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The 6 Firms Competing To Design The New Sixth Street Bridge
Curbed LA

405 Ramp Closures Force Drivers Onto Westside Surface Streets
NBC Los Angeles

Anaheim Moves Ahead With Bike Nation, 8 Locations Selected
StreetsBlog LA

Are State And Local Mass Transit Projects Really Job Creators?
LA Observed

Big News: Obama's California Bullet Train Is Still On Track

Brookings: Inadequate Transit And Sprawl Cut Off Workers From Jobs
StreetsBlog DC

Bullet Train Bombshell: CAHSR Spurned Cost-Cutting Offer From The French
StreetsBlog Network

Bullet Train Vote Demonstrates California Legislature Working Well ("The Senate's approval of high-speed rail funding may or may not be wise policy. But it illustrates what the political process looks like when it's done right.")
Los Angeles Times

Clearing Up Toll-Lane Confusion (Or Trying To)
Los Angeles Daily News

An Experiment Worth Watching: All-Door Bus Boarding In San Francisco
The Atlantic: Cities

Expo Line Details Shared At Community Meeting ("Exposition Authority briefs public on plans and upcoming construction on the second phase of construction from Culver City into Santa Monica. Second community meeting is July 18 in Santa Monica.")
Culver City Patch

Field Evaluation Of A Restricted Crossing U-Turn Intersection (52p. PDF)
Federal Highway Administration

Flaw At L.A. Light Rail Junction Poses Derailment Risk, Experts Say ("Metro blamed abnormal wear for the need to keep rewelding a spot on the track where the Expo and Blue lines meet. But state regulators disagree, saying part of the weld broke. Re-welding is planned.")
Los Angeles Times

Freeway "Cap" Could Reunite Downtown With The Ocean
Ventura County Star

From A To B: Bike Shop Owners See Big Returns From Capital Bikeshare

José Huizar Plans For A New "Cohesive" Downtown LA District ("As more residents pour into Downtown, infrastructure for everyday life such as more schools, parks and access to transportation will be key parts of development, the councilman said.")
Blog Downtown

L.A. Removes Its Training Wheels (video: " CicLAvia is more than a one day event, it shows car commuters firsthand the advantages of other forms of transportation; whether by bus, subway or bike. Over 10 miles of streets are opened to bicyclists and pedestrians, giving each of them a glimpse of how easy it can be to navigate the City without a car. Partly funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, this event is meant to promote alternative forms of transportation. With the 4th CicLAvia a resounding success, it is clear that the city of Los Angeles has removed its training wheels and Angelenos are beginning to see LA in a whole new light.")
Mayor's Office Of The City Of Los Angeles via YouTube

A Look At LA's Transit System That Will Remind You Of Ours ("That sounds a lot like what’s happening here in the Dallas area: More rail, less bus service, fewer riders overall.")
Dallas Morning News

Mass Transit And Job Creation In LA ("KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says construction of mass transit creates local jobs in LA, but the numbers aren't very impressive.")
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Mayor Villaraigosa: "We're The City Most Addicted To The Single Passenger Automobile" (audio)
KCRW Which Way L.A.?

New Operators Takes Over Van Nuys FlyAway Service
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

New Tool Visualizes American BRT
Next American City
U.S. Bus Rapid Transit: 10 High-Quality Features And The Value Chain Of Firms That Provide Them (77p. PDF)
Duke University Center On Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness

Opinion: Internet Sales Tax Could Help Solve State's Transportation Mess ("Working from the retailers’ widely accepted $335 million estimate, we project that approximately $54 million would automatically go to transportation because, by law, a penny of the sales tax is pledged to the MBTA...There are no magical, painless ways to pay for much-needed transportation investments. But taxing Internet sales is fair, reasonable, and brings our tax system into line with modern business practices.")
Boston Globe

Plan Calls For Wider Wilshire, Narrower Sidewalks ("A plan to widen Wilshire Boulevard for rapid transit bus-only lanes has some concerned over narrower sidewalks and the prospect of increased pedestrian traffic with the coming of the Westside Subway Extension.")
Brentwood Patch

Rediscovering Downtown L.A.'s Lost Neighborhood Of Bunker Hill
("While the physicality of Bunker Hill has been erased, the city's architectural memories survive in libraries, official archives, and private collections. That record continues to inform scholarship about urban redevelopment and, through web-based historical research projects like On Bunker Hill, a public understanding of what the city lost when redevelopment claimed the hilltop community.")
LA as Subject via KCET

Senior SF Muni Rider Hit With $100 Fine For 5 Cent Shortage ("He has since appealed the case and lost – costing him another $25.")
CBS San Francisco

What Can LA Do To Get Angelenos Riding The Bus?
Curbed LA

Why An Urban Downtown And Lots Of Free Parking Spots Are Mutually Exclusive
Las Vegas Weekly

Will California Really Get High Speed Rail? (audio)
KCRW Which Way L.A.?

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