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Leimert Park Station, Glendora Gold Line, Westchester Yard, Train Terror Threat?, Grapevine HSR, Gas Tax & More

2025: The Future Of Mobility And Our Cities
This Big City

Al Qaeda Considered Derailing Trains, Interested In Los Angeles: A Nationwide Alert Has Been Issued Regarding U.S. Rail Security

Al Qaeda Sought To Target U.S. Train Network
Wall Street Journal

Amtrak: 40 Years, $40 Billion -- For National Train Day, Let's Look At The Company's Financial Failures
National Review

Big Blue Bus System Could See Digital Advertising
Santa Monica Daily Press

Could Obama Ditch The Gas Tax?

Crenshaw Rail Line: Let's Avoid Being Taken For A ride
Our Weekly

For LADOT GM, The Honeymoon Is Way Past Over: Six Month Report Card

Fountain Avenue Could Get Bike Lanes ("Fountain Avenue could become a major bicycle thoroughfare with bike lanes on both sides and car traffic reduced to just a single lane in each direction through West Hollywood.")
West Hollywood Patch

Funding Mass Transit Security After Bin Laden
StreetsBlog DC

Gold Line Authority Offers Two Parking Designs For Glendora Station
Glendora Patch

High-Speed Rail Planners Revive Grapevine Route: The California High Speed Rail Authority Board Votes To Reconsider Building The First 500-Mile Leg Portion Of The L.A.-To-Bay Area Line Along Interstate 5. That Plan Had Been Discarded In Favor Of A Circuitous Route Through The Antelope Valley. Now, Both Plans Will Be Considered
Los Angeles Times

A History Nerd's Guide To L.A.: Nine Major Historical Documents In The City Right Now (A 1915 Los Angeles Traffic Plan and a 1928 wall-sized transit map, both in the Metro Transportation Library's collection, are in good company alongside copies of the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible and other rare treasures)
LA Weekly

Hollywood Dreamin': Decking LA's Highway 101
This Big City

In Crenshaw, Overwhelming Support For Leimert Park Station
StreetsBlog LA

Info From Osama Raid Shows Interest In US Trains
Associated Press

Iteris Signs $1.3 Million Transportation Contract: The Santa Ana-Based Traffic Management Firm Will Help Improve Mobility On L.A. Corridors
OC Metro

LA On Osama's "Hit List": Bin Laden May Have Been Ready To Strike Against The City Of Angels
NBC Los Angeles

Last Stop: Leimert Park

Leimert Park Deserves A Light Rail Station: The MTA Is Bringing Light Rail To The Crenshaw Corridor, But Not To Leimert Park, The Vibrant Neighborhood A Longtime Resident And Transportation Activist Calls "Our Little Africa"
Los Angeles Times

Leimert Park Station, A Must
Los Angeles Sentinel

Metro's 2012 Budget Represents The Changing Tide In The "Bus v Rail" Debate
StreetsBlog LA

Mineta Transportation Institute Survey: Opinions About Federal Transportation Tax Options
PR Newswire
What Do Americans Think About Federal Transportation Tax Options? Preliminary Results From Year 2 Of A National Survey (18p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

Obama Wants To Study Viability Of Mileage-Based Fee For Transpo Revenue
StreetsBlog DC
Well That Was Quick: Obama Disavows Mileage Fee Proposal
StreetsBlog DC

Pay Per Mile: A Timely Tax Idea, Or A Privacy Threat?

Recovery Act: Use Of Transportation Funds, Outcomes, And Lessons Learned (22p. PDF)
United States Government Accountability Office

Reps. Matsui, Latourette Introduces Complete Streets Bill
StreetsBlog DC

Second Look At High Speed Rail Through SCV: Board Will Consider Proposals That Include A Local Station For High-Speed Train Through California
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Stop The Potential PLAs On MTA Projects In California ("The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering whether to place a PLA on all of their projects funded by the voter-approved Measure R and other federal funds.")
The Truth About Project Labor Agreements

Tolls On Orange County Road May Be Extended Another 6 Years: The Operators Of The San Joaquin Hills Tollway Want To Restructure Bond Payments On About $430 Million Of $2.1 Billion In Debt, Pushing Back The Maturity Dates To 2042
Los Angeles Times

Torrance Wins $18.1M Grant To Build New Transit Center
Daily Breeze

Transit Officials To Feds: Stop Scrimping On Security

Transit Ridership Up Due To Rising Gas Prices ("The Gold Line, a light rail line that connects Pasadena, CA to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, saw a 10 percent increase in ridership in March 2011 over March of 2010. Transit officials expect even higher ridership as the area’s 12 percent unemployment rate goes down and people head back to work.")

