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6/07/2013

Angels Flight, Metro Rail, BH Subway, TAP, Blue Line, CAHSR, LA Bike Nation, Federal Gas Tax, LA Smog & More

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June 7: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro Rail is named the most cost-effective new rail system in America; Metro unveils a new Universal City overpass and rapid bus stop)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Angel's Flight: The Shortest Railroad In The World
GOOD

Anthony Foxx Nomination Could Move Forward This Week
Charlotte Observer

Bev Hills School District Says LA Should've Built A Monorail In The 1960s Instead Of A Subway Now
Curbed LA

Beverly Hills Hires New Lawyers In Metro Subway Case
Beverly Hills Patch

Bullet Train Agency Gives $985-Million Contract To Tutor Perini ("The contract is for construction on about 29 miles from suburban Madera through downtown Fresno. The agency rejected concerns that Tutor's selection wasn't handled properly.")
Los Angeles Times

California Bullet Train Lurches Ahead As Contractor Chosen
Reuters

Crenshaw Line Still Has A Key Issue To Overcome
Our Weekly

Does L.A.'s Deal With CBS/Decaux Make Bike Nation's Plan D.O.A.?
StreetsBlog LA

Federal Gas Tax Passes Another Milestone: What Is The Future?
Forbes

The Fight For A Better South Central ("Just in time for a new mayoral era, there’s a new political force in town: the Crenshaw Subway Coalition.")
CityWatch

LAPD Warns Of Traffic Jams Friday During Obama Visit
Los Angeles Times

Listen Up President Wesson: We've Got A Transpo Committee Chair For You
CityWatch

Metro Adds Security To Blue Line In Long Beach ("Vice Mayor asks for improvements to city's eight stations.")
Contra Costa Times

Metro Officials To Hear From Public About Purple Line Extension Project
CBS Los Angeles

Obamajam: What Streets To Avoid On Friday
LAist

A Peek At The TAP Pregional Rollout, And The Future For TAP Automatic Transfers
StreetsBlog LA

Prospect Park And L.A.'s Forgotten Borough, Brooklyn Heights
LA as Subject via KCET

Renewable Energy Guide For Highway Maintenance Facilities (248p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

The Smog In Los Angeles Doesn't Quite Sting Like It Used To, But There's Still Work To Be Done
TreeHugger

So Moved: 710 Bridge Could Become Unusual Park ("As part of the 710 Freeway expansion project, the Shoemaker Bridge leading to downtown Long Beach is scheduled to be replaced.")
Gazettes


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6/06/2013

Metro Blue Line, Metro Silver Line, Westside Subway, Leimert Park Station, Spring Street, Burbank Buses, OC Toll Roads, SCIG Railyard, Wilshire Bus Lanes, LA Convention Center, LAX,

Improvements are coming to the Los Angeles Transportation Headlines. You will see the same great content in a new, more visual and easily readable format.

These changes are scheduled to take place Monday, June 17, 2013.  For more information on these changes, please visit our Primary Resources Blog.
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25 Ideas For LA's New Mayor Eric Garcetti
Huffington Post

2013 Diamond Awards Recognize Outstanding Efforts Of Regional Traffic-Busting Commuter Programs ("The Diamond Awards, now in its fifteenth year, are co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) annually to recognize the significant achievements of corporate rideshare programs in the region and their contribution toward decreasing gasoline consumption, air pollution and commuter costs as well as improving mobility.")
Metro Press Release

AEG Will Probably Run Convention Center, Have Total South Park Domination
Curbed LA
City Official Recommends L.A. Convention Center Be Turned Over To AEG
Los Angeles Daily News

The Biggest Obstacle To Cycling's Egalitarian Aspirations? Distance
The Atlantic: Cities

Bill To Expand Los Angeles Airport Police Powers
KCET

Blue Line In Long Beach Getting Security Upgrades, Paint Job
Curbed LA

Builders Team With CSUN To Train Graduates Savvy In Construction
Los Angeles Daily News

Burbank Decides To Phase Out Youth Bus, Metro Subsidy For Seniors
Burbank Leader

Bus-Only Lanes Debut On Wilshire Boulevard ("The lanes between MacArthur Park and Western Avenue are aimed at bringing L.A. public transit up to par with Boston and New York, officials say.")
Los Angeles Times

