"Vision Los Angeles," Union Station, Wilshire Bus Lanes, New Transportation Bill, Gas Tax, LEED, Obesity And Driving & More

53 Ways To Survive Without The 405
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Bad Traffic In LA: Can Vision LA Help End It?
Southern California Public Radio

A Better Transportation Vision For Los Angeles
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project Issues Innovative Reform Proposal For Near-Term Federal Transportation Reauthorization
PR Newswire
Performance Driven: Achieving Wiser Investment In Transportation (32p. PDF)
National Transportation Policy Project
Executive Summary (8p. PDF)
Key Recommendations (2p. PDF)

Captive Audience: Video Art Installation Now Airing On All 2,200 L.A. Metro Buses

City Council Green-Lights Wilshire Bus Lanes: The Portion Of The Street Running Through Beverly Hills, Santa Monica And Westwood Will Not Be Included
Pacific Palisades Patch

Environmental Defense, Economic Development Corp. Releases Their "Vision Los Angeles"
StreetsBlog LA
Vision Los Angeles: Clearer Roads, Clearer Skies, And A Brighter Future For Los Angeles (46p. PDF)
Environmental Defense Fund ; Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Executive Summary (6p. PDF)

Federal Transportation Bill Uncertain; Cities Try New Ways To Finance Streetcars (looks at the mix of traditional and innovative financing methods being used for streetcar projects in Seattle, Tempe and Salt Lake City)
Urban Land Institute

From London To D.C., Bike-Sharing Is Safer Than Riding Your Own Bike

Gov Vetoes Budget, Fight Breaks Out Over Redevelopment Money
Curbed LA

Highway Industry Official Expects Transport Bills In July: AASHTO Chief Says First Look At House Committee's Proposal Could Come In Days
Journal Of Commerce

How To Fix Crumbling U.S. Roads, Rails And Airways: Falling Tax Revenue Is Hurting U.S. Shipping And Prosperity ("Last year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, typically hostile toward taxation, called for a 10-cent boost to the 18.4-cents to 24.4 cents federal gas tax range, which hasn’t changed since it was enacted in 1993. After adjusting for inflation, the static tax has declined more than 33%.")

Is LEED The Gold Standard In Green?: A Lawsuit Challenges The Claims Of The Nation's Foremost Green Building Effort -- The Leadership in Energy And Environmental Design (LEED Certification) Program

L.A. Gridlock, Air Pollution Can Be Cut Significantly With Proven Solutions In Visionary Plan
News Channel 5

Metro Staff Lays Out Timeline For Union Station Planning ("Metro is in the process of creating a master plan that will guide plans for development of the station and its surrounding 38 acres...staff presented a timeline that aims for completion of the ambitious plan by August of 2013.")
Blog Downtown
Union Station Master Plan Implementation (4p. PDF)
Metro Planning And Programming Committee

Muni Chief Nathaniel Ford To Leave June 30
San Francisco Chronicle
Muni Sends Chief Nat Ford Packing From The SF Transit Agency
San Francisco Examiner
With Nat Ford's Departure, What's Next For SFMTA?
Transportation Nation

Opinion: Lost Value From Wide Streets
Long Beach Post

Partnership For Sustainable Communities Marks Two Trailblazing Years
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Pasadena At 125: Early History Of The Crown City ("Set ten miles northeast of central Los Angeles at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Crown City has been an important cultural center of Southern California since its incorporation on June 19, 1886.")
LA As Subject via KCET

Poll: Republicans Support Transpo Policies To Avert Climate Change, Too
StreetsBlog DC

Railroads Fined When Cartels Hide Drugs On Trains
Associated Press

Road Hogs: A Striking Relationship Between Obesity And Driving
The Economist

South Bay Bicycle Coalition Releases Plan To Expand Bike Path Network
Daily Breeze

Transit Safety Management And Performance Management: Volume 1 -- Guidebook
(143p. PDF)
Federal Transit Administration Office Of Safety And Security

Westwood Segment Of Wilshire To Be Exempt From Bus Lanes: The Portion From Comstock To Selby Avenues Will Not Be Included, The City Council Decides In Approving The Lanes Tuesday
Westwood-Century City Patch

