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Expo Line, Variable Parking Pricing, CAHSR, Weekend Ridership, Value Capture & More

May 22: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (A rail division is born 105 years ago, important labor agreements are decided and Pacific Electric retires five major streetcar lines)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Accelerating Progress In Obesity Prevention: Solving The Weight Of The Nation
(479p. PDF)
National Academy Of Sciences

America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities

Area Around Santa Monica's First Expo Stop Begins Taking Shape
Santa Monica Lookout

Could Design Flaw Derail The Expo Line? (video)
CBS Los Angeles via Yahoo

Design Flaw At Expo And Blue Line Junction Has Regulators On Guard
Los Angeles Times

Downtown Parking Experiment Will Use GPS And Flexible Pricing
Blog Downtown

Expo Junction Built With Flaw But Metro Says It's Under Control
Curbed LA

Here's How Downtown's New Variable Parking Pricing Works
Curbed LA

High-Speed Rail: Money, Politics, Timing Come Together
Capitol Weekly

House Members Try To Work Their Will In Conference
StreetsBlog DC

New Parking Meter System Goes Into Effect: Rates Could Hit Up To $6 An Hour
Los Angeles Downtown News

Not Waiting For The Feds ("What if the transportation didn't have to wait around for Congress and the White House to make a move? Are there examples of states or regions taking initiative where the federal government is failing? What stands in the way of states or localities acting on their own? Does it make sense to diminish the power of the congressional purse strings if Congress can't do its job? If the federal government is essential to infrastructure, what can be done to make sure it actually can take care of the nation's needs?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Our View: Manage Bullet Train Bucks
Pasadena Star-News

Plans For Potential $7 Billion Train Through Downey Finally Unveiled
Downey Beat

Promoting People-Oriented Development Around Transit
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog
Notes On Transit-Oriented Development
Moule & Polyzoides

Rail Authority Policy To Purge E-Mails Draws Critics' Ire ("Investigators, lawyers and bullet train critics want to pore over the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s trove of documents, looking for evidence. So it’s an unusual time to purge five years’ worth of bullet train project e-mails, critics say. Nevertheless, that’s what the agency is contemplating.")
California Watch

Separate But Eco: Livable Communities For Whom?
StreetsBlog LA

Ten To 20 Percent Jump In Metro Riders To Downtown Over The Weekend
Los Angeles Daily News

Top 5 Places To Eat Off The Metro Expo Line
LA Weekly

U-Pass Program Extended For The Summer
California State University Long Beach Daily 49er

US Chamber To Congress On Transportation Bill: You're Doing It Wrong ("The US Chamber of Commerce expressed its exasperation with lawmakers for the way Congress is attempting to fund a transportation bill crucial to highway projects and repairs.")
Christian Science Monitor

U.S. DOT Spells Out Priorities For Conference Bill
StreetsBlog DC

The Value Of Value Capture
StreetsBlog DC

The Week Ahead: Highway Talks Move Into Week Three
The Hill

When Does California Get Back To Pre-Recession Employment?
LA Observed

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