California Attorney General Sues To Block Orange County Toll Road 
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

California High-Speed Rail's Choice: Price Or Quality In Building First Leg?
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Carbon Pricing Is Catching On Around The Globe, Just Not In Washington, D.C.
Grist

Editorial: SoCal's Own Bike-Share Program Is Coming...Soon?
Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial: Garcetti Should Restart Negotiations Over ONT Transfer
Los Angeles Daily News

Girls Go Hands-On With Public Transportation Planning
Salt Lake Tribune

Grade Separation Project Could Land Ontario In Litigation Dispute
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Grove Developer Wants To Extend Trolley Beyond Shopping Center ("Rick Caruso envisions expanding the mall's track in a loop to the Beverly Center, LACMA and Park La Brea. Councilman Tom LaBonge is already on board.")
Los Angeles Times

Judge Weighs Arguments Over California High-Speed Rail Plans
Sacramento Bee

Long Beach Files Suit, Seeks Injunctions Over Port Of Los Angeles Railyard Project
Long Beach Press-Telegram

A Los Angeles Primer: Spring Street
KCET

Major Makeover Planned For Dated Macy's Plaza In Downtown L.A. ("Ratkovich also plans a sunken, sunlit public plaza -- directly connected to a planned subway station -- and significant upgrades to the 23-story, 485-room Sheraton hotel.")
Los Angeles Times

Mayor, Transit Officials Open First Wilshire Blvd. Bus Rapid Transit Lanes
West Hollywood Patch

Metro Chief Art Leahy Expounds On Leimert Park Prospects In Wake Of Subway Celebration
Los Angeles Wave

Metro's Rail Safety Ambassador Program (video : Metro's Rail Safety Ambassador Program was honored with the Gold Safety Award for program innovation at the 2013 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) conference in Philadelphia)
Metro via YouTube

Montreal To Introduce Interactive Digital Bus Shelters
The Transit Wire

Moorpark Getting 2 New Buses, Courtesy Of Caltrans Funds
Ventura County Star

MTA Plans Mirror Infamous Monorail Mistake Of 1960s
Beverly Hills Unified School District via PR News Channel

Museums Block Coliseum Parking Plan ("A vote is delayed on giving control to USC, a move that institutions say would cut attendance and divert millions in parking revenue.")
Los Angeles Times

A New Court Ruling Could Have Big Implications In The Fight Against Sprawl ("In a suit brought by inner-city, minority plaintiffs, the U.S. District Court in Milwaukee has indicated that the Federal Highway Administration and Wisconsin Department of Transportation cannot enlarge a major urban freeway connection without further study of the project's impacts on transit-dependent populations and on regional suburban sprawl.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Opportunities And Challenges For TODs In Southern California
ACCESS: The Magazine Of UCTC

Rail Car Manufacturer Returns To Work After Four-Year Hiatus
RT&S

Ratkovich Acquires Downtown LA Macy's Plaza, Will Begin $160 Million Upgrade With New Access To Subway Station
DTLA Rising

SANBAG, Check Out Your Contractors' Hiring Practices
Black Voices News

Silver Line Stroll From Union Station To El Monte
KCET

Study: AASHTO Guidelines For Bikes Outdated, Not Based On Research
Mobilizing The Region

Westside Subway Extension: Beverly Hills Hires Two New Lawyers To Battle Metro's Purple Line
Beverly Hills Courier


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.

6/05/2013

Wilshire Bus Lanes, HOV Lanes, LA Seniors & Transit, Eagle Rock Bike Lanes, Metro Budget, Purple Line, Fare Gates & More

Improvements are coming to the Los Angeles Transportation Headlines. You will see the same great content in a new, more visual and easily readable format.

