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Green Line Questions, Crenshaw Suit, Gold Line Progress, Metro Safety, 710 Study, Beverly Hills Subway, Spring Street Bikes & More

6th Street Viaduct As Photo Op
LA Observed

10 Questions To Ask For A "Green Line To LAX"

$336.6 Million Allocated For San Gabriel Rail Project
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

ACLU Sues Sheriff's Department, Alleges Photographers Were Harassed ("The federal lawsuit alleges the Sheriff's Department and deputies "have repeatedly" subjected photographers "to detention, search and interrogation simply because they took pictures" from public streets of places such as Metro turnstiles, oil refineries or near a Long Beach courthouse.")
Los Angeles

ACS To Work With Los Angeles To Implement New Parking Program
Executive Biz

APA's Top 10 Great Streets 2011
(one is in the Los Angeles area)
Urban Land Institute

Arguing Over Crenshaw-LAX Rail Project: A Dispute Over Whether The Line Should Go Above Or Below Ground Threatens To Derail Progress
NBC Los Angeles

BART's New Leader Plans To Go Back To The Basics (audio with transcript)
KALW Crosscurrents

Civil Rights Groups Indict Metro For Discriminatory Practices
LA Weekly

Consultant Sought To Review Safety Culture Of L.A. Metro Agency
Los Angeles Times

Crenshaw Subway Files Suit Against "MTA" Over Crenshaw Enviro. Docs
StreetsBlog LA

Crenshaw/LAX Project Headed To Court
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Expo Phase II, Orange Line, And More Rake in Some Dough
Curbed LA

Funding Shift Keeps Gold Line Extension Project On Track
Pasadena Star-News

L.A.-Las Vegas Bullet Train Is Approved By Federal Board

L.A. Transit Fan Gets Thanks From Mayor, Custom Bus Stop Sign ("Al Vogel lives in Durham, Calif., about 20 miles south of Chico. But the organic farmer and former teacher loves Los Angeles so much that he often visits to explore the city by bus and train, relying solely on public transit to get around. Last summer, one of Vogel's visits -- with extended family in tow -- was chronicled in the Los Angeles Times in a piece in which he described how much he loved getting around the city carlessly. Art Leahy, chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, read the story and determined to meet Vogel in person.")
Los Angeles Times

Major New Players Line Up To Lead The Passenger Travel Revolution ("Mobile phone companies, payment card companies, and major IT system integrators are all seriously planning the part they could play in delivering a future web-based transport brokerage system that provides a new vision of mobility and customer relationship management. Ultimately, it could combine information and cost for all modes of transport, both public and private, to support hitherto unrecognisable product offers and buying decisions.")

Metro Amendment Allows Gold Line To Progress: Stalled By A Lawsuit Against The State, The Gold Line Foothill Extension Can Now Move Forward After The Metropolitan Transit Authority Passed An Amendment To Its Funding Agreement Thursday
Eagle Rock Patch

Metro Awards $37.3 Million For 710 Environmental Study: The Studies Are Expected To Be Completed In The Fall Of 2014
South Pasadena Patch

Metro Officials Chose Contractor For 710 Freeway Environmental Study
Glendale News-Press

Metro OKs $59M Security Contract With Sheriff's Dept. ("The 11-0 vote expands the existing contract, adding 105 personnel, 70 of whom will be sworn sheriff's deputies. The rest will mostly function as assistant fare checkers. The expansion of the contract is due in part to the anticipated opening of a section of the Exposition Light Rail line early next year. Thirty-three new LASD transit deputies will be devoted to policing the new limb of the county's transit system. The rest of the deputies will be deployed along the Blue and Green lines and Union Station downtown.")
Contra Costa Times

Metro Seismic Report May Doom Entire Subway Project
Beverly Hills Courier

Metro Study Tainted, Limited
Beverly Hills Courier

MTA's Report Admits Tunnel Noise Violates State Levels
Beverly Hills Courier

"My Metro, Right Or Wrong": #1 On Metro's Greatest Hetz List (response to previous article regarding Century City and Westwood subway stations)

Negligent Driver Tries To Take An Early Trip On Expo
StreetsBlog LA

New Data Confirm European Transportation Habits Are Much Greener Than Those In US Cities
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

