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HSR Jobs, GIS Atlases, Sunset Bridge, Parking Meters Turn 75, HSR Impact On Freight, "SpeedSpike" & More

75 Years Later, Drivers Still Frustrated By Parking Meters
(It's the parking meter's 75th birthday, and understandably, not everyone feels like celebrating)
American Public Media Marketplace
Oklahoma City, Site Of First parking Meter, July 16, 1935 (video)
Oklahoma History Center via YouTube

City Visualizes High-Speed Rail
San Francisco Examiner

Closures To Begin On 405 Freeway, Sunset Boulevard For Bridge Project: The Heavily Traveled Structure Will Be Demolished And Rebuilt In Two Phases
Los Angeles Times

Commuting Market Share Is The Wrong Way To Judge Transit

Ensuring The Efficient Workings Of A Bike-Sharing System
Transport Politic

Free Towing Has Hitch: Cost Of Program Concerns Officials
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

FRA Final Rule To Strengthen Railroad Bridge Safety Programs
Metro Magazine
Full-Text Bridge Safety Standards Final Rule (114p. PDF)

The Future Of Work: Part II - Los Angeles (Interactive exploration of the future of Los Angeles courtesy of Michael Matzan Architecture, Gensler, cityLAB-UCLA. Each project has a "Commute" section)

Gas Prices Around The World: What It Costs To Fill 'Er Up (From $9.59 a gallon to just 6-cents per, which cities are the most expensive and cheapest?)
Daily Finance

Geographic Databases For 2010 Released
(The National Transportation Atlas' 29 datasets, 11 of which are updated for 2010 release, are in shapefile format, compatible with most GIS software, and include intermodal terminals, national railway crossings, non-attainment areas and transit rail lines and stations, and debuts the Federal Railroad Administration's Railroad Bridges Database)

High-Speed Railroading: America's System Of Rail Freight Is The World's Best. High-Speed Passenger Trains Could Ruin It
The Economist

High-Speed Train Would Create Equivalent Of 50,000 One-Year Construction Jobs: Most Permanent Jobs Would Be Based In Victorville, Calif.
Las Vegas Sun

The Humble Bus Takes Off ("At a time when flights have been cut and ridership on trains has been relatively flat, traveling by bus has been on the rise. Last year, bus service increased 5 percent, and it rose nearly 10 percent in 2008.")
New York Times

If We Build It, They Will Board
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Is Public Transit Really Cheaper? (audio)
Transportation Nation

LA Must Commit To Becoming A City That Works

L.A. Officials To Mark 20th Anniversary Of Metro Rail System: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Says There Have Been More Than A Billion Boardings On Its Rail And Bus Lines Since The Blue Line Opened, But Critics Say Ridership Has Been Reduced
Los Angeles Times

Lautenberg's FREIGHT Act: A Roadmap To A Cleaner Freight System
(Focusing Resources, Economic Investment, and Guidance to Help Transportation Act of 2010)
Environmental Defense Fund Way2Go Blog
Press Release

Living Near Traffic Pollution Tied To Heart Deaths

Minimum Knowledge About Minimum Parking Requirements
The City Fix

Mixed-Use Proposal Could Add Development, Event Station Near Dodger Stadium
Blog Downtown

The Planning Problem: A Documentary On High-Speed Rail ("After Boston's Big Dig (the tunneling project that went $5 billion over budget) and California's Bay Bridge Replacement (which is expected to cost taxpayers $7 billion more than estimated) the people of this country are legitimately skeptical.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Rail Group Sees US Recovery Stalling
Journal Of Commerce

Recession Breeds Wave Of Supercommuters

Stimulus Funds Give High-Speed Rail A Kick In The Caboose
Washington Post

Transportation Earmarks May Find Way Home
("Hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent transportation earmarks would be returned to the federal treasury under a bill introduced Wednesday by Rep. Betsy Markey.")
Loveland Connection

UC's Little-Known Pavement Research Center Results In Smooth, Safe And Silent Rides
San Jose Mercury News

Washington Uses Transit To Generate Development
Next American City

What's The Delay In Passing The New Highway Bill?
Asphalt Contractor

Where The H_ Is My Bus? NYC Tries To Answer
Transportation Nation

Will Your Transponder Rat You Out For Speeding? That's Where The Toll-Road Advocates Are Taking Us ("In a nutshell, the program -- called 'SpeedSpike' -- uses positioning satellites to track motorists as they travel between traffic cameras. By calculating the time it takes a driver to move from one point to the other, SpeedSpike can determine whether or not the motorist has been speeding.")


