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Wilshire Bus Lane Approved, 710 Tunnel Pricing, Expo Line Price Up, Metro Service Changes, CicLAvia Modifications, CAHSR 1st Leg Extended,

Another Study Proves What We Already Knew: Walkability Improves Quality Of Life

Arrow Station Project OK'd
("With the Gold Line expected to reach Montclair by 2016, Councilman Bill Ruh said the two projects send a strong signal to builders that the area is ripe for potential residents and shops.")
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

As Ohio And Wisconsin Sink Into Self-Imposed Austerity, California And Florida Profit On Rail
Transport Politic

Brown Act? Public Notice? Metro Board Almost Changes Policy For All Measure R Projects
StreetsBlog LA

California High-Speed Rail: All The Way To Bakersfield
("$616 million will go towards extending the first segment of the rail system all the way to Bakersfield, instead of terminating it in Corcoran as was originally planned. The rest of the money will go to Caltrans to
improve existing rail transit.")
Transportation Nation

Coming Soon ("Teams have been hard at work these past few months, readying a new website for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. The revamped site will feature the latest on the Foothill Extension project — including a 3D video aerial tour of
future station locations and information on cities along the alignment. Stay tuned…the site will go up in coming days.")
I Will Ride

Controversial Wilshire Bus Lane Approved, With One Missing Link
Los Angeles Times

Effort To Price 710 Freeway Tunnel Stalls Again
Burbank Leader

Future Of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Switch To IT Networks
The City Fix

Highways And Labor Markets II

House Passes Extension Of Transportation Reauthorization
StreetsBlog DC

Imagining A Livable L.A.
Occidental Weekly

Impacts Of Public Policy On The Freight Transportation System (113p. PDF)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program

In NELA, D.I.Y. Sharrows Remain, But L.A. Is Moving On
StreetsBlog LA

L.A.'s Light Rail: Overdue & Over-Budget
(audio : Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly reporter; Darrell Clark, co-chair of Friends4Expo Transit)
Southern California Public Radio

Mass-Transit Tax Break To Shrink While Fares Rise

Maybe Modifying The CicLAvia Route -- Part 1: East End and Part 2: West End

Metro Board Doesn't Trust Staff, Removes Selby/Comstock Segment From Wilshire Bus-Only Proposal
StreetsBlog LA

Metro Service Changes For Sunday, December 12, 2010
MetroRider LA
December 12, 2010 Service Changes

Metro Will Let School Kids Ride Free For Field Trips

MTA Approves $28.5 Million Expo Increase, As Gloria Molina Fumes
LA Weekly

MTA Joins With Huizar In Plans For First Street Project
Los Angeles Wave

Open Letter To The Metro Board Regarding Wilshire Bus Only Lane
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Population Barely Budges For State, County
Los Angeles Daily News

Seniors And Disabled Need To Switch To Metro TAP Card By Dec. 26
EGP News

Top Transit Technology Innovations 2011
(survey & nominations : "We will recognize 20 innovations for their contributions to the industry as part of our February 2011 issue.")
Mass Transit

Transport Funding: Who Gets The Big Piece of Pie?
("The U.S. Department of Transportation’s second round of stimulus funding for infrastructure development exposes a widening gap between U.S. roads, rails, and bridges and government special interests.")
Inbound Logistics

U.S. Shifts $624 Million To California Bullet Train: Sens. Boxer And Feinstein Appealed To Officials For Money From States That Cancelled High-Speed Rail Projects. Congress May Seek To Pull Back Funds Over Concerns On Budget Deficit
Los Angeles Times

Wilshire 405 Fly-Over Ramps Coming
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Wireless Carriers Join Forces On Mobile Tap-To-Pay -- But Will It Fly?