No One Wants To "Live On Charity": How Downtown Streets Got Their Names
Los Angeles Downtown News

Opinion: High-Speed Rail An Engine For Economic Vitality
Capitol Weekly

Prisoners Of Transit: Why Public Transportation Deserves More Attention

Public Participation: More Than An "Orgy Of Public Process"
Next American City

Quake Could Topple L.A.'s Crack-Riddled Sixth Street Bridge Without Federal Millions To Fix It, Say Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa And Sen. Barbara Boxer
Contra Costa Times

Red-Light Traffic Camera Deals Under Scrutiny
USA Today

Reinventing Fire: How To Get America Off Oil And Coal By 2050

Republicans Look To Give Federal Transportation Funds To States
The Hill

Spring Street Getting Bike Lane By December
Curbed LA

Spring Street Going Green For Bicycles
Blog Downtown

Strike Three: Another Senator Takes A Swipe At Bike-Ped Funding
StreetsBlog DC

Striking A Balance In Transport For All Road Users
The City Fix

Sun Tran Riders Organize Union ("The union could be modeled on the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles, which organized in 1992 and won a class-action lawsuit against the transit authority in that city.")
Arizona Daily Star

Surviving Public Transportation As A Senior (audio with transcript)
KALW Crosscurrents

Systems Operations & Management Guidance (new website provides "a set of strategies to anticipate and manage traffic congestion, and minimize the other unpredictable causes of service disruption, delay, and crashes.")

The Top 100 Public Spaces In The U.S. And Canada

The Transit, Freeways And Traffic Jams Plan: A Reader's Guide
("Here's a five-step reader's guide to help you better understand what's going on.")
Voice Of San Diego

Villaraigosa, Boxer Press For Federal Funds For 6th Street Bridge
Los Angeles Times

Weigh In On Proposed Streetcar
Los Angeles Downtown News

Westside Transportation Roundup: Local Projects Gain Speed As Traffic Worsens
Brentwood Flats Real Estate Voice

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.


405 Work, Westside Subway Seismic Discussions, Crenshaw Lawsuit, Valley Transit, Downtown Streetcar Route, Metro & OCTA Funding, Bike Plans & More

148 Bike Paths, Trails, Lanes & Shared Routes: The 1975 Los Angeles County Bikeways Plan
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

405 Freeway Closures Begin: Bridge Work And The Replacement Of Overhead Freeway Signs Will Close A Six-Mile Stretch Of The 405 Freeway During Overnight Hours
NBC Los Angeles

The 405 Sepulveda Pass Widening: Is This Really Worth It?
StreetsBlog LA

Assessment Of The Type Of Cycling Infrastructure Required To Attract New Cyclists (154p. PDF)
New Zealand Transport Agency

Atwater Village To Get "Iconic" Bridge Across The LA River
Curbed LA

Blogs And Social Media Change The Conversation On Transit
("Social media played a gradually growing role in Rail~Volution over the past few years.")
Greater Greater Washington

BNSF Lands Labor Agreement For L.A. Terminal
Progressive Railroading

Boxer Challenges Mica On Highway Funding
The Hill

A Chosen Rail Line? ("Being in the place that is home to three of the world’s great religions, I got to thinking about how conflict and different world views can stand in the way of public transit improvements like Jerusalem’s Red Line and L.A.’s Westside subway extension. Though I am no expert on Jerusalem, the sight of the train crawling down Jaffa Road left me wondering what parallels there might be between Jerusalem’s and Los Angeles’ struggles to bring rail to these cities.")
Jewish Journal

City Lifts Apron Parking Ban: The Los Angeles Department Of Transportation Will Not Cite Cars Parked In Front Of A Driveway
Hollywood Patch

Commuting: One More Thing Europe Is Better At
The Atlantic: Cities
European Platform On Mobility Management Website

Continuity Of Operations / Continuity Of Government For State-Level Transportation Organizations (684p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

County Backs Newhall Ranch Tract
Los Angeles Daily News

Dems Introduce Bill Creating Obama's Infrastructure Bank
The Hill

Editorial: Growing Smarter -- Wise Decisions Needed On Transit As The Valley Gets More Crowded
Los Angeles Daily News

Glendale Renames Transportation Center In Honor Of Larry Zarian ("Zarian played a large part in bringing the Beeline bus system to Glendale and was involved in several transportation agencies, including the National Highway Safety Commission and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors.")
La Canada Valley Sun

Healthy Travel Modes: Correlations, Causality And Caution ("Driving makes people fatter and less healthy, right? Fanis Grammenos warns planners and urban designers that the answer is not so simple, and misusing the statistics will weaken effective debate.")

