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Metro Art For Kids, 30/15 Or 20, Private Buses, Transit Coalition & More

The Art Of Riding The Rails: Great Train Movies + Art And The LA Metro System
("The thriving public art program is testimony to the creativity of Angelenos, both past and present.")
Kids Off The Couch Los Angeles

Bicycle City (Interview with Bicycle City co-founder Joe Mellett who envisions car-free towns as a showcase for wind and solar energy as well as architects who specialize in green and LEED-certified problems.)

Car-Free Community Cropping Up In Rural Columbia [S.C.] Suburb
Charleston City Paper

Central Coast Railroad Festival: October 7-11 ("Second Annual Festival to focus on modeling, history and rail excursions...throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties.")
Rail Passenger Association Of California & Nevada
Central Coast Railroad Festival Website

Chicago's Parking Fiasco Fails To Stem Calls For Privatization Of Infrastructure
Transport Politic

City Working To Make Car-Sharing More Popular ("City planners describe car sharing as a sort of library service for cars. Drivers who pay an annual fee to join a car-share organization can reserve cars, by the hour or by the day, and pick them up at hundreds of spots around the city. The hourly rates include gas and insurance and, in some cases, mileage charges. We estimate our average member can save some $600 a month over the cost of owning a car in the city.")
San Francisco Chronicle

How About 30/15? Maybe 30/20? ("Why does a simple bonding plan require federal involvement? And why is it such a big deal? After a phone call or two, the picture is coming into shape.")
Legal Planet

LA Council Votes To Solicit Bids For Parking Garage Leases
Southern California Public Radio

Metro's Art Leahy Holds Court With The Transit Coalition
SoapBox LA

The Party Of Roads?
("Transportation has become a gubernatorial issue even in states where modal antagonism is not in play.")
Transportation Nation

Paved And Confused: What Krugman, Maddow, And The Press Corps Don't Understand About Gravel Roads

Photos: Designing L.A. With Toys & Other Abstract Objects At Last Night's Car-Free Party

A Private Bus Service Picks Up Slack From [New York] MTA Cuts, But With Questions

Private Buses
Think Progress

Question, Answer: Parking On Street Sweeping Days?

What LA Knew 95 Years Ago That We Should Know Today


Red Line & Purple Line Walk/Transit Scores, Seatless Subways, L.A. One-Way Streets, Rail Technology Center, Vegas Monorail & More

Architectural Exhibit Reimagines Public Transportation In LA
Southern California Public Radio

As America Grows Fatter, It Burns More Gas

At FRA's TTC In Pueblo, Colorado, Testing Trains, Track, And All Things Rail (An insider's look at the Federal Railroad Administration's Transportation Technology Center)
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Beyond City Limits: The Age Of Nations Is Over, The New Urban Age Has Begun (The rise of megacities and innovation hubs is leading to a balance shift that will make cities, not nations, the most powerful drivers in the world economy: "[J]ust 100 cities account for 30 percent of the world's economy, and almost all its innovation...These cities are the engines of globalization, and their enduring vibrancy lies in money, knowledge, and stability.")
Foreign Policy
Photo Essay

Can Bike Sharing Work In Cities With Monofunctional Job Centers?
Transport Politic

Can Conservatives Ride "No Train" To Victory?
Huffington Post

Checking In On The Seatless Subway

Cyclists Ask For Progress, Not Promises
Blog Downtown

Finding New Ways To Fill The Tank (research into gasoline substitutes)
New York Times via Gainesville Sun

How To Raise Fares

Is I-5 Expansion An Environmental Disaster? (audio)
Urban Area Transit Strategy

It's Time To Try The One-Way Street Plan
Huffington Post

L.A. Must Lease 9 Parking Garages To Private Operators Or Sack Up To 1,000 Employees

London's Do-It-Yourself Approach To Safer Streets (video)

Mid-Year Meeting 2010 (Irvine, CA : Transportation Research Board Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee : September 21-22)
TRB ITS Committee

Monorail Proposes Plan To Cut $630 Million In Debt
Las Vegas Sun

Our View: Fast Train To Nowhere
Pasadena Star-News

Pay Records Online: Transit Chief Makes $376,000
Orange County Register
Transparency Transportation: OCTA Salaries And Benefits

Plans Afoot For New Pier Bridge
Santa Monica Daily Press

Right-Wing Candidates Attack HSR
California High-Speed Rail Blog

The Seat Belts On The Bus Go Click, Click, Click ("The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a requirement that seat belts be installed on all new motorcoaches. The requirement would not apply to school buses and may not apply to used buses. Greyhound estimates that 20% of their fleet will have seat belts by the end of this summer.")