Transportation And Representation: It's Time To Put Up Or Shut Up (Leimert Park station)
Our Weekly

Transportation Officials Say Federal Funding Is Needed For San Bernardino County Projects
Fontana Herald News

Urban Wetlands In Los Angeles ("The 9-acre site under construction at 54th and Avalon is an old MTA bus repair area.")
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Westchester: Arbor Vitae/Bellanca Location Chosen For Light Rail Maintenance Yard ("The maintenance facility site will serve the Metro Green Line and Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, as well as the proposed Green Line extensions to the South Bay and Los Angeles International Airport.")

Women's Issues In Transportation: Summary Of The 4th International Conference: Technical Papers (298p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board

Your Monthly Gasoline Bill: $368

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Metro Budget, Expo II, Beverly Hills Subway, Caltrans, Grapevine HSR, Metrolink Station Walk Scores, Podcars, $20 Per Gallon & More

$20 Per Gallon: How The Inevitable Rise In The Price Of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives For The Better
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Aboard The L Train, Luncheon Is Served
("In the era of pop-up restaurants and speakeasies, flash mobs and social stunts, it was perhaps inevitable that a formal luncheon for a dozen people would be staged aboard the Brooklyn-bound L train.")
New York Times

Analysis: Americans Go From Rage To Resignation Over $4 Gasoline

Apps Contest Winners Need Better Government Data To Sustain Innovative Services
Government Technology

Are Metrolink Stations In The Middle Of Nowhere?
("Using data from the Metrolink website, I made an Excel spreadsheet containing the name of each station, which of the six Metrolink lines it serves, which county it is in, the number of parking spaces, and its “Walk Score” number.")
More Than Red Cars

California Has $2 Billion In Unexpected Tax Revenue: Tax Income Has Been Outpacing Forecasts -- Good News As Sacramento Struggles With A $15-Billion Budget Deficit
Los Angeles Times

California High-Speed Rail Authority Meeting Tomorrow -- More Changes?

Caltrans Audit Questions Management Practices Of San Gabriel Council Of Governments
Whittier Daily News

City Hires Consulting Firm Against MTA
Beverly Hills Patch

Does The Blended Plan Work?
California High Speed Rail Blog

Foothill Boulevard Bike Lane Before The Foothill Trails NC
LADOT Bike Blog

Gensler Going To Make Downtown Carless But Gondolafied
Curbed LA

High Speed Rail To LAX
Blogging LA

High-Speed Rail's Weak Link Is Security: Keeping Trains Safe And Keeping Trains Moving Has Been A Balancing Act In Germany, And So Far All The Weights Are On The Side Of No Waiting

Highway Bill Draft High On Tolls, User Fees
Fleet Owner

Highway Call Boxes Becoming Obsolete
San Francisco Chronicle

I-5 Grapevine Back As High-Speed Rail Route Option
Fresno Bee

International Energy Agency's Top Economist Says Oil Peaked In 2006

L.A. Conservancy: "Juices Churning" On Spring Street Bridge Project
StreetsBlog LA

LaHood To Announce Bus Safety Measures
Transportation Nation

The Lonely Podcar: Who Will Take A Chance On Personal Rapid Transit?

Major State Transportation Legislation, 2010
(20p. PDF : Survey of state transportation legislation across the country)
National Conference Of State Legislatures

Measure Envisions Ontario Airport Split From LAX: Benoit Would Like Riverside County To Have Role; Overall Idea Still In Its Infancy
Desert Sun

Metro's Constellation Blvd Station, Donald Trump And The Truth
Huffington Post

Metro's Proposed Budget: Fares And Wages The Same, Spending On Rail Construction Upped

Metro's Record-Setting $4.2-Billion Budget Heavy On L.A. Rail Projects (“Metro will be advancing one of the largest public works programs in the nation’s history in [fiscal year] 2012, with a dozen major transit and 15 highway projects in various stages of development,” Metro Chief Executive Art Leahy said in a
Los Angeles Times

NYC Transit Coating Cars In More Ads, "Dominating" Stations, Too
Transportation Nation

