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Metro Free On Christmas Eve & New Years Eve, Gold Line Monrovia, LA & LB Ports, Year In Review & More

We are taking a holiday break next week and will return January 3, 2012. We wish all our readers and supporters Happy Holidays and the best of everything in the coming New Year!

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Link$6 Billion Needed For Southern California's $40 Billion Need ("The region would need to spend $40 billion over the next 25 years to create the sort of walkable and bikeable communities it says it wants. That’s nearly eight times as much as SCAG is recommending.")
The Atlantic: Cities

2011 DOT Year In Review: FTA Connects Americans With Transit Investments
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Another Test In Providing A Transportation Network To Serve All Segments Of Society (Incorporating Greyhound service into multimodal transit stations)
Transportation Issues Daily

The Case For Business Investment In Public Transportation
Infrastructure USA

City Officials Reopen First Street Bridge
Rafu Shimpo

The Delusion And Deception In Megaproject Cost Estimates
The Atlantic: Cities

Editorial: U.S. Senate Bill Clouds Effort To Clean Up Trucks At Long Beach And L.A. Ports
Los Angeles Daily News

Free Bus And Rail Service Offered On Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve ("The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free bus and rail service on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The free rides are available between 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, then again Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Officials said the free service is a move to prevent drunk driving and promote a safe holiday season.")
Los Angeles Times
Officials Promote Free Rides On Christmas Eve And New Years Eve
The Source

Gold Line Board Moves To Condemn Monrovia Land ("The Gold Line Construction Authority will pursue eminent domain action to take Monrovia's land in case a court ruling effectively voids a $56 million deal it reached with the city.")
Monrovia Patch

A Look Inside The "Spectacular" $1.4B Fulton Street Transit Center (23 photos accompany story about Manhattan's new subway hub opening in 2014)
DNA Info

Los Angeles, Then And Now (1894-2011)
The Atlantic: Cities

NYC Transit Offers Email Alerts For Elevator And Escalator Status
Transit Wire

Opinion: Bay Area Airport Connector Should Be Cautionary Tale For LA Metro
California Progress Report

Opinion: Constellation Station On Track With The Facts
Beverly Hills Patch
Westwood-Century City Patch Version

SF Bay Transit Panel Squabbles Over HQ Membership
San Francisco Chronicle

Tanker Fire: $2 Million In Federal Aid Will Help Fix 60 Freeway
Los Angeles Times

Transit As A Stepping Stone To Prosperity
Regional Plan Association

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