Will New "Vision LA" Traffic Plan Change Anything On The 405?
Southern California Public Radio

Yellow Left-Turn Signals Get Their Chance To Shine
USA Today

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 Line Fly Over, Westside Subway Cease-Fire, One Santa Fe Project, Amtrak Privatization, Transit Station Ads, Electric Buses & More

Ads Change Stations: In A Cluttered Media Landscape, Companies Go Big To Stand Out, Blanketing Transit Centers With Larger-Than-Life Campaigns
Boston Globe

Amtrak California Ridership Hits Record Numbers
Transportation Nation

A Call For A temporary Cease Fire In The Westside Subway Wars
StreetsBlog LA

Bike Lanes Coming Soon To CicLAvia's 7th Street

CEO: Privatization Plan Takes Amtrak Apart
The Hill

Chalk On The Ground, Bike Lanes In The Gutter, Faster Cars: A Wilbur Ave. Update
StreetsBlog LA

The Cost And Savings Of Bicycle Commuting

Electric Buses Get A Jump Start: A GM-Funded Bus Could Reduce Transit Agencies' Fuel Bills By 80 Percent
MIT Technology Review

Expo Line Fly Over (video : YouTube user "ExpoLineFan" used Google Earth to produce this fascinating aerial fly over of the new Expo Line route, from 7th Street downtown to 4th Street in Santa Monica)
via YouTube

GOP Seeks Bidders On Amtrak's Rail Lines
Wall Street Journal

House Plan To Privatize Northeast Corridor Retains Public Ownership
StreetsBlog DC

LA City Council Approves Wilshire Bus Only Lanes: The Lanes Will Begin Near MacArthur Park And End At The Santa Monica Border
NBC Los Angeles

L.A. Council Opposes Bill That Would Take Away City Control Of Ontario Airport
Los Angeles Times

LaHood Defends Amtrak Against GOP Privatization Plan
StreetsBlog DC

Long Beach Transportation Manager Retires
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Los Angeles City Council Approves Bus-Only Lanes For 7.7 Mile Stretch, But Urges Metro To Consider More
Southern California Public Radio

Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road To Results (108p. PDF)
Pew Center On The State

New Lease, New Groundbreaking Date For Maltzan's One Santa Fe ("The four-acre lot across from SCI-Arc that One Santa Fe will occupy across is owned by the MTA, which has given developers a 65-year lease...Renderings also show a pedestrian bridge that will connect the complex to a new Metro Red Line station to be built in the adjoining rail yard.")
Curbed LA

No Quick Rebound In Inland Forecast: The Downturn In Building And Jobs In The Government Sector Will Mean Slower Growth, A Report Says
Riverside Press-Enterprise

One Santa Fe To Get Reworked Lease, Metro As Retail Tenant
Blog Downtown

Opinion: We Are Leaving Our Children A Toxic Transportation Legacy
Los Angeles Daily News

Reason And Not Vitriol Is Needed To Win The Subway Fight (p. 6 of 20p. PDF)
Beverly Hills Courier

Redevelopment Bill Protecting Los Angeles?
Sacramento Bee

A Simple Idea To Transform The Life Of Our Cities (pedestrian districts around the world)

Smart Growth To Blame For The Housing Crash? Not By A Long Shot
StreetsBlog DC

Transportation Satellite Accounts: A Look At Transportation's Role In The Economy (60p. PDF)
U.S. Bureau Of Transportation Statistics

Wilshire Bus-Only Lane Construction Likely To Start In A Year
Curbed LA

Would Airport-Style Train Security Make Us Less Safe?

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.


