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A $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Creates 27 Million Jobs In 5 Years

AFL-CIO, Chamber Press Lawmakers For Infrastructure Funds
The Hill

America's Transportation Leaders Agree That Intelligent Transportation Is The Future Of Travel: Unified Support For "Connected Vehicles" On Display At The 18th World Congress On Intelligent Transportation Systems
Business Wire

Another Record Year On America's Rails ("After 2012, though, the situation could change considerably. The government-run railroad's prospects for privatisation have little to do with ridership records and a lot to do with which party controls Congress and the White House.")
The Economist

San Francisco Examiner

Beverly Hills Has A Major Earthquake Fault
LA Observed

Buffalo's Decrepit Train Station Becomes The City's Newest Classroom
The Atlantic: Cities

Walnut Patch

Fault Findings Break New Ground (The presence of the [West Beverly Hills Lineament] and the nearby Santa Monica fault, which is also active, make it too dangerous to build a Santa Monica Boulevard station for the new subway in Century City, Dolan and other scientists told a Metro committee Wednesday. They said that another proposed location for the station — at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars — was a better option because it showed no evidence of earthquake faults.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Fear And Loathing In Bakersfield (And The LA Times)
California High Speed Rail Blog

Here's LA County's First Bike Master Plan Since 1975
Curbed LA

How Salt Lake City Became A Leader In Transit-Oriented Development
StreetsBlog DC

Infrastructure Investing: The Next "It" Sector?
Washington Post

Inland Empire Is Showing Early Stirrings Of Recovery: Riverside And San Bernardino Counties Were Hit Hard By The Economic Downturn, But There Are Signs Of A Turnaround
Los Angeles Times

Jobs Again, Infrastructure-Style ("How does the recurring political theme of infrastructure and jobs play in to the debate over surface transportation funding? Where will the Democrats' infrastructure jobs campaign have more impact, in politics or policy? Are there broader economic themes that can surface as a result of this debate? Does the millionaire tax change the conversation?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

LaHood Looks To Transportation Colleagues To Put Americans Back To Work
AASHTO Journal

London Olympic Planners Work To Avoid Transport Chaos At Games, Recalling Atlanta Debacle
Washington Post

Mirisch Responds To Tainted MTA Presentation
Beverly Hills Courier

More Headaches For California's High-Speed Rail Project
The Atlantic

MTA Postpones Planned Closures Of Wilshire Ramps
Los Angeles Times

Newhall Metrolink Parking Expansion Groundbreaking On Monday Afternoon

Obama Jobs Plan: Highway Bill Next Up For Senate Vote
Los Angeles Times

Opportunities Abound For Transporting Goods By Tram -- If Properly Coordinated
Transport Politic

President Obama To Arrive In L.A. For Rush-Hour Traffic
("President Obama will return to Southern California on Monday evening, and the rolling street closures will be coming back with him -- just in time for the evening commute.")
Los Angeles Times

Purple Line Subway Extension Can Safely Avoid Earthquake Faults, Experts Say
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Rain Didn't Wreck The Expo Line, But Still No Firm Opening Date ("Once Metro determines that the system is safe to operate, the line will open to the public. Opening to La Cienega is still scheduled for later this year or early next year depending on how much time Metro needs for operator training and if any items need to be adjusted based on pre-revenue operations.")
Curbed LA

The Rampture Delayed Until 2012
Curbed LA

Rampture Postponed: Los Angeles Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief
Huffington Post

Record Amtrak Passengers Hint At Growing Demand For High-Speed Rail
Fox Business

River Revitalization Corp Sees A Retail Future For The Historic 7th Street Viaduct
Blog Downtown

See The World's Largest Interactive Urban Diorama In Long Beach! (" It’s of the city of Long Beach where you can experiences the many perspectives of the city from above and below.")
StreetsBlog LA

Seismic Experts Back Subway Under School

Senate Committee To Act On Transportation Authorization Bill
Transportation Issues Daily

Los Angeles Wave

Transit Asset Condition Reporting: A Synthesis Of Transit Practice (54p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Transit Systems In Peril: Why Care?
National League Of Cities

Van Nuys Blvd. Congestion Spurs New Transit Dreams ("The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is holding community meetings in the East Valley this week to discuss the plans and solicit ideas.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Why Computer Voices Are Mostly Female
("For example, transit systems such as the San Francisco Area's BART often use higher-pitched voices because they are easier to hear over the clatter of the train cars.")

With U.S. Infrastructure Aging, Public Funds Scant, More Projects Going Private ("There are at least 70 privately funded and managed infrastructure projects across the United States in various stages of development, according to a list compiled by the law firm Allen & Overy. These are part of a vast network of roads, bridges and tunnels — to say nothing of the subways, ports, airports and water systems — crying out for attention. Consider this: Over the past 60 years, the United States has built a 46,876-mile federal highway system that is now in dire need of repair. As a result, states have had to pour more of their transportation dollars into fixing aging highways and even in good times have little or nothing left over for new construction.")
Washington Post

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