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Wilshire Bus Lanes, LA Transit Paintjobs, 405 Closure, Regional Connector, Villaraigosa Leads Mayors, Bicycling's Gender Gap & More

10 Most Convenient Cities In America ("Despite its reputation as a driving city, Los Angeles' public transportation logs some serious miles. The city's buses alone handled more than 88 million passengers a year.")
The Street

Amtrak: Is It really The Same Old Debate? ("With government budgets strained to their breaking points, does Mica's proposal make sense now, even if it hasn't in the past? Are there areas where public-private partnerships legitimately can shift the burden away from taxpayers to provide passenger rail? Have private-sector companies been shut out of the passenger-rail business as a result of Amtrak? Are there elements of Mica's plan that can be put into place separating Amtrak from the Northeast Corridor?")
National Journal Transportation Blog

As Villaraigosa Takes Helm, National Mayors' Group Backs Red Light Cameras
Los Angeles Times

Bicycling's Gender Gap: It's The Economy, Stupid
How To Get More Bicyclists On The Road: To Boost Urban Bicycling, Figure Out What Women Want
Scientific American

Can Transit-Only Streets Work In Small Cities?
Human Transit

Charles Moore's Los Angeles ("Architect Charles Moore was an intellect and practitioner that loved Los Angeles, pushing the envelope of the city's nostalgia and utopianism while simultaneously embracing them.")

City Council Approves Plans For Bus-Only Lane
UCLA Daily Bruin

Determining Highway Maintenance Costs (101p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Gas Prices Ease For Summer, But Don't Relax Yet

Gasoline Prices Fall Again, But The Bottom May Be Near
Los Angeles Times

Great Green Uses For Wasted Infrastructure
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

House Proposal To End Two Transit Programs Could Impact $15 Billion In Projects (21p. report : "Eliminating the New Starts and Small Starts programs would leave municipal, state and transit authority applicants around the country short of money they were counting on. In some cases, they have contractual obligations to construction companies that were written on the expectation of federal grants. In at least two cases, they have paid the bills and are awaiting federal money.")
Bloomberg Government

How Walkable Is Your Street, Neighborhood Or City?
(Promising new street-level app)
Rating Walkability By Combining Open Data And Crowdsourcing

L.A. Transit Paintjobs Of The Past: King Tut, Disneyland & Other Notable Livery
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Sworn In As 69th President Of The U.S. Conference Of Mayors
PR Newswire

Mayors Declare Support For President Obama's High-Speed Rail Initiative
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Meeting On 405 Closure Scheduled For Thursday Night: Officials To Answer Questions At Skirball Center About July 16-17 Freeway Shutdown
Sherman Oaks Patch

Mica Accedes To Dems' Request To Delay Action On Rail Privatization
StreetsBlog DC

Note To City Council: Don't Forget The Transportation Plan For The Stadium
StreetsBlog LA

Public Invited For Update On Regional Connector Plans
Blog Downtown

Streets Built For Bikes And Pedestrians Also Yield More Jobs
StreetsBlog Network
Pedestrian And Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study Of Employment Impacts (15p. PDF)
University Of Massachusetts, Amherst Political Economy Research Institute

The True Cost Of Gasoline: $15 Per Gallon
The City Fix
The Price Of Gas (video)
Center For Investigative Reporting

To Spend Or Not To Spend: Addressing The Federal Role In Transportation ("At last count, EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer, D-CA, and ranking Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma were also touting early-to-mid July to roll out their version of the bill.")
Land Line

USC Students And Faculty Will Benefit From Expo Line
Brigham Yen

With Nat Ford's Departure, What's Next For SFMTA?
Transportation Nation

World Going Through Period Of Intense Urbanization: What Does This Mean For Transit?

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