Wilshire Bus Lane, Beverly Hills Tunnel, 710, Dump The Pump, Fixing Transit, Seniors & Transit, House Transpo Bill Coming & More

Building LA's Transit System With Green Construction Equipment
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Bus-Only Lane Will Run 7.7 Miles Down Wilshire Boulevard -- Conveniently Sparing Westwood's "Condo Canyon"
LA Weekly

By 2015, Nearly One In Five Angelenos Won't Have Access To Transportation
StreetsBlog LA

CicLAvia Is...En Espanol
StreetsBlog LA

City Council Approves 7.7 Mile Route For Wilshire Bus Only Lanes, Asks Metro To Consider 8.7 Mile Route
StreetsBlog LA

City Council To Take Up Cellphone Radiation, Bergamot Transit Village
Santa Monica Patch

Did Smart Growth Fuel The Property-Price Boom?
Wall Street Journal

Electric Buses In Detroit? Not Yet, But General Motors Invests Millions In "Bus Of Tomorrow"
M Live

Experience The Future Of History & Culture In Los Angeles: Our New Leadership Role In "LA As Subject"
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Fix Transit, Officials Say. Or Expand It. Or Both ("The tension between just fixing everything that’s broken — or about to break — and all the new transit that’s needed to really give Americans mobility options was fully on display at an APTA press conference at its annual rail conference Monday.")
Transportation Nation

Full Steam Ahead For China's Rail Links Abroad? ("China's first project is to link itself to its Southeast Asian neighbors, so that rail travelers may soon be able to traverse Asia from China to Singapore in a day.")

Gardena Council Approves Revised Bus Plan
Rafu Shimpo

High-Speed Rail, High-Speed Controversy

House Transportation Committee Will Unveil Reauthorization Bill Next Week
StreetsBlog DC

How Seniors Get Stuck At Home With No Transit Options
StreetsBlog DC

Inland Empire Seniors Have Nation's Second-Worst Access To Public Transit, Study Says
Los Angeles Times

LA Approves Express Bus Lane On Wilshire Blvd

The LA City Council Talks Too Much ("A city that forgets its transit past is doomed to repeat it. Here's hoping the city council stops talking and does the right thing when it next meets on the Wilshire bus project.")
Huffington Post

L.A. Council Approves Bus-Only Lanes Along 7.7 Miles Of Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles Times

Local Neoliberalism's Role In Defining Transit's Purpose ("Must transit capital projects be construed either as for capitalist development or social welfare? Can the two goals be reconciled?")
Transport Politic

Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz Attacks Beverly Hills On Tunnel
Beverly Hills Courier

Los Angeles Ports' Clean Trucks Program Leads To Costs, Complications
Southern California Public Radio

Opinion: Gold Line Authority Should Find Own Solution (Monrovia mayor Mary Ann Lutz)
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Opinion: Rick Caruso's Grand Plan: The Possible L.A. Mayoral Candidate Has Initiated A Fascinating Civic Conversation Regarding A City Based On Shopping Centers And Trolley Cars ("Street-level transit by trolley — as in the Grove — is one of Caruso's keys to livability.")
Los Angeles Times

Plans For 710 Improvements Leaves Homes Intact ("Plans to modernize the Long Beach (710) Freeway by widening the roadway and building optional truck-only toll lanes between the port and East Los Angeles are moving forward after years of delay.")
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Red Light Cameras
Where The Sidewalk Starts

Senator Cardin Introduces Bill To Prioritize Repair Of Bridges And Roads
Transportation For America

Study Looks At Air Quality Of West LB Rail Yard
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Study Ranks Inland Empire Poorly In Seniors' Access To Transit
Southern California Public Radio

Tomorrow Is The 6th Annual National "Dump The Pump Day"
Dump The Pump Transit Facts (Learn how public transportation saves money, provides economic opportunity, saves fuel, reduces congestion, reduces gasoline consumption, reduces the carbon footprint, and enhances personal opportunities)
Suggested Activities

Transportation Boss Wants Screens With Computer Info In Bus Shelters (Chicago’s transportation commissioner wants to install video screens at bus shelters that “would include everything from Bus Tracker information now available on the internet and cell phones to the current inventory for car- and bike-sharing and how long it would take to walk to popular destinations.")
Chicago Sun-Times

Updated Quiz: What Are The Top Seven Transit Systems In The U.S.? -- Some Surprises
Transportation Nation

The Value Of Sustainability: Increasing Quality, Efficiency And Community Benefits In An Ever-Changing Environment (workshop : Los Angeles : July 31 - August 2)

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Wins Top Honors At The 2011 APTA International Rail Rodeo

When Urban Planning And Obesity Collide

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.


