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405 To Be Shut Down For Entire Weekend In July
Southern California Public Radio

Alternative Fuel Buses To Represent 50% Of Total Transit Bus Deliveries By 2015
Pike Research Press Release

Baldwin Park Puts New Environmentally Friendly Buses To Use
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Beverly Hills Would Be Spared From Metro Bus Project: A Proposal To Create Bus-Only Lanes On Wilshire Boulevard Would Avoid The City
Beverly Hills Patch

Brookings Institute Study Further Highlights Need For Metro Express Routes ("The good news is that 96 percent of working Angelenos have immediate access to public transit...The bad news? Only 25.6 percent of workers can get to their jobs in 90 minutes using transit. That ranks 69th in the nation. In other words, it's possible for commuters to get to work using Metro, but wildly inconvenient and impractical.")

Bus-Only Lanes On Wilshire Move Toward Approval
Southern California Public Radio

Cal State Long Beach Economists Forecast Job Recovery In Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Business

Caruso Continues To Sound Like An L.A. Mayoral Candidate ("Caruso also complained about the plans for a "subway to the sea." "To me, it has just been a colossal waste of local and federal money," Caruso said. "I don't get it. We have the best climate in the world and they want to put transit underground.")
Daily Breeze

City Has Tepid Response To Student Bus Passes ("
A reluctant Highland City Council will help pay for a pilot program to provide free bus rides for students at four San Bernardino County colleges.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

County Agencies Aim To Improve Efficiency By Merging ("The Ventura County Transportation Commission and Ventura Council of Governments have agreed to merge, forming a single integrated agency to oversee transportation, housing and land-use issues.")
Ventura County Star

"Development-Oriented Transit": Lessons From Hong Kong
StreetsBlog Network

Downtown Networks: The Oblique Approach ("How important is it that the transit services converging on downtown all go right to the core of downtown's demand?")
Human Transit

Drivers Of Change: Forum Sees Technology Transforming Mobility (Review of CSUSB Leonard Transportation Center's annual transportation technology forum)
San Bernardino Sun

Editorial: California's High-Speed Train Wreck: The State's Plan To Build A Bullet Train Has Become A Monument To The Ways Poor Planning, Management And Political Interference Can Screw Up Major Public Works. We Can Do Better
Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Rail Ruin ("California
does not need to revamp its current plans for a bullet train, but scrap them entirely. The Legislature should put an end to a scheme that defies fiscal reality and risks a massively expensive boondoggle.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Expanding Light Rail In LA Means Developing "Complete Streets" For Local Communities
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Exposition Park's Issues Are L.A.'s Issues: Concerns About Development And Preservation Rise In The Coming Space Shuttle's Effect On A Frank Gehry Building, The Future Of The Sports Arena And The Arrival Of The Expo Line
Los Angeles Times

High-Speed Rail Meetings Set ("
Construction of a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Diego -- passing through San Bernardino and Riverside counties -- is more than a decade away. But planners are eliminating possible routes and trying to narrow in on viable options to study as part of a years-long environmental process.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

IRS Examining Loans To Alameda Corridor East's Projects
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

July Is The Wrong Month To Get On The 405

Los Angeles County Is Poised To Accelerate Its Rail Projects: With Financial Support From Measure R, A Voter-Approved Sales Tax, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Proposed $4.15 Billion Budget Could Pay For Planning Or Construction For Roughly A Dozen Lines
Los Angeles Times

May 16-20 Is Bike Week LA

Metro Staff Recommends Full 8.7 Mile Wilshire BOL, But City Council Will Make The Call
StreetsBlog LA

Metrolink Moves To Combat Fare Evasion
Los Angeles Times

Might Bullet Train Shoot Across The Grapevine?: Speculation Thick About Backroom Wrangling As Antonovich And Tejon Ranch Protest Study
Mountain Enterprise

Opinion: HSR's Allure More Than Just Speed
Bakersfield Californian

Orange County Transportation Authority Unveils Its New Open Space
Southern California Public Radio

Orange Line Busway Makes Tracks For Chatsworth: Work On The $216-Million Extension From Canoga Park To Chatsworth Passes The Halfway Point With Construction Begun On A Bridge Over The Lassen Street Train Tracks
Studio City Patch

Our View: New Train Service Great For Commute
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Our View: Taking The Temperature Of The Turnstiles
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Pico Park To Get More Parking As New "Transit Hub"
Whittier Daily News

Ring Around "Rosy": The "Magic Circle" Debacle At Wilshire And Western (How one of Los Angeles' busiest intersections briefly found itself with a roundabout in the 1920s, complete with 12-foot white cement compass topped with a flashing red light. It slowed traffic, which created a bigger problem)
Paradise Leased

San Dimas Storage Center Owners Battling Gold Line Plans
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Should Drivers Pay By Mile Instead Of The Gallon?
USA Today

Trade At L.A., Long Beach Ports In April Up 6.3%: The Nation's Largest Seaport Complex Handled More Cargo Containers For The 15th Straight Month, But Trade-Related Jobs Haven't Grown As Fast
Los Angeles Times

Transit Agency Secures Land For Open Space ("Transportation and environmental groups came together Friday to unveil the purchase of an 84-acre piece of open space that officials say will offset effects of future freeway projects.")
Orange County Register

Update: Regular Carpoolers Will Not Have To Pay To Use ExpressLanes
StreetsBlog LA

Valley Motorists Face Mid-July Nightmare On 405 Over Sepulveda Pass
Los Angeles Daily News

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