These changes are scheduled to take place Monday, June 17, 2013.  For more information on these changes, please visit our Primary Resources Blog.
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June 5: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Ceremonies mark completion of the "Wilmington Link," the final section of highway between Santa Monica and Seal Beach within Los Angeles County)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

110 Freeway Toll Road Evasion Tickets: Is This Extortion?
LA Weekly

2010 Spirit Of Accessibility (video : Los Angeles program shows seniors how to use transit comfortably if they did not use it in their youth)
via YouTube

2013 APA LA Awards (list of winners)
American Planning Association, California Chapter Los Angeles

Analysis: Disparity Exists In Condition Of Local vs. State Bridges
Governing

Caltrava To Build World's Most Expensive Transportation Hub
Arch Daily

CHSRA To Vote On Construction Contract This Week
California High Speed Rail Blog

Comparing Subway Construction Costs, Revised ("Here is a list of subway projects in the last 15-20 years, in both developed and developing countries.")
Pedestrian Observations

Eagle Rock Comes Out To Hear About Colorado Bike Lanes
Eastsider LA

First Leg Of Wilshire Bus Only Lanes Finally Opens
StreetsBlog LA

First Section Of Wilshire Bus-Only Lane Opens
Curbed LA

Gatto's Bill For Part-Time Carpool Lanes Sails Through Assembly
Glendale News-Press

How Better Traffic Models Can Lead to More Mixed-Use Development
StreetsBlog DC
Trip Generation Tool For Mixed-Use Developments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Huizar: Bike Lanes On Colorado Will Go Forward. Fox 11 Is Shocked
StreetsBlog LA

I Get It. They Hate Us. What I Don't Get Is Why ("If you build it, they will come. And if you don’t, they will anyway. Especially once the Westwood Boulevard Expo Line station opens in a few years, and the street provides the only direct link between the station and the UCLA campus.")
Biking In LA

LaHood: Expect "Big" Announcement From Obama On Transportation Funding
Governing

Losing Revenue From Hybrids Prompts States To Hit Owners: Taxes ("The popularity of these fuel-efficient vehicles is being blamed for a drop in gasoline taxes that pay for local highway and bridge maintenance, with three states enacting rules to make up the losses with added fees on the cars and at least five others weighing similar legislation.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Mayor, Transit Officials Open First Wilshire Blvd Bus Rapid Transit Lanes
Brentwood Patch

Meet The Big Brains Shaping A New Freight Policy For The U.S.
StreetsBlog DC
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces National Freight Advisory Committee Members
U.S. DOT

Metro FY 2013-14 Budget: The Transit Activist's Overview
Streetsblog LA

Metro Wants To Work On Downtown Train Both Day And Night ("The transit agency is requesting permits for extended work hours when it comes to building the [Downtown Regional Connector]")
Curbed LA

New LA Subway Could Spell Acoustical Doom For Gehry's Disney Hall
Arch Daily

New Shipping Lanes Designed With Whales In Mind
Long Beach Press-Telegram

NextGen Transit Debate
Strong Towns

Opinion: Bill To Ease HOV-Lane Rules On SoCal Freeways Is On Its Way
Los Angeles Daily News

Plan For Wider Beach Path In Long Beach Draws Support And Fire
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Senior Transit Services Underfunded, Underdeveloped, Study Says
Metro Magazine
Roadblocks Ahead For Seniors Who Don't Drive (6p. PDF)
Urban Institute Innovation In Infrastructure

Taxpayers Foot Bill For Metro Fare Evaders ("Taxpayers are footing the bill for thousands of cheaters who ride Los Angeles’ growing subway system for free, an NBC4 I-Team investigation finds.")
NBC Southern California

The Transit Legacy Of Frank Lautenberg
Next City

WeHo Party Bus Blues
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.

6/04/2013

Villaraigosa's Transpo Legacy, Wilshire Bus Lanes, 710 Extension, Dump The Pump, Terminal Island Bridges, "Streetcar Scandal," ONT Lawsuit & More

Improvements are coming to the Los Angeles Transportation Headlines. You will see the same great content in a new, more visual and easily readable format.

These changes are scheduled to take place Monday, June 17, 2013.  For more information on these changes, please visit our Primary Resources Blog.
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June 4: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (California passes Proposition 5, allowing motor vehicle fuel taxes and license fees to be used for research, planning and construction of mass transit)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

8th Annual National Dump The Pump Day Will Be Held On June 20
APTA Press Release

America's Supertrains Are Running Late
Better Roads

Attacking The Language Bias In Transportation Engineering
StreetsBlog DC

Azusa Council To Vote On Resolution To Support 710 Extension
Pasadena Star-News

Be Careful How You Refer To The So-Called "Great American Streetcar Scandal"
The Atlantic: Cities
General Motors And The Demise Of Streetcars (22p. PDF)
Transportation Quarterly via Debunk Portland

