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June 14: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Some Metro Rail cars get a memorable paint job)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Apple Drops Transit Directions From Mobile Devices
StreetsBlog DC

Bev Hills School District Rehires Subway-Fighting DC Lobbyists
Curbed LA 
Board Of Ed Extends Contract Of D.C. Lobbyists ("The school district is spending $15,000 a month to persuade federal officials to oppose Metro's plans to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School.")
Beverly Hills Patch

Bloomberg Offers A Cash-Fueled Challenge For Cities To Solve Major Problems ("The grand prize winner will take $5 million to develop its idea, and four other cities will scoop up $1 million prizes. There’s no telling what kinds of projects cities will come up with, but we’ll be watching San Francisco and Philadelphia--the first two major cities in the U.S. to hire chief innovation officers.")
Fast Company Exist

Boxer Gets Props, As Transportation Negotiations Continue
Riverside Press-Enterprise

California APA Pooh Poohs Statewide Parking Reform Efforts
StreetsBlog Network
APA California Hints (Strongly) At Opposition To Parking Minimum Reform Bill
Market Urbanism

City And BHUSD's Metro Lawsuits Likely To Be Heard Before One Judge (p. 5+)
Beverly Hills Weekly
City Attorney Says City-BHUSD Cooperation On Metro Lawsuits Similar To Oil Well Litigation (p. 9)
Beverly Hills Weekly

Civil Engineers Likely To Grade U.S. Infrastructure "D"
Business Week

CTA To Raise Additional $1.8 Million In Immediate Revenue Through Innovative Deal With Groupon: Deal Will Encourage New Ridership, As 3-Day Passes Will Be Sold For Reduced Rates
Chicago Transit Authority Press Release
Groupon Buys 250,000 3-Day CTA Passes For About $2 Million: Discount Deal-Maker To Offer Them To Online Members For $9 Instead Of Standard $14
Chicago Tribune 

Customer Service For People With Disabilities: Taking Your Training To The Next Level ("A two-part Webinar designed for transit managers who want to help their staff take the next step in providing excellent customer service to riders with disabilities.")
Easter Seals Project Action

Democrats Bring Out Heavy Machinery To Blast GOP On Transportation Bill
Washington Post

Disney's Cars Land Feels Like Walking Into A Movie
Los Angeles Times

Expert: LA Public Transit Will Surpass NY (link to audio interview)
Transportation Nation

Eyes On The Street: Will Mandatory TAP Strand Disabled Passengers?
StreetsBlog LA

Giant Bike-Sharing Program To Launch In Anaheim ("Bike Nation, based in Tustin, is set to begin an automated kiosk program with 100 bicycles in Anaheim as soon as June 23.")
Orange County Register

Highway Conference Leaders Trade Blame For Negotiation Breakdown
The Hill

Integrating The HSM Into The Highway Project Development Process (42p. PDF)
Federal Highway Administration

Lincoln Heights Jail As A 24,000 Square Foot Urban Rooftop Garden? (One can't help but look forward to the future of the jail, which is folded into the Cornfield Arroyo seco Specific Plan and part of the Cleantech Corridor. Happily kayaking Angelinos can be seen making their way down the river, which can easily be accessed from the jail site. Overhead, the Metro Gold line passes through, while below Angelinos enjoy a bit of sunshine on a river overlook, a High Line-esque elevated parking structure.")

Messing With CEQA: Jerry Brown's Conventional Vision

New Evidence That Smart Growth May Reduce Local Congestion As Well As Overall Driving
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

New Traffic Data System To Help Ease Gridlock In L.A. County A Step Closer, Say Officials
Los Angeles Daily News

"No Document Exists" On Bullet Train's Speed, Lawsuit Claims ("According to a lawsuit filed by project opponents, the state High-Speed Rail Authority has not done any studies or written reports to verify that the trains actually will go fast enough to follow the law.")
California Watch

Passenger Pleads Not Guilty To Killing MTA Bus Driver With Shotgun Pulled From Suitcase
Contra Costa Times

Tablets And E-Readers Leap Past Music Players And Regular Cell Phones As "Technologies Of Choice" On Commuter Trains (2p. PDF)
DePaul University Chaddick Institute Technology Briefing

Tell Apple That Transit Directions Matter
Walk Score

Town Hall Meeting On Metro Takes Place Thursday
Beverly Hills Patch

Transportation Groups Call For Swift Passage Of A New Highway And Transit Bill ("The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials today joined with 16 other national transportation advocacy and trade organizations in urging Congress to pass an adequately funded transportation bill by the end of this month.")
AASHTO Press Release

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