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February 4: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The very first horse-drawn rail cars mark the birth of L.A. transit)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

$248 Million Restored For Home-To-School Transportation
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Assembly Approves Scaled-Back Bikeway Standards Bill
Cal Bike Report

At A Planned Train Trench, An Archaeological Treasure Trove ("A Spanish silver coin dating from 1816 is among the artifacts a 30-member team of archaeologists has unearthed next to railroad tracks in front of the San Gabriel Mission.")
Los Angeles Times

Behold The 1st Street Bike Lanes! Now Where Was The Outreach?
StreetsBlog LA

Bike-Share Coming To SF And Silicon Valley This July
StreetsBlog SF

Board Of Ed Still Likely To Oppose Mike Feuer Transit Bill
Beverly Hills Patch

California Transportation Foundation Awards
(Nominations due March 1 for May 23 awards)
California Transportation Foundation

CBO Reports Highway Trust Fund Headed For Bankruptcy In 2014
The Hill

Commentary: Assemblyman Mike Feuer Responds To BHUSD ("My bill would not affect the ability of the Beverly Hills Unified School District to challenge one of the routes that the L.A. County Metro Board will consider for the Westside Subway Extension. In fact, it would only apply to projects for which, unlike the subway, a draft environmental impact report has yet to circulate. In addition, even were the bill to change in ways I haven’t yet contemplated, legislation enacted this session doesn’t take effect until at least next January—well after any legal challenge to the subway route most likely would be filed.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Editorial: High-Speed Reality -- Evidence Grows That Bullet Train Will Be A Misfire
Los Angeles Daily News

Exclusive Look Inside The MTA-MasterCard PayPass Pilot: 17,000 NYC Customers In Six Months
Fast Company

Express Bus Service Linking Torrance And Long Beach To Start In May
Daily Breeze

High-Speed Rail...Or Fail? ("A bullet train official tries to answer tough questions about soaring costs and judging the risks of new technology. Can it be built faster, better and cheaper?")
Los Angeles Times

High-Speed Rail's Coming Battle: Powerful Land Owners
Orange County Register

Is This Duck Delaying Your Highway? (Investigates widely echoed Republican claims that environmental rules are a major reason why it takes so long to build highways and bridges, and finds scant evidence to back up the claims. A major piece of the GOP transportation bill released this week would streamline environmental review procedures to speed up approval and construction of highway projects. However, only 4% of federal highway projects require an Environmental Impact Statement from federal agencies in the first place)
Washington Post

LA Convention Center To Become "LACOEX," Expansion Reaches Toward Football Stadium
Blog Downtown

Less Parking Required In New Atwater Pedestrian District
Curbed LA

Meet LACOEX, LA's Proposed New Elevated Convention Center
Curbed LA

More Cell Phones On NYC Subway
Transportation Nation

Not Everyone Opposes High-Speed Rail
Orange County Register

On The Road: Will Heavy Truckloads Ruin Roads?
Riverside Press-Enterprise

The Oz Of Los Angeles Traffic Lights
The Atlantic: Cities

Park 101 Panel (February 16 : Panel discussion regarding cap park for the 101 freeway)
Caltrans District 7
Park 101 District Website

Pomona Hopes To Close Some Streets To Cars For A Biking, Jogging And Walking Event
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Raise Fares Or Cut Service Or...? More "New Normal" Considerations For Transit Agencies
Progressive Railroading

A Rational Approach To Rail: New Priorities -- Start In Urban Areas, Build On What's In Place -- Could Propel The Bullet Train
Los Angeles Times

Ready To Fight? The House GOP Bill Leaves Little Choice
StreetsBlog Network

SCAG Adopts High-Speed Rail Agreement
Pasadena Star-News

SCAG And San Gabriel Valley Embrace HSR Alignment
California High Speed Rail Blog

Shocker: Bev Hills Study Says Subway Under BHHS Is Unsafe
Curbed LA

Speaker Boehner Faces Tough Test On $260 Billion Transportation Bill
The Hill

Supervisor Speaks Up On Studio Plan (Burbank officials "argued that the report used inaccurate assumptions, including one that projected roughly 20% of the new residents would use public transportation instead of driving their own vehicles.")
Burbank Leader

Synthesis Of Information Related To Transit Problems (10p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Problem

Time To Fight ("Actions by members of the U.S. House over the past week suggest that Republican opposition to the funding of alternative transportation has developed into an all-out ideological battle.")
The Transport Politic

Today In History: How The Treaty Of Guadalupe-Hidalgo Defined Our Neighborhood Boundaries

Transit-Oriented Preservation

Upland Plans Gracious, But Denser, Downtown
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Urbanflow: A City's Information, Visualized In Real Time
("Combining a map, tourist information, and data about the city’s services, a new system is making Helsinki truly transparent.")
Fast Company Exist

Who Still Likes The House Transpo Bill? Big Oil, Big Truck, And Big Box Retail
StreetsBlog DC

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