Obama Administration Floats Draft Plan To Tax Cars By The Mile
The Hill

Opinion: Project Delays Mean Lost Jobs And Increased Costs
Pasadena Star-News

Paying For Gas Forces Painful Sacrifices

Pedestrian Perfection: The 11 Most Walk-Friendly U.S. Cities
The Atlantic

Republicans Still Swear Drill, Baby Drill Is The Best Way To Lower Gas Prices
StreetsBlog DC

Reduced Car Traffic For Subway Construction Praised By Businesses
StreetsBlog SF

Return Of Proposed Grapevine High-Speed Rail Route Could Threaten Connection To Las Vegas

Ridesharing Gets Official "Stamp" Of Approval
("The United States Postal Service recently issued a Go Green commemorative stamp series, and among its 16 designs are four ‘Forever’ stamps featuring rideshare options.")
UCLA Be A Green Commuter!

Talk Of 241 Toll Road Extension Gets Rolling Again
Orange County Register

Topanga Man Pleads Guilty To $7 Million Ponzi Scheme Targeting Retired Transit Employees
Beverly Hills Courier

U.S. Lawmakers Examine Terrorist Threat To Mass Transit Systems
Voice Of America

Weather And Climate Impacts On Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety (88p. PDF)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Work On Expo Phase II Starting, Despite Lawsuit Appeal
Curbed LA

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.


Metro Budget, Metro Express Service, Transit Security, Infill, Gas Prices Poll, Bunker Hill, Transportation Infrastructure Survey, Fred Harvey & More

72% Say $5-A-Gallon Gas Likely By July 1
Rasmussen Reports

America Fast Forward With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Engineering News-Record

America's Mayors Say No More Bridges To Nowhere: Oppose Gas Tax Unless More Is Invested In Metro Areas To Rebuild Roads And Bridges And Expand Transit
(3p. PDF)
United States Conference Of Mayors Press Release

Metropolitan Transportation Infrastructure Survey (8p. PDF)
United States Conference Of Mayors

Bin Laden Backlash? What US Cities Are Doing To Stop Terrorist Attacks
(Both Los Angeles and transit in general are discussed)
Christian Science Monitor

Bullet Train Could Run Up Grapevine After All

California Infill Builders Association: For Infill Builders, By Infill Builders

The Planning Report

D.C. Students To Get Electronic Transit Passes For Metro Use
Washington Post

The DesertXpress Media Event Was A Dud: Trouble For High-Speed Rail?

Vegas Inc.

Fred Harvey Architect Mary Colter's Last Two Gifts To Los Angeles

LA Observed

Freedom Rides Turn 50
The Takeaway

Fresno High-Speed Rail Routes Might Change

Fresno Bee

Help Plan The Future Of Bunker Hill: With Project Area Expiring, Community Needs Zoning Plan

Los Angeles Downtown News

Is There A Future For Airships?: A Safer Era Of Airships, Otherwise Known As Dirigibles, Is Trying To Usher In A Low-Carbon Future For Air Cargo

Scientific American

Long Beach Gearing Up For National Bicycle Month Celebrations

Long Beach Post

Long Beach Mayor Foster Proposes Fix For Redevelopment ("With the future of redevelopment in California still in question, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster has a proposal that could settle the state's det while allowing redevelopment to continue.")
The Planning Report

Mayors Rebel Against State-Controlled Highway Expansion, Fight For Transit
StreetsBlog DC

Metro Proposes Budget Increase: Agency Warns Possible Cuts In State, Federal Funding May Have Impact

Los Angeles Daily News

Metro Urged To Add A Leimert Park Stop On The Crenshaw Line: The Agency Cites Costs And Other Planned Stops Nearby

Los Angeles Times

National Train Day
(Saturday, May 7 : nationwide celebration featuring events, promotions, children's programming and more)
National Train Day

Los Angeles Union Station Event Schedule

New Livable Streets Group Rises In Alhambra

StreetsBlog LA

Pain From Increased Gas Prices Is Mostly Mental

American Public Media Marketplace

President Obama's Transportation Bill Prioirtizes Livability, High-Speed Rail
StreetsBlog DC

Ray LaHood: A Driving Force In White House
("LaHood has...successfully managed $48 billion in stimulus money for rail, airport and highway upgrades. He is praised for his accessibility, plain-spoken demeanor and crusades to end distracted driving and protect airline passengers from endless tarmac delays. And his tech-savvy administration has earned him a legion of followers on Twitter and Facebook.")