5th & Flower Fight Goes On, Monrovia Transit Village, Smart Growth Awards, How To Start An Infrastructure Bank, Amtrak Sets Records & More

55-Hour Closure Planned On 110 Freeway This Weekend
Pasadena Star-News

2010 National Award For Smart Growth Achievement (This year's award winners, plus continuing achievements of past recipients)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Airport To Raise Parking Fees: Short-Term Rate At Bob Hope Will Now Be Slightly Higher Than At LAX
Glendale News-Press

Americans Don't Want The Gas Tax Raised. Big Surprise!

Amtrak Sets Thanksgiving Record
Washington Post

Boyle Heights' Historic Boyle Hotel Finally Getting A Facelift
("Tomorrow afternoon is a kick-off party for the $24.6 million renovation of the 1889 Boyle Hotel, located on the edge of Mariachi
Plaza and the new Gold Line station.")
Curbed LA

China's "Technology Transfer" Draws Ire ("Foreign companies helped China build high-speed trains, and in the few years since, China has taken that technology, "re-innovated" or built on it, and are now calling it their own, creating tensions with the companies who fear they're now having to compete with China.")

City Receives Nearly $1 Million In Grant Funding For Open Space Project: The Walking Path Will Be Built As Part Of The First Phase Of The Station Square Transit Village
Monrovia Patch

Court Upholds Calif. Air Regulator's Pollution Fee ("The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the local air district's rule requiring developers to reduce emissions from new housing projects by building features like bicycle lanes and energy-efficient cooling systems. If they don't do enough to preserve air quality, they must pay fees that have averaged about $500 per house.")
Fresno Bee

Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Opposes 710 Freeway Tunnel, Funds "Reach Our Community Kids": Council's Anti-710 Resolution To Be Presented To MTA And L.A. City Council As Part Of Public Record
Eagle Rock Patch

Editorial: California's Pork-Barrel Bullet Train
Daily Breeze

Editorial: Ugly City LA: Considerations On How To Transform Los Angeles Into A Beautiful -- And Livable -- Model City ("The city needs the courage to create ongoing programs. Instead of closing streets once a year, close a few permanently. Santa Monica did this with its 3rd Street Promenade, and it’s become by far that city’s biggest urban attraction.")
Architect's Newspaper

Fight Continues Over 5th & Flower Station For Regional Connector
Blog Downtown

The Future Of Urban Sustainable Mobility: Go Beyond The Car
The City Fix

High-Speed Rail Project Hit By Civil Rights Complaint: Two Groups Contend That Minority Businesses Have Been Largely Left Out Of California Bullet-Train Contracts So Far
Los Angeles Times

House Punts On Budget, Votes On Yearlong Extension Instead
StreetsBlog DC

L.A. Might Allow Residents To Park In Front Of Their Driveways
Los Angeles Times

Let "Mad Men's" Peter Kartheiser Sell You On Public Transit
Curbed LA

Lisa Korbatov Takes Over As BHUSD President
(Top priority: "Fighting the MTA's plan to possibly tunnel under the high school as part of the Westside Subway Extension. I have so many other goals for the district, but everything I do will be for naught if there are subway tunnels under the high school.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Mica Confirmed As Transpo Committee Chair
StreetsBlog DC

Minority Groups Demand Feds Pull California High-Speed Rail Funds
San Jose Mercury News

Monrovia Gets Major State Grant For Gold Line-Related Development
Pasadena Star-News

Najarian On 710: Before We Pay For EIR, Let's Know The Cost
StreetsBlog LA

New Tax Deal Puts Build America Program In Jeopardy

Serpentine Swedish Setup Turns Freeways Into Power Plants ("The entire paved surface of the Santa Monica Freeway between downtown L.A. and the coastline offers 10 million square feet of space for solar panels, which Tham estimates could provide 115 MW — enough to power the needs of a city like Venice, California.")

