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$2B For Rail Projects, Speed Upgrades Announced
Associated Press

APTA National Public Transportation Career Day: May 12, 2011

Ban Cars In L.A.'s Downtown? An Idea That Just Might Work (A must-see, visually-arresting new video explores ideas for transforming downtown into a more dynamic and productive region: "A baffling 36 percent of downtown's land is parking lots or parking structures. By replacing this poorly-used space with cultural institutions, education, or housing, the area will automatically become more energized.")

Beverly Hills Unified School District Seeks Court Order For Subway Documents
Century City Subway

BHUSD Petitions For Writ Of Mandate To Direct MTA To Release Documents
Beverly Hills Courier

BHUSD Seeks Court Order For MTA Documents: The School District Says The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Is Dragging Its Heels In Releasing Requested Subway Information
Beverly Hills Patch

California Economy Gets A Jolt From Tech Hiring
Wall Street Journal

California, Illiniois And Amtrak Are Among Recipients Of High-Speed Rail Funds Rejected By Florida
Los Angeles Times

Group: Transit Line Is A Burden ("
A high-speed bus line in the works faces opposition from a newly formed group that says the project is a government boondoggle that will harm commerce in the area.")
San Bernardino Sun

Hybrid Buses Save Money And Fuel While Improving The Transit Experience

In The Public Interest: The Only Way To Cut Gas Costs Is To Use Less Gas
Huffington Post

Is More Transit Worthwhile If More Highways Are Part Of The Bargain?
StreetsBlog Network

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension May 2011 Updates
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension

Metrolink Launches 16 New Trains Including Express And Late Night Service: Express Trains Can Save Commuters Up To An Hour Every Day, Five Hours A Week
Sacramento Bee

Metrolink Riders Now Have Faster Commutes

More Than Nostalgia: Railroads Still Have A Following ("There was no shortage of enthusiasm for California’s bullet train this weekend at the spot where someday it might actually depart: Los Angeles Union Station.")
NBC Bay Area

Northeast Corridor, The Midwest, And California Say "Thanks, Florida!"
StreetsBlog DC

Online Access To Environmental Impact Reports & Statements: Metro's New Digital Library Of Los Angeles Transit Project Documents
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

A Prescription For Prosperity: Let Cities Be Cities
California Planning & Development Report

Study: Parking Is Not The Problem In Downtown San Pedro
Daily Breeze

Transit Board Approves 6 New O.C. Metrolink Trains
Orange County Register

Watch Amtrak's Coverage Shrink Over Time (infographic demonstrates diminishing U.S. rail service)

What History Tells Us About High-Speed Rail: In A Q&A, Stanford Historian Richard White Discusses The Parallels Between Railroads Of The 1800s And Today's High-Speed Rail In California
Palo Alto Patch

When Railroads Ruled Transportation Politics ("This past Saturday marked a little-known anniversary in the long-running contest between American highway and train establishments. On May 7, 1930, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to form the United States Motorways Commission, a twelve-person group — two Senators, two Congressmen, and eight presidential appointees — whose job was to consider a proposal for a national road network strikingly similar to the Interstate Highway System that emerged decades later.")

White House: Nation's Railways Are Safe
The Hill

"Without A Car" Slide Show (video : "Photographer Diane Meyer discusses her photo essay from the May/June 2011 issue of Orion about Angelenos, who not only survive, but often thrive in the City of Angels without automobiles. Includes additional portraits from her “Without a Car” project.")
Orion Magazine via Vimeo

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