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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!

Snow Globe Los Angeles from All Cut Up Films on Vimeo.

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

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.


LA-Palm Springs Rail?, Glendale, HSR, Vegas Monorail, Millennials & Cars, 2011 "Best Of" Lists & More

2011 Streetsies: It Was The Worst Of Times
StreetsBlog LA

BBB Reduces Service During Holidays
Santa Monica Daily Press

The Best Metro Data Releases Of 2011
The Atlantic: Cities

Best Of 2011: Designing High-Speed Rail's Future
Next American City

Building Your Professional Network In 140 Characters Or Less: How Social Media Tools Can Enhance Professional Networking (Annual TRB meeting session spotlight)
Young Professionals In Transportation

California High-Speed Rail: To 2012 And Beyond!
California Progress Report

Caltrans To Study Cost Of Palm Springs Area Train Service: State To Research Creating Or Expanding Local Passenger Rail Line ("A $400,000 study will be launched in January to explore the potential ridership and inevitable costs of creating a new passenger rail system between the Coachella Valley and Los Angeles.")
Desert Sun

City Renews Rail High-Speed Rail Ties: Council Approves Membership Dues To High-Speed Orange Line Plan ("The authority began in 2003 to explore the possibility of a high-speed rail line between Orange and Los Angeles counties that was expected to cost more than $19 billion.")
Glendale News Press

GSA Will Put Federal Agencies Near Metro Stations
Better! Cities & Towns

How Monorail's Fate Might Have Been Different
Vegas Inc.

L.A., O.C. Gas Prices Fall For 41st Consecutive Day
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Unified Files For Court Order To Stop Midyear Busing Funding Cuts
Southern California Public Radio

Most California High-Speed Rail Jobs Too Good To Be True
Silicon Valley Mercury News

New Study: Millennials Prefer Car "Access Over Ownership"
The City Fix
Milennials & Driving (survey results : "Millennials welcome the collaborative consumption movement and are motivated to participate in sharing programs like car sharing because of potential savings they could accumulate for major milestones such as retirement, housing, and college tuition.")
Zipcar via Slidshare

Photos: Holiday Celebrations Of SoCal's Past (Metro Transportation Library's collection of historic holiday photos features prominently)
LA as Subject via KCET

Repairing 60 Freeway Overpass Could Cost More Than $5 Million ("Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood) says the work could be paid for with federal funds if it is completed in six months. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency at the busy freeway corridor.")
Los Angeles Times

San Clemente Celebrates Railroad Quiet Zone
Orange County Register

Senate's Changes To TIFIA Could Mean More Toll Roads, Less Transit
StreetsBlog DC

TIGER III Will Boost Freight Transportation But Not Transform It
StreetsBlog DC

Top Cities Stories Of 2011

Transportation Contracts Should Always Require Open Data
Greater Greater Washington

Truck Tolling: Understanding Industry Tradeoffs When Using Or Avoiding Toll Facilities (90p. PDF)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program / National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Why The World Needs To Start Car-Sharing
(detailed infographic)
This Big City

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.


1st Street Bridge, Archival Christmas Images, Hollywood Fwy Anniversary, GAO & High Speed Rail, TIGER III & More

60 Years Ago, Hollywood Freeway Opened Through Civic Center
Blog Downtown

2011 Streetsies: It Was The Best Of Times
StreetsBlog LA

77% Of Americans Oppose Raising The Gas Tax, Reason-Rupe Transportation Poll Finds
Sacramento Bee
Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey Winter 2011 Topline Results (13p. PDF)
Reason Foundation

AIA Los Angeles: Political Leadership Could Bolster Green Design
The Planning Report

Baldwin Park Plans To Construct Transit Center
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Barbara Boxer's Transportation Bill Would Drop Environmental Criteria In Much-Touted TIFIA Loan Program
Huffington Post

The Best City Reads Of 2011
The Atlantic: Cities

Beverly Hills School District To Conduct Earthquake Study; Hoping To Disprove Metro's Findings
LA Weekly

Biking And Walking Score Big In TIGER III
StreetsBlog DC

Calif. Governor Brown Declares State Of Emergency Following State Route 60 Accident
California Wire

Candy Cane Buses And Streetcars Of The Past (Vintage images of 1950s Los Angeles transit decked out for the holidays)
Metro Transportation Library via Flickr
Historic Santa Claus Images From Los Angeles' Transit Past (1950s-1980s)
Metro Transportation Library via Flickr
Christmas Transit Photos From The Archives: 1953 Hollywood Boulevard And More
Metro Transportation Library via Flickr

