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5/31/2013

LB Blue Line, Purple Line Meetings, ACE, LAX Runways, Expo/USC Parking, Huntington Park Biking, BRT, CAHSR, CicLAvia & More

May 31: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (60 years ago today, the last day of service for Pacific Electric's West Hollywood Line down Santa Monica Boulevard)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Bike To Death ("Accident numbers for Orange County and Los Angeles are troubling.")
Voice Of OC

Bus Transportation Making An Impact: An Update From The BRT World
The City Fix

California High-Speed Rail Faces Delays As High-Stakes Trial Begins Friday
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Can New York's Penn Station Ever Be Great Again? (includes renderings for grand station redesign)
The Atlantic: Cities

Central Valley Opposition To High Speed Rail Undaunted (audio)
California Report

Commuters Would Pay More For Better Public Transit Tech, Study Says
Wired

Council Pushes Forth Recommendation For Additional Blue Line Safety Measures
Long Beach Post

D.C. Tops Nation With Largest Daily Surge In Commuters
Washington Examiner

Expo Park Museums Freaking About USC Taking Their Parking
Curbed LA

Federal Help Needed With Goods Movement
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Global Road Deaths At All-Time Low, But U.S. Still Ranks Poorly On Safety
Transportation Nation

Huntington Park To Join Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Los Angeles Wave

Incline L.A.: Angels Flight And Its Lost Sibling, Court Flight (Episode One) (Article and video : "With the exception of Angels Flight, these incline railways -- also known as funiculars -- are now lost to history, their remains rusting on hillsides or long ago sold for scrap, their memory preserved only in the photographs, films, and maps of the region's archives." LA as Subject web series debut includes resources from Metro Transportation Library & Archive)
LA as Subject via KCET
Incline L.A., Part 1
LA as Subject via YouTube

LA Ranks Toward Bottom Of National Fitness Index ("Residents in LA, Long Beach and Santa Ana smoke less and use public transportation more often than their counterparts in other major cities.")
NBC Southern California

Lawsuits Once Again Challenge LAX Runway And Construction Work
Los Angeles Times

Long Beach Pols Push For Blue Line Safety Measures, More Needs To Be Done
StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Syncs Lights; Traffic Picks Up
NBC News

The Most Important Population Statistic That Hardly Ever Gets Talked About ("Commuter-adjusted populations" tell us a lot about where the jobs are and which communities do little more than give people a place to sleep. Count people where they work, and not where they live, and the resulting picture also further blurs the divide between cities and suburbs (and how we think about who is invested in which places.")
The Atlantic: Cities
Commuting (Journey To Work) (links to tables and data)
United States Census Bureau

Neglecting Muni Costs The Economy At Least $50 Million Per Year
StreetsBlog SF

New Leadership On House Transportation Committee Likely In July
Transportation Issues Daily

On The Go With Ray LaHood: The Last Episode
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Pollutant Load Reductions For Total Maximum Daily Loads For Highways (71p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Purple Line Extension Phase One Meeting Begins In Early June
Brentwood Patch

Rep. Adam Schiff Asks Metrolink To Assess Yard's Health Risks
Los Angeles Times

Residents Fear Cancer, Asthma Risks From Metrolink Train Emissions
Los Angeles Times

San Gabriel Valley Council Of Governments Votes For Separation Of Alameda Corridor East Agency
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Southern California Transportation Interests Ask Congress To Improve Freight Network
San Bernardino Sun

Starting Tonight, Regional Connector Meetings On Tap
Los Angeles Downtown News

States With Worst Bridges Face Uphill Battle Making Repairs
Governing

Surfliner Cancels Bike Fees, Requires Metrolink Commuters To Buy Amtrak Tickets To Ride With Their Bikes
StreetsBlog LA

This CicLAvia's Made For Walking (And Riding, Too) ("The mega shut-down-the-streets and pedal event incorporates more walkability.")
NBC Southern California

Transit: LA Deserves Kudos...And Condemnation
CityWatch

Where's The National Business Voice For Transit?
StreetsBlog DC


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5/30/2013

Blue Line, Monrovia Gold Line, 405 Progress, Car-Free L.A., Foothill Transit, LB Transit, 57/60 Interchange, SCIG, ONT, CAHSR & More

A Big City Growth Revival?
Brookings

Bike Culture: Not As White As You Think
Slate

California's High-Speed Rail Meets Opposition Over Eminent Domain
Transportation Nation