Transit CIO Consortium, Mapping Bus Speed, China & LA Transpo, "Urbandwith," Metro Library Innovation & More

The 7 Best Railway Trips (photos)
Huffington Post

The 8 Sexiest Subway Systems In The World (photos)
Huffington Post

Bottom Line: Through Wesson's Tireless Advocacy, Crenshaw Corridor Gets A Square Deal
Los Angeles Wave

A Chat With T4America Director James Corless
Bike Portland

Congestion, You Say? That's What Trains Are For
Trucking Info

[D.C.] Metro Seeks To Ease Congestion On Busy Bus Routes, Saving Time And Millions
Washington Post
How Fast Is Your Bus? WMATA Maps Bus Speeds
Greater Greater Washington

Former Mayor, Others Oppose City's Plans For More Mixed-Use Development For Downtown South Pasadena
Pasadena Star-News

The Hidden (And Massive) Costs Of Letting Our Roads Deteriorate

The High Price Of BART's Expansion
San Francisco Examiner

Information Innovation: Metro Transportation Library Leads The Way
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Looking Into Los Angeles' 2010 Draft Bike Plan
StreetsBlog LA

The Mission Ahead: Recalibrating "Urbandwith" ("Short of the word “urbanism” and its modified variants, there is no one English word which holistically captures the qualities of livable cites or the associated metrics that many commentators tout and exemplify.")

Nearly $80 Billion Needed to Shore Up Nation's Rail, Bus System, Study Shows
The Hill
FTA Press Release
Full-Text Report: National State Of Good Repair Assessment 2010 (35p. PDF)

Public Transit CIOs Form Consortium (12 CIOs representing some of the biggest transit agencies in the U.S. have formed a consortium that will expedite collaboration, education and the sharing of technology solutions)
Government Technology

Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime: Analysis - Too Many Officials Think taking Photos Is A Crime. Here's Why They're Wrong
Popular Mechanics

TriMet Embraces Open Source With "Open Trip Planner"
Bike Portland

Westchester: Crenshaw/LAX Corridor Update Has New Options For Maintenance Yard, Possible Second Light Rail Station
The Argonaut

Working With China To Build Public Transportation In LA
Huffington Post


ADA Turns 20, Seat Hogs, Religion & Bus Ads, Metro Chair Drives The Bus & More

4th Annual Competition And Call Communicating Concepts With John And Jane Q. Public: Sustainability And Livability (PDF)
U.S. Transportation Research Board Planning And Environment Group

Amtrak To Help Communities Develop Stations For New Service
Progressive Railroading

As [D.C.] Metro Congestion Grows, So Does Anger At "Seat Hogs"
Washington Post
Seat Hogs Website

DOT Celebrates 20 Years Of Progress Under The Americans With Disabilities Act
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

DOTs, Toll Authorities Gain Fans On Social Media
NJTPA Intransition

Forecast: O.C. To Lead SoCal Economy
Orange County Register

MetroFlickrLA: Los Angeles State Historic Park
MetroRider LA

Opinion: California Shouldn't Fall Behind On License Plate Advertising: New Technologies For Displaying Messages On Motorists' License Plates Will Emerge Whether Or Not Sacramento Gets Involved. SB 1453 Will Merely Direct The DMV To Study The Issue
Los Angeles Times

Transit Agencies Find New On-Ramps To The Information Superhighway: Social Media's Stock On The Rise As A Tool To Reach The Public
NJTPA Intransition