Check Out Hollywood Boulevard Decked Out For Christmas In The 1940s (video)

Despite Lower Gas Prices, Public Transit Riders Still Reap Big Savings
APTA Press Release

Engineering Talk: Explaining Transportation From The User's Perspective (First post in new blog focusing on communicating about the transportation industry)
Talking Transportation

A Fatal Bullet For The California Bullet Train (Seven important questions should now be asked about California high-speed rail)

First Street Bridge P Line Streetcar (The bridge just reopened after a 3-year closure -- here's how it looked with LAMTA streetcar service in 1963)
Metro Transportation Library via Flickr

Fixing Suburbs With Green Streets That Accomodate Everyone
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Gas Takes Its Biggest Bite Out Of Family Budget In 30 Years
Chicago Tribune

Gold Line Construction Authority To Weight Eminent Domain For Monrovia Land
Pasadena Star-News

Health Benefits Of Ciclovia Events Outweigh Costs
StreetsBlog Networks

The Honor System In Public Transit (Lookst at enforcement of Metro Rail and Metrolink fares and ticketing)
Long Beach Post

How To Boost Biking And Walking Even Further In Your City

Improving Value Of Travel Time Savings Estimation For More Effective Transportation Project Evaluation (91p. PDF)
University Of South Florida Center For Urban Transportation Research

Infographic Says Angelenos Could Buy 36 Christmas Trees With Money Wasted Annually In Traffic

L.A.'s Historic 1st Street Bridge Reopens After 3-Year Closure ("Los Angeles officials hail the restoration of a cultural link between the city's core and neighborhoods to the east. The bridge carries tracks of the Gold Line's Eastside extension.")
Los Angeles Times

Leveraging Transit To Remake Suburbia

Mapping Sustainable Communities Awards
Reconnecting America

McCarthy Requests Federal High-Speed Rail Audit ("Rep. Kevin McCarthy joined 11 other Republican members of the House this week in requesting a federal audit of California's high-speed rail project. Monday's letter asks the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, to dig into the $98 billion project's "viability and questionable ridership and costs projections.")
Bakersfield Californian
House Republicans Want Inquiry Into California High-Speed Rail ("Because of the agency's carefully maintained reputation for neutrality and thoroughness, a GAO study could effectively shape both public and political attitudes toward the California project. One way or another, it's likely to become ammunition...Other Republican lawmakers signing the letter, from California, are Reps. Darrell Issa, John Campbell, Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter, Tom McClintock, Gary Miller, Buck McKeon and Devin Nunes.")
McClatchy via Miami Herald

Meet The Woman In Charge Of Not Blowing Up The 405 Freeway
Curbed LA
Meet The 405 Project's Utility Player
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

New Year, New Ocean Park: SaMo Street Facelift Starts Soon
Curbed LA

Newt Gingrich: Rail Visionary, Lover Of Oil
Transportation Nation

Next-Level GPS Helps You Avoid Traffic Snarls
Globe And Mail (Canada)

OC Freeway Signs Now Tell You How Much Faster The Train Is
Curbed LA

Online City Of Los Angeles Bikeway Map Now Available
LADOT Bike Blog
Downloadable Maps

Perris Station Transit Center Wins CTF Transportation Award
Newswire Today

Recapturing Global Leadership In Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey Of Select U.S. Cities (80p. PDF)
Institute For Transportation & Development Policy

Regional Planning For A Sustainable America: How Creative Programs Are Promoting Prosperity And Saving The Environment
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Senate Bill Would Allow Other Ports To Mimic L.A.'s Clean Trucks Program
Daily Breeze

Southland Leaders Praise Reopening Of Iconic 1st Street Bridge
Southern California Public Radio

TIGER III: A Big And Agile Cat, With Legs
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

TSA Officials Form Holiday Chorus At LAX (video : The agency tries to soften its image)
American Public Media Marketplace

Vintage Los Angeles Map Shows What To Do In The "Wonder City Of America"

What We Can Learn From City Busways ("The Orange Line, on the other hand, is considered one of the best BRT systems in the country...Since opening in late October of 2005, at a cost of $324 million, ridership has grown steadily; in the past few years it's risen from about 574,000 in November 2009 to 640,000 in November 2011.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Wilshire Grand Hotel Closes Doors Forever Just Shy Of 60th Birthday
Blog Downtown

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.


