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January 5: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2012: Another Big Year For Motorized Transit In L.A. (Initial list of several local transit-related events on tap for the year)
StreetsBlog LA

2012 Is The Year America Must Get Serious About Its Infrastructure

After Three Decades, Tax Credit For Ethanol Expires
New York Times

At The Start Of 2012: Downtown's Continuing Rollercoaster Ride (More transit, Union Station and more)

Can California Afford To Build High-Speed Rail?
KCRW Which Way L.A.?

Congressional Inaction On Extending Commuter Benefits Leads Public Transit Riders To See Taxes Increase More Than $550 In 2012
APTA Press Release

Crenshaw Light Rail Line Wins Final Approval From Feds
Daily Breeze

The Current Dispute Over High Speed Rail Job Numbers
Fox & Hounds

Did $98.5 Billion High-Speed Rail Project Just Hit A Wall In California? ("An independent review panel says the plan for a high-speed rail corridor linking northern and southern California poses 'an immense financial risk' to the state and should not move forward.")
Christian Science Monitor

Gold Line Files Objection To Court Ruling
Pasadena Star-News

GOP Candidates' Transportation Infrastructure Talk Praises Tolls But Ignores Jobs
Huffington Post

Groups Want Pollution Monitoring Near California Freeways
Los Angeles Daily News

Ideas For Downtown LA: Redesign 888 International Tower Plaza Into A Pedestrian-Friendly Open Space
Brigham Yen

Is It Time For Metro Rail To Get A Face Lift?
StreetsBlog LA

LADOT: Finally Getting Serious About Safe Routes To School?
StreetsBlog LA

LA, Long Beach Ports End Dirty Truck Fees
Journal Of Commerce

Lost Tunnels Of Downtown L.A. ("Other tunnels in downtown Los Angeles, including L.A.'s first subway, were landmarks for decades but are no longer open for exploration or exploitation." Includes several vintage photos from Metro Transportation Library and other local collections)
LA as Subject via KCET

Making Streets Safer With On-Street Bike Parking (video)

Microwave Radar Gun Helps Time Traffic Lights For Bicyclists
Government Technology

NBC's Big MetroStudios Project Killed, Smaller Facility Planned ("Known as MetroStudios@Lankershim, the project would have been built in two phases above the Metro Red Line station on Lankershim Boulevard across from Universal Studios. NBC Universal would have been its anchor tenant.")
Los Angeles Business Journal

One Anti-Rail Congress Is No Reason To Delay California HSR
StreetsBlog Network

Opinion: Bus Drivers And Subway Workers Are The Real Environmentalists
New York Daily News

Opinion: Why California Needs High-Speed Rail
San Francisco Chronicle

Paramount Boulevard Bridge Won't Be Complete For Six To Eight Months
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Performance Measures For Public Transit Mobility Management (202p. PDF)
Texas Transportation Institute

Pol Proposes Measure R Extension, Legal Fast Track For Rail ("Today, [California Assemblyman Mike] Feuer introduced legislation in Sacramento for a pseudo-Measure R sequel that would allow voters to extend the length of the tax increase, which currently lasts until 2039. The new deadline has yet to be determined. The move "would enable Metro to bond against future Measure R proceeds and build those transit projects much sooner than originally contemplated, without relying on federal or state funding.")
Curbed LA
Feuer Legislation Would Expedite L.A. County Transit Projects, Creating Construction Jobs And Reducing Congestion
Mike Feuer, California Assembly 42nd District, Press Release

Public Transit To LAX Kinda, Sorta Closer To Reality: Crenshaw Light Rail Project Gets Federal OK

The Rail Story Of Transforming Los Angeles (January 20 : Panel discussion : "Can stations be designed to integrate into the growing Metro system, cognizant of scarce public dollars, while also being emblematic of the communities where they are located? What do communities around the new stations want to become and what can planners, developers, and community activists do to ensure these outcomes? What can Los Angeles learn from other cities?")
Westside Urban Forum

Report Of Minnesota's Mileage-Based User Fee Policy Task Force (24p. PDF)
Minnesota State DOT

Romney Wins Iowa, Loses The Rail-Passenger Vote
StreetsBlog DC

South Pasadena Council To Discuss Metro's SR-710 Extension Environmental Study Tonight
Pasadena Star-News

Success Factors In The Reduction Of Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Incidents (4p. PDF)
Federal Railroad Administration Research Results

Sword-Inspired Chinese Train Hits 311 MPH In Testing

Trains And Buses Leap Ahead This Year
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Urban Information Networks, Part 1: The Invisible Rendered Visible ("An example of how information enables the inhabitants to most effectively use the immediately available capacity of the total, multi-modal transportation system comes from our work with CalTrans.")
Building A Smarter Planet
Part 2: Information For Resource Management
Part 3: Open Data 2.0

Your Customers Are Mobile, Are You?
Talking Transportation

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