So You're Thinking Of Starting An Infrastructure Bank...
("There may be one reform on which the Obama Administration and the new House regime can agree: the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank.")
Transportation Nation

Temporary Extension Of Surface Transportation Law Will Enable Next Congress To Pursue Transformation Reauthorization In 2011
Transportation For America

This Is What A Bicycle Parking Garage Looks Like (video)

Transportation Infrastructure Policies May Leave Economy Gridlocked ("The American Society of Civil Engineers continues to urge Congress and the White House to take a leadership position on ensuring that the nation's transportation infrastructure is able to meet our needs, both
now, and in the future.")
PR Newswire


Crumple-Proof Metrolink, Guide To New LEED Draft, Transit Card Security, CAHSR And Safety, Remembering Jack Kyser, Walking And Social Capital & More

2.5-Mile Path Opens Along The L.A. River, And A New Map Launches
KCET Departures

Americans Strongly Oppose Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Brentwood N.C. Wants Out Of Bus-Only Lanes
StreetsBlog LA

Card Makers Hope To Upset Transit Card Security Status Quo
PC World

The Future Of Sustainable Urban Mobility: Make The Poor A Priority
The City Fix

High-Speed Rail Agency Urged To Rethink Planning
San Francisco Chronicle

If I Forget Thee O Los Angeles Public Transportation
Huffington Post

Insurance Commissioner Poizner Approves California's First-Ever Pay-As-You-Go Drive Auto Insurance Program
California Department Of Insurance Press Release

Measuring Walking & Cycling With PABS: A Low-Cost Survey Method For Local Communities (2p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

Metrolink Unveils "Crumple-Proof" Cars
Los Angeles Daily News

Noted Southland Economist Jack Kyser Dies (The founding economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation was chief economic adviser at the Southern California Association of Governments, studied transportation economics for Union Pacific Railroad)
Los Angeles Daily News

Plans For L.A. State Historic Park Scaled Back: The State's Budget Deficit Forces Parks Administrators To Redesign a More Modest Project Atop A Former Railroad Yard East Of Chinatown Near Downtown Los Angeles ("The new plan for Los Angeles State Historic Park calls for a more modest main entryway, a scaled-down visitors center and a 16-foot-high graded-berm walkway that would overlook an archeological dig that is slowly unearthing the railroad roundhouse that served the train yard in the late 1800s.")
Los Angeles Times

Putting The Mute In Commute
Boston Globe

Recovery Act Upgrade Of California's SR 91 Crosses The Finish Line In Anaheim
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Safety Should Be Job 1 For High Speed Rail
California Progress Report

Southland Gas Prices Rise To Highest Since Fall 2008
Los Angeles Daily News

Walk Places, Meet People, And Build Social Capital
(Research involving the subject of people who live in walkable communities being more civically involved and having greater levels of trust than those who live in less walkable neighborhoods. This increase in so-called 'social capital' is associated with higher quality of life)
Science Daily

Watchdog Panel Raises Concerns About Bullet Train: Money, Staffing And Planning Challenges Must Be Met Swiftly, Report Warns
Los Angeles Times

What Is AAA Saying?
(Should the Federal Highway Trust Fund be restricted to just highways?)
Rails To Trails Conservancy

What The GOP Spending Rollback Would Mean For Transportation
StreetsBlog DC

A Whole New Name Game: Parks, Transit, Schools Consider Corporate Monikers In Bid To Plug Budget Gaps
Wall Street Journal

Would An Infrastructure Bank Have The Power To Reform Transportation?
StreetsBlog DC

Your Guide To The New Draft Of LEED ("A new credit for Reduced Automobile Dependence would replace the old Sustainable Sites (SS) credit for public transportation access. The credit is also completely rewritten. The “transit-served location” roughly encompasses the LEED 2009 version of this credit, but with requirements that appear to be more inclusive. A new “metropolitan planning organization” option would offer credit for project in areas with low vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT).")
Building Green


California Annual Legislative Summary, L.A. 2050, Future Of The Port Of L.A., Road-Trains, Transportation Earmarks, Megacities On The Move & More

California's Economy Will Pick Up Somewhat In 2011, Forecasts Say: The State Will Add Jobs And Unemployment Will Drop But Still Exceed The Nation's Jobless Rate
Los Angeles Times

Chinese Train Hits A Record Breaking 300 MPH ("The line is expected to reduce travel time between Beijing and Shanghai from 10 hours to 5 hours.")