Crenshaw Line, Westside Subway, Metro Civil Rights, CAHSR in Federal Spotlight, Mobility 21, TIGER III, Port of LA & More

1959 Film From ULI And National Association Of Homebuilders Warns Of Urban Sprawl (video)
ULI via YouTube

Another Optional Station "Approved" By The Metro Board For Crenshaw Line
StreetsBlog LA

Are We Over High Speed Rail In California?
Southern California Public Radio

Board Approves 3 Month Extension For Venable ("The BHUSD Board of Education continues to keep its arsenal full against the Metro Westside Subway Extension tunnel under Beverly High.")
Beverly Hills Courier

Both Sides Of Pomona Freeway Reopen
NBC Los Angeles

BRU To Metro: Let Public In On Civil Rights Remedies
StreetsBlog LA

Can Americans Make The Switch From Driving To Biking To Work?

The Case For Business Investment In Public Transportation (9p. PDF)

Congressional Transportation Committee Debates CA High Speed Rail

Even In Austere Era, Mitt Romney Promises To Fund Roads, Bridges, And Rail ("Mitt Romney says he doesn’t like borrowing, but he’d do it for infrastructure.")
Transportation Nation

A Fatal Bullet For The California Bullet Train?

Federal Transportation Bill Moves 2 Steps Forward And 1 Step Back In 2011
Transportation Issues Daily

GOP Lawmakers Critical Of Calif. Rail Proposal
Business Week

Griffith Park Turns 115, First Street Bridge Reopening
Curbed LA

Indy To Repurpose Stadium Seats At Bus Stops

It's Politics: High-Speed Rail Battle Continues
Pasadena Star-News

LA County Unemployment Drops: November Marked The Lowest Jobless Rate In The Southland In Two Years
NBC Los Angeles

A Little Older, A Little Wider, First Street Viaduct Opens
Blog Downtown

Long Beach Transit Offers Free Transportation New Year's Eve
Everything Long Beach

A Measure Of Bicycling Impact On Your Community: Media Attention And Business Generation
Bikeable Communities ("The January 2012 issue of Sunset Magazine, Western America’s largest-circulation regional magazine (more than 1 million subscribers), highlighted Long Beach’s East Village and touted it as a “bike to” destination.”)
Southern California Weekend

Mobility 21 Touts $37 Million Funding Award For So Cal Transportation: Riverside County Transportation Commission and Port Of Long Beach Receive Competitive Federal Funding

Nancy Pelosi: California High-Speed Rail Is On Track
The State Column

The New California Dream: How Demographic And Economic Trends May Shape The Housing Market -- A Land Use Scenario For 2020 And 2035 (73p. PDF : "Housing and neighborhood preference surveys indicate that Californians consider transit options to be far more important in choosing a location in which to live than the rest of the nation: 71 percent in California, compared with 47 percent nationally.")
Urban Land Institute

New Federal "TIGER" Transportation Grants Direct Some Funding To Green Infrastructure Projects, But More Investment Is Needed
Natural Resources Defense Fund Switchboard Blog

New Mexico City Buses Cut Pollution, Generate Cash ("Mexico City's sleek new public bus system is attracting significant international funding in carbon credit sales.")

NJ Senator Lautenberg Introduces Bill To Limit Bridge And Tunnel Tolls
StreetsBlog DC

NYC's Top 2011 Google Searches (The top 3 searches are all transit-related)
Huffington Post

Paint Coming Off Green Bike Lane Again
Los Angeles Downtown News

Port Of Los Angeles Gets $17 Million To Speed Trains
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Republican Leaders Seek To Apply Brakes To Bullet Train Project
Los Angeles Times

Santa Monica City Council Approves Development With No Parking ("Under a unique Development Agreement, the Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to require the developer of a [56-unit] Downtown housing project that provides no on-site parking to pay $125,000 for transit improvements"..."“We are agreeing to give priority to people without cars”)
Santa Monica Lookout

Transit Flexibility Bill Introduced By Senator Brown Is Badly Needed In Many Cities
Transportation For America

Two Month Drilling Study Begins On BHHS Campus: In An Effort To Stop Metro From Approving A Subway Route That Goes Under The High School, BHUSD Has Hired A Firm To Determine If Faults Under The Campus Are Active
Beverly Hills Patch

Westside Subway Extension Feud: Did Metro Rig A Century City Fault Study To Move The Purple Line?
LA Weekly

Whittier Officials Consider Hiring A Lobbyist To Fight For Light-Rail Line To The City
Whittier Daily News

Will Americans Be Stranded? Inadequate Or Poorly Maintained Transportation: A Looming Crisis
Renew America

Zurich, The World's Best Transit City

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.