Integrating Road Safety Into NEPA Analysis: A Practioner's Primer (86p. PDF)
Federal Highway Administration

It's Time To Raise California's Gas Tax: California Urgently Needs More Money To Rebuild Its Public Facilities. Increasing The Gas Tax, Last Boosted 21 Years Ago, Would Let The State Pay For Much-Needed Transportation Projects Without Costly Borrowing
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Transportation Projects To Get $448 Million From California
Everything Long Beach

L.A. Seeks Federal TIGER Funds For 50-Mile River Bikeway
StreetsBlog LA

Lawsuit Alleges Metro Violated Law In OKing Crenshaw Light Rail
Los Angeles Times

Locking Turnstile Tests Headed To 7th/Metro Subway Station
Blog Downtown

The Mediating Role Of Motorists' Evaluation Of Current Roadway Conditions In Determining Their Willingness To Pay For Future Improvements (54p. PDF)
Morgan State University

NJ Transit Commuters Use Smartphones To Make Purchases
Government Technology

OCTA Receives $9.3 Million In Federal Grants: The Funds Will Be Used For A Transportation Hub In Anaheim, As Well As Solar-Lighting, Bike-Sharing And Methane-Detection Projects
OC Metro

OCTA Will Reduce Holiday Fares And Continue Plans To Eliminate Routes
Voice Of OC

Port Of L.A. Joins New Bipartisan Caucus
Daily Breeze

The Power Of Blogs And Social Media In Transportation Policy
StreetsBlog Network

A Primer On Work Zone Safety And Mobility Performance Measurement (68p. PDF)
Federal Highway Administration

Ride Along With Metro Chief Art Leahy
(audio : "Join Arthur Leahy and KPCC’s Patt Morrison for the latest installment in a transportation series, with updates on the Metro’s plans for new high speed rail, highways, railways, and extensions of the existing Orange and Gold Lines.")
Southern California Public Radio

Should You Treat A Subway Platform Like Yosemite (audio)
Transportation Nation

Technology's Role In Moving People & Goods Quicker, Safer, Cleaner
Transportation Issues Daily

Top Downtown Streetcar Route: Fig, Seventh, Hill, Broadway
Curbed LA

Transit Agencies Urged To Coordinate Service ("Over the past decade, the Bay Area's seven biggest transit operators - BART, Muni, AC Transit, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, SamTrans, Caltrain, and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry - have increased spending on transit operations by 34 percent, which resulted in just a 15 percent increase in service - and only a 7 percent rise in ridership.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Transportation Completes iPad Test, Eyes Widespread Use (The tables could be used systemwide at US DOT, although they have not yet received federal certification for encryption standards)

TRB Webinar: Simple Low-Cost Soil Testing: How To Do It And How To Use The Results (November 9)
U.S. Transportation Research Board

Two Riverside County Bridges Receive State Funding
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Westside Subway Extension Seismic Reports Discussion, Part 1 (video : Report to Planning Committee)
Westside Subway Extension Seismic Reports Discussion, Part 2
(video : Questions for Committee members and public comment)
Westside Subway Extension Seismic Reports Discussion, Part 3 (video : Media briefing)
via YouTube

Why Near Field Communications Matters So Much To The Travel Industry

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.


