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May 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (L.A. gets its very first female streetcar conductor and says goodbye to Los Angeles Motor Coach Company)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Aging Infrastructure Little Addressed By Presidential Candidates
Scripps News

Businesses Along New Expo Line Hoping To Cash In
Southern California Public Radio

Drivers Pay Secret Road Tax In $15 Billion For Car Repair

Elated Commuters Say Metro's New Expo Line Will Save Them Time, Money
CBS Los Angeles

Engineers, Residents Concerned About Safety Surrounding New Expo Line
NBC Los Angeles

Environmentalists vs. Infrastructurists ("Are regulations really tripping up projects that badly? If so, what's a reasonable way to speed things along? Should there be categorical exclusions for certain types of projects? If so, what kinds?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Expo Line Begins Regular Schedule, Full Fares On Monday Morning
Blog Downtown

Expo Line: Progress In Reverse ("The trains also have to stop at traffic lights all along the route and with each deflating stop you could see the passengers wince as memories of LA's bus routes and clogged surface streets coursed through them. Is this just a glorified bus route?")
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

A Faceoff Between Experts Is On The Horizon As "Subway To The Sea" Drama Continues
Southern California Public Radio

FRA Guidance On Pedestrian Safety Still Misses The Real Problem
StreetsBlog DC

Galleries' Survival Threatened By Railway Expansion Plans ("The expansion of the new Exposition Light Rail (Expo) connecting downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica means major changes to the Bergamot Station Arts Center, a 7.4-acre complex that houses 35 galleries in several metal-clad industrial buildings. An 18-year-old art space is being threatened with destruction and gallery owners worry they could be pushed out by rising rents when the new railway stop opens in 2015.")
Art Newspaper
Guidance On Pedestrian Crossing Safety At Or Near Passenger Stations (30p. PDF)
Federal Railroad Administration

Highway Bill Enters Legislative Homestretch
Associated Press

How To Make Transit (And Biking And Walking) Sexy
The Atlantic: Cities

Labor Groups Want MTA To Buy American On $900 Million Rail Car Contract
LA Weekly

LA's Newest Rail Line Offers Transportation And Art Exhibit All In One

A Low-Cost Way To Improve Transit: Add Joy

Metro Awards Rail Contract To Japanese Firm Despite Union Protests
Los Angeles Times

Metro Board OKs Regional Connector EIR/EIS
Rafu Shimpo

Metro Bus Detours For Tuesday's Occupy L.A. May Day Caravan

Metro OKs $900M For New Rail Cars
Los Angeles Daily News

"No Subway Under BHHS" Video Hits 3,000 Views
Beverly Hills Patch
Plenty Of Hurdles Still Remain For Progressive South Figueroa Corridor Project
StreetsBlog LA

Obama: Highway Bill Used To Be The "Easiest Bill To Pass In Washington"
The Hill

Obama Hits Congress On Transpo Bill
Transportation Nation

Opinion: The New Earmarkers: Cost Analysis For Transit Projects Gives Way To "Social Equity (subscription required)
Wall Street Journal

Riverside-Figueroa Bridge Destruction: Insult To Pedestrians
LA Creek Freak

Robertson And Sepulveda Boulevard Construction Projects Begin April 30
Culver City Patch

Scenes From Day One On LA's Brand New Expo Line (extensive photo essay)
Curbed LA

The Secret Energy Drain On Cities: Streetlights
The Atlantic: Cities

Southland Leaders Celebrate Metro Expo Line Opening At Dedication Ceremony
Southern California Public Radio

Travel Demand Forecasting: Parameters And Techniques (170p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Trucking Provision In Transportation Bill Divides Industry
Transportation Issues Daily

Twenty Years After The Riots: An Expo Line ("The success of the Expo Line will hopefully enhance an extended Measure R to expedite other projects such as the Downtown Light Rail Connector and the Wilshire Subway (Purple Line) extension to the Westside.")

Use Of Performance Measurement To Include Air Quality And Energy Into Mileage-Based User Fees (173p. PDF)
Texas A&M University Transportation Center For Mobility

What's The Secret To World-Class Transit Systems? Congestion Pricing

Yes, Los Angeles Has A Rail Network Believe It Or Not

Young People Are Driving Less And Explaining Why (audio testimonials)
Transportation Nation

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