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January 4: This Date In Los Transportation History
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Bay Area Tries To Rein In Greenhouse Gases With Growth/Transportation Plans
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Big Blue Bus Gets New COO
Santa Monica Daily Press

California High-Speed Rail Funding Could Be In Jeopardy
Los Angeles Times

County's Transportation Priority Loses Out On Federal Funds
Ventura County Star

Cycle Like The Danes To Cut Carbon Emissions, Says Study (A warning that it would be a mistake to invest heavily in technological solutions like electric cars)
Guardian (U.K.)
Cycle More Often 2 Cool Down The Planet!: Quantifying CO2 Savings Of Cycling (16p. PDF)
European Cyclists' Federation

A Daily Passenger Train Between LA And The Coachella Valley?
Southern California Public Radio

Districts To Pick Up School Bus Tab: Glendale And Burbank Won't Cut Transportation Services Despite Loss Of State Money
Burbank Leader

Editorial: Excuses And Hot Air Dogging Expo Line: New Problem Real, But Why Is It Coming Up Now?
Los Angeles Daily News

Experts: Don't Build $99 Billion California Bullet Train
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Announces Proposed Enhancements To Passenger Train Emergency Systems
U.S. DOT Press Release

In Iowa, GOP Candidates Ignore Transportation And Urban Issues
StreetsBlog DC

Local Transit's Future Depends On The Feds ("It doesn't come up in the debates, it's not a line in the stump speeches, but transportation advocates in the nation's largest city believe the 2012 election will decide the future of mass transit in the United States.")
City Limits

Mini Carmageddon East? 210 Freeway Closures Overnight For Gold Line Construction

The Nature Of Context-Sensitive Solutions, Stakeholder Involvement And Critical Issues In The Urban Context (97p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

New Transportation TV Program Launches To Highlight Innovation
AASHTO Press Release

O.C. Road Agency Brings Toll Project Back From The Dead
StreetsBlog LA

The Problem With Naming Transit Stations ("A fear of commercialism is the least of many reasons why cities should cease recycling this tired idea.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Public Policy By Extension ("What will happen if there are more extensions of the aviation and surface transportation authorizations? Are there benefits, even small ones, to putting off the tough decisions until lawmakers are in a better mood? Would it make sense to punt and extend both authorizations until 2013? Or should Congress force the discussion by enacting shorter-term stopgaps? Will there be genuine political consequences (like members' seats at risk) if Congress fails to complete the transportation measures?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Putting The Brakes On: Constance Harris Is Retiring After 35 Years As A Long Beach Transit Bus Driver
Long Beach Press-Telegram

The Real Reason Why Bicycles Are The Key To Better Cities ("The most vital element for the future of our cities is that the bicycle is an instrument of experiential understanding.")
Secret Republic

Record Fuel Exports Don't Mean The U.S. Is Not Addicted To Foreign Oil
StreetsBlog DC

Rethinking Transit: How Cities Are Repairing Disconnects Between Downtowns And Historic Neighborhoods ("As Los Angeles embarks on building the largest, most comprehensive transit system in the country, reconsidering factors such as density and integration into the surrounding neighborhoods will determine how Union Station becomes a new heart and center for the city.")
Urban Land Institute

Review Urges Delay In Borrowing Billions For Bullet Train ("State-mandated panel concludes that the high-speed rail program 'is not financially feasible.' Gov. Jerry Brown's office signals that he isn't likely to be swayed by the findings.")
Los Angeles Times

Romney: I'd Stop Funding Amtrak
Transportation Nation

Santa Clarita Transit Bus Routes To Change Jan. 9
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Use Of Buses Increases At Local Colleges
San Bernardino Sun

Webinar: Public Transportation Systems As Foundation For Economic Growth (free : January 12)
Rutgers University National Transit Institute

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