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March 23: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (An historic date for the 1890's-era Los Angeles Consolidated Electric Railway Company, with links to numerous images)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2 Radical Plans For Turning Westwood Village Around
Curbed LA
Westwood Village Scenarios
UCLA City Lab
Westwood Village Vision
UCLA City Lab

19 Museums Will Have Free Admission On March 31 When Pacific Standard Time Closes

Advocates, Rep. Schiff Meet With Secretary LaHood On Hollywood Cap Park
StreetsBlog LA

America Fast Forward Unlikely To Have Real Impact, Expert Says
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

America's Broken Bridges
Business Week

Bergamot Art Station Getting Expo-Friendly Hotel And Museum
Curbed LA
Plan For Bergamot's Future Zooms Forward ("The City Council likes a plan centered on the arrival of the Expo Line. Now it needs a developer to step in to see the plans for a new hotel, restaurant and parking garage to fruition.")
Santa Monica Patch

A Bike To Fix Public Transit's Biggest Problem ("Many transit planners consider any distance beyond half a mile too far to walk, so without a practical solution to the first and last mile problem, cities run the risk that commuters will simply get into their cars and bypass a perfectly good transit system that's juuuust outside their reach.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Boxer Warns Of Transportation Bill's Urgency
San Francisco Chronicle

Cantor On Transportation Bill Delay: "We're Just Out Of Money"
The Hill

Dodgers And Metro To Provide Dodger Stadium Express Shuttle From Union Station To Dodger Stadium ("For the third consecutive year, a grant of $300,000 was awarded to Metro by the [Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee] in support of clean fuel transit service to link Union Station to Dodger Stadium...Last year, the Dodger Stadium Express bus service transported more than 116,000 fans with 68 percent of those riders using public transportation from their place of origin to get to Union Station to take advantage of the special bus service to the games.")
Los Angeles Dodgers

Drivers, Beware: Overnight 405 Freeway Closures This Weekend

Drylands Design (exhibit : March 22-April 26 : "Since no single solution will meet the complex needs of the US West, the exhibition will explore a range of approaches for how buildings and parks, houses and streets, industry and agriculture, cities and neighborhoods might be adapted to face a drought-prone future.")
A+D Museum

Earth, Water, Air, Fire: A Historical Look At SoCal's Troubled Relationship With Nature
LA as Subject via KCET

A Fantasy Transit Map For San Francisco
The Atlantic: Cities

The Future Of Intelligent Parking ("The idea is to better inform drivers about where they can find parking to help reduce congestion on streets, up to a third of which has been blamed on drivers searching for open parking spaces.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Gas Prices Drive Historic Bus Ridership
Riverside Press-Enterprise

GOP Lawmaker: Senate Republicans Would Back Short-Term Highway Bill
The Hill

House GOP Throwing Transportation Bill Tantrum
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

House To Vote On 9th Transpo Extension Just As Time And Money Run Out
StreetsBlog DC

Improving Bus Transit Safety Through Rewards And Discipline (62p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

LA Leaders Urge Passage Of Federal Transportation Bill
Los Angeles Times

Let's Get Serious On Transportation Funding
Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

Martha Welborne On Balancing Planning Responsibilities, Goals, And Constraints At Metro ("TPR sat down with Martha Welborne, Executive Director of Countywide Planning at Metro, to discuss her duties towards the Metro Board, project completion, and the people of Los Angeles County. Building Los Angeles’ new transit system will take decades, and Measure R’s seemingly reliable flow of money means that Metro will feature prominently in the purviews of local governments across the county for the foreseeable future.")
The Planning Report

Mayor Awesome: Against All Odds, L.A.'s Mayor Stays Green ("Political high jinks in Washington aren’t stopping Villaraigosa from dreaming big. He says he’ll move forward with or without help from Washington. We caught up with Villaraigosa this week to see how he’s managed to stay green in a time when, as a famous frog once lamented, it’s anything but easy.")

Metro Brings Back Dodger Stadium Shuttle
CBS Los Angeles

Metro On Track To Destroy Beverly Hills High
Beverly Hills Courier

Metro To Pay $297M For 550 New Buses
Redondo Beach Patch

Metro's Final EIR Recommends Tunneling Under Beverly High
Beverly Hills Weekly

Montebello Bus Lines Opens $2.4 Million Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
Whittier Daily News

MTA Approves Plan For Faster Antelope Valley Line
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

MTA Board Green-Lights Antonovich Plan To Upgrade Metrolink ("Improvements Would Provide Seamless Rail Service between the Antelope Valley and San Diego, and a Metrolink Station at the Bob Hope Airport.")
SCV News

New Getty Initiative Aims To Boost Preservation Of Modern Architecture
Los Angeles Times

Opposition To Bergamot Village Project Grows To Nearby Communities
The Argonaut

A Park Over The Hollywood Freeway One Step Closer To Reality ("Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for the first time met with local officials about the proposed 44-acre Hollywood Central Park, which would create a street-level expanse of green over the capped freeway between Hollywood and Santa Monica Boulevards.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Parking Around Seattle May Get Worse As City Planners Favor Transit ("Seattle city planners are recommending that the city eliminate parking requirements for new developments within a quarter-mile of frequent transit, under the theory that more people will take buses and light rail and fewer will own cars, particularly in dense urban neighborhoods like Queen Anne's West Galer neighborhood.")
Seattle Times

Project Updates: Still More New Bike Lanes
LADOT Bike Blog

RTA Head Picks Up Statewide Award ("The Riverside Transit Agency’s chief executive officer has been named Manager of the Year for 2011 by the California Transportation Foundation.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Sneak Peek: What Will The Subway Stations Look Like? ("Metro's The Source blog is featuring renderings of the Purple Line stations.")
Westwood-Century City Patch

U.S. Transportation Secretary Likes The Idea Of Putting A Park On Top Of The 101 Freeway

Will Light-Rail Tunnel Machine Crack Old Building On Capitol Hill? ("A Sound Transit tunneling machine will break through to the future Capitol Hill light-rail station this week, but not before passing under an 88-year-old brick building. The owner worries that vibrations or soil settling may crack the masonry.")
Seattle Times
Tunnel Machine Finally Breaks Through Early Wednesday At Capitol Hill Station
Seattle Times

Wilshire Boulevard Subway Circa 2020
Los Angeles Magazine

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