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Amtrak Raises Age For Unaccompanied Minors
Railway Age

Amtrak's True Costs
The Economist

CA Senator: Vote On High-Speed Railway Again
One News Now

Calif. HSR Authority Unveils Small Biz Plan, Approves Funding
Metro Magazine

Catching An Early Bird Expo Line Ride
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

City Not Looking To Ban Bikes On Sidewalks, But Staff And Council Want Some Clarification
StreetsBlog LA

Commuter Transit Tax Benefit To Expire At End Of Year
Transportation Nation

Crashes vs. Congestion: What's The Cost To Society? (58p. PDF)

Editorial: Realistic Plan For High-Speed Rail Requires Patience ("I-5, which took from 1947 to 1979 to complete, segment-by-segment. It began in the Central Valley...It was called the 'road to nowhere.' It was called 'too expensive.' Today, it is the backbone of surface transportation in California.")
Sacramento Bee

Former Transportation Secretary Weighs In On Current Funding Fights (Norman Minetta)
The Hill

"Free The Streets" Promotes Bicycle Culture In South LA
USC Annenberg Intersections South LA

GOP Senators Have Different Views Of High-Speed Rail Plan
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Green Fading To Brown? ("The Community Redevelopment Agency -- struggling to stay ahead of a deteriorating loan -- has made a deal with developer Trammell Crow to sell a 20-acre parcel in what is supposed to be the city's "clean technology" corridor.")

The Hidden Toll Of Traffic Jams: Scientists Increasingly Link Vehicle Exhaust With Brain-Cell Damage, Higher Rates Of Autism
Wall Street Journal

Improving Travel Time Reliability (4p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Is Obama's Rail Initiative A "Train To Nowhere?": High-Speed Train Plan Draws Little Enthusiasm As California Costs Soar

L.A. Transit Officials Increase Night Service On Three On Three Rail Lines
Los Angeles Times

Let's Not Forget About Safety ("Are safety concerns overlooked in transportation policy discussions? Would a long-term highway bill make a real difference in reducing traffic collisions? What policies would have the biggest impact on reducing car crashes? Is there the political will to enact those changes? Can a focus on safety help the broader effort to enact a long-term highway bill?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Los Angeles' Disadvantaged Population Run Over By Lack Of Transit Options, Again
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

MAP-21: Possible Impacts Of Revised Core Transportation Programs
Transportation Issues Daily

Megabus Forecasts 70% Increase In Holiday Bus Travel
Metro Magazine

Metro Boosts Late Evening Train Service
StreetsBlog LA

Metro Expands Blue, Purple, And Red Subway Lines: L.A. Metro Will Expand Its Services To Offer More Frequent Trains During Evening Hours
USC Annenberg TV News

Metro Launches "More Trains, More Often" With Shorter Waits, Shorter Trains ("Trains on Metro's three highest-ridership rail lines will run every 10 minutes from 6pm to midnight under the transit agency's "More Trains More Often" pilot project.")
Blog Downtown

Metro Will Run More Night Trains, But Still On Cinderella Time
Curbed LA

NYC DOT To Roll Out Smart Parking Tech In 2012
StreetsBlog NY

Officials Hope Pace Buses On I-55 Shoulders Will Double Ridership: Transportation Pilot Project Aimed At Cutting Congestion
Chicago Tribune

Public Private Partnerships: An Update
Transportation Issues Daily

Route, Price Tag Frame Rail Debate

Senate's Draft Transpo Bill Ends Earmarks But Weakens Bike-Ped Programs
StreetsBlog DC

Southern California Voters To Local Lawmakers: "We Want You To Invest In Public Transportation!"
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Tolls Thin Traffic In Bay Bridge Carpool Lanes ("Toll changes on the Bay Bridge have cleared out carpool lanes and improved traffic speed when the bridge is most congested, a study by UC Berkeley transportation researchers has concluded.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Train Porn With Zev: County Supervisor Rides The Expo Line
Curbed LA

Trip Tracking Via Smartphone: A Cool Way To Engage High School Students
UC Berkeley ITS Transportation Letter

Wednesday: Forum On Broadway Development And Streetcar
Blog Downtown

When Mass Transit Riders Attack ("Bad as things are for passengers, it may be an even worse time to be a transit worker. In several large cities, passenger abuse of workers is on the rise.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Why I Gave Up The Bus...For A Bike

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