Big Blue Bus Needs Big Changes, Director Says ("Buses arrive as scheduled only two-thirds of the time, they break down 1,400 miles before they should and employees are absent from their posts 18 percent of the time, or twice as much as what King called the “industry standard” in his report.")
Santa Monica Daily Press

The Bridges Of Terminal Island
KCET

Caruso Wants To Extend Grove Trolley To Bev Center And LACMA
Curbed LA
Clang Clang Clank (subscription required)
Los Angeles Business Journal

Credit Cards Make Lots Of Cents For L.A. Parking Meters ("For the first time, the city parking department made more from credit and debit cards in March than it did from cash. Convenience is key, an official says.")
Los Angeles Times

Elon Musk's Mad Genius Idea To Reinvent Long-Distance Travel
The Atlantic: Cities

Enormous Losses Feared In Coliseum Deal With USC ("A trustee of the California Science Center foundation says loss of parking revenue would cut deeply into museum educational programs.")
Los Angeles Times

"Every Transit Rider In America Owes A Huge Debt To Senator Frank Lautenberg"
Transportation Nation

Express Bus Lane Opens On Wilshire Boulevard
KABC Los Angeles

Farebox Recovery: The Economics Of Public Transit
MinnPost

A Foldable Fix To Public Transit's Peskiest Problem ("Silver says that Calstart hopes to create programs like Pasadena’s elsewhere in the sprawling region covered by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and has published a “Folding Bike Implementation Plan” to assist interested municipalities.")
The Atlantic: Cities
Folding Bike Implementation Plan (63p. PDF)
Metro

Freight Data Sharing Guidebook (70p. PDF)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program

The Grim Rapper Warns [N.Y.] MTA Riders To "Stand Back" From The Tracks In Subway ("Musical safety video featuring motorman Noah Rodriguez is a YouTube hit.")
New York Daily News

Is Our Discussion Of L.A. Architecture Too Focused On Cars?
LA Weekly

Mayor Villaraigosa's Transportation Legacy: Top 10 Remarkable Achievements
CityWatch

Montebello Hires Engineering Firm In Grade-Separation Battle
Whittier Daily News

Nearly 74% Favor Using Their Tax Dollars For Increased Investment In Public Transportation
APTA Press Release
Americans' Support For Public Transportation (survey : 3p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

New Poll Suggests Americans Seek Link Between Transportation And Well-Being
AASHTO Journal

The New York Subway Is Back To Full Service For The First Time Since Sandy
The Atlantic: Cities

Ontario Files Lawsuit Against L.A. Seeking Control Of ONT
Los Angeles Daily News

Ontario Sues LA For Control Of Ontario International Airport
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Port Of Long Beach Interim Chief Not Yet Named To Replace Christopher Lytle
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Residential Parking Meters In Santa Monica Proposed To Raise Money, Discourage Residential Parking (includes video)
Huffington Post

Six Transportation Ideas For LA's Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti
Huffington Post

Steinberg's CEQA And Redevelopment Bills Move Forward
California Planning & Development Report

Study: Most Public Transit Systems Increase Fares, Cut Service
American City & County

Time To Rethink Roads: Millennials Lead Change In Transportation Trends
EcoWatch
A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship With Driving And The Implications For America's Future (69p. PDF : "The unique combination of conditions that fueled the Driving Boom—from cheap gas prices to the rapid expansion of the workforce during the Baby Boom generation—no longer exists. Meanwhile, a new generation -- the Millennials -- is demanding a new American Dream less dependent on driving.")
Ohio PIRG

The Transit App Guides You Through Public Transportation, Is Now Free
TOD News

U.S. Department Of Transportation Releases Energy And Sustainability Performance Update
U.S. DOT Press Release

Use Of Electronic Passenger Information Signage In Transit (112p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Why We Shouldn't Rely On Smart Growth Incentives To Fix Sprawl
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.

6/03/2013

Leimert Park, Blue Line, Mobility 21, Taylor Yards, CAHSR, Metro Library, Caltrans, Greenhouse Gases & More

Improvements are coming to the Los Angeles Transportation Headlines. You will see the same great content in a new, more visual and easily readable format.

