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50 excellent videos on urban planning, smart mobility, telecommuting, ports, LAX, DOT stimulus spending, the transit “It” factor, and more

50 Excellent YouTube Videos About Urban Planning

Amtrak California on Board as Transportation Sponsor for Bike the Coast - Taste the Coast

Bike Trail Being Paved With Asphalt Made From Plants Instead of Oil
Tree Hugger

Big Bus Project Coming to Downtown - $95 Million Operations and Maintenance Facility to Open in 2013
LA Downtown News

Bradley Terminal renovation at LAX honored among state’s top projects
The Argonaut

CicLAvia Is What I'll Be Doing in LA This Sunday
Huffington Post

City Council refuses to declare definitive opinion on subway route (.pdf)
Beverly Hills Weekly (see pages 4 and 5)

DOT Stimulus Spending Tops $20 Billion - ARRA payouts reflect jump of $4 billion since July 16
Journal of Commerce

Eric Moss Rattles Architectural Conventions (Expo light rail)
Palisadian Post

Experts say local ports will maintain dominance despite Panama Canal expansion
Press Telegram

Go Metro Maps LA's Best Transit-Friendly Dining
Huffington Post

L.A. Doesn’t Have the Worst Traffic in the Country

Mineta Transportation Institute Issues a Report on Telecommuting Intensity and Differences Between Telecommuters and Non-Telecommuters

Movement for Reforming U.S. Transportation Policy Is Picking Up Speed

MTA receives $47M federal grant
Downey Patriot

New report shows how smart technology can ease traffic congestion, improve transportation options and strengthen global competitiveness
Transportation for America
Report: Smart Mobility for a 21st Century America -

New York's MTA Raises Subway, Commuter Rail Prices Amid State Budget Cuts

Next Stop? Crowdsourced Bus Shelters
The City Fix

Port of Los Angeles slashes fees by 15% on imported electric vehicles

Transit: The ‘It’ Factor of Successful Cities

Underage California Drivers Will Now Get a Vertical License

WeHo Spur (Subway)
LA Sustainability Forum


30/10, CycLAvia, Green Line Extensions, Congestion Pricing, Toll Discounts for Local Residents, Ports, Voices of the Recovery Act, Prop. 22 and more

30/10 Initiative

710 tunnel could devastate the region
La Cañada Valley Sun

An Alternative to Congestion Pricing: Roadway Traffic Restraint
Transport Politic

Bipartisan Report Offers ‘New Vision’ For Transportation
The Infrastructurist

Bus Roots: Public Bus Doubles as Mobile Green Roof
Tree Hugger

Caltrans seeks to make L.A.’s first freeway a national monument after demolishing historic features
The Eastsider

Can Pop Culture Push Sustainable Mobility?
The City Fix

Characteristics of Successful Megaprojects (.pdf)

Cycling event gets Angelenos out of cars
Daily Trojan

DOT online map collects Voices of the Recovery Act; workers encouraged to upload their own video stories
USDOT Fastlane

Green Line Extension Could Give South Bay More Light Rail Miles

Half of the Public Sector Embracing Gov 2.0, Survey Finds
Government Technology

House Passes Bill to Authorize Toll Discounts for Local Residents
AASTHO Journal

If Republicans Take the House, What Happens to Transportation Reform?

In the heart of L.A., wide open spaces - Portions of a dozen streets will be closed to car traffic Sunday on a zigzagging route. There are sure to be lots of cyclists, but in the free-form event, participants can use the streets for many other activities too.
Los Angeles Times

Is Revamped 110 Worthy of Historic Monument Status?
Curbed LA

L.A.’s ‘Manhattanization’ Spurs $30 Million Parking Lot Listing

LA Metro Selects NXP's MIFARE UltralightTM Technology for Paper Ticketing

A Look at L.A.'s transit future -- plus car-free socials this week

Metrolink moves forward with collision-avoidance technology
The Transit Wire

NeighborGoods Helps You Join CicLAvia
Blogging LA

Opbrid Introduces New Overhead Fast-Charging System for Buses; Leveraging Lithium Titanate (nLTO) Battery Technology for Rapid Charge Hybrids
Green Car Congress

Paris to Launch Electric Car-Sharing Program Next Year
Tree Hugger

Ports delay adoption of updated environmental plan
Daily Breeze

Progressive approach to PTC in Los Angeles
UTU News

SoCal Ports Consider More Pollution Cuts - Officials look to reduce ship, train pollutant

Turner to Manage Construction of $4.2 Billion Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, Calif. Construction is Underway for High-Speed Rail Station - Project to Create 48,000 Jobs Over Seven Years

Why Isn’t Proposition 22 a Slam Dunk with Voters?


