Green Line Turns 15, Gold Line Walkability, ELA & 710, Pershing Square Garage, Driverless Cars & More

10 Web Apps To Help You With Your Transit Needs

American Cities Get Smart About Energy (22 U.S. cities have been named "2010 Smarter Cities" for their investment in green power, energy efficiency measures and conservation. Seven of them are in California)
Natural Resources Defense Council Smarter Cities

Amtrak Chugs Toward Record-Breaking Year

Broadway Streetcar Opening Pushed Back: A 2014 Planned Start Will Be Reassessed As Group Focuses On Convincing Stakeholders To Help Pay For Project
Los Angeles Downtown News

Budget Impasse May Hurt Transportation Projects
San Francisco Chronicle

Calif. Bill Would Air Rail Bidders' Holocaust Role
Associated Press

Code For America
Urban Omnibus

Cycling In The City: New Momentum, But Challenges Remain
Blog Downtown

Cyclists v Drivers? They're Often The Same People: Research Suggests A Boom In Cycling Among Affluent "Mid-Life Crisis" Men And Car Owners
Guardian (UK)

Driverless Cars Hit The Road
(video : Cars that drive and park themselves are being test-driven through at least six countries)

East LA Residents Organize Against 710 Expansion & Evictions
Uprising Radio

The Flying Car Lifts Off
Brand X Daily

The Gold Line's Walk Score
Straight Outta Suburbia

Government By The People: The Importance Of Public Engagement
The City Fix

Happy 15th Birthday, Green Line!
MetroRider LA

High Speed Rail As Economic Recovery
California High Speed Rail Blog

Higher Peak-Time Tolls Mean Less Delays

Metro's Erasable Line: Calculating Employee Ridership Equals PR Debacle

NTSB Urges Tighter Controls On Distracted Boating
USA Today

NY's New Deputy Mayor Likes BRT And Congestion Charging, But Does He Like Bike Lanes?
Transportation Nation

Pershing Square Garage Vote Delayed: Critics Say Privatization Plan Could Hike Rates At Downtown Parking Facility
Los Angeles Downtown News

Riverside Officials Press For March Area Bullet Train Stop
Riverside Press-Enterprise

San Francisco's Breaks Ground On Green Transbay Transit Center (includes several renderings of stunning new terminal which features rainwater and greywater catchement systems, wind turbines, geothermal power supply and a massive rooftop park)

Subway Postponed As MTA Looks Further Into Environmental Affects, Alternative Routes
(p. 4-5 of 20p. PDF)
Beverly Hills Weekly


Demand-Based "Smart Parking," OCTA Twitter Star, HSR Breaks Ground, Pasadena Rail Meeting & More

$2.8M Earmarked For LCF Sound Walls: Measure R Funds Will Be Used To Design Multiple Segments Along 210 Freeway
La Canada Valley Sun

Bus And Rail Transit Preferential Treatments In Mixed Traffic
(212p. PDF)
U.S. Transit Cooperative Research Program

California Drive-Thru Ban And The "Health In All Policies" Approach
The City Fix

California Sees Income Decline For First Time Since World War II
Huffington Post

Demand Based "Smart Parking": Watch How It Works
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Driving Transportation Policy Through Technological Innovation
(7p. PDF)
(Register for free limited account)

The First High Speed Rail Station Breaks Ground
(“CA got the most HSR funding because you all have your act together” -USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood)
California High Speed Rail Blog
Historic Groundbreaking Of First New High-Speed Rail Station In United Sates
Mass Transit

Foreign Firms See Profits In U.S. High-Speed Rail
Philadelphia Inquirer

Freight-Rail Capacity Expansion Bill Enters Senate
Progressive Railroading

Government 2.0: In Twitter World, OCTA Personality Followed By Nearly 27,000
(OCTA Public Communications Manager Ted Nguyen)
Public CEO

How Much Do You Spend On Transport? New Web App Aims To Show You
Abogo: Transportation Costs Made Transparent

L.A. City Council Considers Plan To Partially Privatize Parking Garages; No One Likes Idea
LA Weekly

LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 2
LADOT Bike Blog

Long Beach Gets Port-Themed Art While It Waits For Its Skyscraper
Curbed LA

Meeting On Proposed Rail Route Is Set For Thursday Night
Pasadena Star-News

Metro Says Many Of Its Higher-Ups Take Transit To Work
Curbed LA

My Message To The National Infrastructure Forum: Obama Administration Meets Transportation Challenges
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Rail Freight Bounces In July
Journal Of Commerce

Seattle May Create Transportation Taxing District
Seattle Times

Settlement Terms Released In Train Derailment
Glendale News-Press

Transparent [D.C.] Metro Data Sets Developer Conference (16p. PDF)
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority


Positive Train Control, Alhambra & HSR, Bikeway Innovations, Go511, Beverly Hills Tunneling & More

Commuter "Pain" Fuels Smart Solutions
Information Week

Congestion Pricing: The View From Canada
Human Transit
Winning The Battle With Traffic Congestion: The Benefits Of Accurate Transport Pricing (15p. PDF)
Frontier Centre For Public Policy

Go Go511 Gadget!
Los Angeles County Strategic Plan For Economic Development

Internalizing The Externalized: The Case Of Roads

Kayaking, Rafting & More In The L.A. River? One L.A. City Councilmember Wants It To Happen

The Key To Cycling Safety? More Cyclists: Traffic-Calming Measures And Bike Lanes Increase The Number Of Cyclists And Decrease The Risk Of Collisions: Study
Montreal Gazette

LA County Sidewalk Riding: Part 1 ("LADOT Bike Blog will compile sidewalk riding rules for every city in LA County. That’s right, we’re going to wade through all the ordinances and municipal codes on this here blog so you don’t have to.")
LADOT Bike Blog

Looking Into Los Angeles Draft Bike Plan Implementation Strategy
StreetsBlog LA

Mass Transit: The Great Train Robbery ("What constitutes transit's primary mission: to carry more people to work or to reshape our metropolitan areas for ever denser development?...Despite promises that the $8 billion invested in rail lines over the past two decades would lessen L.A.'s traffic congestion and reshape how Angelenos get to work, the sad reality is that there has been no increase in MTA transit ridership since before the rail expansion began in 1985.")

Momentum Grows For Federal Policy Breakthrough That Would Fast-Track Bikeway Innovations
Bike Portland

NTSB Criticizes [D.C.] Metro Board Over Fatal Crash In 2009
Washington Post

Only About 1 In 100 Metro Employees Ride MTA Trains And Buses
LA Weekly

Parking Dream: Residents Can Set Parking And Traffic Rules City's More Than 900 Private Streets
New York Daily News

Pershing Square's Garage Gamble: Critics Say Lease Plan Could Hike Rate At Downtown Parking Facility
Los Angeles Downtown News

Portugal Has Embraced Renewable Energy, So Why Can't We?

Progress Derailed: The Cause & Effect Of NYC's Transit Funding Crisis: Everyone Who Rides Buses Or Subways Knows That Service Is Down And Fares Are Heading Up, But Why Is this Happening? And Does It Spell Danger For The City's Economic Future?
City Limits

PTC: Railroads, Suppliers Still Have A Ways To Go to Meet The 2015 Positive Train Control MandateTop 20 Urban Planning Successes Of All Time
Public Servant Blog

A Wider World Of Transportation
Smarter Cities


30/10 Jobs, Frequency Mapping, Peaks & Paradigms, Freeway Murals, LAEDC Forecast, OCTA Pay, Car-Dependent Waistlines & More

Basics: The Case For Frequency Mapping
Human Transit

Breaking Ground On The Post-Interstate Interstate
Transportation Nation

Can "Webinars" Make Planning Workshops Obsolete?

City Wasted $855K On Parking Enforcement Vehicles, Audit Finds

Cost The Highest Hurdle For High-Speed Rail In U.S
Philadelphia Inquirer

Disability Groups Suing NYC MTA Over Transit Cuts
Transportation Nation

DOT Appeals To Gen Y Online

Dude, Where's My Flying Car?: Understanding Peak Years And Paradigm Shifts In Transportation Modes
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

End Is Near For Some LA Freeway Murals Due To Graffiti
Southern California Public Radio

Guiding Pedestrians: HAWKs In The Lead, While Pelicans And Puffins Fall Behind
The City Fix

How Much Will A Carbon Tax Spur Innovation?
The Atlantic

LA Light Rail: Six Decades And A Zillion $$ In The Making

LAEDC Infrastructure Forecast: Major Capital Investments Ongoing In L.A. County
Planning Report

Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Competition ("The competition asks architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for Los Angeles' CleanTech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown LA.")