Rep. Mica Worried Transit Systems Will Be Targeted For Bin Laden Retaliation
The Hill

Will Metro Ever Offer Express Service?
("Metro "hasn't ruled out" express service. But they currently have no plans to experiment with it either. Nor is express service being accounted for in Metro's various Measure R projects. But it's time we start thinking about this issue. In 30 years LA could have the cleanest, most comprehensive rail system in America. But if it takes people an hour-and-a-half to get to work on public transit, odds are, they're not going to use it.")

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.


Metrolink Expansion, Westside Subway, Union Station's Birthday & Origin, Post-Bin Laden Transit Security, BRT, SoCal Demographics, "Peak Car?" & More

72 Years Ago Today, Union Station Is Born: The Story And Photos From The Citywide Fight Over A Central Rail Terminal
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

As Gas Prices Rise, So Does Bus Ridership
Transportation Nation

California Bridge Toll Contest Launches Online

Silicon Valley Mercury News

Chart: Even More Proof We Can't Drill Our Way To Lower Gas Prices

Circuits Beneath The Freeway (Spectacular series of photos chronicles the story of adapted urban space beneath Seattle's I-5 freeway)
Free Association Design

City Prefers Its Own Transportation Census, Thank You
New York Times

Cyclists, City At Odds Over Bike Plan Implementation
StreetsBlog LA

Do We Need More Highways? ("Are the mayors right that the United States doesn't need anymore new highways? If they are wrong, where should new highway construction take place? If they are right, how should infrastructure spending be allotted among public transit projects and road and bridge maintenance? Does it make sense to devote any gas tax funds to public transportation?")
National Journal Transportation Blog

Editorial: Southern California's Great Migration: Amid Shifting Demographics, Southern California Has Another Chance To Master The Art Of Planning For Sustainable Growth

Los Angeles Times

End Of The Road: With Studies Showing A Decline In Car Use, Are We Seeing The Beginning Of The End For The Car?

Long Bus, Short Wait ("At least 83 cities worldwide have copied Curitiba's BRT system.")

Metrolink Hosts Media Events For May 9 Express Train And Service Expansion Launch
PR Newswire

More Roaming Billboards: Culver City Bus Gets In On Ad Action
Curbed LA

MTA: BH Courier Story On Subway Expansion Misleading: The Agency Says A Decision On The Route For The Westside Subway Has Not Been Made
Beverly Hills Patch

On Amtrak's 40th, Celebrating A Historic Past And Anticipating A Bright Future
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Osama Bin Laden Death: Sheriff Warns Residents To Be Watchful For Terrorist Reprisals
Los Angeles Times

Proposal Could Get CA Bullet Trains Running Sooner
Monterey County Herald

Real Time Traffic: "The Big Revolution Is Two-Way Traffic Data"

GPS Business News

San Francisco To Los Angeles On Public Transit: 30 Hours, 14 Transfers, & Only $45,25
California Streets

Security Beefed Up In Los Angeles Following Bin Laden's Death: Sheriff Baca Says Los Angeles County's Transit System Is His Biggest Concern

Special Report: Higher Gas Prices Create Boon For Gold Line Ridership
Pasadena Star-News

Strategies To Attract And Retain A Capable Transportation Workforce (148p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

The Subway's Elevator Operators, A Reassuring Amenity Of Another Era
New York Times

"Ten Best" Rankings: The #1 Way To Confuse And Disempower
Human Transit

The Top Schools For Urban Planners (Two of the top 10 in the U.S. are in Los Angeles)

TRB Webinar: Expedited Planning And Environmental Review Of Highway Projects (May 4)
Transportation Research Board

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Daily, our online digest in newspaper format updated every day.


Expo Buffer Zone, Beverly Hills Subway, National Train Day, Amtrak At 40, American Transportation Outlook, Monrovia Trolley & More

500 Million People Worldwide To Use Their Mobiles As Metro And Bus Tickets By 2015
Juniper Research Press Release

Amtrak Offers Free Train Rides For Children Through Early June

Los Angeles Times

Antonovich Wants Faster Safer SCV Metrolink

BBB Wants To Diversify Its Advertising Portfolio
Santa Monica Daily Press

Beverly Hills Subway Line Could End Up Under Famous "90210" High School
LA Weekly

Despite A Rough Road For Public Transit, There Are Positive Signs (interview with William Millar, APTA president)
Boston Globe

Destination Sustainability: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Freight Transportation In North America (76p. PDF)
Commission For Environmental Cooperation

Digging A Hole: What's Behind America's Aversion To Fixing It First?
StreetsBlog Network

