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Expo Line Concerns, Trashy Freeways, Big Green Bus Tour, HSR In SGV, Bus Cameras & More

Bus Cameras Show Fatal Injury From New Angle

Cities, Residents Voicing Concerns About Possible High Speed Route Line Along 10 Freeway
Pasadena Star-News

CNBC Interviews Port Director On Economic Growth (video)
Long Beach Post

Critic's Notebook: What's New Is Old At The Planning Department: The Quick Appointment Of Michael LoGrande Suggests City Leaders Are More Interested In Speeding Approvals Of Projects Than In Imagining And Working Toward A Better Cityscape
Los Angeles Times

Dartmouth Students Live On A Biodiesel Bus
("The students, who just arrived in California, are traveling in their “Big Green Bus” in an effort to increase awareness of sustainable living and green technology described as a “science fair on wheels.” It’s the fifth year that students have taken part in the project.")
Big Green Bus Blog
Big Green Bus
Big Green Bus Makes Weho Stop: Dartmouth Alumnus And City Transportation Commissioner David Eichman Invites The Undergraduates' Touring Eco-Initiative, Which Aims To Teach People About Sustainable Living
West Hollywood Patch

Expo Line Project Continues To Stir Up Concerns, Maintains Some Support
L.A. Watts Times

Finding Appropriate Tools To Mitigate The Construction Process
("Minnesota’s Twin Cities may be pioneering a new way to handle problems caused by the construction of new transportation resources")
Next American City
Ready For Rail (Resources for businesses affected by four years of transit construction in their area)

The Future Of Commuting: Meetings On The Train?

Highway Trust Fund: Nearly All States Received More Funding Than They Contributed In Highway Taxes Since 2005
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Report Highlights (1p. PDF)
Full-Text Report (34p. PDF)

How Metro Will Shape The New L.A.
LA Observed

LA Quakes Over New Planning Director: After Quick Selection Process, Many Wonder If Michael LoGrande Will Be A Visionary Or A Technician
Architect's Newspaper

Programs Hope To Reverse Skid In Carpooling
USA Today

Senators Ask EPA To Rethink Review Of Smog Rule
The Hill

Social Media In The Transportation Industry: Implications For Change (MP3 files and PowerPoint presentations from participants)
North Jersey Transportatoin Planning Authority

Some Cyclists Not Happy With Mayor's Bike Summit

States Turn To Tolls To Fund Roads
USA Today

Support Grows For 30/10 Initiative
Canyon News

Transbay Terminal Demolition Set To Begin: Massive New Center Will Prioritize Multimodal Access
Transport Politic

What's Bugging You? Trash On Freeways


Blue Line Blues, Open Data Film, December Service Changes, Research Roundup, LB Bike Program & More

The 57 Will Gain A Lane
Orange County Register
Learn More About The 57 Freeway Widening
Orange County Register

920 Bus Threatened
Curbed LA

Bike Agenda Spins Cities Toward U.N. Control, Maes Warns
Denver Post

A Case For Open Data In Transit (video : "a full picture of what it would mean if cities shared their transit and transportation data. The information is there, waiting to be put to use to help people plan transit trips, waste less gas driving, or make their streets safer.")

Cycling And Sharing: Bike-Renting Program Aims To Boost Public Transportation For Downtown, CSULB
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Group Seeks Solutions To Southwest Gridlock Now
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Housing Plan Sets Off S.F. Parking Debate
San Francisco Chronicle

Is Public Transit A Viable Alternative To I-5 Expansion?

Join GOOD For "Moving Beyond Cars" In Los Angeles
("Our goal is to make this a completely car-free party. Board a bus, take the train, ride a bike, map out a walk, jump on your scooter, hire a horse and buggy, break out your hoverboard ... just get here in a way that illustrates an L.A. that's not auto-dependent. Connect with friends and travel together. Document your trip on Twitter, Flickr or Facebook using the tag #LAbeyondcars. When you get to the event, we'll have an opportunity for everyone to record how they got there, where they came from, and what happened during their journey. Plus: There will be prizes awarded for the people who arrive in the most unique, alternative, or "beyond car" ways.")