Lost In The Shuffle: Examining TSA's Management Of Surface Transportation Security Inspectors (hearings)
U.S. House Of Representatives Committee On Homeland Security

MetroFlickrLA: MTA New Flyer
MetroRider LA

OCTA To Post Employee Pay, Benefits
Orange County Register
A Short Ride On The Bus: OCTA's Mission Imperiled (8p. PDF)
Orange County Grand Jury

Ohio Sen. Voinovich Calls For Higher Federal Gas Tax
California High Speed Rail Blog

Opinion: Accelerating Measure R's Job Creation: By Accelerating Measure R's Transit Construction Through Bond Sales, L.A. County Could Generate At Least 165,000 Jobs Here And Now With The 30/10 Project
Los Angeles Times

Our Waistlines Are Expanding In Sync With Our Car-Dependence
StreetsBlog DC

Railroads Redraw The Intermodal Map
Journal Of Commerce

U.S. Ports To See 15% Gain In 2010
The Street

US Rail Traffic Hits New 2010 Peak
Journal Of Commerce

With L.A.-Style Carpool Lanes, Will We Sacrifice Safety For Convenience?
San Jose Mercury News
How Express Lanes Will Work
San Jose Mercury News


Beverly Hills Subway, Apple's Smart Bike, Gas Tax Benefits, User-Fee Model, National Freight Act & More

After Herald Tip, MBTA Turns To Social Media To Help Fight Crime On Trains
Boston Herald

Apple Introduces Us To The Smart Bike
Patently Apple

City Walk: Time To Return To L.A.'s Core ("In several pockets of downtown change seems to have paused at an especially opportune moment.")
Los Angeles Times

Engines Of Growth (How high-speed rail in China is fueling the economy)

Governments Go To Extremes As The Downturn Wears On
New York Times

It's No Cars Go In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Makeover
Fast Company

Mayor's Bike Summit Fails The Engagement Test

New And Notable: Traffic & Gridlock, Becoming An Urban Planner, Sustainable Urban Design, Transportation In A Climate-Constrained world
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

New Ideas To Make Parking Easier
LA Observed

New Traffic Signals Make It Safer For Pedestrians
USA Today

Opinion: Think Big About Transportation
Los Angeles Daily News

The Problem With Ports, Or Why We Need A National Freight Act
StreetsBlog DC

Public Transit: Bleeding To Death From A Thousand Cuts?

Questions Bedevil Proposed California High-Speed Rail System
Whittier Daily News

Richard Devylder Leads The Charge For Accessibility In Transportation (DOT's new Senior Advisor For Accessible Transportation, formerly of the California Emergency Management Agency, was born without arms or legs. "Because of public transportation, I was able to go to school, I was able to start building a career -- I was able to live independently. Those things wouldn't have happened for me otherwise.")
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Rocket-Powered Personal Helicopter Emits Only Water

San Francisco Rolls Out Supply-And-Demand Pricing For Parking Meters

San Gabriel Valley Debates HSR Routes
California High Speed Rail Blog

Search For Pasadena's New Planning Director To Begin
Pasadena Star-News

A Strategy Session For Los Angeles
California Planning & Development Report

Subway Worries Getting Louder In Beverly Hills
Curbed LA

Sustainable Bus Stops: Tiffany Roddis' "Ecoshel" Encourages People To Use Public Transportation

Traffic-Camera Debate Heats Up Campaign Trails
New York Times

Transportation User Fee Model Obsolete, But No Solution On The Horizon
Transport Politic

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Up To $25 Million For High-Speed Passenger Rail Research
Rail Engineer

Voinovich: Gas Tax Hike Would Pump Up The Job Market, Help Close Deficit
The Hill

Where's The World's Most Painful Commute?
The City Fix

Will FREIGHT Act Deliver?
National Journal Transportation Blog