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Metro Board Mtg Roundup, Expo Line & Development, Gold Line Foothill Extension, 405 & Wilshire, Gas Dependence, L.A. Noire & More

405 Update: What's Going To Happen At Wilshire
LA Observed

All Aboard! Metro Approves Day Pass Price Rollback To $5

America's Waning Commitment To Transportation Funding
StreetsBlog Network

Analysis: Looming Big Shifts In Federal Transportation Funding
Transportation Issues Daily
Highway Money Fight Shifts To States
Roll Call

A Bike Lane That's Projected On The Street As You Ride

California's High-Speed Rail Won't Go Nowhere: German High-Speed Trains Started In The Provinces, Too, But Now Have A Fast Efficient And Popular System Crisscrossing The Nation (The two small cities that California High-Speed Rail will connect are actually on opposite ends of some bigger cities, meaning they will be connected to those larger job and commerce centers. This is how German high speed rail developed)

Development Lacking Along L.A.'s Light Rail Expo Line: Several Areas Near Stops Along The New Transit Line, Which Will Extend From Downtown L.A. To Santa Monica When Completed In 2015, Are Ripe For Building And Renovation, Urban Planners Say
Los Angeles Times

Gardena Approves New Bus Routes Over Some Objections
Daily Breeze

Google Maps Adds Buttons, Gets Foursquare Feel ("New this week are redesigned transit station pages in Google Maps. Each station page now has a list of upcoming departure times, all the different lines serving the particular station and links to nearby transit stations. Google's transit initiative has been steadily expanding and now encompasses an impressive 446 cities worldwide.")
PC World

Highway Infrastructure And The Economy: Implications For Federal Policy (link to full-text document and summary)

How Archivists Helped Video Game Designers Recreate The City's Dark Side For "L.A. Noire"
LA As Subject via KCET

How Gas-Dependent Is Your State?
StreetsBlog DC
Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States' Gasoline Price Vulnerability And Solutions For Change
Natural Resources Defense Council
Full-Text Report (29p. PDF)

Lawmaker Wants To Put Amtrak Service Up For Bid
("House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica of Florida said Thursday there is "great potential" in the Northeast corridor - which extends from Washington to Boston, including service to New York and Philadelphia - for better, faster train service, if Amtrak will get out of the way.")

Leimert Park MTA Stop: Board Votes To Keep Possibility Of Crenshaw Stop Alive
Southern California Public Radio

Metro's Support For Leimert Park Village Rail Station Is Verbal, Not Monetary: Board Of Directors Says It Likes The Idea Of Adding A Crenshaw Line Station In Leimert Park Village If The Sum Already Budgeted For The Whole Project Is Sufficient To Cover The Cost
Los Angeles Times

Metro Board Live Blog: :"Park Mesa Tunnel" Fails, Day Pass Reduced From $6 To $5, At-Grade Leimert Station Approved
StreetsBlog LA

New Analysis Could Mean Funding For Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line
Our Weekly

New NYC Transit Site Easier To Use, Unless You're Mobile
Transportation Nation
New York MTA Website

O.C. Can Be Dangerous Place For Pedestrians
Orange County Register

Opinion: It's Time To Invest Fully In High-Speed Rail
San Francisco Chronicle

Our View: Ridership Figures Support Extension: After A Slow Start, Passenger Numbers Indicate Gold Line Foothill Extension Into The Inland Valley Will Do Good Business

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Protocols For Collecting And Using Traffic Data In Bridge Design (125p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Ray LaHood (extensive interview with the U.S. DOT Secretary)
Better Roads

Study Blames 2,200 Deaths [Last Year] On Traffic Emissions
USA Today

Thank You Metro For The Pat On The Back ("The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority awarded our department the top Corporate Blue Diamond Award for its sustainable transportation programs.")
UCLA Be A Green Commuter!

Wilshire Grand To Close Dec. 31: Razing Of Property for $1.1 Billion Project To Begin Next Year
Los Angeles Downtown News

Work Schedules And Sleep Patterns Of Railroad Train And Engine Service Employees In Passenger Operations (88p. PDF)
Federal Railroad Administration

Your Commute Is Killing You: Long Commutes Cause Obesity, Neck Pain, Loneliness, Divorce, Stress, And Insomnia

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