Gold Line Extension Plans, Pasadena Freeway Improvements, Gas Prices & Ridership, DesertXpress, Senior Mobility & More

All Aboard California's Stagecoaches
Lake Forest Patch

Big Blue Bus Costs Major Moolah To Run
Santa Monica Daily Press

Bike Congestion Causing Problems for Montreal Cyclists: Velo Quebec Says Bike Path Traffic Five Times Higher Than Two Years Ago
CBC News

Caltrans To Close Pasadena Freeway At Night For Improvement Project
Pasadena Star News

Can Technology Propel Transportation Industry? ("It may be a difficult time for freight companies to justify investment in anything other than hard assets, but if the U.S. economy is indeed on the verge of recovery, there is no better time to invest in information technology.")
Industry Week

Caruso Explains Plan To Make L.A. "More Livable": The Developer And Possible L.A. Mayoral Candidate Calls For Better Public Transportation, The Breakdown Of L.A. Unified, And The Elimination Of The Gross Receipts Tax
Encino Patch

The Case For The Public Transit "Lockbox"

Committee Leaders To Roll Out Northeast Corridor High-Speed Rail & Intercity Rail Privatization Plan
U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Press Release

Commuters Urged To "Dump The Pump" This Week: OCTA To Host Event To Thank Customers For Dumping The Pump
Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

Costs Of Alternative Revenue-Generation Systems (139p. PDF : "An analysis of the direct costs incurred in generating the revenues that support federal-aid and state highway construction, operations, and maintenance.")
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

DesertXpress: Is This Train Ever Going To Leave The Station?: Why Does It Seem That Every Logical Idea In This Town Never Sees The Light Of Day? Go Ahead And Add A High-Speed Train Connecting Southern California To Las Vegas To That Dubious List. Now What?
Vegas Inc.

Despite Dip In Gas Prices, Individuals Continue To Save Big By Taking Public Transportation (Los Angeles residents can save well over $10,000 per year)
APTA Press Release

Gold Line Receives Final Proposals To Design And Build Pasadena-Azusa Extension
Pasadena Star-News

If The Valley Became A City...Would It Be Camelot? ("Redistricting news sparks recollections of the San Fernando Valley secessionist movement in 2002. What if it had succeeded?")
Encino Patch

In Decades Past, Angels Flight Ran Like Clockwork
Blog Downtown

In Defense Of Red Light Cameras
StreetsBlog LA

Metro Details Upcoming Cuts, Changes To Several Bus Lines

Mind The Map: Research Finds 30% Of Passengers Take Longer Routes As London's Famous Tube Map Misrepresents Distances Between Stations
Daily Mail (U.K.)

Most Aging Baby Boomers Will Face Poor Mobility Options
Transportation For America
Aging In Place, Stuck Without Options: Fixing The Mobility Crisis Threatening The Baby Boom Generation (56p. PDF)
Transportation For America

New Report: High Gas Prices, More Than Low Fares, Encourage Transit Ridership

Obama Administration Pushes For Transit Maintenance
StreetsBlog DC

Opinion: Gold Line Authority Seeks Monrovia Partnership
Pasadena Star-News

Port Of L.A. Asks Haulers Who Didn't Meet "Clean Trucks" Terms For Refund
Daily Breeze

Saving Electricity On A Philadelphia Subway Line (Philadelphia's SEPTA "will install batteries to capture a lot of that electricity and hold it while the train is in the station. Then it can deliver the power when the train starts up again or store it for a time of day when it is needed more.")
New York Times

Security Measures For Buses And Trains? They Could Make Us Less Safe
StreetsBlog Network

Solo Carpool Drivers Are Losing Their Privilege
Orange County Register

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.