Festival Of Books: A New World Order Of Maps (Google And Mapquest) Changes How We Engage With Cities
Los Angeles Times

Hop Aboard, Celebrate National Train Day
Ventura County Star

Hollywood Way Ramp Opens: New Entryway Onto The 134 Freeway Is One Bright Spot Amid Ongoing Roadwork
Burbank Leader

Hopping Aboard The Fiber Optic Train (The story of LA Metro's digital subway signs produced in Chino)
San Bernardino Sun

How SM Could Become The Cycling Envy Of The Nation
Santa Monica Patch

How To Get People To Adopt More Climate-Friendly Behaviors
StreetsBlog DC

Law Defines A Bicycle As A "Slow-Moving Vehicle": Many People Are Not Familiar With Bicycle Traffic Laws

Sherman Oaks Patch

Life In The Slow Lane: Americans Are Gloomy About Their Economy's Ability To Produce. Are They Right To Be? We Look At Two Areas Of Concern, Transport Infrastructure And Innovation
The Economist
Economist Takes Scathing Look At US Transportation Infrastructure

Local Transportation Projects Threatened Without State Budget Solutions, Transit Leaders Say
("Officials representing various transit organizations, the Gold Line and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority warned about the impact on transportation in the San Gabriel Valley if the state doesn't have a budget in place by July.")
Whittier Daily News

Long Beach Transit Copes With Increasing Fuel Prices
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Los Angeles Tries To Accelerate Transit: Will It Work Here? ("If approved by Congress, the Los Angeles plan would constitute a new kind of federal-local partnership in transportation investment. "We think it's a pretty intriguing idea.")

Mayors Focus On City Designs Amid Budget Shortfalls (Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter are interviewed)

Monrovia Prepares For Gold Line By Eliminating Old Town Trolley
Pasadena Star-News

MTA Says Courier Story On Subway Expansion Was Misleading: The Agency Says A Decision On The Purple Line Has Not Been Made, Contrary To A Beverly Hills Courier Post That Seems To Imply A MTA Report Favors Tunneling Under Beverly Hills High School
Westwood-Century City Patch

Napolitano Tour To Highlight Anti-Terrorism Efforts At Port Of Los Angeles ("Already launched at other potential terrorist targets, such as Los Angeles International Airport, Union Station and NBA games, the campaign asks public and private interests to remain vigilant in keeping the nation safe.")
Los Angeles Times

National Transportation Statistics 2011 -- First Quarter Update
U.S. DOT Bureau Of Transportation Statistics

New Group Opposes High-Speed Bus Line In San Bernardino
Redlands Daily Facts

A Note On The Future Of American Transportation ("Objections to the Obama Administration's high-speed rail initiative are indicative of a broader distaste for any public transportation spending.")
Transport Politic

The Oil War At Home
Huffington Post

Our View: Don't Hold Transit Projects Hostage ("Here are just a few examples of local projects that could be delayed or halted because of the failure to sell bonds for transportation needs in our state.")
Pasadena Star-News

Pico Residents Weigh In On Expo Buffer Zone: Some Want Mixed-Use, Others Community Gardens
Santa Monica Daily Press

President Obama Expected To Release Proposed Transportation Bill
StreetsBlog DC

Razed L.A. Landmarks Rise Again On Vintage Los Angeles

Vintage Los Angeles
via Facebook
Hidden Los Angeles
via Facebook
Martino's "Lost" Angeles Time Table

Rep. Baca Summit Focuses On New Transit Funding Sources

Redlands Daily Facts

A Silver Bullet For Urban Traffic Problems

Solar Transit Stops On Central Avenue: Final Report (15p. PDF)
New York State Energy Research And Development Authority; New York State DOT

A Spanish Train May Have Created The Perfect Solution To Long-Distance Travel: In Less Than 20 Years, Spain Turned Its Joke Of A Rail Network Into The Best High-Speed System On The Planet. And The Real Revolution Happened Once People Stepped Off The Rails
Mother Nature Network

Streetcars Are All The Rage, Except For Where They're Not

Transit Wants To Hear Voices Of SCV

Santa Clarita Valley Signal

What Determines The Price Of Gas: A Visual Guide
The Atlantic

Will Kids In Strollers Get The Heave-Ho On Boston Buses?
StreetsBlog Network

What are transportation community leaders around town and around the nation tweeting about today? The Metro Library Twitter Daily is our online digest in newspaper format, updated every day.