Traveler Response To Transportation System Changes: Employer And Institutional TDM Strategies (185p. PDF)
U.S. Transportation Research Board

Vehicle Fee Could Bring In $5M For Street Projects ("San Francisco residents will vote in November on adopting a $10 vehicle registration fee, a measure that’s projected to generate $5 million annually for improvements to transit operations, street conditions and pedestrian networks.")
San Francisco Examiner

Speed Up Transit: Abolish The $1 Bill
Riding In Riverside

Supervisor Knabe Learns To Drive A Metro Bus
(video : "As Chair of Metro, Supervisor Knabe was invited to partake in a hands on bus training session. Supervisor Knabe drove "passengers" around a course set up at the Metro Bus training center. Among the passengers was Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.")
Supervisor Don Knabe via YouTube

Walking And Biking Key To Reversing U.S. Childhood Obesity Epidemic
The City Fix

When Transportation And Religion Collide: Muslim Ads On The Bus


Expo Line Time-Lapse Tour, L.A. 2030, Cleantech Corridor, Multi-Modal Airports, Immigrants And Transit, & More

Airports Pitch Sites As All-Purpose Transport Hubs
USA Today

Anaheim Launches Transit Website Highlighting Present And Future Mobility
TransitRider OC
A Connext

Bikes Belong On LA's Streets
Huffington Post

Bus Routes To Be Altered In September
Riverside Press-Enterprise

The City Hub: People-Managed Bike Share
Utility Cycling

A Complete Atlas Of Complete Streets
Complete Streets Atlas
National Complete Streets Coalition

Council Gives Nod To Light Rail Station Designs
Santa Monica Mirror

Debate Over HSR Routing Near LA Union Station Heats Up Again
California High Speed Rail Blog

From Online To Paper: Blogdowntown To Publish A Weekly For Downtown L.A.
(Interview with Eric Richardson who discusses new venture which begins August 5)

Germans Take Cultural Party On To Motorway (video footage of 3 million people packing a 40-mile stretch of the Autobahn to celebrate history)

Highway Closures Confuse, Frustrate
Glendale News-Press

Hop On Your Time-Traveling Segway, Let's Visit Los Angeles, 2030
Curbed LA

London Opens Bike "Superhighways"
Routes & Maps From Transport For London

Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Competition
(An Open Ideas competition coming soon)

Mobile Mapping While Driving: Is It Risky?

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Through Expo Line, Complete With Pesky Kids
Curbed LA
Los Angeles Metro Expo Line, Phase II Tour, Part 1 (video : "A speedy, time-lapse trip through the disputed rail right-of-way for Metro's Expo line - currently being built from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.")

OCTA Proposes Route, Schedule Changes For September 2010
TransitRider OC

Parsons Brinckerhoff Names New VP In L.A. Office
("Eugene Kim is responsible for managing PB's Los Angeles transportation planning practice, which provides comprehensive multimodal corridor planning, transportation policy and program implementation services to Southern California’s regional transportation agencies.")
Better Roads

Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck Favors Splitting Up Planning & Development
Pasadena Star-News

Planning For Demographic Diversity: The Case Of Immigrants And Public Transit
(p. 28-50 of 138p. PDF : Immigrants comprise nearly 50% of all transit commuters in California, but over time, their reliance on transit declines)
Journal Of Public Transportation

Revamping Cities To Attract The Elderly
("These efforts include everything from budgeting more public funds for elder-assistance to catering public transit to older people to lengthening the “walk” times at crosswalks.")

