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Today marks out 2,000th Transportation Headlines post since we began collecting and disseminating the transit and transportation news stories that impact Southern California in October, 2005.  Since then, we have sent out well over 1 million news digests via email and RSS, making us one of the most widely-read and repurposed industry news sources in the nation.

June 4: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (California voters approve Proposition 5, allowing a portion of the gasoline tax to fund transit projects)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Already 0 For 2, Neighbors For Smart Rail Take Their Case To The CA Supreme Court
StreetsBlog LA

Bill Rosendahl: Mobility Is Westside LA's Priority Number One!
Planning Report

Brown: Golden Gate Bridge A Model For Thinking Big

Cantor Hints Highway Bill Deal Might Not Be Reached By Deadline
The Hill

Digital Blackboard Plan Put On Hold ("The program, established by an October 2011 state law, was expected to raise $4 million in new revenue by selling ad space on digital screens placed on the sidewalk-facing side of Big Blue Buses.")
Santa Monica Daily Press

The Evolution Of The Bike Lane
The Atlantic: Cities 

The Future Of Car Commuting (Automated road trains for automobiles)
The Atlantic: Cities

Governor Jerry Brown Proposes Sensible Environmental Review Of HSR Project
California High Speed Rail Blog

"Green Lanes" Mean "Go" For More Cities' Cyclists
USA Today

The Growing Popularity Of Bus Rapid Transit
The Atlantic: Cities

Is California High-Speed Rail An Ego Trip For Gov. Jerry Brown?
Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown Moves To Protect High-Speed Rail Project From Environmental Lawsuits
Sacramento Bee

Mass Transit Cameras Spot Bad Guys, No Human Judgement Required ("A new camera system for San Francisco's MUNI system will use algorithms and machine learning to track and monitor commuters. Can computer programs predict bad guys... and what will they be looking for?")
Fast Company

New Traffic Safety Guidelines Can Save Lives On Bus Corridors Worldwide
The City Fix
Traffic Safety On Bus Corridors: Guidelines For Integrating Pedestrian And Traffic Safety Into The Planning, Design, And Operation Of BRT, Busways And Bus Lanes (84p. PDF)

Orange Line, Golden Age ("I encourage you to hop onboard the Orange Line Extension when it opens June 30. And be sure to take a photo. You can say you were there as L.A. was making its move from public transportation punch line to public transportation powerhouse.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Pasadena Residents Weigh Freeway Extension Options ("One resident says 710 extension would 'be a very congested traffic nightmare' for the city. Others seek a plan that would help ease their daily commutes.")
Pasadena Sun

Public Transportation Ridership Use Surged In First Quarter 2012: Nationwide Increase Of 5% With Nearly 2.7 Billion Trips Taken
APTA Press Release

San Gabriel Valley Cities, Lawmakers Want Measure R Details ("San Gabriel Valley cities and legislators spoke in one voice Thursday evening, saying they needed to know exactly what local rail and highway projects would be funded before they would support a ballot measure making permanent Measure R, the half-cent sales tax passed by voters in 2008 that expires in 2039.")
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Sen. Boxer: Jobs Report Underscores "The Necessity Of Passing A Transportation Bill"
The Hill

Smart Meters & Sensors Being Rolled Out In Santa Monica Are A Good Thing
StreetsBlog LA

Stalled Grand Avenue Development May Get A Second Look
Los Angeles Times

State Spending Bond Money On MTA Buses, Metrolink Upgrades
Santa Clarita Valley News

States Explore New Ways To Tax Motorists For Road Repair
USA Today

These Smooth Operators Beat The Guys ("Women have won Metro’s rail rodeo before -- in 1998 and 2006 -- but this is the first time an all-female slate swept the internal contest.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Use Of Public Transit Is Soaring In 2012
USA Today

Voters Have Turned Against California Bullet Train, Poll Shows (55% of voters want to see the high-speed rail bond issue that was approved in 2008 back on the ballot, and 59% say they would now vote against it, according to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey.")
Los Angeles Times

Young Americans Aren't The Only Ones Driving Much Less Than Their Parents
The Atlantic: Cities

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