Wilshire Bus Lanes, Monrovia Gold Line, Dump The Pump Coming, 101 Cap Park, Angels Flight, Carpocalypse, Pedestrian Safety, Taxi Study & More

Angels Flight Grounded Again For Safety, Fares Could Get Hiked
Curbed LA

Angels Flight, Halted, Awaits New Wheels: Inspectors Shut The Historic Railway On Bunker Hill, Saying The Deteriorated Condition Of Its Cars' Wheels Pose A Safety Hazard. It's The Second Closure Of Angels Flight In A Year
Los Angeles Times

Another Way To Avoid "Carmageddon," Stop Widening Highways
StreetsBlog LA

Bike Advocacy In Three Easy Steps

Carpocalypse: The Weekend The 405 Freeway Will Stand Still: The Closure On July 15-17 Will Give Motorists A Break From The Highway's Notorious Gridlock And Crazy Drivers
Brentwood Patch

Construction On Bridge Creating Tight Bottleneck
Los Angeles Daily News

Crosswalks Are Increasingly Deadly For The Elderly: Traffic Planners Start To Rethink Streets Designed For Fast-Moving Traffic As America Ages And Slower Pedestrians Take More Time To Cross
Los Angeles Times

Debate Continues Over 2008-Approved California High-Speed Rail Project
Southwest Riverside News Network

Dump The Pump Day: Take Transit On June 16
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Familiar Development-Staller Involved In New Gold Line Hot Mess
Curbed LA

Google Shows That When Transit Agencies Free Their Data, Riders Win
StreetsBlog DC

Has The Time Come For Merit-Based Funding? ("With budgets so tight that governors and mayors must choose between filling potholes and repairing schools, is the country finally ready for a merit-based system of funding transportation? Are there good measurements available to determine which projects offer the best economic return? Can policymakers ask the right questions to ensure that the best projects receive the funding they need? What are the appropriate questions to ask about transportation projects? Are there situations when a cost-benefit analysis doesn't make sense?")
National Journal Transportation Blog

Health Study Targets Major Calif. Rail Yard
Business Week

How High-Speed Rail Died In Texas, Thrived In Spain

Installing A "Fix" At A Cost Of 9,000 Filled Potholes
Safe Streets Northridge

"New Park Design In Los Angeles" Exhibit Dreams Of A City Turning Back The Clock (Updates on several L.A. park projects, including the 101 freeway cap park, from an exhibit which opened last week at the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design)
Los Angeles Times

Next Tuesday's City Council: Jaime De La Vega And Wilshire Bus Only Lanes
StreetsBlog LA

NYU Professor Studies Subway Maps, Shows They Were Evil All Along
AOL Travel
Mind The Map!: The Impact Of Travel Maps On Travel Decisions In Public Transit
(25p. PDF)
Zhan Guo, New York University

One Way To Cure Congestion: Urban Abandonment
StreetsBlog DC

Opinion: Bike Lanes: Protecting Cyclists Should Be A Priority ("There are a couple of videos circulating online that make a powerful case not just for bike lanes but also for cyclists to actually have the ability to use them, and safely.")
Los Angeles Times

Opinion: Gold Line Chairman On Troubled Monrovia Land Deal: Metro Gold Line Construction Authority Doug Tessitor Writes That Lawsuits Against Monrovia By A Property Owner Are A Significant Hindrance To Reaching A Deal With The City
Monrovia Patch

Pavement Contributes To Poor Air Quality: Paved Roads And Sprawl Are Likely To Blame For Summertime Smog Buildup
Scientific American
Air Quality Worsened By Paved Surfaces: Widespread Urban Development Alters Weather Patterns
National Science Foundation

Planning Panel Hikes NFL Stadium Focus
Los Angeles Daily News

San Joaquins Lead Amtrak California Ridership Gains
California High Speed Rail Blog

"Solar Tunnel" To Power 4,000 Trains Annually

The Taxi As Public Transportation ("By recording their own activity, taxis become sensors that roam the city painting a detailed picture of traffic conditions, travel demand, and even the locations where passengers give the best tips. We can learn a lot about the city from taxis, but we can learn even more about taxis themselves and their role in the urban environment.")

That Influential Texas "Urban Mobility Report"
Human Transit

Unsafe Buses Stay On Road As U.S. Regulator Backs Off Shutdowns
San Francisco Chronicle

Update: State Senate Approves 3-Foot Passing Bill
LADOT Bike Blog

An Uphill Battle On Oil Dependency (The National Energy Policy Institute's efforts to keep the issue of oil dependency alive)
New York Times

Want To Reduce The Trade Deficit? Stop Driving So Damn Much

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.