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Air-Quality Regulators To Study Health Effects Of San Bernardino Rail Yard: The In-Depth Examination Will Try To Determine Whether The Inland Shipping Hub Has Caused An Increase In Cancer And Asthma In Nearby Low-Income Communities
Los Angeles Times

Amtrak California Ridership And Revenue Rises Dramatically
Mountain Democrat

Amtrak Privatization Is Short-sighted; We Should Invest In Rail
The Hill

Announcing The Metro Library Twitter Daily, The Easiest Way To Keep Up With The Transportation Conversation -- Without Joining Twitter!
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

BART Teams Up With Google On New Scheduling Tool For Passengers ("The new service, called Google Live Transit Updates, will provide users with schedules, service advisories, and real-time departures and arrivals.")
San Francisco Examiner
Know When Your Bus Is Late With Live Transit Updates In Google Maps
(More details plus instructional video for the desktop and mobile live updates launched in Boston, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid & Turin)
Google Blog

The Case For Congestion Pricing

Chunky Cheetah Rides The Bus: A Committed Car Commuter Learns The Secrets Of Mass Transit When His Ride Breaks Down
Los Angeles Downtown News

Culver City Expo Stop Getting Retail-Fest The Platform
Curbed LA

DASH Fares Set To Rise July 1
Blog Downtown

The Financial Benefits Of Living In Transit-Friendly, Walkable Areas
The Atlantic
Want More Cash In Your Pocket? Live In A Neighborhood With Good Transportation Options

Freedom From Oil: Policy Solutions From The Livable Communities Task Force (25p. PDF)
Livable Communities Task Force, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Chairman

Gold Line Deal In Peril, Threatens Project's Future: Furious City Officials Said They Thought They Had A Final Deal In Place, But A Gold Line Attorney Insisted Tuesday That No Such Deal Exists. The Future Of The Gold Line Hangs In The Balance ("Seething Monrovia City Council members excoriated the Gold Line Construction Authority Tuesday and threatened to abandon a deal to bring a key piece of the Gold Line to Monrovia unless the two parties could come to terms in the next two weeks.")
Monrovia Patch

High-Speed Rail Can Cover Its Operating Costs: While Paying For Its Hefty Infrastructure Costs May Be Ambitious, Many High-Speed Rail Systems Cover Their Operating Costs And Even Turn A Small Operating Profit

If You See Something, Text Something
(New Jersey Transit rolls out a new "Text Against Terror" security campaign : “Texting is more discreet, so people can report their tip in a far more unobtrusive way.”)
Transportation Nation

Locals React To Upcoming 405 Closure: West Los Angeles Residents And Commuters React To The Planned Shutdown Of A 10-Mile Stretch Of The 405 Freeway
Brentwood Patch

Los Angeles Street Construction By 605 Freeway Slated For Early Completion
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

More L.A. Noire: The Google Maps And And Self-Guided Tour Edition (How Metro helps you get around to more than 30 sites featured in the new, much-hyped video game)

Parking Structures Get Sexy (photo-essay)
Sustainable Cities Collective

Planning Has Evolved In Transit-Oriented Development ("Riders need to be connected to the station not just by the land uses but by technology. It is a whole new world from the early days of the Gold Line. I came away from the Summit and the discussions with our San Gabriel Valley cities thinking that transit, especially light rail, is once again becoming an integral part of the transportation system in Southern California. Even more amazing, we are beginning to become more sophisticated transit riders, a trend that will grow as the number of riders increase - currently nearly 32,000 per day on the Gold Line.")
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

San Diego County Buses To Be Equipped With GPS For Real-Time Schedules: The Metropolitan Transit System Unveils A New System That Will Allow Bus Riders To Text To See How Far Away A Certain Bus Is
Rancho Bernardo Patch

Sen. Kerry Sees Progress On His Bill For An Infrastructure Bank
The Hill

South Pas Mayor Will Pitch SR710 Measure In Highland Park
Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

Team Chosen For LA Regional Connector ("Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has selected a joint venture of AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) to provide conceptual planning and preliminary design for the $1.4 billion Metro Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project, also known as the Downtown Connector or Downtown Light-Rail Connector. Construction on the connector could begin in 2013 and be completed by 2019, depending on the availability of federal funding. ")
Railway Age

Trucks Worth Millions Stay Idle At Port Of Los Angeles ("A highly-touted program to use electric trucks to cut down on pollution at the Port of Los Angeles has stalled.")

What It Takes To Preserve Environmental Justice In California
Huffington Post

Your JetBlue BUR Ticket Gets You A Free Metrolink Ride To and From The Airport

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