Downtown Streetcar, Metro Seats, Newhall Ranch, Temple City, LA Paratransit, Researching LA 101, Value Capture, Peak Car, Bridge Repair & More

Are We Reaching "Peak Car?" ("The most detailed picture of the trend comes from the United States, where the distance driven by Americans per capita each year flatlined at the turn of the century and has been dropping for six years. By last spring, Americans were driving the same distance as they had in 1998.")
Globe And Mail (Canada)

Events Across The Country Last Week Bring A Sense Of Urgency To Bridge Repair
Transportation For America

The Federal Government's Smart Growth-Inspired Landlord ("Under Robert Peck, the General Services Administration is emphasizing the location of federal offices near transit.")
StreetsBlog DC

For Subway Riders, Everything Is Better With Countdown Clocks
Wall Street Journal

Geithner Pushes Congress To Act On Infrastructure Legislation
Business Week

Geography Of Housing Recovery Favors Cities And Walkable Neighborhoods
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Hertz First Car-Rental Company To Deploy A Zero-Emissions All-Electric Bus
Airport Business

How Our Permit Process Is Costing Us Jobs

Ideas For Los Angeles: Update Metro With Cleaner Plastic Seats And Easier-To-Read Countdown Timers (A very close-up view of the rider experience on Metro subways, along with first-hand account of a first-time out-of-town user)
Brigham Yen

Inside Archtober "Building" Of The Day #24: Subway Vent Benches
Architect's Newspaper

L.A. County OKs Newhall Ranch Development's Second Phase: The Board Of Supervisors Approves The Mission Village Segment, Which Will Have 4,000 Housing Units, 580 Acres Of Open Space And Three Preserves. Environmentalists Say The Santa Clarita Valley Project Will Worsen Traffic And Pollution
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Paratransit Provider Reduces Claims By 50.2 Percent
Metro Magazine

Mica Backs Highway Bill As Jobs Measure
Journal Of Commerce

Ontario Traffic Dropped 5%, LAX Up 6%
Riverside Press-Enterprise

The Price-Induced Energy Trap: Exploring The Impacts Of Transportation Expenditures On The American Economy ("Despite an anticipated 1.8 percent decline this year in gasoline consumption, for example, the overall expenditures for gasoline will increase 25 percent, rising from $391 billion dollars in 2010 to $489 billion dollars in 2011. Both the size of the U.S. gasoline bill, and its dependence on global events, impact the lives and well-being of individuals, families, and households – especially those from the middle and lower income levels.")
New America Foundation
Full-Text Report (21p. PDF)

Railroads Aim To Replace Or Revamp Aging Bridges
Progressive Railroading

Researching L.A. 101: Step-By-Step Instructions For Finding Historical Information About The Los Angeles Area
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Streetcar Project Refining Routes, Hoping For $37.5 Million In Federal Funds ("As the effort to bring a streetcar back to Downtown Los Angeles gets closer to finalizing plans for its first alignment, backers are once again hoping to get the federal government to commit to pay a major chunk of the roughly $125 million price tag.")
Blog Downtown

The Surprising Psychology Of Driver Interaction With Cyclists
StreetsBlog Network

Temple City To Conduct Downtown Parking, Traffic-Calming Studies
Pasadena Star-News

Tony Curtis Has Left The 101 Freeway
Curbed LA

The Urban Land Institute Announces Urban Innovation Fund Grant Recipients In Recognition Of Seventy-Five Years Of Land Use Leadership
Urban Land Institute

U.S. Road Travel Falls To Lowest Levels Since 2003
USA Today

Value Capture And Transit (video : 90-minute video from this week's webinar. "A multitude of studies show that transit generates a host of economic benefits, including higher property values and enhanced development opportunities. Public sector “value capture” strategies attempt to harness all or part of this value to help pay for transit or other needed community investments. This webinar introduces participants to the range of value capture strategies that can be employed near transit, and provides real-world examples of innovative value capture strategies currently underway in the US.")
Center For Transit-Oriented Development / Federal Transit Administration
Accompanying Online Slideshow Presentation (99p. PDF)

Vandalism Investigators Assigned To Transit Bureau Honored By National Chiefs Group

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.


I-405 & Westside Delays, Van Nuys Blvd, Pasadena TOD, LADOT, Rail-Volution, Smog-Eating Concrete & More

2.7 Million Transit Riders May Lose Tax Parity With Car Commuters
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

At Rail~Volution 2011, Calls For Livable Communities And Transit Options
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Concrete That "Eats" Smog? MoDOT Testing It Out In West County ("It just acts as a sponge,” Jonas said. “It takes those pollutants, holds them in there, and when the sun comes out the UV rays from the sun activate the cement and it breaks it down into harmless products.")
CBS St. Louis

Dig Baby, Dig ("Put simply, maintenance is a local issue. Building new -- expansion -- is something we fund out of Washington D.C. through any number of programs or appropriations. But the catch is always that the drudgery of maintenance falls lower on the government food chain.")
Strong Towns

Does The New iPhone's "Siri" Make Texting While Driving Legit?

