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2011 Congested Corridors Report (94p. PDF : "The inaugural 2011 Congested Corridors Report is the first nationwide effort to identify reliability problems at specific stretches of highway responsible for significant traffic congestion at different times and different days. Analyses are performed along 328 specific (directional) freeway corridors in the United States.")
Texas Transportation Institute
Press Release

AECOM Announces Appointment Of New Transportation Group Chief Executive
Market Watch

AEG Reveals New, Open Design For Farmers Field
Los Angeles Times

Arts For Transit: A Conversation With Sandra Bloodworth (In 1982, the New York MTA started a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement program to rehabilitate the transit system. In 1985, as part of the program, they introduced 'Arts for Transit' that promoted design excellence by bringing artworks into the MTA stations. "Today, 'Arts for Transit' oversees a number of programs that bring visual art and performance to the MTA network)
Urban Omnibus

Budget Deal Eliminates Funds For High-Speed Rail ("Congressional negotiators have agreed to eliminate funding for high-speed rail and trim community policing grants to $200 million in the current fiscal year.")
USA Today

CA Cyclists Call On Boxer To Respect Right To The Road
StreetsBlog LA

Central Valley County Sues To Stop State From Building Bullet Train There (Days after the CAHSR Authority was dealt a serious setback over its environmental analysis for the San Jose to SF segment, a new suit has been filed by Kings County)
Silicon Valley Mercury News

CEQA At 40: A Look Back, And Ahead (Full coverage of an all-day conference Nov. 4 which brought together policymakers from all three branches of government, environmental lawyers, academics and students for a thoughtful examination of CEQA’s history and future)
California Environmental Law & Policy Center / UC Davis School Of Law
Conference Agenda

Could A Fuel Tax Hike Be Headed To A Statehouse Near You?
Land Line

CTA Board Approves Modern Fare-Collection System: Open Standards System Will Improve Convenience For Customers, Save Money (Chicago is the largest city to adopt the new technology to date)

Cyclists Get Their Own Parking Structure At Burbank Metrolink Station
Burbank Leader

Downtown Advocates Urge Transit Over Cars: Forum Addresses Transportation Issues Of The Future
San Diego Union-Tribune

Exports Post Gains At Port Of Los Angeles: Outbound Cargo Rises 28% Over Last October, With 2011 Poised To Set A Record, But Advances Can't Compensate For Weak Import Figures
Los Angeles Times

Eyes On The Street: Subsidizing Parking For Expo Meetings
StreetsBlog LA

Future "Gateway To San Gabriel Valley" Moves Forward ("The I-210 Gold Line Bridge, which will one day serve as the "Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley," moved closer to completion with the approval of its final design by Caltrans and the Construction Authority, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority announced today. The bridge is the first component of the 11.5-mile Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa to advance from the design phase to the construction phase.")
Market Watch

How A Shaken City Kept Steady Nerves: When Tokyo Region's Technologies And Transit System Were Toppled By Quake, People Improvised And Got Home Safely

How Green Is High-Speed Rail? (" Unless high-speed rail travel reduces emissions by more than what it generates during construction, the project may not be worthwhile from an environmental perspective. Indeed, some researchers have their doubts.")
The Atlantic: Cities

In Search Of Westside Mobility

Installation Of Spring Street Bike Lanes Underway
Blog Downtown

Lantana Media Center To Construct 1500-Foot Wall Before Expo Line Construction Begins: MTA To Re-Acquire Land Used To Park 450 Cars In January
Santa Monica Mirror

LaHood Still Waiting For Congress To Authorize Next-Step Funding For High-Speed Rail
Medill Reports

LAWA Working On Proposal To Develop Land North Of LAX
Daily Breeze

Local Economic Implications Of Urban Bicycle Networks
This Big City

Los Angeles Has America's Top 3 "Congested Corridors," Including 110 Freeway: We Waste A Lot Of Gas, Too
LA Weekly

Los Angeles' Streetcar Plans: Too Duplicative Of Existing Services?
Transport Politic

Metro Unveils Plan For Student Safety On Game Days
USC Daily Trojan

Mica Warns Boxer On Highway Trust Fund: House Plans Hearing On "Drill Bill"
StreetsBlog DC

More Evidence That Bike Facilities Are good For Local Businesses
StreetsBlog Network

New "Light And Airy" Design for Farmers Field Unveiled
Blog Downtown

Port Of L.A.'s Proposed Rail Yard Raising Hackles Of Residents
Daily Breeze

Rep. Mica: Highway Bill "70 To 80 Percent Completed"
The Hill

Section Of Harbor Freeway Named Nation's Most Congested: Los Angeles Dominates New Traffic Congestion Report
NBC Los Angeles

SFMTA Audit Spotlights Poor Project Management, Cost Overruns
StreetsBlog SF

"Smart" Card For SF Parking, Taxis And Maybe Muni In The Works
San Francisco Chronicle

Speed Up Measure R Spending To Fix LA Streets? Not So Fast

TIGER III Requests Exceed Available Funding 27 To 1
StreetsBlog DC

Transit And TIGER Funding Preserved In Compromise Spending Bill
Transportation For America

Transportation And Food Access Idea 3: Regional Food Hubs
StreetsBlog LA

Two Downey-Area Freeways Make List Of Nation's Most Congested
Downey Beat

Urban Transformation Through Transit-Oriented Development And The Sustainable City: Hollywood & Highland And Pico / San Vicente
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Westwood Is The Priciest College "Town" In The US
Curbed LA

Why American Roads Are So Bad ("Planners of the country-wide network did not predict the massive shipping shift from rail to the road, so the damage inflicted by trucks was quick. See, 80,000 pound big rigs don't just do 40 times the damage of 2000 pound cars; because of the way the weight is distributed, the effect is, in fact, much more severe.")

Zipcar To Expand Car Sharing Service In Los Angeles
Southern California Public Radio

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