Conflicting Visions Of Future Of Port Of L.A. Could End In Court Fight
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Cyclists Gaining Momentum For Planning Push
Santa Monica Daily Press

D.C.'s Metro Sees Cycling As An Opportunity To Grow Ridership
StreetsBlog DC

Dem Lawmaker Wants Rep. Oberstar's Name On Fed Building ("A Democratic congressman is mounting an effort to rename the Department of Transportation headquarters after Rep. Jim Oberstar, one of serveral House committee chairmen defeated in the midterm elections.")
USA Today

Democrats And Republicans Agree On Higher Gas Taxes, Just Not In Public All The Time
AutoBlog Green

European Road-Train Tests Move Forward ("A project to link cars headed in the same direction into semi-autonomous “road trains” is moving from concept to reality...Engineers hope to increase aerodynamic efficiency and reduce congestion with no changes in infrastructure,
while giving drivers all the benefits of carpooling with the privacy of an individual car.")
Tests Within The Development Of Safe Road Train Technology Soon Ready For Takeoff (video)
via YouTube

Experts Criticize High-Speed Rail Financial Plan
San Jose Mercury News

An Extensive New Addition To Dallas' Light Rail Network Makes It America's Longest
Transport Politic

For The Want Of An Earmark
("Is it possible to shepherd a major transportation-funding bill through Congress without greasing the skids with earmarks? Or does the earmark ban simply mean members need to get more creative in seeking help for their projects? Does an earmark ban put more or less power in the hands of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which will be tasked with the minutia of the bill? Will the experience of negotiating a surface-transportation bill without earmarks convince lawmakers that maybe they're not so bad
after all?")
National Journal Transportation Blog

Guiding The Selection And Application Of Wayside Energy Storage Technologies For Rail Transit And Electric Utilities (64p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

It's Time To Update The Definition Of "Smart Growth" (The smart growth agenda gets proposed updates for the 21st century)
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Japan To China: You've Hijacked Our High-Speed Rails

Main Street Roundabout Removed From Civic Center Plan
Santa Monica Mirror

Megacities On The Move: Scenarios For The Future Of Sustainable Urban Mobility
The City Fix

Metrolink Unveils Newer, Safer Passenger Cars

Metrorail Map And Train Locator
("Data, provided by WMATA’s developer api, gives the same information found on the information boards in metro stations. After finding the approximate time distance between stations, the application simply interpolates latitudes and longitudes between those stations (with minute granularity) to determine an estimated location.")
Unofficial D.C. Visitor Guide

No Designated Bus Lanes For Beverly Hills?
Beverly Hills Courier

Our View: Measure Leads To Tougher Consequences
("Wherever the chips fall on the High Speed Rail board issue, it's a good sign that a voter initiative designed to shine light on the process of drawing state and congressional districts is spreading to other areas of governance.")
Pasadena Star-News

Pedestrians Take To The Streets, Motorists Learn To Coexist
New Urban Network

Resources To Know: California Transit Association & Its Annual Legislative Summary
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Roundabouts: An Informational Guide
(407p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Truckers Say L.A.'s "Green" Port Costs Them Money: The Dispute Who Should Pay For Leasing And Maintaining "Clean" Rigs Could Go To The Supreme Court
Los Angeles Times

The View From L.A.: Hartford Can Change, Too (A USC graduate student tells Hartford, Connecticut to look to Los Angeles as a model for public financing and transit planning to break away from auto dependency)
Hartford Courant

Why Reformers Should Care How We Pay For Transportation
StreetsBlog DC

Workshop Notes From "L.A. 2050" Event At Occidental College
StreetsBlog LA


BRT In Condo Canyon, Pacific Electric West Santa Ana Branch Corridor, Expo Contractor Award, Cornfield Park, 21 Coolest Roads, Steepest Street & More