Street Safety Projects Threatened As States Give Transpo $ Back To Feds
StreetsBlog DC

Walk Score And Transit Score For Red And Purple Lines
MetroRider LA

With Clipper Card Change, Some Communities Bemoan Lack Of Outreach
StreetsBlog SF


SurveyLA, I-405 Community Meeting, Top 50 Transpo Blogs, Undrivers Licenses, New TSA Chief, Broad Museum OK'd & More

Brain Donors (U.S. DOT Equity Bonus Program)
New Republic
U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration
UCLA Be A Green Commuter!
Blog Downtown
Smart Planet
Blog Downtown
Washington Post
Daily Breeze
Transportation For America
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Press Release
StreetsBlog DC

SurveyLA: What Is It And Why Does It Matter?
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Taking High-Speed Trains Into The Future

The Top 50 Blogs For Transportation Management Professionals (Metro Library's Los Angeles Transportation Headlines is recognized)
Masters In Public Administration
Transport Politic

WWID Or What Would Ike Do? (This column is told in the first person of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, regarding how to repair America's roads, highways and their funding)
PBS Blueprint America


Walk Score's Transit Score, Bus Seat Belts, Research Roundup, Vintage Subway Posters, LEED Dangers, High-Speed Catenary Tram & More

AFL-CIO Pushes For Mass Transit Jobs In Los Angeles
Apollo Blog

Assessing The Cost Of High Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

City To Retrofit Buses With GPS Tracking
NYU News

Deadliest For Walkers: Male Drivers, Left Turns
New York Times

Defining A Transit Wireless Blueprint
Mass Transit

Demand For High-Speed Rail Funding Swells

A Desert City That Didn't Fan Out: Nathan Mendelsohn, A Professor Turned Developer, Believed California City Would Become The State's Next Metropolis. Instead It's A Sleepy Outpost That Exists Largely In The Imagination
Los Angeles Times

A Field Guide To Transit Quarrels
Human Transit

Goodbye Land Transit? Say Hello To The New Flying Suntram (Denver's high-speed regional transportation system supported primarily by a catenary cable: a flying tram that carries cars and passengers high above the roads and bridges, at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour)
Suntram Video Via YouTube

Helmets Ready! Mayor Hosts First Bike Summit
StreetsBlog LA

LEED Building Standards Fail To Protect Human Health
Yale Environment 360

Living In A Walker's Paradise?
The City Fix

Los Angeles Unified Transportation Recognized For Achievements In CNG
School Transportation News

NHTSA Working To Improve Motorcoach Safety With Lap-Shoulder Belt Requirement
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

OCTA Moves Forward With Long-Term Traffic Relief Plan In Central County: Agency Will Seek Funding To Begin Improvements to Freeways, Streets, Transit In The Area Over The Next 25 Years
OC Metro

Outgunned And Outnumbered, California High-Speed Rail Opponents Have Numerous Options To Fight Back
Mass Transit

Rail Safety: Making The Railroad Mantra "Safety First" More Than Words In A Manual
Progressive Railroading

Railroads' Guarded Secret: Not Even HAZMAT Teams Are Told What's On Train
Press Connects

Research Roundup: Transit Benefits & Costs, Highway Funding, Bus & Rail Transit, Security & Procurements
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

San Gabriel Selling Old Street Signs Steeped In History
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Smarter Cities: Crowdsourcing Ideas For Urban Innovation
Big Think
Smarter Cities

TRB Webinar: Toward Zero Deaths ("TRB is conducting a webinar or “web seminar” on August 25-26, 2010, of a stakeholder workshop that will gather input for developing and implementing a national strategic highway safety plan. Registration is free; however, participants must register in advance of the workshop.")
U.S. Transportation Research Board

Vintage Tokyo Subway Manner Posters (Must-see posters reminding subway riders of proper behavior)
Pink Tentacle

Walk Score Expands Into Transit Score; Housing Plus Transportation Costs
Transportation For America

Well, Where SHOULD We Develop In LA?