Secretary LaHood, Downtown Streetcar, Infrastructure, CicLAvia and more

AASHTO Report Documents "Transportation's Summer of Recovery"
AASHTO Journal

Check out the Streetcar - Promotional Video Shows Streetcar Running Through Downtown
LA Downtown News

CicLAvia This SUNDAY in Los Angeles (blog post is incorrectly titled as saturday)

Claremont City Council Tardy to the Party on Gold Line?
Curbed LA

LaHood on the Offensive, Calls Out High Speed Rail Foes

LaHood urges Congress to move on infrastructure investment after election
The Hill

Map Porn: Density Maps Overlaid With Transit Lines

New Report: Cities “Driven Apart” by Sprawl
The City Fix

Plumerías, Palm Trees and Volcanoes on the Gold Line
LA Forward

Public Transportation Leaders Honored as Role Models of Excellence
American Public Transportation Association

Taxing drivers by the mile and not by the gallon - A tax on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) was shot down last year by President Obama. But a new study by respected transportation experts – and a successful pilot program in Oregon – should revive the idea
CS Monitor

Terror alert boosts transportation security
ABC News

The Rail World - Engineers and Stakeholders Examine How a $40 Billion High-Speed Train Would Impact Downtown
LA Downtown News

Two former secretaries of transportation stress renewed focus on infrastructure, better ways to pay for it
Transportation For America


New MTA Bus Facililty, High Speed Rail, Transportation Infrastructure Neglect, diesel/gas tax increases proposed and more

$47M grant to build MTA bus facility near Union Station

CicLAvia = No Cars and Social Integration
Travelin’ Local

City report finds ONT overstaffed, staff overpaid
Daily Bulletin

Claremont City Council Approves Gold Line Plan
Pomona College Student Life

Debunking the congestion index used to justify the policies that keep us stuck in traffic
Transportation for America

DOT Ties Rail Track Loans to Broader Policy Goals
Journal of Commerce

El Monte Station: Past, Present and Future
More than Red Cars

High-speed rail system nets $194 million grant - The funds will go toward engineering, environmental work in the segments connecting Anaheim and L.A. to San Francisco
OC Metro

Historic Rail Route to Resume Service to Mojave National Preserve after more than a Decade

L.A.'s Metrolink moves forward with PTC installation
Metro Magazine

Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser Rides The Rails In LA
New York Times

New York Subway System to Get Cellular Service; AT&T and T-Mobile to Benefit

Officials fail to resolve rail board impasse - Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg barred a budget item that would have eased conflict-of-interest rules so Curt Pringle and Richard Katz could serve in two capacities
Los Angeles Times

Our Crumbling Transportation Systems Will Affect Prosperity, Report Says
Alt Transport

Peninsula cities sue to derail high-speed rail project
Mercury News

Richardson bill would raise diesel tax to help pay for infrastructure
Press Telegram

San Bernardino was travel hub in glory days of stagecoaches
San Bernardino Sun

Santa Clarita Transit: Skip the wait, buy it online - Now easier to load electronic bus passes
Santa Clarita Signal

Transportation Funding in a Changing Political Environment
Infrastructure USA

Transportation Infrastructure Neglect Threatens U.S. Competitiveness and "Economic Foundations for American Prosperity"
Telstar Logistics

Trucking Group Supports Diesel, Gas Tax Increases
Journal of Commerce


Broadway Streetcar Fundraiser, Car-Sharing In California, Inclusive BRT, Commute Perceptions, It's Walktober! & More

Anaheim Closer To Building A Train Station That Isn't Enough
Voice Of OC

Big Blue Bus' New Maintenance Facility: An Eco-Building Missing Bike Racks
Green LA Girl

