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Westside Subway & Beverly Hills, Job Opportunities by Investing in Transit, Smart City Technology, Bus Rapid Transit debut in San Bernardino, Amtrak a

25 Years Ago: Los Angeles’ Red Line Subway Breaks Ground
Metro Primary Resources

25 Years Ago: Metro Rail Groundbreaking Held

65% of online adults use social networking sites
Pew Internet & American Life Project

Another reason to be skeptical of public transportation (Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Rail Station Parking Lot)
Downey Beat

Brown’s AEG Bill Could Help Westside Subway Avoid Lawsuit Delays
LA Streetsblog

Council Hires Additional Firm to Vet Subway EIR - Exponent Inc. will Join Shannon & Wilson to do separate peer reviews of Metro's forthcoming environmental impact report on the Westside Subway Extension
Beverly Hills Patch

Council members, candidates react to FBI investigation into former Transit Village developer
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Council Places Permanent Ban on Oil Drilling - The last active oil well in the city is on the BHHS campus and must stop operating by the end of 2016
Beverly Hills Patch

Deputy DOT Commish: No American Manufacturers Produce Track for Light Rail
Transportation Nation

Federal Funding for Trails Comes Under Attack
Wall Street Journal

Final Crenshaw/LAX light rail line plan includes one stop in Westchester
The Argonaut

Forum to Focus on Traffic Pollution - The October 7 event will feature reports by USC and UCLA scientists
Walnut Patch

Guest blogger Deputy Secretary John Porcari: Creating jobs, opportunity through transit investments
USDOT Fastlane

Haute 100 Update: L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Focuses on Transportation as a Way to Recovery
Haute Living

How 'Urbanized' Challenges Us to Make Our Cities Better
The Atlantic

Increasing fuel efficiency with a smartphone - A network of dashboard-mounted phones can collect data on traffic lights and tell drivers how to avoid inefficient stopping and starting
MIT News

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa speaks about solutions for traffic congestion at Town Hall Los Angeles Pt. 3

Long Beach's Bike HUB: "Do It Yourself, Do It Together"
LB Post

Market for Smart City Technology to Reach $16B a Year by 2020
Green Biz

Metrolink CEO John Fenton talks about safety culture (audio interview)
Progressive Railroading

Pedestrians Going to Get in the Way of All the Cars at Santa Monica's Planned Colorado Esplanade
Curbed LA

Rail Ramps Up as Global Development Tool
Engineering News Record

Rapid bus service project unveiled in San Bernardino
ABC News

Right Track for Transportation (30/10 plan)

Romney: Amtrak a ‘classic example’ of unnecessary government spending
The Hill

Some Bev Hillers Want to Keep That Lucrative BHHS Oil Well
LA Curbed

Smart Parking Tech Might be Paying Off in U.S. Cities
Government Technology

Traffic, Anger, and Political Action
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Venice council supports plan to reconfigure Main Street
The Argonaut

VOA Green Stories: Oregon's Solar Highway
Oregon DOT via Youtube

Win for clean air in Los Angeles
NRDC Switchboard

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Expo, West Santa Ana Branch, Model Street Manual, Ports, Parking, Transportation Funding and more…

25 Years Ago Today: Los Angeles' Metro Rail Red Line Subway Project Breaks Ground
Metro Primary Resources

American Jobs Act on Transportation, By the Numbers
Transportation Nation

Analyzing rail-car values in the era of longer service life
Progressive Railroading

APTA scholarship program draws talent into transit
Santa Clara VTA Youtube Channel

ARTBA Equates Delay On Highway Bill With Costly Delay On Highways

Best Practices: 10 Communities Earn “Walk Friendly” Status (Santa Monica is on the list)
Transportation Issues Daily

Could Expo Phase II Work Be "Undone" if Westsiders Win Appeal?
Curbed LA

CSUSB rides the local transit for free
CR80 News

EDITORIAL - Cleaner air, and rules, at the Port of L.A. Diesel truck emissions there have dropped 80% in three years, proving that there's no need to phase out independent truckers in favor of unionized ones
Los Angeles Times

Farmers Field Roadside Billboard Risks - Expect a big jump in distracted, dangerous drivers, expert says
LA Weekly

FBI, federal authorities investigating El Monte Transit Village project
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

First look: Google Wallet lets you tap 'n' spend - Smartphone app is easy to use, despite some glitches
Computer World

