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$81 Million In Obama Budget For Subway Extension, Downtown Connector
CBS Los Angeles

2013 Budget Reflects Central Role Of Transportation In The Lives Of Americans, In The Vitality Of Our Nation's Economy
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Agency Names Final Eight Railroad Crossing Projects For Valley
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Bullet Train Gets White House Backing On Funds ("The Obama administration asks Congress for $35 billion in passenger rail funding over five years as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urges California to overcome opposition to project.")
Los Angeles Times

Bus Spat Puts Met Council, 'Burbs At Odds Again (Minneapolis' transit system is bogged down by a feud over bus rapid transit color scheme)
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cab Company Alleviates LA Driving Blues
PR Newswire

Cities Side With Ontario In Battle With LA
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Denny's To Join SaMo's Expo Line Terminus Mixed-Use Party
Curbed LA
Santa Monica Coffee Shop Is Sold To Housing Developer
Los Angeles Times

Editorial: L.A.'s Bike Lane Blooper ("The shade of green paint used to mark the mile-and-a-half bike lane that runs along Spring Street downtown is not film-friendly, it turns out.")
Los Angeles Times

Free Muni Rides For Kids Plan Gains Speed ("Muni riders under the age of 18 may be allowed to board for free by summertime.The idea could land at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency governing board as early as March 6.")
San Francisco Chronicle

House Bill Would Delay Rail Safety Features Required After Deadly Metrolink Patch
Moorpark Patch

House Plan Would Bankrupt Highway Fund, Report Says
Journal Of Commerce

House Transportation Bill: Traffic Is Heavy -- Against It
Los Angeles Times

How Los Angeles Began To Put Its Smoggy Days Behind (A look back at the 1970 Clean Air Act)

In New York, Former Subway Rider Eric Cantor Says A Transit-Cutting Bill Is Just "Honest Budgeting"
Capital New York

Institutional Architectures To Improve Systems Operations And Management (98p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Jerry Brown Signs Bill Preserving School Bus Funds
Sacramento Bee

LaHood Heaps More Criticism On "Lousy" House Transpo Bill
Transportation Nation

LA Parking Lot Becomes Urban Oasis ("What’s the best place to build a wetland? How about at the site of an old MTA bus lot in South Los Angeles?")
Architect's Newspaper

Metro Wants Phase One Of Purple Extension To Hit La Cienega
Curbed LA
Westside Subway Initial Construction Segment Report (7p. PDF)

Monrovia Property Wins $24 Million Gold Line Settlement
Los Angeles Business Journal

New App, IE511, Reports Traffic, Solutions
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Obama Budget Contains Nearly $35 Billion For Passenger Rail
Los Angeles Times

Obama Budget Proposes $476 Billion For Transportation Over Six Years
StreetsBlog DC

Pomona Moving Forward Toward Improving The 71 Into A Full Freeway ("The 71 plays a part in linking Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties and because so many counties would benefit from improving the 71 through Pomona, it's the type of project that is well suited for intergovernmental agency collaboration.")
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

President's Budget: $50 Million For Westside Subway, $31 Million For Regional Connector ("Each of these projects shined bright enough to capture the attention of the budget makers in the Obama White House.")
StreetsBlog LA

The President's Budget: Full Of Ambition, Short On Congressional Support
The Transport Politic

President's Budget: Solid Priorities For Investment, Wrong Turn On Revenue ("The President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 is now out, and the transportation policy and investment looks pretty familiar.")
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Railroad Historian Says California Is On Wrong Track
("Stanford professor Richard White, author of "Railroaded," voices his staunch opposition to California's high-speed train")
Christian Science Monitor

Rand Paul Delays Transportation Bill ("Sen. Rand Paul is delaying a Senate debate over a two-year transportation bill to make a statement on aid to Egypt.")

Rats Or Not, Transit Chief Opposes Ban On Eating On Subways
New York Times

Ride The City Opens Bike Mapping Page For Los Angeles
StreetsBlog LA

SaMo Wants To Charge Developers For Creating New Car Trips
Curbed LA
Transportation Impact Fee Adopted By Santa Monica Planning Commission
Santa Monica Mirror
Transportation Impact Fee Zoning Ordinance Amendment (6p. PDF)
City Of Santa Monica Planning Commission

Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools For Creating Vibrant, Healthy, And Resilient Communities
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

The Tea Party's War On Mass Transit ("House Republicans try to gut federal funds for subways as they extend the culture wars to urban policy issues.")

Transit Walkers, Bikers Up In Arms ("How important are mass transit and other non-car traveling modes in the debate over the highway bill? Is it appropriate to ask states and cities to take care of their own subways, trains, bike paths, and pedestrian safety programs? How should policymakers treat transit? How should they treat alternate transportation modes like bicycles? Where does safety factor in to this conversation?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Trees To Be Saved From Oncoming Train ("The City Council will likely approve an almost $300,000 contract to move 39 trees out of the way of the incoming Exposition Light Rail line, which will be built along Olympic Boulevard by 2015.
Santa Monica Daily Press

Will Car-Sharing Networks Change The Way We Travel? ("Why would the world's largest car company partner with a tiny, little-known startup that could cannibalize its business by promoting car sharing instead of new-car buying?")

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