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Transportation Headlines for Tuesday April 13, 2010

April 12-16 is National Library Week

Across the country, academic, public, school, corporate, and government libraries are adapting to the current economic climate and fiscal constraints. National Library Week, celebrated since 1958, honors those institutions and the thousands of skilled and knowledgeable librarians and library staff members struggling to keep them open, welcoming, and responsive to the quest for information and knowledge.

The State Of America's Libraries 2010 (66p. PDF) was released today by the American Library Association

9 Of The World's Best Subways
Huffington Post

Amtrak Reorganizing To Advance High-Speed Rail In America
Mass Transit

Bike Riders Plant Trees: Cyclists Join Pedestrians In Effort To Make Streets More Friendly To The Self-Propelled
Glendale News Press

Can We Cycle The "Last Mile?"
Human Transit

City Of Los Angeles Reorganizes Its Planning Department
Our LA

Dublin's Bike-Sharing System Might Be "The Most Successful In The World"

The Elusive 405 Corridor Rail Line
City Watch

The End Of The Automobile Era? ("The signs are all pointing in the same direction; the post-car future may be much nearer than we think and we need to get serious about planning for it.")

Fillmore Station Construction Update
Brigham Yen

Is 3-D Imaging The Future Of Infrastructure Design?

Planner Calls For "Fight" Against High-speed Rail Sharing Track With Freight
StreetsBlog DC

Potholes Could Prove Costly For Los Angeles
Daily News

Resilience And Smart Growth
("Sustainability implies judgments that divide people. We run the risk of sounding self-righteous when we argue that urban patterns are more sustainable than sprawl. So the question must be asked: Is there a less divisive and more precise way to make this argument?")
New Urban News

San Pedro Takes Aim At "Unsightly" Advertising Benches
Daily Breeze

Thousands Expected To Mourn Fallen LAPD Officer Tuesday; Downtown Traffic Will Be Affected
Los Angeles Times

Transport Contractors Urge White House to Revamp Enviro Review Rules
StreetsBlog DC

Transportation Committee Agenda: Bike Corralls, Bus Rapid Transit, And Measure R
StreetsBlog LA

The Trouble With High Speed Rail: Billions In Costs For How Many Riders?
Policy Review, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Too Often, The "Trouble" With High-Speed Rail Is Misinformation (response)

Valley Rail Line Not Getting Much Love
City Watch

Villaraigosa Happy With Measure R Report...Obviously
Economic Impact Study: The Construction Impact Of Metro's Measure R Transportation Projects, 2009-2038 (19p. PDF)
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

What's Holding Us Up?
(Infrastructure is undeniably important to our cities and places, but a new kind of infrastructure -- soft infrastructure -- is becoming increasingly important. Soft infrastructure relates to networking, communications technology, and other Internet-enabled systems. When overlaid over places and cities, the physical world takes on a new and powerful character.)
Architect's Newspaper

Who's Getting Taken For A Ride Here?
("The Dodger Stadium Express is a new bus service to take fans to the game. It's paid for through tax dollars, and fans can get the benefit of a free ride. But are the Dodgers benefiting from tax dollars too?")
Los Angeles Times

Why The Backbone Bikeway Network Isn't The Greatest Thing Ever
Who's(e) Bicycling?