforts to stop them," said Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois. "During the past year Metro has aggressively ...
House Transportation Committee Chairman to ride in driverless car - The Hill's Transportation Report
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thumbnail thehill­.com - The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will take a ride in a driverless car on Wednesday, according to officials with the panel. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) will ride f...
BEAUMONT: City studying bus system | Banning and Beaumont News
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thumbnail www­.pe.com - The majority of riders on the Pass Transit System through Beaumont are schoolchildren, a report presented to the City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 3, states. More than 55 percent of riders are taking ...
The Coming Battle Over Electric Bicycles - Henry Grabar - The Atlantic Cities
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thumbnail www­.theatlanticcities.com - Around this time last year, Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, was pedaling home when he experienced a quirky moment of convergence. Just as he passed a fellow cyclist mou...
How Parking Rules Raise Rents | Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network
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thumbnail www­.planetizen.com - How do parking requirements raise rents? They do it in five ways, some of which affect all of the housing market and some of which only affect parts of it, according to columnist Alan During. Contr...
CARRD » European experts weigh in on Authority’s operating cost model
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www­.calhsr.com - By law, the California High Speed Rail Authority is supposed to eventually offer train service without any public operating subsidies. CHSRA’s claims that it could do so even on an abbreviated rout...
Inland Empire Transit Talking Points: Local community engagement on transportation and the federal government
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ttcinlandempire­.blogspot.com - Local community engagement on transportation and the federal government Rep. Mark Takano who represents Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris in Congress continues to engage the community by collect...
Why the New Bay Bridge Cost $6.5 Billion - WNYC
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thumbnail www­.wnyc.org - The story of the new Bay Bridge really began in 1989, with the Loma Prieta earthquake. A lot of things collapsed -- including a section of the bridge’s eastern span. California officials realized t...
U.S. Importing Much Less Oil, but Still Spending a Lot on It - Real Time Economics - WSJ
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thumbnail blogs­.wsj.com - The U.S. is importing a lot less foreign oil. But it isn’t spending much less on it. The surge in domestic oil production — combined with a slow but steady decline in consumption — has taken a big ...
City Council Greenlights Record Port Budget
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thumbnail us6­.campaign-archive2.com - That capital improvement budget is 6 percent more than the current fiscal year and reflects the ongoing investment in major projects. Currently under construction are the $1.23 billion Middle Harbo...
Long Beach sharrows experiment seems to show drop in bicycle crashes
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thumbnail www­.presstelegram.com - At the very least, bike advocates say, the green sharrows on Second Street in Belmont Shore are not contributing to traffic problems. Installed in June 2009, the markings that line the right lanes ...
How Infrastructure Keeps Us Moving — NOVA Next
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thumbnail www­.pbs.org - We are a society obsessed with speed—“the fastest” never ceases to capture our imaginations. The fastest production car? The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The fastest train? The SCMAGLEV in Japan. Th...
Streetcar firm on busy track
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thumbnail portlandtribune­.com - Oregon Iron Works overcame many challenges to create the first American streetcar manufacturing company in six decades. Now United Streetcar has more than 100 people a day working on new vehicles f...
ULI Research Roundup: The Impact of Transit on Property Values - Urban Land Institute
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thumbnail www­.uli.org - ULI’s research team often gets asked whether transit investments have resulted in increases in property values for nearby communities. As you can imagine, this is a complicated question to answer. ...
Report: Calif. HSR planning may lead to environmental harm - News - METRO Magazine
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thumbnail www­.metro-magazine.com - BERKELEY, Calif. — A recent University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles report says that while the state’s planned high-speed rail project may bolster the Central V...
CP and UP forge Canada-to-California CBR corridor
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www­.railwayage.com - Sporadic shipments were on the increase during summer 2013, with blocks of loaded oil tank cars rolling southward in manifests through the CP/UP interchange at Eastport, Idaho. Two California refin...
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thumbnail charmeck­.org - TRUTH: Investing in roads alone or transit alone won't solve any region's growing traffic congestion problem. However, a balanced approach of roads and transit, especially rail transit, will allow ...
Check it out: the Harvey House menu from 1943
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thumbnail thesource­.metro.net - Curious what folks were eating — or could eat — at Union Station's Harvey House restaurant 70 years ago? Answer: shirred eggs (baked eggs), fish species identified by geography and not species name...
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