Election Impact On L.A. Transit, California HSR To Begin In Central Valley?, Future Of HSR Nationwide, New LADOT Head, Understanding John Mica & More

This weekend marks the 3rd anniversary of Metro Transportation Library on Twitter. The need for timely information about local and national transit & transportation has helped our total followers grow beyond 1,500. (To provide some perspective, the combined followers of the 73-branch Los Angeles Public Library and the 86-branch County of Los Angeles Public Library systems number less than 1,000).

To those who already follow us for the past, present and future of transportation news, research and history that we can't always catch in these Headlines, we thank you. For those who do not, we invite you along.

Americans Want HSR, Politicians Don't Want You To

Amtrak To Buy 70 High Speed Electric Trains For $466 Million

California's First High-Speed Rail Segment May Run Through Central Valley
Los Angeles Times

Did Americans Reject Clean Energy By Voting Republican? US Environmentalists Concede Disappointment At The GOP's Surge, But Say The Defeat Of California Prop. 23 Shows Voters Were Motivated By The Economy And Not A Rejection Of Clean Energy
Christian Science Monitor

Eastbound Century Freeway Near LAX To Be Closed Saturday
Daily Breeze

Editorial: Tuesday's Environmental Impact: The Republican Takeover Of The House Puts An End To Hopes For A Federal Bill. But Headway Will Still Be Made At The State Level
Los Angeles Times

Eliminate Waste Or Kill Good Projects? Earmark Ban Could Cut Both Ways
StreetsBlog LA

How Tuesday's Election Affects L.A. Transit Projects: With The Republicans Wresting Control In The House, Some Plans Likely Won't Be Funded, But California Improvements May Go Forward
Los Angeles Times

Keeping Little Tokyo Alive Through The Metro Connector Needs A Team Effort
Rafu Shimpo

Leiweke Hopes To Bring 2016 Super Bowl To Downtown: Game Would Take Place In $1 Billion, Privately Funded Stadium And Convention Complex
Los Angeles Downtown News

Location Services Have Not Caught On, Report Says
New York Times
4% Of Americans Use Location-Based Services (10p. PDF)
Pew Internet & American Life Project

Money Available For Calabasas Interchanges
The Acorn

Oberstar Defeat Ends Era Of Transportation Policy Influence
Minnesota Public Radio
Oberstar As U.S. Secretary Of Transportation?
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Passons Boulevard Underpass Project On The Move
Whittier Daily News

Port To Get $200M For Bridge
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Reactions To San Gabriel Valley High-Speed Rail Plan Vary
Pasadena Star-News

Rumor: It's Fisher v Sedadi For General Manager Of LADOT
StreetsBlog LA

Southern California Freeway Pollution: Is Monitoring Adequate?
Los Angeles Times

Stroll 7th Street With The Los Angeles Conservancy
Blog Downtown

Subway Concern Prompts Debate Over Whether To Retain Transport Lobbyist
(p. 5, 39 of 40p. PDF)
Beverly Hills Courier

Top Ten Cities With Best Public Transit Systems

Touring Hall Of Justice, By Flashlight ("Later this month, the county Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve the selection of a firm to undertake the [1925 building's] historic rehabilitation and retrofitting.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Understanding Representative John Mica's Transportation Agenda
Transport Politic

Villaraigosa Says GOP Control Of House Could Cost L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Weekend Closure Announced For 110 Freeway
Pasadena Star-News

What's Your Vision For El Pueblo?
Blog Downtown

Young People On Car Ownership: Meh
StreetsBlog Network

Zev vs. Bev On MTA Subway Route: More City Lobbying May Be Needed To Persuade MTA To Avoid Tunneling Under Beverly Hills High School
Beverly Hills Patch