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NYT On 405 Gridlock, Red Cars Coming To Anaheim, Maglev & Vegas, Commuting Health Poll, Highway Trust Fund, Cost Of Free Parking & More

Bar Cars Keep Chugging
Wall Street Journal

Billions Earmarked For Bay Area Transportation Projects ("Desperate for work, construction companies are entering bids at 30 to 40 percent under projected cost. While that has saved state and local agencies about $4 billion since 2006, it is only part of the story. Stimulus funds that must be allocated by the end of September have propelled work. Since 2006, voters have approved two bonds totaling $30 billion for road and transit upgrades that must be under way by 2012. And bridge tolls have been raised four times in the past 10 years.")
San Jose Mercury News

Carnegie Mellon Tries Crowdsourcing To Develop Optimal Electric Car Formula
Campus Technology

Collaborative Democracy: Beth Noveck On Reengineering Civic Life
("The way we are bringing about change is by opening the doors and data of government - by making unprecedented openness the default.")

Councilman Plays Matchmaker For The Southwest Museum
("Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents Mount Washington, said he's been working to find a match and has approached Occidental College in Eagle Rock about their interest in running Los Angeles' first museum.")
Eastsider LA

Councilmember Wants City To Study Cyclist-Friendly Staircases

Crowdsourcing Architecture Criticism

CSULB Students Will Get A Free Ride On Long Beach Buses
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Debt Woes Sap Europe's Big Dream Investments
Associated Press

Driverless Cars Just Around The Corner
Kansas City Star

Evaluating Public Transit Benefits And Costs: Best Practices Guidebook (120p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Free Parking Comes At A Price
New York Times

The Highway Trust Fund: Big Wheel, Keep On Turning
Transportation Nation

Improvement Project Continues On 110 Freeway
Pasadena Star-News

LA Hopes To Blow Up Postwar Zoning Codes: Planning Commission Undertaking First Top-To-Bottom Revision In Six Decades, Streamlining And Speeding Up Land-Use
Architect's Newspaper

Mapping Transit Frequency Online
Trillium Transit

Mayor Using "Google Moderator" To Reach Out Before Summit
StreetsBlog LA

Myths Destroying Los Angeles

New Stress Added To The Heart Of Los Angeles Gridlock
("The intersection of Interstate 405 and Sunset Boulevard, cutting through a prosperous stretch of rolling Los Angeles hills and estates, is notorious for its knots of traffic and frustrating delays. Traffic is so bad that it is hard to figure out how it could get any worse.")
New York Times

Opinion: Maglev Technology Makes Sense For Las Vegas-L.A. Train
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Overselling The Benefits Of High-Speed Rail
Transport Politic

Quality Public Transportation = Quality Of Life, APTA Report Says
Progressive Railroading

Questions Bedevil Proposed California High-Speed Rail System
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Red Car Trolley To Ply Disney California Adventure Streets In 2012 ("Reminiscent of the Pacific Electric Railway that ran throughout Southern California in the 1920s when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles, the Red Car Trolley will feature a butterfly grill evocative of the original and seating for 20 passengers amid a green-and-cream interior.")
Los Angeles Times

Social Bicycles Bike Sharing System Powered By Iphone App To Hit NYC This Fall

Slow Progress On Some Big Stimulus Projects
Wall Street Journal

Streets Are For People!: Park(ing) Day LA

Thousands Rally For Jobs And Public Transit In L.A.
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Top 10 Reasons People Avoid Public Transit
Plus Metro

Voinvich [sic] Clarifies Gas Tax Hike Should Help Transportation Funding
The Hill

Wellbeing Lower Among Workers With Long Commutes

Where Are O.C.'s Busiest Intersections?
Orange County Register

Who Will Pay For California's High-Speed Rail System?
San Jose Mercury News