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4 Questions About The House Transportation Proposal
Transportation Issues Daily

After Five Years Of Study, Council Votes To Demolish 6th Street Viaduct
Blog Downtown

Alameda County Commission Proposes Ballot Measure To Increase Sales Tax For Transportation ("If the measure wins by the required two-thirds margin, Alameda would become only the second county in California to raise its transportation sales tax to a penny. Los Angeles County was the first.")
Silicon Valley Mercury News

America's Transportation Industries Favor Romney, Perry, And The GOP In 2012

Best US Cities For Living Car-Free? None Of The Above, Really
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Bev. Hills Courier's Big Scoop: Metro Does Mailings
StreetsBlog LA

Bill Would Give Veterans A Boost In Working For Transportation Projects
Washington Post

Billionaires, Insiders Plan To Place $10-Billion Tax Hike On 2012 California Ballot: Acting As The Think Long Committee, They Want To Change The Tax System To Increase Money For Public Schools And Universities And For Local Governments
Los Angeles Times

Blue Line Construction Interrupts Service: Metro Contractors And Crews Are Putting The Finishing Touches On The Rail Connection At Washington Boulevard And Flower Street
NBC Los Angeles

Bus Systems Are Miles Ahead On Green Transport Technology ("Green bus projects also create green transportation options in communities that aren’t usually associated with rock star public transportation systems. Long Beach, California, which is adjacent to Los Angeles, received funding for two separate green bus projects, one to replace diesel buses with hybrids and one to put electric buses “on a heavily trafficked, highly visible, popular circulator route.")

California High-Speed Rail Officials Say Effect Of Federal Cuts Will Be Minimal
San Francisco Examiner

Community Connections Expanding Its Transportation Services To 10 Inland Valley Cities
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Construction Authority Releases Interactive Maps Of Future Station Areas (Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority)
Explore The Maps Here

Criminals Using Subway To Make A Quick Getaway ("An uptick in thefts around the Lankershim Boulevard station, which is at the heart of North Hollywood and the terminus of the line, has become a big concern for police, who have upped patrols at the station and surrounding areas.")
Los Angeles Daily News

DesertXpress Right-Of-Way From Vegas To SoCal Approved

Does Transit-Laden Downtown Really Need A Streetcar?
Curbed LA

Downtown Home To Largest Bike Center In U.S.
Santa Monica Daily Press

Firefighters, Metrolink Kick Off Holiday Toy Drive
Burbank Leader

Five Myths About Your Gasoline Taxes

Funding Bill, Without High Speed Rail, Gets Obama Signature
Transportation Nation

How Green Is High-Speed Rail?

How The DC's Metro Opened Its Data ("The changes...suggest a road map for other organizations having their own open-data debates.")
Read Write Web

Investigation Uncovers Extravagant Spending By Metro Construction Authority
KCBS Los Angeles
Construction Authority Board Adopts New Policies To Enhance Agency's Transparency And Accountability: Newly Adopted Travel And Expense Guidelines Address Recently Identified Areas Needing Improvement
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Installing Now: Bright Green Bikeway Along Spring Street

Is The Housing Crash Fueling Suburbanization?
Wall Street Journal

L.A. Construction Authority, Caltrans OK Design For New Gold Line Bridge
Progressive Railroading

L.A. Council OKs Demolition Of 6th Street Bridge: Lawmakers Adopt A Modern Design Instead Of Trying To Duplicate Signature Arches Of The Crumbling Landmark Over The Los Angeles River
Los Angeles Times

LAO Weighs In On Rail Business Plan: Advisory Agency To State Legislature Raises Concerns About Funding Sources, Legality Of Project
Hanford Sentinel

New Setback For High-Speed Rail: House Vote To Strip Funding Creates More Uncertainty
NBC Los Angeles

A New Vision For D.C.'s Abandoned Street Car Tunnels
The Atlantic: Cities

New York Times: How To Be Confused About Transit
Human Transit

Omnitrans Celebrates 35 Years Of Service: Free Ride Day Set For November 25 (This Friday, the day after Thanksgiving)
Omnitrans Press Release

Pacific Surfliner Gets $21M To Start On Second Track Thru San Diego
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Parking Lots Are A Waste Of Space And A Drag On Growth

Practical Resources For Recruiting Minorities For Chief Executive Officers At Public Transportation Agencies (52p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Santa Monica Bike Infrastructure Upgrades Rolling In

Sour Economy Triggers Drop In Measure R Transportation Receipts ("The head of Los Angeles County's transportation agency said Friday that the region's sour economy has pushed down by 10% to 15% projected revenues from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax for road and transit improvements.")
Los Angeles Times

Surveillance Cameras Cost-Effective Tools For Cutting Crime, 3-Year Study Concludes
Urban Institute
Evaluating The Use Of Public Surveillance Cameras For Crime Control And Prevention (152p. PDF)
Urban Institute Justice Policy Center

A Transit City Is A Centralized City ("The multipolarity of other cities, for example Los Angeles, is not an asset. It would be an asset if those job centers were intense and could be easily served by transit; in reality, they have moderate intensity, nothing like that of the secondary centers of Tokyo or even New York, and serving many of them requires digging new subway lines. Burbank, on the legacy Metrolink network, could make a reasonable site for a transit-oriented secondary center, if commuter rail operations were modernized and local transit lines were extended to it; the Westside and Santa Monica do not, and the hope is that the investment in the Subway to the Sea could enable them to grow to reasonable size.")
Pedestrian Observations

TRB Webinar: Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide For Public Officials (December 13)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $21 Million To Improve California's Intercity Passenger Rail Service
U.S. DOT Press Release

User Pays ("Does the user pay model still hold up for transportation? Is there a better way to pay for infrastructure? Can users fully fund the roads, bridges, and railways they use? How much should users be on the hook for? What about taxpayers?")
National Journal Transportation Blog

The Value Of Transportation Enhancements; Or, Are Walking And Cycling Really Transportation? ("This issue receives considerable attention, despite the fact that enhancements represent less than 2% of total federal surface transportation expenditures, because it raises questions about future transport priorities, particularly the role of walking and cycling. In other words, should non-motorized modes be considered real transportation.")

Voters Nationwide Choose To Pay More For Transit

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