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A 3-D Tool To Let Urban Planners Visualize Traffic, Noise And Pollution
Fast Company Exist

Anaheim Will Lose Link To Bullet Train ("Excessive cost is cited for ending route from Bay Area in L.A.")
Daily Breeze

APA Seeks To Rejuvenate Planning Profession At National Conference In Los Angeles (The American Planning Association national conference returns to Los Angeles for the first time since 1986. "Under the theme, “ReImagine,” conference organizers hope to introduce planners to the contemporary Los Angeles, with a host of tours and California-specific sessions, among 200 total sessions. CP&DR spoke with APA President Mitchell Silver, planning director for the city of Raleigh, NC, and local conference chair Marissa Aho, a planner with Rosenheim & Associates, about the upcoming conference, its relationship with California, and what it portends for the planning profession.")
California Planning & Development Report
APA National Conference Website (April 14-17 : Los Angeles : complete list of sessions, workshops, speakers, events and more)

Are You Ready For Some Gridlock?: AEG's Stadium Relies Heavily On Public Transportation
Blog Downtown

As Debate Over Tuition Hikes Or Class Cuts Explodes At SMC, Millions Spent On Campus Auto Infrastructure
StreetsBlog LA

Best Practices In Advocating For Disabled & Senior Transportation
Transportation Issues Daily

Blue Line At 20: Looking Back At Early Service Between Los Angeles And Long Beach (1902-1961) (Yesterday, April 8, marks the anniversary of the last Pacific Electric streetcar in service, running between L.A. and Long Beach. Its history, including historic images, is recounted here)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Breaking: Portland's Not That Cool, L.A. Not That Superficial

Bullet Trains Stop Short Of O.C. In New Plan ("Anaheim not cut out of plans entirely, councilwoman says, but ‘electrified’ trains may be too expensive.")
Orange County Register

East Hollywood Farmers' Market Now Open Thursdays: The Market Aims To Draw Commuters From The Hollywood/Western Metro Station And Low-Income Residents
Hollywood Patch

The Fight To Save Los Angeles' Little Tokyo ("Little Tokyo is undergoing change, in part because of the proximity of the Civic Center and downtown, and in part because of a busy light rail station that opened in the neighborhood in 2009 and that is attracting development. Potentially, the station could become one of the city’s busiest, because of a project called the Regional Connecter, an extension of nearby transit lines that will transform the Little Tokyo station into a major transfer center.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Free Wheels: CicLAvia Partners With Bike Nation To Provide 100 Bicycles To Riders

Going The Distance Together: A Citizen's Guide To Context Sensitive Solutions For Better Transportation (83p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Gov. Brown Looks To Global Warming Fees To Pay For High-Speed Rail
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Green Light To Construction On Gold Line Foothill Extension (video)
Baldwin Park Patch

High Speed Rail Gets Another Look ("High speed rail no longer costs as much as it did a few months ago.")
NBC Los Angeles

Improvements Could Hit Harder On Drivers' Pockets ("Faced with a half-trillion dollars in Southern California transportation needs through 2035, officials Thursday called for higher gas taxes or a shift to a fee drivers would pay based on how far they drive.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

In New Census Data, An Improved Outlook For Core Counties
The Transport Politic

Jane Jacobs On Transportation: My Take
Human Transit

LA State Historic Park Brings Nature To The City
USC Daily Trojan

Latest Change In Bullet Train Plan A Blow To Orange County ("Agency's revised plan eliminates a link to Anaheim, making L.A. the southern terminus in the first phase.")
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Streetcars: A Push To Bring Back The Rich History Of Streetcars Begins In Downtown LA
Huffington Post

Metro Gold Line Extension To Move Full Speed Ahead To Azusa, And Then It's On To Claremont
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

NFL: Sports Development Has Drawbacks, Including Worse Traffic, Study Warns
Los Angeles Daily News

Opinion: Rail Finance Plan Has Hole As Big As A Train Tunnel
Sacramento Bee

Opinion: Why Does U.S. Build Roads If It Can't Pay To Fix Them?

Planning Los Angeles: An Interview With David C. Sloane (An interview with the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy, has gathered together some of the city’s best minds in an effort to catalogue “as many vital planning issues in Los Angeles as possible, while coming together around one major point: namely, that even the allegedly most sprawltastic city in America — the city that has become synonymous in the public imagination with smog, highways, disasters (both natural and man-made), and growth run wild — is planned, with the history, legislation, and culture to prove it.")

Subway Platforms From Around The World (photo essay)
The Atlantic: Cities

Struggling To Get To School: The Effect Of State Transportation Cuts On Public School Students, Families
UC Berkeley Institute Of Governmental Studies Building Resilient Regions
A Better Future For Bay Area Transit: Nine Ways To Deliver Better Transit Service, Control Costs And Attract More Riders (18p. PDF)
San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR)

Subway Project Hits Museums (letter to the editor from LACMTA CEO Art Leahy)
Los Angeles Times

Transit Getting More Americans Where They Need To Go
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Transportation Security: A Summary Of Transportation Research Board Activities (slideshow)
Transportation Research Board

USHSR Applauds California Governor For New HSR Business Plan
Mass Transit

Video Highlights From Shannon & Wilson Inc. Review Of MTA Seismic Study
Beverly Hills Courier

What Happened To John Mica, Pro-Transit Republican?
StreetsBlog DC

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