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The 2nd Time Around, CicLAvia Event Is An Even Bigger Draw: Organizers Estimate More People Participated In The Cycling Event Sunday, Which Closed More Than 7 Miles Of Streets Between East Hollywood And Boyle Heights, Than The Estimated 100,000 Who Attended The Same Event In October
Los Angeles Times

Amtrak Says It's On Track For Record Ridership
The Hill

Another Big Jump In L.A. Gas Prices
LA Observed

Bike Bike Revolution! Photos From CicLAvia

Bill To De-Fund California's High Speed Rail Dies In Committee
Southern California Public Radio

Blight Cures Drain City Coffers (California's redevelopment agencies have almost as much if not more debt than what they pull in from tax revenues, according to this investigation)
Wall Street Journal

Budget Deals $1.5 Billion High-Speed Rail Cut Won't Hurt Current Projects

California High-Speed Rail's PR Mess

USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

CicLAvia: When It's OK To Play In The Street
(by Antonio Villaraigosa)

StreetsBlog LA

DOT Obligates $300 Million In State Rail Grants
Journal Of Commerce

"Drill Baby Drill" Won't Solve America's Energy Problems

StreetsBlog DC

Food Fight, Anyone? ("What is at risk if the transportation community is seen by Congress as being at war with itself during the creation of a surface transportation bill? How can infrastructure advocates keep the sibling rivalry among transportation modes at bay? Would it be better for the various modes of transportation to accept half a loaf that is evenly divided than to risk getting no loaf at all?")

National Journal Transportation Blog

Gas Price Average Of $3.79 A Gallon Prompts Commuters To Ditch Cars: Have Drivers Finally Thrown In Their Keys? Mass Transit Sees Uptick In Ridership
ABC News

Grabbing A Thin Reed, Republicans Attack DOT Over Stimulus Grant Process

StreetsBlog DC

High-Speed Rail Authority Meeting With 2,000 Business Reps ("About 2,000 representatives of private firms will be gathering Tuesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center to learn about how they can participate in the development and construction of the $42 billion bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles.")

San Diego Union-Tribune

High-Tech Parking Meters Debut As Part Of Pilot Program Downtown

Long Beach Post

Innovative Look At Effects Of Bottlenecks Wins Transportation Research Forum Award
Oregon Transportation Research And Education Consortium

July Charrette To Tackle Future Of Street Design In America
(UC Berkeley charrette will focus on mobility, green infrastructure, urban agriculture, commerce and social gathering)

World Architecture News
Re: Streets

Learning More About Obama's HSR Cuts
California High Speed Rail Blog

Maintenance Of Way: Managing Track-Time

Progressive Railroading

Metro Board To Consider Lowering Cost Of Day Pass

Pasadena Star-News

Mineta Transportation Institute Wins DHS Science & Technology Impact Award (for "taking its academic research to the front lines of the fight against terrorism. DHS recognized MTI for developing and then using its unique database of terrorist and serious criminal attacks against public surface transportation targets since 1970.")
PR Newswire

New Freeway To Link Victorville, Palmdale

ABC Los Angeles
SR-138 High Desert Corridor Project

Obama's High-Speed Rail Project Gets $1.5 Billion Slashed in Budget Deal

Huffington Post

Rising Gas Prices Again Filling Seats On Public Transit

San Diego Union-Tribune

What The Heck Do We Mean By "Resilient Design" Anyway?
New Urban Network

What To Call The Gas Tax: Not Just Semantics ("Calling the gas tax a "user fee" is logically and factually wrong.")


Why You Should Take The Bus On Your Next Trip: They Have A Reputation Of Being Slow, Unclean, Uncomfortable...But Are They?

Will It Take A Freeway To Bring DesertXpress To LA?
California High Speed Rail Blog

You Can Open Your Eyes Now: Budget Deal Spares Transpo The Worst

StreetsBlog DC