Freeway Runs Through It: A Review of The Big Roads, by Earl Swift
Huffington Post

Going Round In Circles Over Traffic Fix

Good Jobs, Less Traffic, Better Air Quality: What Else Could You Ask For?
Fox and Hounds Daily

Grapevine train route could save $4 billion

I-10: Soundwalls and Aesthetics
CalTrans District 7

IBM and Streetline Address One of the Great Unsolved City Problems: Parking +VIDEO
The Auto Channel

Is a Reduction of 1.5 Million New Trucks Worth Building a Rail Yard Near Residential West Long Beach?
LA Streetsblog

July 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.1 Percent from July 2010
USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration

L.A.-area commute times are bad, but not the worst
Pasadena Star News

Los Angeles Moves to Credit Card Readers and On-Street Sensors
Parking Today

Meet the Winners of Active Cities, Healthy Cities
The City Fix

Metro locks turnstiles at Wilshire and Normandie

“Model Street Manual” for L.A. County Will Be Presented on October 6
LA Streetsblog

Ports Gain Clean-Truck Visiblity
Journal of Commerce

Port of L.A. teams with CSULB to develop seawater scrubber
Daily Breeze

Rail trade group spends $2.3M lobbying in 2Q
Yahoo! News

Republicans eye level funding of transport programs
Yahoo! News

Santa Monica Planning Commission Inquires About Esplanade Traffic
Santa Monica Mirror

SCAG Despotism Thwarts Democracy

Short rail line serving L.A. and Long Beach ports gets greener - Pacific Harbor Line, known as one of the least polluting U.S. railroads, will reduce pollution further by equipping part of its train fleet with advanced engines and special exhaust filters
Los Angeles Times

Shovel-Ready Series: The Five Non-Highway Projects We Should Build Now
The Infrastructurist

Slow train coming: After years of planning, cities say Orangeline project moving forward (West Santa Ana Branch Study)
Downey Beat

Start the Presses: Fare increase will get the ride it deserves (airport taxis)
Burbank Leader

Study predicting lower Monorail ridership at center of lawsuit
Las Vegas Inc.

Sunset Bridge Reconstruction; Road, Ramp Closures Beginning Sept. 30
Van Nuys News Press

Transportation lobby hopes for new stimulus

Two Highway 101 construction projects move forward
Ventura County Star

Will Obama’s Transportation Jobs Plan Avoid Funding Sprawl?
LA Streetsblog/DC Streetsblog
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Urban Mobility Report, Gold Line, High Speed Rail, Ports, Transit Construction Jobs, Lossan Corridor, and more…

Annual Urban Mobility Report
Texas Transportation Institute (TTI)

Bad traffic congestion can be a good sign for jobs
USA Today

Bicyclists may be inhaling twice as much soot as pedestrians
Los Angeles Times

Brittle Infrastructure, Community Resilience, and National Security (.pdf)
Transportation Research Board – TR News

Brown signs bill to help speed L.A. NFL stadium
Los Angeles Times

Calif., Northeast get top billing in study on high-speed rail lines
Boston Globe

Court Ruling Could Cost Gold Line Millions - The California Supreme Court's decision not to issue a stay on its order freezing redevelopment agencies could have a devastating impact on the future of the Gold Line
Monrovia Patch

Court Strikes Down Port of LA Driver Mandate
Journal of Commerce

Denver RTD says it has proposal from private firms for North Metro rail line work
Denver Post

Dutch Bike Experts Help LA Figure Out This Whole Bike Thing
LA Curbed

Gas Tax Should Yield to Mile Fee as Cars Evolve: James M. Whitty

IBM launches city parking analytics system - IBM's Smarter Parking Starter Kit equips parking meters with sensors and analyzes the resulting information

It’s Official: Back to Court for Expo Phase II and NFSR
LA Streetsblog

Keeping Los Angeles Competitive in the Global Economy

L.A. Transit Agency Program Will Create 260,000 Construction Jobs

Long Beach port seeks public input on proposed terminal's environmental reports
Progressive Railroading
Link to CEQA docs online:

Mayor prepares LA transit plan
USC Annenberg Radio

Metro to Broad: Proposed Station Would Be Too Costly
LA Downtown News

More Sunset Boulevard closures planned for 405 construction
Los Angeles Times

New York gets mobile phone coverage underground
BBC News

Possible joint powers authority for LOSSAN - More rail service could spring from new agency
Reason & Rail

