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January 25: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Expanded transit for East Los Angeles)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

5 Big Proposed Changes In The New House Transportation Bill Proposal
Transportation Issues Daily

Boston Launches App Challenge To Link Transit And Bike Share
Transportation Nation

Building La-La Land: Fascinating Pictures Trace Life In Los Angeles From Rural Outpost To Bastion Of American Fame And Fortune
Daily Mail (U.K.)

California Sues San Diego Over Emissions

Check Out Ocean Park's New Look, Under Construction Now (Includes "a cornucopia of complete streets design features: 100 new trees, new crosswalks with overhead flashers, a stormwater collection system, 75 pedestrian-scaled light poles, wider sidewalks, painted bike lanes, bike racks, street furniture, and trash and recycling cans.")
Curbed LA

City, County, State Play Hot Potato With Los Angeles RDA
California Planning & Development Report

Congestion In America: A Growing Challenge To U.S. Energy Security (48p. PDF)
Securing America's Future Energy

The Economist And The Redundancy "Fallacy"
Human Transit

Editorial: Keeping Trains Safe -- Train Operators Wary Of Cost, Tight Deadlines
Los Angeles Daily News

FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith Calls For Transportation Policy That Rewards Fuel Efficiency
Commercial Appeal

Federal Transportation Bill Moving In House
Transportation Issues Daily

Fighting Over Labor ("Did Democratic leaders do the right thing in granting unionization changes in order to jump-start an otherwise popular and noncontroversial transportation bill? Did Republicans do the right thing raising the union issue, knowing that the FAA bill would be the only place they would get any traction? Does this deal set a precedent for labor negotiations in future transportation bills? When is it appropriate to address union rules in transportation policy?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Find Hotels By Travel Time
Google Inside Search

For Long Beach And Los Angeles, What A Difference A Few Years Makes
StreetsBlog LA

Has Congestion Pricing Lost Its Buzz?
This Big City

Hollywood Bowl Park-And-Ride Bus And Shuttle Tickets To See Price Increase
CBS Los Angeles

How Los Angeles Found Religion On Transit: A Lesson For Toronto? ("The story of LA’s dramatic conversion puts us to shame...In just three years, LA laid the political groundwork, hashed out the plans, began collecting the revenue, established accountability mechanisms, and commenced construction. As it happens, some of the earliest projects have involved road/overpass repairs, which just strikes me as incredibly savvy staging.")
Spacing Toronto
A New Toronto Transit Proposal Delivers More Bang For The $8.2 Billion Buck
Toronto Star

"I Hate The Blue Line" And Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter
The Atlantic: Cities

Infographic Of The Day: Could Twitter Help Us Create Smarter Transit Routes?
Fast Company Design

Infrastructure: It's Time For Congress To Act
National Journal

Is Nothing A Politically Acceptable Way To Pay For Transportation?
StreetsBlog DC

L.A. Council Members Want To Study Ontario's Airport Proposal
Los Angeles Times

Maglev Gone, But High-Speed Rail Remains ("The idea of a magnetic levitation train didn’t stick around for long in regional transportation plans developed by the Southern California Association of Governments. Local planners instead are concentrating on connections within Southern California, so that when — and if — bullet trains ever come, conventional trains have a steady and direct route to get to them.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Mass Transit's State Of The Union: Room For Improvement
Huffington Post

Metro Considers Construction Jobs Policies To Ignite Economies In Lower Income Areas
StreetsBlog LA

Metrolink To Address Community Concerns Over Cypress Park Maintenance Center
Eastsider LA

Mixed-Use Development Delivers Huge Public Returns Compared To Sprawl
StreetsBlog DC

Moody's Downgrades California Redevelopment Bonds (Updated)
California Planning & Development Report

New House Transportation Proposal Would Reform Project Environmental Review
Transportation Issues Daily

Obama Aims To Use War Savings On Infrastructure
Chicago Tribune

Obama's Vision For A Transportation Makeover Struggling To Leave The Station
Public Radio International

On Infrastructure, Hopes For Progress This Year Look Glum
Transport Politic

A Peculiar Parking Pattern ("A high number of cars parked at downtown L.A. meters carry disabled placards that let owners park for free.")
Los Angeles Times

The President's Transportation Transformation (audio : A year ago President Obama announced his plans for high speed rail lines and other cutting edge transportation for the nation. But after many defeats in Congress, including the de-funding of high-speed rail, the President’s transportation initiative suddenly seems less futuristic and more focused on rebuilding the old highways of the past. To answer where the president stands on the eve of his re-election is Alex Goldmark, reporter for Takeaway flagship station WNYC’s Transportation Nation team.")
The Takeaway

Rep. Mica Promises Highway Bill Next Week
The Hill

Right-Wingers Launch Effort To Repeal High Speed Rail At November 2012 Election
California High Speed Rail Blog

Republicans Eye Highway Bill As Vehicle For Keystone

San Francisco, Medellin Win Sustainable Transportation Award ("The ITDP award has become a coveted badge of honor for transportation directors, both in the U.S. and internationally. Its awards ceremony now draws a large cadre of major city transportation directors, as well as international mayors and federal transportation officials.")
Transportation Nation

"Social Equity" To Be Weighed In Transit Funding Under U.S. Rule
Business Week

SOTU: Is Obama Retreating On Infrastructure?
StreetsBlog DC

State Auditor Issues Financial Warning On California Bullet Train ("California bullet train project has become 'increasingly risky' because of fiscal uncertainties, auditor says.")
Los Angeles Times

Streetcar Study: Could We Get The System For Free?
Washington City Paper

Transit Apps Empower Riders With information
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Transportation Equity A Key To Winning Full Civil Rights
Urban Habitat

The Trenching, And The Spin, Go On In Beverly Hills (This post from yesterday has been updated)
StreetsBlog LA

The Urban Message Missing From The State Of The Union
The Atlantic: Cities

Villaraigosa Hails Progress On LAX's Bradley Renovation
Los Angeles Times

What The Downtown LA Skyline Would Look Like Without The Community Redevelopment Agency Of LA
Curbed LA

Why The Most Environmental Building Is The Building We've Already Built
The Atlantic: Cities

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.