These changes are scheduled to take place Monday, June 17, 2013.  For more information on these changes, please visit our Primary Resources Blog.
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KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

The Best Cities Are Ones Where You Can Make Friends ("Long commutes pale in comparison to two other factors: decentralization, which produced the edge cities of the 1980s and ‘90s, and the thin schmear of unchecked sprawl that flourished during the housing bubble.")
Fast Company Exist

eNews Channels

Whittier Daily News

Development Of A Public Transport Investment Model (57p. PDF)
New Zealand Transport Agency

Downtown Pedals Toward Pedicabs
Los Angeles Downtown News

Editorial: Safety Is Latest Worry About California Bullet Train
Los Angeles Daily News

The Effect Of Transportation, Location, And Affordability Related Sustainability Features On Mortgage Default Prediction And Risk In Multifamily Rental Housing (25p. PDF)
University Of Arizona

Futuristic High-Speed Tube Travel Could Take You From New York To Los Angeles In 45 Minutes
Yahoo News

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

Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Into The Collaborative Decision-Making Process (108p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Is Your Rep A Member Of The New Public Transportation Caucus Yet?
StreetsBlog DC

LACMTA Library & Archive Earns 2013 Transportation Division Innovation Award ("The SLA Transportation Division 2013 Innovation Award has been awarded to Kenn Bicknell and Matthew Barrett of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive for their Los Angeles Transportation Headlines.")
Special Library Association Transportation Division

LADOT Approves NELA Bike Lanes After Lengthy Contentious Battle. But Don't Declare Victory Just Yet
StreetsBlog LA

LaHood Urges Govs To Press Congress To Pass 5-Year Transportation Bill
Detroit News

Legal War Could Muck Up Summer Bullet Train Groundbreaking
Curbed LA

Long Beach Looks To Make A Better Blue Line Train
KCET

Long Beach: The (Brilliant) Idea Of Turning Shoemaker Bridge Into A Park
StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Engineers New Traffic System To Help Congestion
CBS News

Meet Bay Area Bike Share (overview of the bikes and the pricing scheme)
StreetsBlog SF

Metro Station Upkeep And Patrols Are "Inadequate," Says Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Metrolink Orders EMD Passenger Locomotives
Railway Gazette International

Mobility 21 Applauds Regional Leaders Appointed To National Freight Advisory Committee
Business Wire via Wall Street Journal

Museum Official Says Legal Action Possible Over USC Parking Deal
Los Angeles Times

Officials Celebrate Funding For Leimert Park Rail Station
Los Angeles Wave

An Ongoing "Virtual Town Hall" Is Informing Development Of Santa Monica's Pedestrian Action Plan
StreetsBlog LA
Santa Monica Pedestrian Action Plan Workshop (26p. slideshow)
City Of Santa Monica: pedplan.santamonicatownhall.org

Opinion: The MTA Leimert Park Station: Intellectualism Wins For A Change
Los Angeles Wave

Parking Meters May Be Coming To Residential Streets
Santa Monica Daily Press

Pedego Electric Bicycle Juices Up Commute To Train Station
Los Angeles Times

Port Of Los Angeles Completes One Megawatt Solar Project On Rooftop Of World Cruise Center ("Larger than a football field, thousands of panels will increase energy capacity and reduce 22,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide.")
EON

Roger Snoble Named SunLine Interim General Manager ("Roger Snoble, the former head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, will lead SunLine Transit Agency while an investigation is underway into SunLine’s general manager.")
Desert Sun

Streetcar Proponents Woo Washington Leader ("In an effort to drum up federal support for the proposed $125 million Los Angeles Streetcar, 14th District City Councilman José Huizar and dozens of Downtown business and civic leaders last week took Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) on a 90-minute "whistle stop tour.")
Los Angeles Downtown News

Transit Screen Launches First Real-Time Multimodal Transportation Information Display In Washington D.C. ("Display Aggregates Bus, Rail, Bikeshare, Car Sharing, Taxi, Black Car Services in D.C.; Will Expand into Multiple North America Markets in 2013.")
PR Web

A United Front Of African American Leadership Secures Crenshaw Line Station At Leimert Park Village
Los Angeles Sentinel

Victorville Hopes To Raise $100K With Bus Stop Ads
High Desert Daily Press


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.