21 Coolest Roads In The World (photo essay)
Huffington Post

110 Freeway Work To Speed Travel, But Only After Two More Years Of Construction
Blog Downtown

Artists And New Infrastructure Part Of Boyle Heights Improvement Project Along Gold Line ("Friday, Metro’s CEO and LA City Council member Jose Huizar kicked off a $12 million project to improve the infrastructure surrounding the new rail line.")
Southern California Public Radio

Augmented Reality Meets The MBTA: Introducing NextTrain T Tracker

Battle Lines Drawn In Battle Over Fate Of Wilshire BRT In Condo Canyon
StreetsBlog LA

Big Blue Bus Gets A Big Green Thumbs Up: Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus Has Been Honored With The 2010 Project Of The Year Award From The Southern California Chapter Of The American Public Works Association (APWA)

Westside Today

A Bigger And Better Cornfield Park: State Parks Department To Unveil $18 Million Plan For 32-Acre Attraction
Los Angeles Downtown News

Bike Computer Study Proves Rush-Hour Cycling Is Faster Than Driving
Fast Company

California High-Speed Rail: Only 49 Little Hoovers Left

Caltrans Repairing Angeles Crest Highways For Opening By The End Of the Year
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Cities' Fiscal Nightmares: What Next?

Could An "Oil Security Fee" And Increased Transportation Options Ensure Better Energy Security?
Transportation For America

Deficit Commission Pushes For Anti-Sprawl Reforms
Streetsblog LA

Does $100-A-Barrel Oil Threaten The Recovery?
The Atlantic

Drive Less, Pay Less: New Insurance Plans For California

Editorial: Our Pork-Barrel Bullet Train
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Email The Metro Board Of Directors To Express Your Support For The Wilshire Bus-Only Lane
LA Subway Blog

Expo Line Contractor Awarded $25-30 Million For Delays
LA Weekly

How Hyperlocal Media Are Taking Urban Planning To The Streets
Next American City

Is Transit Benefit Good Transportation Policy?
Washington Post

Meeting Set On Pacific Electric Right-Of-Way
Orange County Register
Pacific Electric Right-Of-Way / West Santa Ana Branch Corridor
Alternatives Analysis Project Overview
(6p. PDF)
Southern California Association Of Governments
Factsheet (PDF)
Pacific Electric Corridor Study Area Map

Metro Gets OK To Nix Bus-Only Lane Around Condo Canyon
Curbed LA

Metropolis II: Chris Burden's Elaborate "Portrait Of L.A." (With Hot Wheels)

Muni Builds Case For Subway Need
San Francisco Chronicle

Pearl Harbor Day Train Ride Gives A Taste Of 1941: Along The Route From Los Angeles To San Diego, Passengers Interact With Actors In Period Dress And Talk With World War II Veterans
Los Angeles Times

Plan B: High-Speed Track Could Be Used By Conventional Trains
Bakersfield Californian

Playful Train Provides A Spark: Holiday Toy Express Chugs Through Glendale, Lifting Spirits And Gathering Gifts
Glendale News-Press

Some Thoughts About Amtrak And HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

The Steepest Road On Earth Takes No Prisoners (It's not in Nepal or the's in Pittsburgh!)

Supervisor Knabe To Deliver State Of The County Address On December 8
Long Beach Post

Transit Subsidy Will Drop $110/Month Unless Extended, APTA Warns
AASHTO Journal

Traveling Into The County's Future
Ventura County Star

TreePeople's Urban Forest Principles Guide Retrofit Of L.A.
Planning Report

With New Grants Federal Railroad Administration Continues Its Pursuit Of Clean Transportation Options
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Zero Emission Container Moving System May Be Built -- Some Day, By-And-By, Or Maybe Not At All
Cunningham Report