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June 8: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Ground breaking for the Pasadena "Blue" Line and Metro answers the call of duty when a former President passes away)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

At Least One Metrolink Fare Isn't Rising
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Become Immortal: Name A Train And Win $500 ("OLDA is looking to build a train from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, with much of the route to be constructed on an abandoned Pacific Electric right of way that runs straight as an arrow from Lynwood to Santa Ana...OLDA has been trying to get a new name for months, but they haven’t had much luck in getting submissions so far.")
Downey Beat

Boehner Floats Six-Month Transport Funding Extension

Carpool Lanes On 110 To Go FasTrak
Orange County Register

City Council Bows To Metro
Beverly Hills Courier

Congress Devolves Into Talk Of Extensions
StreetsBlog DC

Compton Sacrifices But Will Beverly Hills? Transit That Serves All Requires Some To Sacrifice ("The commuters of Compton enjoy the freedom the Blue Line provides, yet have given up much. Meanwhile, the residents of Beverly Hills are fighting against what will likely be a far better deal.")
Los Angeles Times

Could Density Actually Reduce Traffic?
The Atlantic: Cities

Culver City: From Barley Fields to The Heart Of Screenland ("Culver carefully chose the location for his city at the junction of several important transportation routes. Early marketing materials boasted that "all roads lead to Culver City," touting the city's "3 Fast Red Car Lines" (the Venice Short Line, the Del Rey Line, and the Santa Monica Air Line) and "3 Splendid Boulevards (Washington, National, and Pico).")
LA as Subject via KCET

Disney's Newest Attraction Turns Cars Into Fantasy ("Just as new policies are arising in California to wean Californians off their cars, a force more powerful than public policy has arisen to get the next generation all amped up about driving. No, gas prices haven't plummeted and high speed rail isn't dead (yet). Those would be child's play compared to Cars Land -- the newest "world" at Disney's California Adventure theme park.")
California Planning & Development Report

Elevator And Escalator Maintenance And Safety Practices (68p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Hammer Museum Embraces LA Cyclist Scene With Fourth Annual Bike Night
UCLA Daily Bruin

Harbor Commission Rejects Proposal For Rancho LPG Rail Line
Daily Breeze

House GOP Threatens To Wipe Out Local Control Over Bike/Ped Funding
StreetsBlog DC

The Hydrogen Hybrid Bus Is Here (In an Austin, Texas demonstration project, "The prototype bus, manufactured by Proterra, combines electric battery power and mobile hydrogen fuel cells. The bus is a zero emission vehicle; water is the only exhaust. It uses a large lithium battery pack along with an electric drive train and custom transmission. Two hydrogen fuel cells operate to keep the battery pack fully charged.")
Capital Metro Blog

Lobbying For The Northern Extension Of The Crenshaw Line via West Hollywood In 2013
Ride The Pink Line

Mayor Villaraigosa's Remarks At Yesterday's Forum By The Urban Land Institute
StreetsBlog LA

Metro To Feds: Always, Only Constellation, Not Santa Monica
Beverly Hills Courier

Metrolink Fares To Rise; Beach, Other Routes To Be Added (Extended service to Laguna Niguel and Oceanside as well as new ticketing policies)
Los Angeles Times

Norwalk To Buy Compressed Natural Gas Buses ("Funding will come from federal transportation grants, state Proposition 1B funds and Los Angeles County Measure R, a sales tax hike approved by voters.")
Los Angeles Wave

Report: Transit Fares High And Rising? Blame Bailed-Out Banks
Transportation Nation
Riding The Gravy Train: How Wall Street Is Bankrupting Our Public Transit Agencies By Profiteering Off Of Toxic Swap Deals
Refund Transit Coalition

Sen. Reid Suggests Deal To Pay For Transportation, Student Loan Extensions
The Hill

Smart Parking Revisited: Lessons From The Pioneers
American Planning Association

Vegas High-Speed Rail Starts Planning Extension To Palmdale
Curbed LA
DesertXpress Inks Deal To Add Train Link From Victorville To Palmdale, Making Travel To L.A. Possible
Vegas, INC

What Really Matters For Increasing Transit Ridership: Rail Edition
The Atlantic: Cities

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