Existing Intelligent Transportation Technologies Could Eliminate Almost All Traffic Accidents
Trucking Info

Expo Line Picks Up Speed: Up To Four Trains On The Tracks At Once
University Park Family

Failing Sidewalks Show Where The "Common Good" Ends

Federal Transportation Funding Mandates: The Coming Capitol Hill Battle
Washington Post

GOP Pitches Transportation Bill As Jobs Program
Associated Press

How Long Does It Take LADOT To Install A Sharrow?
L.A. Eco-Village Blog

Idea Of The Day: Unite Metro And Bus Commuters In A Social Network ("Design a social network or social media vehicle to bring together these riders who sit alongside one another day after day. Why remain strangers if there's no need?...D.C. Metro Connection is a newly launched social network that allows you to join to create an environment for all DMV professionals and metro users to network, rant and advertise amongst each other...Another purpose of the website is to create a forum where DMV metro riders can voice their opinions about changes and improvements they would like to see in the DMV metro system.")
TBD On Foot

If It's Not One Thing ("City staff can report to the council that neighbors, staff, and the Expo authority all agree on a design for the [Expo Line maintenance facility] project, thus proving that at least sometimes, rational thinking and communication can solve problems.")
Santa Monica Lookout

ITS And Locational Privacy: Suggestions For Peaceful Coexistence (link to full-text PDF)
University Of Minnesota Center For Transportation Studies Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute

Metro Warns Of Months Of Westside Travel Delays ("Drivers should expect delays along Sepulveda Boulevard in Westwood starting today and continuing for three months while crews do utility work under the street, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.")
Daily Breeze

[N.Y.] MTA Weighs Unusual Steps To Curb Trash ("The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering getting rid of trash cans altogether on some platforms.")
Wall Street Journal

The Never-Ending Project On The 405 ("Carmageddon" -- when the 405 was closed for a weekend through the Sepulveda Pass -- turned into a breeze, because Metro warned motorists for weeks in advance. But Metro waited until Friday to publicly announce lane reductions that started today, so commuters and residents had no opportunity to plan alternative routes or allow more time to get to their destinations. We hear from Metro and some angry drivers.")
KCRW Which Way, L.A.?

New Bike Facilities Sprouting In Downtown Santa Monica: The Good, The Not So Good, & The Ugly
Gary Rides Bikes

OMG: San Fernando Valley Wants Some Transit, Density
Curbed LA

Pasadena TOD Projects Set The Stage For Denser, More Walkable Development
Urban Land

Transportation And Food Access Idea 1: Transit And Good Food
StreetsBlog LA

Transportation's Future A Rocky Road

Viadoom: Replacement Of Aging Seattle Viaduct Gets Underway ("In Los Angeles, the I-405 closure in July was called "Carmageddon." Now, Seattle's long-feared downtown freeway fiasco is underway, and it's known as "Viadoom.")
Los Angeles Times

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 "Rampture," Expo Opening, Van Nuys Line, Infrastructure Bill, Amtrak & HSR, Alameda Corridor-East & More

A $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Creates 27 Million Jobs In 5 Years

AFL-CIO, Chamber Press Lawmakers For Infrastructure Funds
The Hill

America's Transportation Leaders Agree That Intelligent Transportation Is The Future Of Travel: Unified Support For "Connected Vehicles" On Display At The 18th World Congress On Intelligent Transportation Systems
Business Wire

Another Record Year On America's Rails ("After 2012, though, the situation could change considerably. The government-run railroad's prospects for privatisation have little to do with ridership records and a lot to do with which party controls Congress and the White House.")
The Economist

San Francisco Examiner

Beverly Hills Has A Major Earthquake Fault
LA Observed

Buffalo's Decrepit Train Station Becomes The City's Newest Classroom
The Atlantic: Cities