Report: More transportation upgrades needed for economic recovery
Metro Magazine

Report Says 2010 Road Congestion Cost $101 Billion
Journal of Commerce

RTA is Hub-and-Spoke, and That's a Good Thing
Riding in Riverside

Steinke Explains Port's Success
Journal of Commerce

Stocker Corridor Trail Hike
Leimert Park Beat

Study: U.S. high-speed rail can work, needs fresh approach
Metro Magazine

T4 America commends House leaders for seeking additional $100 billion in funding for transportation bill

TTI: Mass Transit Saved Drivers 45.4 Million Hours Last Year
DC Streetsblog

UCLA Transportation working to increase ridership for Westwood FlyAway service
Daily Bruin

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Farmers Field & Transit, LA Monorail Anniversary, Turnstiles, Carpooling, Broadway & More

10 Ways Colleges Can Encourage Students To Curb Cars
Metro Magazine

50 Years Ago Today: Passenger Projections & Financial Feasibility Report For An LAX Monorail Project
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

AEG Unveils Stadium Traffic Impact
Daily Breeze

California May Use Rumble Of Traffic To Generate Energy
Los Angeles Times

Carpooling: What The Census Doesn't Know
("Further study of carpooling's history, as well as social, demographic and economic trends, shows that there is more to carpooling numbers than a downward slope.")

Downtown L.A. Stadium Developer Lays Out Parking, Transit Plans ("As a part of the bill, which limits the time line for legal challenges to the project, AEG must build a carbon-neutral stadium with more public transit users than any other stadium in the country.")
Los Angeles Times

First-Of-Its-Kind Cyclist Anti-Harassment Becomes Law In Los Angeles
StreetsBlog LA

Has The Big Blue Bus Local #7 Been Thrown "Under The Bus"? ("Has anyone else noticed a sharp decline in the Local 7 service on the Big Blue Bus since the extended and increased Rapid 7 service to the Wilshire/Western Purple Line station was instituted?")
Ride The Pink Line

How To Keep High-Speed Rail Alive
The Atlantic Cities
High-Speed Rail: International Lessons For U.S. Policy Makers (64p. PDF)
Lincoln Institute Of Land Policy

Metro To Test Locking Turnstiles At Rail Stations

Metro's 30/10 Initiative Aims To Improve City By Building 12 New Mass Transit Systems Over 10 Years
California State University, Northridge Daily Sundial

New Los Angeles Hub Will Be Greenest In The US

New Survey Numbers Show Surprising, But Slight, Dip In Bike Commuting
StreetsBlog DC

Obama Administration Officials Continue To Stump For Transportation Spending, Despite Balky Congress
Transportation Nation

On The Waterfront: Shippers And Labor Rally For BNSF Plan
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Panel Throws Out Part Of Port Of L.A.'s Clean Truck Program
Los Angeles Times

Railyard On Track For Service To Port Of LA
Southern California Public Radio

Reinvigorating Transportation In The Third Industrial Revolution
Huffington Post

Siemens Developing Intelligent Transportation Technology Using Traffic Light Timing Systems And Mobile Phones
Green Car Congress

Slow Train Coming: After Years Of Planning, Cities Say Orangeline Project Moving Forward ("In 2002, the area’s regional planning agency released a futuristic plan for an elevated, 120 mph magnetic levitation train between Los Angeles and Orange counties.")
Downey Beat

Traffic, Anger, And Political Action ("Is it risky for politicians to promise that a highway bill or an appropriations increase will ease traffic? Is traffic considered a local issue rather than a national one? Should traffic jams play a role in advocacy campaigns for infrastructure investment? If all lawmakers had to drive themselves to work, would that make a difference in how they view transportation policy?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Transit Is In Stadium Game Plan
Los Angeles Daily News

Trouble On Broadway ("The dismissal of the chief executive of the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District (the BID) mixes up the politics of the city council with the politics of one of the myriad of special districts that work largely unseen in this city.")

