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January 17: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (How did the Northridge earthquake affect transit 18 years ago today?)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

3 Political Challenges To Enacting Transportation Bill By March 31
Transportation Issues Daily

2012: State Of The Public Transportation Industry (APTA CEO Michael P. Melaniphy)
Passenger Transport

After Demolishing A Highway, How Should A City Rebuild
The Atlantic: Cities

Angels Flight Rail Work Done, Car Restoration On Its Way
Curbed LA

Brown Enlarges His Role In California's Foundering Bullet Train Project: With The $100-Billion Project At A Critical Juncture, The Governor Puts His People In Key Positions
Los Angeles Times

City Seeks Residents To Serve On Exposition Bikeway Advisory Committee
Santa Monica Dispatch

CRA Claims Significant Flaws In Legislation To Dissolve RDAs ("Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles) has introduced legislation that could give California's redevelopment agencies if not a reprieve then at least a stay of execution. Senate Bill 659 would push the dissolution date from Feb. 1 to April 15 in order to allow cities and agencies time to put their affairs in order -- and, presumably, to allow the Legislature to deliberate on a replacement for redevelopment before the agencies are dismantled and their employees laid off.")
California Planning & Development Report

CRA's Demise Puts Downtown Properties In Limbo
Los Angeles Downtown News

Dirty Freeway Air Puts Southern California Health At Risk, Say Activists
Los Angeles Daily News

Downtown Regional Connector Final EIS/EIR
(webpage with complete list of links)

Doubts Cast On Cost Estimates For High-Speed Rail Alternatives ("Bullet train promoters predict it will cost $171 billion to build new airports and roads if the trains aren't completed. But experts say that figure is greatly exaggerated.")
Los Angeles Times

Expo Line Phase 2 Project Developments (photo essay : "Alan K. Weeks, whose pictures of the Air Line (former Expo Line) in action from the early 1950s are posted in the historical-photos thread, and I walked along the tracks in Palms today and took pictures.")
Transit Talk

For California High Speed Rail, A Season Of Woe
Transportation Nation

Gingrich: Metro Riders Don't Appreciate Homeownership ("Newt Gingrich explained basic American values and managed to bash the media, people who live in cities, and people who take public transit all at once.")
Washington City Paper

Great And Not-So-Great Subway Logos
The Atlantic: Cities

Has The Gold Line Been Derailed By The Dissolution Of Redevelopment Agencies?
Monrovia Weekly

Head Of High-Speed Rail Authority Quits As Agency Undergoes Shake-Up
Silicon Valley Mercury News

High-Speed Rail Around The World (photo gallery)
Washington Post

High-Speed Rail In A Coma ("The initial costs of developing high-speed rail lines are high, and the yield time is years or decades. Is the country ready for long-term investments like that? Or would it make sense to take a break and allow the economy to recover before proposing big new rail projects? What would make policymakers more receptive to high-speed rail? What critiques of high-speed rail are the most in need of a response?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Hollywood Real Estate Development Under Threat
Hollywood Reporter

I "Heart" My Transit Card Video Contest

Innovative State And City Government Solutions To Watch In 2012
The Atlantic: Cities

Land A Great New Job In LA ("The 2012 National Planning Conference in Los Angeles, April 14-17, provides multiple opportunities for job hunters. Several sessions and facilitated discussions explore the ins and outs of a successful job search. Arm yourself with up-to-date strategies and fresh ideas for getting noticed on the market.")
American Planning Association: Reimagine Los Angeles

Laws That Shaped L.A.: Why Is The Los Angeles Skyline So Bland?

Living The Low-Car Lifestyle
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Los Angeles Countywide Mayors To Attend Conference ("The mayors are expected to urge President Barack Obama and Congress to act on a transportation spending bill that has been stalled in committees.")
Cerritos Patch

Mayor Villaraigosa, MLK Day Parade & The Leimert Park Crenshaw Line
Leimert Park Beat

Metropolis II And The Enduring Delusions Of Car-Centric Cities
StreetsBlog LA

Mica Endorses Romney (Full statement from the House Transportation Committee Chair)
Transportation Nation

More Bike Parking Coming To Broadway
LADOT Bike Blog

NCHRP 2011 Summary Of Progress (171p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

NCHRP At 50 Years
(20p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

New IDEAS For Highway Systems: Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis Programs (208p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Officials Plan Community Meetings On Possible Victorville-To-Palmdale Roadway
Redlands Daily Facts

Port Railyard Project Report Worries LBUSD: Officials Say Study Doesn't Identify Risks For Students, Staff
Contra Costa Times
Draft EIR: Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Project Website
Port Of Los Angeles

Portland: Balance The Budget Yourself ("Portland's Tri-Met faces another horrible funding shortfall this year, but they've come up with a good survey tool to engage the public in their decisions about what services to cut. It's one of those "balance the budget yourself" tools that's becoming increasingly necessary to bring voters into contact with reality about government budgets.")
Human Transit
Challenges & Choices: A Budget Discussion Guide

Public Meetings On High Desert Corridor
Victorville Daily Press

The Quiet Ones: 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done ("Rather than waiting on Washington to bail out the city, Villaraigosa persuaded nearly 70 percent of L.A. residents to approve Measure R – a half-cent sales tax that will provide $35 billion to fund major transportation improvements, including a new subway line and light-rail extensions.")
Rolling Stone

An R&D Lab For Transit Tech Tools
The Atlantic: Cities

A Sobering Recap Of Beverly Hills Bike Planning
Better Bike

Spain's High-Speed Rail System Offers Lessons For California
Sacramento Bee

Subway Systems Of The World, Presented On The Same Scale
Fake Is The New Real

Tracking The Old Trains: Remembering The Atchison, Topeka And Santa Fe Railway's Role In Downtown ("Where did people go to catch a train before 1939? Few thought about rail travel prior to Union Station.")
Los Angeles Downtown News

Trains, Buses, Bikes, And Sandwiches... There Should Be An App For That
StreetsBlog DC

Transit Agencies Face The Calculus Of Broader Backsides
New York Times

Transportation Bills Abound As Congress Returns

Walkable By Accident
The Atlantic: Cities

Webinar: Impact Of Transit-Oriented Development In Reducing GHG Emissions (January 17)
Transportation Issues Daily

The Wrong Question About Amtrak's Profitability
The Economist

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