Walnut Patch

Fault Findings Break New Ground (The presence of the [West Beverly Hills Lineament] and the nearby Santa Monica fault, which is also active, make it too dangerous to build a Santa Monica Boulevard station for the new subway in Century City, Dolan and other scientists told a Metro committee Wednesday. They said that another proposed location for the station — at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars — was a better option because it showed no evidence of earthquake faults.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Fear And Loathing In Bakersfield (And The LA Times)
California High Speed Rail Blog

Here's LA County's First Bike Master Plan Since 1975
Curbed LA

How Salt Lake City Became A Leader In Transit-Oriented Development
StreetsBlog DC

Infrastructure Investing: The Next "It" Sector?
Washington Post

Inland Empire Is Showing Early Stirrings Of Recovery: Riverside And San Bernardino Counties Were Hit Hard By The Economic Downturn, But There Are Signs Of A Turnaround
Los Angeles Times

Jobs Again, Infrastructure-Style ("How does the recurring political theme of infrastructure and jobs play in to the debate over surface transportation funding? Where will the Democrats' infrastructure jobs campaign have more impact, in politics or policy? Are there broader economic themes that can surface as a result of this debate? Does the millionaire tax change the conversation?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

LaHood Looks To Transportation Colleagues To Put Americans Back To Work
AASHTO Journal

London Olympic Planners Work To Avoid Transport Chaos At Games, Recalling Atlanta Debacle
Washington Post

Mirisch Responds To Tainted MTA Presentation
Beverly Hills Courier

More Headaches For California's High-Speed Rail Project
The Atlantic

MTA Postpones Planned Closures Of Wilshire Ramps
Los Angeles Times

Newhall Metrolink Parking Expansion Groundbreaking On Monday Afternoon

Obama Jobs Plan: Highway Bill Next Up For Senate Vote
Los Angeles Times

Opportunities Abound For Transporting Goods By Tram -- If Properly Coordinated
Transport Politic

President Obama To Arrive In L.A. For Rush-Hour Traffic
("President Obama will return to Southern California on Monday evening, and the rolling street closures will be coming back with him -- just in time for the evening commute.")
Los Angeles Times

Purple Line Subway Extension Can Safely Avoid Earthquake Faults, Experts Say
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Rain Didn't Wreck The Expo Line, But Still No Firm Opening Date ("Once Metro determines that the system is safe to operate, the line will open to the public. Opening to La Cienega is still scheduled for later this year or early next year depending on how much time Metro needs for operator training and if any items need to be adjusted based on pre-revenue operations.")
Curbed LA

The Rampture Delayed Until 2012
Curbed LA

Rampture Postponed: Los Angeles Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief
Huffington Post

Record Amtrak Passengers Hint At Growing Demand For High-Speed Rail
Fox Business

River Revitalization Corp Sees A Retail Future For The Historic 7th Street Viaduct
Blog Downtown

See The World's Largest Interactive Urban Diorama In Long Beach! (" It’s of the city of Long Beach where you can experiences the many perspectives of the city from above and below.")
StreetsBlog LA

Seismic Experts Back Subway Under School

Senate Committee To Act On Transportation Authorization Bill
Transportation Issues Daily

Los Angeles Wave

Transit Asset Condition Reporting: A Synthesis Of Transit Practice (54p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Transit Systems In Peril: Why Care?
National League Of Cities

Van Nuys Blvd. Congestion Spurs New Transit Dreams ("The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is holding community meetings in the East Valley this week to discuss the plans and solicit ideas.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Why Computer Voices Are Mostly Female
("For example, transit systems such as the San Francisco Area's BART often use higher-pitched voices because they are easier to hear over the clatter of the train cars.")

With U.S. Infrastructure Aging, Public Funds Scant, More Projects Going Private ("There are at least 70 privately funded and managed infrastructure projects across the United States in various stages of development, according to a list compiled by the law firm Allen & Overy. These are part of a vast network of roads, bridges and tunnels — to say nothing of the subways, ports, airports and water systems — crying out for attention. Consider this: Over the past 60 years, the United States has built a 46,876-mile federal highway system that is now in dire need of repair. As a result, states have had to pour more of their transportation dollars into fixing aging highways and even in good times have little or nothing left over for new construction.")
Washington Post

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