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Revised Bus Lanes, Next CicLAvia, New Freeway Lanes, LoGrande Speaks, Oberstar Departs, Social Media Tackles Traffic, 2010 Urban Planning Books & More

1 Mile Break In Wilshire Rapid Line Won't Affect Funding

Announcing Sunday April 10! And More... ("The 4-10-2011 route will be pretty much the same as the 10-10-10 route – 7.5 miles from East Hollywood to Koreatown to MacArthur Park to Downtown to Little Tokyo to Boyle Heights. We’re also looking to set the date for two more
CicLAvias later in 2011.")

Board OKs 1st Section Of CA's High Speed Rail Line: Officials Approve $4.3B Construction Proposal Of California Bullet Train's 1st Segment
Associated Press
Press Release
California High Speed Rail Authority

Clock Ticks On A Popular Way To Pay For Infrastructure
StreetsBlog DC

Cyclists Pedal Faster On Wednesdays, Reveals Smart Bike Data: The First Analysis Of Data From Shared Bicycle Networks In Europe, Reveals Some Surprising Urban Cycling Patterns ("For the first time [urban planners] have real data to show where to build cycle lanes and how well they will be used. So expect to see more of this kind of analysis as data from smart bike systems in other cities becomes available too.")
MIT Technology Review

Downtown Adds 54 Percent Of County's Apartments In 2010
Los Angeles Downtown News

Eagle Rock Residents Pushing For A Slimmer Colorado Boulevard
StreetsBlog LA

Expo Line Mess Offers Cautionary Tale For Subway Lovers
LA Observed

The Future Of Los Angeles As "Multiple Cities In One": Los Angeles City Planner Michael LoGrande And Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne Discuss City Planning
Eagle Rock Patch

High Speed Rail Authority Approves What Critics Call "Train To Nowhere": First Segment Would Run From Tiny Borden To Corcoran, An Area Hit So Hard By The Recession And Agriculture Declines That It Has Been Dubbed The New Appalachia
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Engineers Say Economic Health And Public Well-Being Will Benefit From Gas Tax Increase
PR Newswire

The Money That Won't Go Away
("There is money available "to do something" about the mess that is Glendale Boulevard where it cuts through the west side of Echo Park. The sum is $12 million, and exactly how best to spend it has left the MTA, Caltrans and neighborhood residents at odds for over a year.")
LA Observed

MTA Says Changes To Proposed Rapid Bus Lane Won't Jeopardize Funding
Los Angeles Times

New And Notable: Smart Growth Manual, "Unplanning," & Asphalt And Politics
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

New Eastbound Lane Opens On 91 Freeway
Southern California Public Radio

New I-10 Lane Means Four Through S.B. County
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Oberstar Gets Standing Ovation In Final Transportation Hearing
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Planning Director LoGrande Working On NFL Stadium, Partnering With Metro
Curbed LA

Rancho Palos Verdes Withdraws From MAX Commuter Bus Service
Daily Breeze

Rep. Oberstar Chairs Final Transpo Hearing After 46 Years Of With Committee
Transportation Nation
Exit Interview: Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) (audio)
The Takeaway

Santa Monica: City Council Authorizes Three-Way Land Swap With Metro, Santa Monica College For Light Rail Maintenance Yard
The Argonaut

Santa Monica Prepares For Bicycle Master Plan
Santa Monica Lookout

Social Media Tackles Traffic ("One traffic-related social network service already up and running is called Roadify. With Roadify, commuters send and receive updates that help them find available parking, catch the next bus or train, or avoid traffic snarls before it’s too late.")

Street Sign Squabble Is MUTCD Ado About Nothing

Top 10 Urban Planning Books Of The Year For 2011 (Ninth annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published in 2010)

Toy Express To Make Stops In Region ("Metrolink's 14th Annual Holiday Toy Express will begin its 2010 tour Saturday in Burbank and Glendale.")
Pasadena Star-News

Why A Gas Tax Is About Deficit Reduction
The New Republic

Wrecking Ball About To Hit Transbay Terminal
San Francisco Chronicle