Caltrans To Be Subject Of Independent Review ("The state hired an expert group called State Smart Transportation Initiative to assess the department that oversees California's vast transportation network.")
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Chairman Of House Transportation Committee Gets First-Hand Look At 57/60 Freeway Interchange
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Editorial: Put People First To Improve Railyard Project
Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial: The 405 In The Rear-View Mirror ("The freeway widening project has been fraught with problems. There's plenty of blame to go around — and lessons to be learned.")
Los Angeles Times

Federal Railroad Administration Budget "Highlight" Of USDOT Spending Plan, Szabo Says
Progressive Railroading

Foothill Transit To Transition To In-House Management
Mass Transit

Garcetti's Mayoral Win Could Reopen Negotiations For LA/Ontario International Control
Daily Breeze

The Geographic Footprints Of The World's Biggest Bike-Share Networks
The Atlantic: Cities

L.A. Is A Top American City For Living Car-Free?
LA Weekly

L.A. To Create Consolidated Planning Department
Los Angeles Business Journal

LB Transit Announces Summer Schedule And Museum Express Program
Everything Long Beach

Long Beach Politician Pushing For A Cleaner, Safer Blue Line
Curbed LA
A Better Metro Blue Line
Robert Garcia, Long Beach Vice Mayor

Monrovia Gold Line Station Artwork To Honor Town's Architectural History With Craftsman Tiles
Pasadena Star-News

More Than 250 Communities Say "Trains Matter" On National Train Day (3p. PDF)
Amtrak News Release

My Map Or Yours? ("Google’s plan to personalize maps could end public space as we know it.")
Slate

One Santa Fe Adds Height To The A.D.
Downtown Muse

Opinion: Would You Ride A California Bullet Train Built On The Cheap? Opinion
Los Angeles Daily News

Poll Finds Transportation Infrastructure Investment Seen As Core Function Of Federal Government
For Construction Pros

sbX Work Moves Forward At CSUSB, Downtown
OmniNews

SFMTA Launches Customer Friendly Website
SFMTA Press Release

Study: Employer Support For Transit Is Surging Locally But Fractured Nationally (3p. PDF)
Good Jobs First Press Release
Bosses For Buses: U.S. Employers Supporting Public Transit (55p. PDF)
Good Jobs First

Ten Of The Best Urbanism Blogs On Tumblr
This Big City

Tough House Hearing For High-Speed Rail Project ("It looks like supporters of the California High Speed Rail project took a verbal beating Tuesday as the U.S. House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a field hearing in Madera.")
Political Blotter

Transit Agency Doing Survey ("The Riverside Transit Agency is looking for feedback on how its doing and how services might be improved.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Trucking Continues As Dominant Freight Transportation Mode
Trucking Info

Washington State Bridge Collapse Could Echo Far Beyond Interstate
New York Times

West Hollywood's Big La Brea Makeover Starts Next Month
Curbed 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.

5/29/2013

Union Station, Expo Line, Blue Line, America Fast Forward, Leimert Park, CAHSR, Gerald Desmond Bridge, Metro Clean-Energy Buses, Subway Air & More

May 29: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (60 years ago today, a bus caravan over the Cahuenga Pass signals the replacement of streetcars with coach service)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

America's Mayors Support America Fast Forward Transportation Bonds (PDF : infographic)
Metro

Arcadia Car Wash Owner Makes The Best Out Of Gold Line Construction (must-see photo)
Arcadia Patch

Battle Joined. Battle Won. Leimert Park Gets Its Metro Station
CityWatch

Building Of New Gerald Desmond Bridge At Port Of Long Beach Forges Ahead
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Bullet Train's Risk Of Cost Overruns Reduced, Rail Chief Says
Los Angeles Times

Cal Poly Pomona Traffic Study Ignores Bicycle Safety
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A Chronicle Of Research And TRB Turns 50: Highlighting The Fifth Decade Of TR News
Transportation Research Board

Delijanis Move Forward With Plans To Bring Restaurants And Bars To Four Broadway Theaters
Los Angeles Downtown News

Following NYC's Historic Launch: Bike-Share Poised To Pop Up Everywhere
StreetsBlog DC

How Engineers Are Building A New Railroad Under New York City
Wired

How New York City's Citi Bike Sizes Up To 9 U.S. Bike-Share Programs
Skift

LA Transit: Think About It (1:34 video : "LA Metro is a prime example of the positive change that can come from adding natural gas to a region's transportation sector. LA Metro has the largest fleet of clean compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in the nation -- approximately 2,200. After purchasing its first natural gas bus in 1995, the system retired its last diesel bus in 2011. Annually, LA Metro buses run about 1.5 billion miles a year and as of 2011, LA Metro estimates that its natural gas fleet has collectively driven more than one billion miles." Watch 31 second version here)
Natural Gas Now
Think About It
America's Natural Gas Alliance