Westchester Metro Station Taken Away From Under Neighborhood's Nose
LA Weekly

The World's 12 Most Beautiful Train Rides

Would President Romney Build Roads Or Rail? ("Romney emerges as the more inspired candidate when it comes to smart growth.")
StreetsBlog DC

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Local Hire Policy, Crenshaw Line, Obama Traffic Today, East LA Bike Lanes, 210 Closure, Better Bus Lines & More

10 Cities Where Workers Most Use Public Transit: Census
Huffington Post

Air Pollution Rising At National Parks
California Watch

Better Bus Lines Follow Worker Bees ("After decades of buses tracing the same routes from the outskirts to downtown and back, planners took the old map, threw it in the garbage, and replaced it with something they thought would more efficiently connect workers with their jobs.")

Breaking Oil's Monopoly On Transportation
Energy Collective

Brentwood-Area Residents Rally For Upkeep Of Cherished Coral Trees ("The city of Los Angeles planted the trees along San Vicente Boulevard after World War II to replace the discontinued Red Line trolley tracks.")
Los Angeles Times

Broad Pushes For New Connector Alignment
Los Angeles Downtown News

Dealbreaker: Senate Rejects House Budget Due To Lack Of Car Subsidies
StreetsBlog DC

Designing A Program To Predict People's Irrational Pedestrian Restrictions
Fast Company

East Los Angeles Bike Lane About To Go Green -- With Paint
Los Angeles Times

Eastbound 210 Freeway Lanes To Close At Midnight Monday And Tuesday
Pasadena Star-News

Eyes On The Street: More Sharrows Coming To The Westside
StreetsBlog LA

Fearless Prediction: Lawsuits Coming On Crenshaw Line
StreetsBlog LA

Gov. Jerry Brown Plans Bill-Signing Ceremony With Stadium Developers
Los Angeles Times

Heavy Traffic Expected Monday For Obama's Westside Visit (Road closure information. "The president is scheduled to arrive at LAX at 4:40 p.m.")
Beverly Hills Patch

How Using Mass-Transit In Los Angeles Can Save You $12,000 A Year
Southern California Public Radio

LA Board OKs Construction Of New Light Rail Line
Sacramento Bee

LA Commuters Brace For Obama's Visit Monday

LA County Approves Sweeping Employment Program
Asian Journal

Latinos Increasingly At-Risk From Air Pollution, Study Finds
California Report

MetroRail: The Potential And The Heartbreak Of Our Recession

Mica, GOP Leadership Looking To Raise Transportation Spending Levels In Bill
StreetsBlog DC

Navigating L.A.'s Freeways At 15 Miles Per Hour
Christian Science Monitor

O.C. And L.A. Commute Not The Worst
Orange County Register

The Other Front In The Gold Line's Eastern Advance ("The first option would be cheaper, at about $1.5 billion, while the southern route is a bit more, at $1.65 billion. Studies are showing that both options will bring in more riders than expected, with the 60 route attracting between 12,270 and 18,300 on an average weekday, and the other route getting between 15,660 and 20,800.")
Curbed LA

Parking Experiment Takes National Stage ("The feds have hired an independent evaluation team to track the program's successes and failures.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Powerful Letter Calls Downtown Rail Project Into Question
Southern California Public Radio

Protestors To Demand Their "Apron" Parking Spots Back
LA Weekly

Rail Operation Catches Violators In Oxnard
Ventura County Star

Say Goodbye To The Riverside-Figueroa Bridge
LA Creek Freak

Solyndra Loan Controversy Casts Pall On National Transportation Bank Proposal
The Hill

Tiger, Passenger Rail, Sustainable Communities Funding Preserved By Senate Committee
Transportation Issues Daily

Transit Officials Launch Energy Policy, Red-Light Camera Review
Los Angeles Times

"Urbanized" Examines The Growth Of City Life: Gary Hustwit's Documentary Is A Love Letter To Urban Life And A Cautionary Tale About Crowded Cities, But Los Angeles Is Left Out
Los Angeles Times

Villaraigosa And MTA Board Adopt Local Hire Policy For Construction Projects
USC Annenberg Intersections South LA

WUF Westside Mayors Panel: Just Leave Redevelopment Alone! ("The following excerpts—focused on redevelopment, parking, and relations with Sacramento—are from a September 16th panel hosted by the Westside Urban Forum...with Mayor John Duran, City of West Hollywood (WH), Mayor Richard Bloom, City of Santa Monica (SM), Mayor Micheál O’Leary, Culver City (CC), Vice Mayor William Warren Brien, City of Beverly Hills (BH).")
Planning Report

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