White House Under Fire For Unspent Infrastructure Cash
Wall Street Journal


NYT On 405 Gridlock, Red Cars Coming To Anaheim, Maglev & Vegas, Commuting Health Poll, Highway Trust Fund, Cost Of Free Parking & More

Bar Cars Keep Chugging
Wall Street Journal

Billions Earmarked For Bay Area Transportation Projects ("Desperate for work, construction companies are entering bids at 30 to 40 percent under projected cost. While that has saved state and local agencies about $4 billion since 2006, it is only part of the story. Stimulus funds that must be allocated by the end of September have propelled work. Since 2006, voters have approved two bonds totaling $30 billion for road and transit upgrades that must be under way by 2012. And bridge tolls have been raised four times in the past 10 years.")
San Jose Mercury News

Carnegie Mellon Tries Crowdsourcing To Develop Optimal Electric Car Formula
Campus Technology

Collaborative Democracy: Beth Noveck On Reengineering Civic Life
("The way we are bringing about change is by opening the doors and data of government - by making unprecedented openness the default.")

Councilman Plays Matchmaker For The Southwest Museum
("Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents Mount Washington, said he's been working to find a match and has approached Occidental College in Eagle Rock about their interest in running Los Angeles' first museum.")
Eastsider LA

Councilmember Wants City To Study Cyclist-Friendly Staircases

Crowdsourcing Architecture Criticism

CSULB Students Will Get A Free Ride On Long Beach Buses
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Debt Woes Sap Europe's Big Dream Investments
Associated Press

Driverless Cars Just Around The Corner
Kansas City Star

Evaluating Public Transit Benefits And Costs: Best Practices Guidebook (120p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Free Parking Comes At A Price
New York Times

The Highway Trust Fund: Big Wheel, Keep On Turning
Transportation Nation

Improvement Project Continues On 110 Freeway
Pasadena Star-News

LA Hopes To Blow Up Postwar Zoning Codes: Planning Commission Undertaking First Top-To-Bottom Revision In Six Decades, Streamlining And Speeding Up Land-Use
Architect's Newspaper

Mapping Transit Frequency Online
Trillium Transit

Mayor Using "Google Moderator" To Reach Out Before Summit
StreetsBlog LA

Myths Destroying Los Angeles

New Stress Added To The Heart Of Los Angeles Gridlock
("The intersection of Interstate 405 and Sunset Boulevard, cutting through a prosperous stretch of rolling Los Angeles hills and estates, is notorious for its knots of traffic and frustrating delays. Traffic is so bad that it is hard to figure out how it could get any worse.")
New York Times

Opinion: Maglev Technology Makes Sense For Las Vegas-L.A. Train
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Overselling The Benefits Of High-Speed Rail
Transport Politic

Quality Public Transportation = Quality Of Life, APTA Report Says
Progressive Railroading

Questions Bedevil Proposed California High-Speed Rail System
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Red Car Trolley To Ply Disney California Adventure Streets In 2012 ("Reminiscent of the Pacific Electric Railway that ran throughout Southern California in the 1920s when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles, the Red Car Trolley will feature a butterfly grill evocative of the original and seating for 20 passengers amid a green-and-cream interior.")
Los Angeles Times

Social Bicycles Bike Sharing System Powered By Iphone App To Hit NYC This Fall

Slow Progress On Some Big Stimulus Projects
Wall Street Journal

Streets Are For People!: Park(ing) Day LA

Thousands Rally For Jobs And Public Transit In L.A.
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Top 10 Reasons People Avoid Public Transit
Plus Metro

Voinvich [sic] Clarifies Gas Tax Hike Should Help Transportation Funding
The Hill

Wellbeing Lower Among Workers With Long Commutes

Where Are O.C.'s Busiest Intersections?
Orange County Register

Who Will Pay For California's High-Speed Rail System?
San Jose Mercury News