Bridge Is Afloat On The Pages Of History: Long Beach's Old Pontoon Bridge -- Where The Gerald Desmond Bridge Now Stands -- Was Built As "6-Month Temporary" Structure. It Spanned 24 Years And Made A Cameo In "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Los Angeles Times

CA Pedestrian Groups Gather For Conference On Improving Data And Advocacy
StreetsBlog SF

California Budget Pact: Details Emerge On No-Tax Plan
Huffington Post

Californians Get To Rent Their Cars To Strangers
Fast Company

California's P2P Carsharing Bill Signed Into Law
Full-Text Of California Assembly Bill 1871

Can We Make Density Make Sense?
Human Transit

Car Pools Take A Hit Along With Economy
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Council OKs Grant Funds For Transit Center: Officials Are Working To Reroute Federal Money For Airport Project
Burbank Leader

Environmental Impact Of The Subway To The Sea
Santa Monica Mirror

Friday Street Poll: Who Is The Best Online Defender Of The Westside Subway
StreetsBlog LA

From Bogota To LA Video

Learn About IBM's Innovative Ideas For The Future Of Transportation
Smarter Transportation For A Smarter Planet (October 7 : online virtual event : "IBM, ITSA, RPA, Frost and Sullivan, and others discuss Smarter Transportation, Asset Management and Urban Mobility. Come learn why smarter transportation can't wait and how you can accelerate progress now.")

Long Beach Transit's Readable Signs
Straight Outta Suburbia

Metrolink Moves To Implement Collision Prevention Technology
Southern California Public Radio

National Fuel Efficiency Standards Could Require 62 MPG Within 15 Years
StreetsBlog SF

New Images of Downtown Streetcar Thrill And Delight
Curbed LA
The Downtown L.A. Streetcar: See What Happens When Downtown Connects! (video)
LA Streetcar via YouTube

New Report: Inclusive Design In Bus Rapid Transit
The City Fix
Technical And Operational Challenges To Inclusive Bus Rapid Transit: A Guide For Practitioners
(44p. PDF)
World Bank

Now's The Time To Invest In Infrastructure, But U.S. Plan Is Too Modest
Washington Post

Opinion: The Streetcar And Private Money
Los Angeles Downtown News

Parsons Awarded $120 Million Contract For "Positive Train Control System"
Pasadena Independent

Real vs. Perceived Travel Time: Your Trip Is Shorter Than You Think It Is
San Francisco Chronicle

Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill Requiring Rail Firms Interested In Train Project To Disclose WWII-Era Activities
Los Angeles Times

SoCal Gas Prices Fall To Lowest Since Late February
Los Angeles Daily News

State DOTs Make Deeper Bike-Ped Budget Cuts Than Expected
StreetsBlog DC
Analysis Of FY 2010 Rescission Of Federal-Aid Highway Funds From Transportation Enhancements (2p. PDF)
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy

Streetcar Fundraiser Nets $200,000: Power Players Come Out For Broadway Based Project
Los Angeles Downtown News

Stuck In Traffic: Worst Peak-Hour Commutes In America
The Atlantic

Traffic Cams Help Make Commute Easier
Orange County Register

TriMet Launches "Making A Difference" Website To Highlight Positive Stories About Employees

The Trolley Took Us There (Eagle Rock Boulevard, then and now)
Highland Park 90042

UCLA Still Looking For Help In Their Photo Research Project On Commuting
StreetsBlog LA

UnPaveLA Looks To Trim The Streets, Reclaim The Pavement
Curbed LA

VISTA Gets A New Look: Fares On County Buses Rise From $2.50 To $3, As Demand For Commuter Service Is Increasing
Ventura County Star
A New Look And Commitment From VCTC
Ventura County Star
Go Ventura (Ventura County Transportation Commission new website)

Visualizing A Downtown Streetcar
Los Angeles Downtown News

A Widening for An Infamous California Highway: Fifty-Five Years After Actor James Dean Was Killed On Highway 46 -- Known As "Blood Alley" -- Caltrans Is Widening Sections Of The 110-Mile Road That Cuts Through San Luis Obispo And Kern Counties
Los Angeles Times

Walktober! Participate In Walk To School Day On October 6th
StreetsBlog LA