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10 Best American Cities For Cycling
Huffington Post

210 Gold Line Bridge Construction Stays On Track
Monrovia Patch

237 Express Lane Opens: Small Step In Huge Plan ("Whether, and when, Bay Area drivers will take to express lanes - carpool lanes that solo drivers buy their way into for a varying toll - remains to be seen. But the beginnings of what could become a nearly 600-mile network of the lanes are taking shape, and lone drivers seem willing to pay.")
San Francisco Chronicle

All Aboard PatrĂ³n Billionaire John Paul DeJoria's Golden-Era Railcar ("DeJoria’s train has three staterooms, a master suite, a dining room, a vast kitchen, an observation room, and a crew member who looks after it all.")

As Young Lose Interest In Cars, G.M. Turns To MTV For Help
New York Times

Boehner, Reid Talks May End U.S. Transport Bill Standoff
Chicago Tribune

Boxer Warns Of Transportation Bill's Urgency
San Francisco Chronicle

CA Gov. Brown Says High Speed Rail Is On Track (video)

California High-Speed Rail Likely To Get Green Light
Scripps News

California Home To Most Densely Populated Areas ("Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. is the most densely populated area in the country, with nearly 7,000 residents per square mile.")

Center For Transit-Oriented Development's Comments On Proposed Changes To New Starts, Small Starts Rules
Reconnecting America

Dear DesertXpress Developers: Has Your Project Gone Off Tracks?
Vegas Inc

Few U.S. Cities Are Ready For Aging Baby Boomer Population ("Transportation usually tops the list of unmet needs in local aging-agency surveys, advocates say. Public transit routes and stops sometimes aren't flexible enough; volunteer transportation networks are popping up in a few places but remain rare.")
USA Today

Greening Government's Fleet Of Big Trucks: Street Sweepers, Snow Plows And Fire Trucks Will Soon Be Cleaner And More Fuel Efficient Under New Emissions Standards ("Welcome to the inaugural issue of Governing's Sustainability newsletter. Each month, we'll be delving into the latest environmental news and analysis that public managers need to know to meet present needs without compromising the future.")

Guidance On Protecting People From The Aerodynamic Effects Of Passing Trains (40p. PDF)
Rail Safety And Standards Board (U.K.)

High Line May Mix Past With Koons' Vision ("Mr. Hammond speculated that Los Angeles and New York could both eventually wind up with Mr. Koons’s train replica.")
New York Times

Highway Bill: House GOP Delays Vote

House Republicans Abruptly Cancel Vote On Extension Of Highway Programs As Deadline Looms
Washington Post

How Can Cities Reverse Urban Sprawl, Increase Transit Use, Reduce Emissions?
The Impact Of Center City Economic And Cultural Vibrancy On Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transportation (104p. PDF)
Mineta Transportation Institute

How The House Transpo Extension Hurts The Senate's Two-Year Bill
StreetsBlog DC

I-210 Gold Line Bridge Construction Stays On Track: A Critical Portion Of Bridge Construction Is Completed
Glendora Patch

Interstate 5 Truck Lanes To Be Extended
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Las Vegas May Get DesertXpress High-Speed Rail Link ("The vast park-and-ride project hinges on the untested idea that car-loving Californians will drive about 100 miles from the Los Angeles area, pull off busy Interstate 15 and board a train for the final leg to the famous Strip.")
Huffington Post

Let The Muni Party Begin (San Francisco Municipal Railway, "Muni," turns 100 on April 5)
San Francisco Chronicle

Mathematical Modeling For Optimizing Skip-Stop Rail Transit Operation Strategy Using Genetic Algorithm (37p. PDF)
Morgan State University National Transportation Center

Mayors Urge House To Pass Senate's Transportation Bill

Meeting Tuesday Details Downtown Rail Project ("Work extending Metrolink service to downtown San Bernardino will not start for another year or more, but residents and others curious about the plan to bring passenger trains past the Santa Fe Depot can find out more tonight.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Metro To Hold Public Meetings For Westside Subway Plans ("Three public meetings are scheduled this week to give residents a chance to learn about the project's final environmental report.")
NBC Southern California

Mica Introduces Three-Month Extension To SAFETEA-LU
Progressive Railroading
More Employed, But L.A.'s Jobless Rate Stays Steady
Los Angeles Business Journal

National Train Day ("Join us on Saturday, May 12 for the 5th annual National Train Day, as we celebrate trains and train travel across America.")
National Train Day

New Expo Line To Finally Open To Public
USC Annenberg Intersections South LA

NoHo May Get Underground Tunnel Between Red, Orange Lines
Curbed LA

Obama Administration Trying To Curb Distracted Driving Among Public Transit Employees
The Hill

Obama Considers $4.9Bn High-Speed Bullet Train To Connect California And Las Vegas
Daily Mail (U.K.)

Practical Approaches For Involving Traditionally Underserved Populations In Transportation Decisionmaking (521p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Project Will Speed Traffic In South O.C.
Orange County Register

Railroads, Republicans Muscling Out Amtrak

Rethinking A Lot: The Design And Culture Of Parking
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Road-Work Halt Days Away As Congress Argues Funding Bill
Business Week

Santa Monica Celebrates Opening Of Bike Corrals
StreetsBlog LA

Sidetracking Competition In Commuter Rail

Standoff In Congress Threatens Highway Construction Funding

State Bonds Propel Road-Building Blitz Across Bay Area
Silicon Valley Mercury Area

Tell Us Your Sob Stories ("What projects are being put on hold while lawmakers dither? How is the uncertainty affecting business, private investment, or even traffic? How many jobs are on the line? How much longer can you hold out with things as they are? Give us details, anecdotes, data, or just plain rants.")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Transportation More Costly Than Food For Most Families

Two More Down! SoCal And Sacramento Do Right In Regional Sustainability Plans
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Westside Subway: Community Open House (Three meetings are announced)
StreetsBlog LA

When Will Metro Move The Regional Connector? Maybe This Month...
StreetsBlog LA

While Congress Fiddles, Southern California Shows How To Get Things Done ("While the grand coalition that championed the Measure R sales tax for transportation in L.A. County in 2008 is one example of how to get things done in a bipartisan manner, another perhaps even grander example of how cooperation, community and bipartisanship can yield impressive results is currently underway in Southern California.")
Huffington Post

Who's To Blame? As Gas Prices Soar, So Does America's Anger
Los Angeles Daily News

A Wider Look At How Travellers Value The Quality And Quantity Of Travel Time (128p. PDF)
New Zealand Transport Agency

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