[D.C.] Metro Backtracks On MetroAccess No-Fare Policy
Washington Examiner

Passenger Numbers Keep Dropping: Officials Are Optimistic Despite Dip, Saying Levels Exceeded Predicitons [sic]
Glendale News Press

Port Of L.A. Recieves [sic] EPA Grant To Reduce Diesel Emissions From Cranes
Daily Breeze

PUC Disputed Farmdale Crossing Approval Will Be Appealed
Front Page Online

Research Roundup: State Of Repairs, Transit & Demographic Diversity, Flexible Public Transportation Services
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Smart Money In Real Estate Is On Smart Growth
ABC News

"Smogtruck" Charts Big Rig Fumes
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Study: States Reap Windfall In Federal Highway Money No Matter What They Pay
Fox News

Supervisors Approve Funds For "Emerald Necklace" Study ("A plan to create a 17-mile loop of parks, open space and biking and hiking trails along the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers in the San Gabriel Valley got a boost Tuesday when county supervisors approved $200,000 to help pay for a feasibility study."
Pasadena Star-News

Thoughts On December 2010 Service Changes (including public meetings schedule)
MetroRider LA

Villaraigosa Announces Date Of Bicycle Summit, Topics Include Bike Plan, LAPD Enforcement

Why I'm Not Singing The Metro Blue Line Blues
Huffington Post

Will Los Angeles Revolutionize U.S. Urban Transit Funding?
The City Fix

With Jeopardy Appearance, "Transpo-looza" Hits The Big Time
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog


30/10 Goes National, Bike Summit, Fuel Taxes, Vacuum Trains, Transit Employee Blogs & More

$700,000 Sought To Fix Trails, Roads Destroyed In Station Fire
Los Angeles Times

Beyond Decibels: Planning The New Sounds Of The City
New Scientist

Bike Summit Details Announced (August 16)
Curbed LA

Breaking News: The 30/10 Initiative Is A National Story
Huffington Post

China Ready To Lead World On Vacuum Train
Mass Transit

Explosives Detection Technologies To Protect Passenger Rail (73p. PDF)
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Fares On Public Transit To Campus Rising
UCLA Be A Green Commuter!

Federal Role In Value Capture Strategies For Transit Is Limited, But Additional Guidance Could Help Clarify Policies (55p. PDF)
U.S. Government Accountability Office

LA Beyond Cars: Now Playing, The Future
StreetsBlog LA

LaHood Says No Fuel Tax Increase Needed For Transport
Journal Of Commerce

Livable Communities Act Clears Senate Committee
StreetsBlog DC

Making The Case For Bay Area Transit Agency Consolidation
California Streets

OCTA, Caltrans Kick Off $102 Million Project: Construction Will Begin Wednesday On The 57 Freeway Improvements
OC Metro

Opinion: Transportation Choices Attract Young Professionals
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

To Blog Or Not To Blog
Metro Magazine

Villaraigosa Wants City To Keep ONT
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Washington Metro To Add Signs On How To Contact Police
Mass Transit


L.A. Service Cuts, Tolls & Carpools, Transport For Disabled Poor, DOT IdeaHub & More

Access For All: Transport For The Disabled Poor
The City Fix

Bike-Sharing: A Tale Of Two Cities
Transit Wire

Can The Dep't Of Transportation Combat Obesity?
Next American City

Chinese Company Proposes A Bus Cars Can Drive Under

City Parks, Bringing Urban Centers Back To Life
Washington Post

Construction Rolling Along On Orange Line Extension
Los Angeles Daily News

DASH Cuts And Fare Hike In Effect; Rides Now 35 Cents
Blog Downtown

The Future Of Cities And Transportation ("Bus Rapid Transit and Complete Streets are great, but to design urban transportation systems that are truly sustainable, we have to think much further ahead.")