LB's Blue Line-Adjacent Mixed-User Comes With 5-Story Garage
Curbed LA

Long Beach Expected To File Suit Against Los Angeles Over $500M Rail Yard Project
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Low Carbon Bus Systems, Tailored To Your City
Scania Newsroom

Many Don't Know How Much They Pay For Roads, Survey Finds
Washington Post
Are Good Roads And Transit Worth As Much To You As Household Electricity Or Cable Service?
American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Financing Federal-Aid Highways (explains the Highway Trust Fund, gas tax and other funding mechanisms)
Federal Highway Administration

MTA To Assist Bob Hope Airport's Train Connection Project ("The transportation agency has agreed to spend $1.7 million to help the airport achieve its goal of becoming easier to reach by means other than a car.")
Los Angeles Times

New Leadership On House Transportation Committee Likely In July
Transportation Issues Daily

New Restaurant At Union Station? Metro Looking For "Local Chef"
StreetsBlog LA

Next To You On The Subway ("Dr. Pace has also surveyed an exotic environment much more familiar to New Yorkers: the subway. The goal? To find out exactly what we’re breathing down there -- and if any of its invisible critters are cause for worry. His study also provides a “pre-event” baseline, an idea of what’s normal -- useful in the event of a bioterrorism attack, recent flooding or other catastrophe.")
New York Times

Now That SaMo's Getting Pedicabs, When Will They Come To LA?
Curbed LA

The Port Of LA Adopts Policy To Protect Historical Buildings And Sites
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Report Finds Emerging Cycling Population That Looks Like America
StreetsBlog Network
The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity (16p. PDF : includes numerous statistics and infographics)
League Of American Cyclists / Sierra Club

The Rest Of Last Week's Metro Board Agenda: Billboards, Attacked Bus Drivers, More Antelope Valley Line Service
StreetsBlog LA

State Legalizes Sidecar...For Now (The California Public Utilities Commission "has yet to decide whether SideCar and various other "New Online-Enabled Transportation Services" (NOETS) should abide by the same regulations that govern traditional transit.")
San Francisco Weekly

Streetcars Might Make A Comeback In Oakland
East Bay Express

StreetsBlog Transition Team: Who Should Join Garcetti On The Metro Board Of Directors
StreetsBlog LA

Train Wrecks Aren't Always Catalysts For Better Safety (discusses automatic train stop and positive train control)
Bloomberg

Watts Village Theater Company Takes "Meet Me @ Metro IV" "Home" To Watts
StreetsBlog LA

What Happens When A Nonprofit Car-Sharing Service Gets Bought By A Major Rental Company?
The Atlantic: Cities

Zoning Workshops Near Expo Stations
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.

5/28/2013

405 Lanes, Watts Blue Line, Union Station, Leimert Park, ARTIC, OC Rail, CAHSR Builder, OC Traffic, LA Pedways, SoCal Bridges, Bike Share Launches & More

Americans' Views On Their Communities, Housing, And Transportation (60p. PDF : survey results)
Urban Land Institute
Press Release / Key Findings

Are Bridges In Southern California Safe?
KABC Los Angeles

Are Transportation Planning Reforms Coercive?
Planetizen

As US Population Shifts, DOT Pursues Livability
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Bay Bridge's Old Span Risky, Engineers Say
San Francisco Chronicle

Bike-Share Leads People To Ride Their Own Bikes More
StreetsBlog Network

Bike-Sharing Network Set To Debut In August
San Francisco Examiner

Bridges And U.S. Infrastructure Spending Are Falling: Is There A Link?
The Atlantic Wire

Builder Of 1st Phase Of California's Bullet Train Faces Scrutiny ("Tutor Perini Corp. is slated to start construction in the Central Valley in six weeks, but a member of Congress is concerned that the company scored low on design quality, safety and engineering.")
Los Angeles Times