Top Irving Planning Official To Work For City's Nemesis (SCAG)
Voice Of OC

Transportation Planning Update, Summer 2010
(13p. PDF)
U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration


Santa Monica's Expo Stations, L.A. River & HSR, "LA Beyond Cars," Less Pavement, Bendable Bikes & More

110 Freeway Improvement Project To Begin; Section Will Be Closed Nightly [Every Other] Weekend
Los Angeles Times

As Los Angeles's River Runs Again, Designers Determine Its Course ("California's High Speed Rail system — the impending train network linking the state's major cities — is also intertwined with the river's future. Piggy Backyard is walking distance from Union Station, where the city's high-speed rail station will be constructed, and any routes in or out of that station must pass over (or under) the river channel.")
About Railroads, The River, And The Piggyback Yard
Piggyback Yard: A Friends Of The Los Angeles River Central City Initiative
The Piggyback Yard Conceptual Master Plan (62p. PDF)

Bay Bridge Gateway Park Plans Move Forward (Plans for converting unused space into vibrant community asset when a major transportation project opens in 2013)
The Dirt: Connecting The Built & Natural Environments

Blue Line 20-Year Progress Report
MetroRider LA

Bridge Over Untroubled Waters: Glendale Looks To Build Pedestrian Pathway To Griffith Park
Los Angeles Times

Citizens Plan Town Halls On I-5 Expansion Plans: Opponents Worried Caltrans Meetings Will Be Too Controlled
North County Times

City Officials Weigh in On Exposition Light Rail Stations
Santa Monica Daily Press

Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes (video : captivating film shows how Copenhagen has fully embraced bicycling as a primary mode of transportation: nearly 38% of all transportation trips are via bike)

Gail Goldberg Retires: TPR Reader Quotes -- Whither Planning In The City Of L.A.?
The Planning Report

In A New Decade, During A New Recession, Cities Are Going Back To Public Transit
(The American Institute of Architects discovers that architects are finding work redesigning stations, and that a new focus on transit is driving development)
AIA Practicing Architecture

The Incredible Shrinking American City

LA Beyond Cars: A Global Perspective On Rail And Public Space
("This Idea Box exhibit will be a multimedia experience showcasing concepts, ideas, and musings from around the world on the future of Los Angeles, a future beyond just cars. Opening on July 29, the exhibit will run through the month of August in the Jewel Box at City National Plaza, 525 S. Flower Street.")
Rail LA

Less Beeping, More Biking: 10-10-10 Is The Day Bikes Will Rule L.A.
(although the CicLAvia website still lists the date as September 12)
NBC Los Angeles

NYC Project Uses Off-Hours Deliveries To Fight Gridlock; A Safe, Effective Model For Cities Across America
U.S. DOT Fast Lanes Blog

Open Letter To Streetsbloggers
(Turns out that StreetsBlog LA will continue publishing beyond July after all)
StreetsBlog LA

Past On Parade: Pasadena Municipal Electric Railroad
Pasadena Star-News

Plan Calls For Tolls: Some Car Pool Lanes Would Be Switched
San Bernardino Sun

Rail Plan Could Cut Through Cornfield: Activists Worry That Proposed Route Would Shutter Los Angeles State Historic Park For Years
Los Angeles Downtown News

Remember When: The Day The Blue Line Opened
Southern California News Wire

Roads To Ruin: Towns Rip Up The Pavement
Wall Street Journal

Senators Aim To Reintroduce Transportation Into Climate Bill Debate
StreetsBlog DC

Should Federal Government Front Money For Transportation Projects?
National Journal Transportation Blog

This Bendable Bike Can Tie Itself To Any Post

Transformational Transportation: Panel Discussion (July 30 : "RailLA is a joint effort between the Los Angeles Chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association with the specific purpose of increasing public awareness of the benefits inherent in integrating high-speed rail into our cities, most notably, at first, in Los Angeles")
Rail LA

TSA Chief Plans To Put A Higher Priority On Mass-Transit Security
Mass Transit

Urban Lands Of Opportunity
(People used to follow jobs, but now they pick a city whose "thick labor markets and greater economic opportunities," will support a variety of lifestyles and vocations. "We are now at the cusp of a far-reaching movement — with the magnetic pull of urban centers strengthening our economy and leading to a more seamless blending of work and life.")
New York Times

Weigh In On High Speed Rail Station Designs
Los Angeles Downtown News

What Does Wall Street Really Say About HSR?
California High Speed Rail Blog