High Speed Rail Authority To Request $1B In Funds

IdeaHub To Engage DOT Employees, Tap Their Expertise
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Lost Monuments: "The Salt Box" And "The Castle"
Blog Downtown

Malibu Wants A Safer PCH: The Famous Pacific Coast Highway Is The Town's Main Street, And Five Fatalities So Far This Year Have Escalated Local Concerns
Los Angeles Times

MetroFlickrLA: New Bus (NABI 65-BRT)

New Documentary To Explore Who/What Shapes Our Cities

Sacramento Columnist Dan Walters Questions Support For California High Speed Rail (interview)
KALW Crosscurrents

Senate Poised To Advance Livable Communities Bill
Transportation For America

Sharp Decline In Carpools As Bridges Impose Tolls For First Time
Marin Independent Journal

Shedding Light On Private Funding And HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

The Technology Behind The London Bicycle Hire Scheme
Telegraph (London)

Things We Lost In The Service Cuts
MetroRider LA

Time To Declare Victory At Farmdale/Dorsey High

Unkempt Streets Trouble Bicyclists
UCLA Daily Bruin


HSR Investment, Water Highways, L.A. = U.S. Transit Leader, No Car = Loser, CicLAvia Date Change & More

Are There Too Many Trucks In The Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor? Do The Math
Cunningham Report

Bike Share: A Slice Of Paris In Chicago
Chicago Tribune

Breathing New Life Into Old Train Depots
(Numerous old train stations across the country are being saved from demolition and finding new uses as museums, businesses and community gathering places)
USA Today

Can High-Speed Rail Get On Track?

Celebrating A Giant Oil Spill (The upcoming 100th anniversary of America's largest oil spill and the founding of Taft, California)
Wall Street Journal
Taft Oildorado Days (Celebrations held every 5 years prove to be the largest ever this October)

CHSRA Applies For Another $1 Billion In Federal Funds
California High Speed Rail Blog

CicLAvia Will Be Ten Ten Ten! (Date moved to October 10, 2010)

Corona Cruiser And Pass Transit On Google Transit
Riding In Riverside

DOT To Turn Underused Waterways Into Marine Highways

Dude, Where's Your Car?: How Not Having A Car Became Hollywood Shorthand For "Loser"

Energy Innovation: Now What?
New Republic

"First Of Its Kind" Study Findings Promising; Huge Consumer, GHG Emissions Reduction Benefits Likely

Funding Transit Projects: New Recommendations For U.S. Policy
The City Fix

High-Tech Parking Meters Premiere In S.F.
San Francisco Chronicle

House Approves Transpo Spending Bill After Stripping Out $ For Livability
StreetsBlog DC

Investors Shy From California Rail Plan
Fresno Bee

A Journey Of Discovery On The L.A. River: An Expedition Along A Muddy Stretch Of The Waterway Offers A Glimpse Into The Potential Recreational And Environmental Jewel Running Through The City
Los Angeles Times

LA's Backbone In Ten Steps

Local Buses Raise Price To Ride
UCLA Daily Bruin

Los Angeles Cityride Program Raises Fees

Los Angeles Pushing To Become Nation's Mass Transit Leader
Associated Press

Now At JFK: A Virtual Smarter City
(IBM Smart Cities Project)

Santa Clarita Transit Expands Riders' Options
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Traffic Delays Ease On Bay Bridge With Higher Tolls, And BART Sees An Increase In Passengers
San Jose Mercury News

Weekend Viewing: Bunker Hill, 1956
("17-minute student film at USC centers on pensioners living out their years dreading that the city was going to demolish their neighborhood to create a new downtown, which is exactly what happened.")
LA Observed
Bunker Hill, 1956 (video)

Will Bicyclists And Pedestrians Squeeze Out Cars?
National Journal Transportation Blog