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Are America's Subways And Roads Overpriced?
Washington Post

Are Toll Lanes The Answer To Traffic Congestion?: The Orange County Transportation Authority Board Held A Special Meeting To Discuss Policy At A Time When Toll Proposals Are Spreading In The Region
Orange County Register

Bike Garages Hit Los Angeles Area
Bike Radar

Council Considers Adding Bike Lanes To Weh0's Major Streets: Bicycle Task Force Recommends Adoption Of Bike Lanes On Fountain Avenue, San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards
West Hollywood Patch

Editorial: Public Supports Do-Over On Rail Question
Los Angeles Daily News

Experts Struggle To Express Direness Of Infrastructure Problem To A Wary Public
Washington Post

The Future Of Cities? An Unusual Way Of Untangling Gridlock (video interview with New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan)

Good News For Bikes In Expo Phase II
StreetsBlog LA

High-Speed Rail Has A Bad Day

Imagine: Rapid Transit From Sherman Oaks To Lakeview Terrace ("Metro is considering a Rapidway project running between Ventura Boulevard and Lakeview Terrace, via light rail, streetcar or bus.")
Sherman Oaks Patch

It's Time To Meet 21st Century Realities With 21st Century Rail
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

LaHood Defends High-Speed Rail Program At House Hearing
StreetsBlog DC

LaHood Squares Off With Critics Of High-Speed Rail
The Hill

Manhattan Beach Examines Trolley Plan
Daily Breeze

Mass Appeal: LA's New Embrace Of Public Transit ("A new survey of Southern California voters sponsored by Move LA, Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Lung Association in CA found that 80% of respondents supported local government expanding public transit — which includes trains, buses and light rail.")

New AASHTO President Says Innovation Must Pave The Way During Lean Times (video)
AASHTO via YouTube

Southbound 405 To Close For Freeway Widening Project: According To Metro, Lanes Will Start Closing at 10P.M. From Dec. 6-8 And Dec. 13

Swedish Group Offers Insurance For Public Transit Scofflaws (" (which roughly translates to "free ride now") has been offering a $15 a month insurance plan that will pay the $175 fine for any policyholders who get caught not having paid their fare. has commuters' best interests at heart: they think public transit should be free. Swedish authorities beg to differ and have spent millions to replace those turnstiles with hop-resistant glass panels.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Track Work Curtails Some Metrolink, Amtrak Trains This Weekend ("Heads up for those thinking about hopping on a train this weekend to go Christmas shopping in Orange and San Diego counties.")
Los Angeles Times

Transit Tax Break To Be Sliced As Parking Tax Break Increases
California Streets Blog

Transportation Forecast ("As both parties hone their job-creation messages, transportation infrastructure spending has emerged as a key area ripe for action. But how to pay for much-needed projects as gas tax receipts dwindle remains a bone of contention.")

Urban Retailers Call For More Transit, Less Parking ("The nation’s top retailers agreed that the need for mass transportation is beginning to outweigh the need for traditional parking design, according to speakers during day two of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ 2011 New York National Conference & Deal Making event.")
Globe St.

Was Ridesharing Ignored In The Senate Transportation Bill?
StreetsBlog DC

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