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ACE Grade Separation, Light Rail, Metrolink, Bike Forces Unite, 830 Miles Of New LA County Bikeways & More

830 Miles Of New Bikeways Planned For L.A. County
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

App Will Help Blind, Visually Impaired Navigate Streets ("A University of Minnesota researcher is developing an app that would tell the blind and visually-impaired not only when to cross the street, but which direction they’re going and how many lanes they have to cross.")
Minnesota Daily

Bill Would Allow L.A. Motorists To Park Free If Meters Are Broken
Los Angeles Times

Boehner Ally, Critic Rep. LaTourette Holds Keys To House Transportation Bill
The Hill

Building An America That Lasts...With Recycled Pavement
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

California Commission Approves Funding For ACE Grade Separation
Progressive Railroading

CicLAvia To Promote "Car-Free" Event At South Gate Meeting
Los Angeles Wave

County Gets A New Bike Plan At Last
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Does Light Rail Really Alleviate Highway Congestion?
The Atlantic: Cities

Don't Call It A Merger: America's Big Three Bike/Ped Advocates Join Forces ("Last week, three leading organizations advocating for biking and walking issued a communiqué about their intention to unify. According to the plan, hashed out two weeks ago at a top-level meeting in San Diego, the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and Bikes Belong will become one organization, with one board of directors.")
StreetsBlog DC
New National Plan To Transform Bicycling
League Of American Bicyclists
Joint Communique Regarding Bike Advocacy Unification (2p. PDF)

The Hidden Truths Of A Gas Tax Holiday
Transportation Issues Daily

How More Expensive Housing Can Actually Cost You Less ("The farther you go in search of cheaper housing, the more expensive your transportation costs become...The Chicago-based organization maintains a massive, geo-coded database of location-specific information on average housing costs, driving rates, transportation costs, and transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions...highly revealing as it illuminates the benefits of close-in, walkable neighborhoods in bringing those costs down.")
The Atlantic: Cities

It's Take Two For "Give Me 3" In Sacramento
StreetsBlog LA

John Mica: Highway Bill Optimists Are "Smoking The Funny Weed"

LA County Updates Master Bike Plan After 35 Years
Long Beach Post

Meetings Scheduled On Plans To Close Freeway Gap
Los Angeles Wave

Metrolink Receives $3.7 Million To Enhance Safety At Bus Crossing
Railway Track & Structures

Mounting Transportation And Housing Costs Devour Household Budgets
StreetsBlog DC

Nationwide Data Show How Transportation Costs Hurt Families, Better Planning Can Help
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Never Lost: MIT Creates Wayfinding Arrows Projected From Your Cellphone
Fast Company Design

Rental Helmets, Coming Soon To A Bike-Share Station Near You
StreetsBlog Network

Senate To Open Debate On Highway Bill Amendments Thursday
The Hill

Study: Only 28% Of Neighborhoods Affordable ("Some 76 percent of neighborhoods are affordable. But when you add in transportation costs, the results are jarring: fewer than a third of American neighborhoods — just 28 percent — are affordable.")
Transportation Nation
H+T Affordability Index

Supervisors Approve Bike Master Plan, Looking To Make Life Easier For Cyclists
Southern California Public Radio

Top Planning Trends Of 2011-2012 ("Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development. Here are our picks for the most notable planning trends of the past year, and the topics that we’ll be paying special attention to in 2012.")

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