California High-Speed Rail Challenge Will Move Forward
KALW

Citibike Debuts In New York City! (video)
StreetFilms

Clogged Traffic Getting Federal Look
Orange County Register

Congressmen Schiff, Sherman Push For Night Time Curfew At Valley Airports
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Do We Suddenly Hate Driving? ("How does the data change the way we should think about infrastructure? Will millennials' driving behavior increase when, like me, they have to start carting children to baseball games and martial arts classes? Is there a business opportunity to be developed in the country's overall change in behavior? If driving continues to decline, how far would that go toward solving the infrastructure funding shortfall?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Editorial: In L.A., Polishing Up The Pedways ("Downtown's elevated pedestrian walkways need repair and protection from vandals. But where will the money come from?")
Los Angeles Times

Facing Criticism, CTA Cuts Some Fees For Its New Transit-Debit Card
CBS Chicago

First Stretch Of Carpool Lane Opens On Northbound 405 Freeway
Los Angeles Daily News

Foothill Transit Sheds Management Contract With Outside Firm
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A Gateway To The Future: The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (31p. PDF : Industry Day Project Summary Briefing)
ARTIC
City Of Anaheim / ARTIC (4p. PDF : article)
Design Develop Construct Journal

Giving Science Center Parking To USC Could Hurt Museum, Some Say
Los Angeles Times

Growing Number Of Americans Going Carless
NBC News

A Homecoming Of Sorts For Watts Theater At Metro Rail Stations ("A Watts theater group performs for the 4th straight year under a Metro program that promotes the use of light rail, this time at 2 Blue Line stations in Watts.")
Los Angeles Times

How To Increase Bicycling For Daily Travel (9p. PDF)
Active Living Research

Infrastructure Needs More Than Love ("With so much agreement on the need for up-to-date infrastructure, why can't policymakers figure out how to support it adequately? Do states and the private sector need to step up? Is infrastructure worth going into debt for? Is it worth paying more taxes for? How much money is there, really, to be had from streamlining inefficiencies inside the government? What would it take to go from the current D+ rating we have now to a really, really high-tech and snazzy transportation network?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

LA River Recreation Zone Opens This Memorial Day
KCET

LA Stoplights Synchronized But Road War Endures
Huffington Post

LA Union Station Master Plan: What Do You Think? Part 1 (video)
Metro via YouTube
Part 2 (video)

LACMTA Adopts FY14 Budget
RT&S

Lawmakers Will Determine Whether California's Clean Energy Research And Development Research Continues
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Leimert Park Celebrates Plans For Rail Stop
NBC Southern California

Leimert Park Village Hails Victory Of Crenshaw Line Station
Los Angeles Times

Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti Enters Office Amid Tempered Expectations ("He boldly promised to end homelessness and announced plans for a south-north transit line from Sherman Oaks to Sylmar.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Northern California's First Battery Buses Rolling Out
KCET

The Old "We Don't Need Bike Lanes Because Nobody Bikes Here" Nonsense
StreetsBlog Network

Pedicabs Are Finding A Place In The Southland Transportation Mix ("This summer, the bikes will be ferrying people around Santa Monica, and the human-powered cabs are being considered in L.A. San Diego and Long Beach already offer them as an alternative.")
Los Angeles Times

Planning Transportation Projects For Better Environmental Outcomes: A New Institutional Framework And Tools Makes It Easier (4p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board

Ports Of Long Beach, Los Angeles In Search Of Clean Air Technology Information
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Regional Transit Plan Has New Name, Uncertain Future ("The Eco-Rapid Transit plan, formerly known as the Orange Line, is moving slowly but still on track for construction to start in 2020 and be operational by 2027, some 14 years from now. But the fate of the $3 million, 2.3-mile bike and pedestrian path through Bellflower is uncertain.")
Los Angeles Wave

San Francisco Transit History: Website Explains Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Muni
Huffington Post
San Francisco Transit: The Good, The Bad, The Quirky (Must-see infographics : "The history of San Francisco’s transit system can be traced back as far as 1873, when the first Cable Car began service. Tales of technological advances, natural disasters, political struggles, and triumphant celebrations color its 140-year history and shape it into a system today that’s uniquely diverse and uniquely San Francisco." Click "Explore" to begin)
A project by Fred Chasen, Raymon Sutedjo-The & Charles Wang

Torrance Rededicates Renovated Landmark Railroad Bridge
Daily Breeze

Trains Bump Along In U.S. With Repair Needs Outrunning Finances
Delaware Online

Uncovered Olympic Glories: Mural Restoration On The 101 Freeway
KCET

USC's Coliseum Take-Over Bid Slowed By Parking Lots
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

U.S. Infrastructure Spending Has Plummeted Since 2008
Washington Post


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.