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Activists The Key In The 25 Year Journey Leading To Expo Opening
StreetsBlog LA

Anaheim Back On High-Speed Rail Route ("Pressure from O.C. political and business leaders persuades state rail authority board to make Anaheim southern anchor.")
Orange County Register

At Long Last, A BART Groundbreaking
Silicon Valley Mercury News
BART Rail Extension To Silicon Valley Will Create Jobs, Provide More Transit Options
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Bullet Train Planners Reverse Course, Revive Anaheim Service
Los Angeles Times

California Bullet Train Plan Approved By State Rail Agency
Los Angeles Times

City Of Industry Holds Grand Opening Ceremony For Metrolink Public Transportation Station Solar PV Carports, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Power Engineering

Data Summaries Show Walkable Communities Are Good For Our Health, And For Business, Too
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Do You Ever Walk? If So, You Should Help Los Angeles Walks Help You
StreetsBlog LA

Echo Park Traffic Signs Don't Have Much To Say ("It has been more than two years since a pair of large electronic message signs were installed on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park and Victor Heights to flash messages about traffic conditions and warnings. But, on Tuesday, as traffic on Sunset Boulevard was jammed during the season opener at Dodger Stadium, the signs remained dark. With the exception of the words “Echo Park” that glow in blue neon, the signs have been dark almost the entire time since they were installed by the city’s Department of Transportation at a cost of $240,000 a piece.")
The Eastsider LA

Federal Transit Administration Extends Public Comment Period For Westside Subway
LA Weekly

High-Speed Rail Board Approves Final Plan For California Bullet Train
Silicon Valley Mercury News

House GOP Hopes To Revive Keystone Fight With Tie To Highway Bill Extension
The Hill

The House Proposes Painful Cuts To Transportation, But The Senate Still Has A Chance To Repair Them Now
Transportation For America

House Tries To Horse-Trade Senate Bill For Keystone Pipeline
StreetsBlog LA

How The Miracle Mile Got Its Name: A Brief History Of L.A.'s Unlikely Retail District
LA as Subject via KCET

It's A Good Thing That Motionloft's Sensors Are Spying On You (Introduces an innovation in site specific traffic counting: sensors that collect information about vehicle and pedestrian movement in real time)
Fast Company Exist

LA Staffing Up Pedestrian Master Planning Efforts
Curbed LA

Learning To Walk: How America Can Start Walking Again (Part 4 of 4)

Local Leaders Call For Regional Air Strategy
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Lots Going On At CicLAvia 4.15.2012
CicLAvia Guide To Architecture And Design (download here or pick up on the route)

Metro Bus Lines Will Be Detoured And Delayed During CicLAvia Sunday
Blog Downtown

Metro To Beverly Hills: Drop Dead, We're Coming and
Southwest Homeowners Demand Answers From The City and
Mirisch, Bosse To Council: Withdraw Support For Subway and
Fed Govt. Delays Subway EIR; MTA Blocks; Waxman Asks MTA Delay
Beverly Hills Courier

Metro To Hold Job Fair For Military Vets Friday
EGP News

Metrolink To Offer Train Status Messages Via Texts ("The texts will be part of Metrolink's $1.6 million communications upgrade.")
Moorpark Patch

More On Airports' Proximity To Downtowns (Here's a complete listing of the distance between airports and 66 U.S. and Canadian cities, and the status of their rail transit connections)
The Atlantic: Cities

A Multicultural Moment: Downtown L.A.'s Population Evenly Split
Los Angeles Times

Nonprofit CicLAvia Marches Toward April Event With Kickstarter Campaign (map of road closures and car crossing-points for Sunday's event)
Southern California Public Radio

Perris Valley Line Dispute Headed For Trial: An Extension Of Metrolink To Perris Is Delayed As The Battle Over An Environmental Report Goes To Trial
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Rep. Waxman Writes Letter On Westside Subway Extension ("The 30th District of California representative for the U.S. Congress is requesting careful consideration of the Century City location.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Seeking Pedestrian Advocates In L.A., Where People Actually Do Walk
The Atlantic: Cities

Take A Steam Train To LA Or Back
Riverside Press-Enterprise

This Square Is Woody Guthrie's: Downtown L.A. Intersection Dedicated To The Folk Musician Today

Westside Neighborhood Council To Discuss Subway Extension, Sidewalk Repair
Westwood-Century City Patch

What Are The Two Scariest Numbers For Transportation Stakeholders?
Transportation Issues Daily

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