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August 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles makes history in breaking racial and gender barriers in transit operations)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

The Alameda Corridor Has Success Written All Over It...Except For That Boat Load Of Debt

Amtrak Shifts Strategy From Begging For Money To Thinking Big
Bloomberg Business Week

At Last, Google Maps Shows Subway Alerts (for New York, at least)
Wall Street Journal

Dec. 28, 1952: A Night To Remember As Last Red Car Trolley Leaves The Valley (personal recollection includes many of the transit photos which Alan Weeks took as a youth in the 1950s)
North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Caltrans Announces QuickMap, An Online Service For Real-Time Travel And Traffic Information
Caltrans Press Release

Can Light Rail Carry A City's Transit System? ("It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.")
The Atlantic Cities
Making A Successful LRT-Based Regional Transit System: Lessons From Five New Start Cities (24p. PDF)
University Of South Florida National Center For Transportation Research

The Cost Of America's Inefficient Sprawl ("William Fulton is vice president for policy and programs at Smart Growth America, and a former mayor of Ventura, California.")

Crews Clearing Way For Gold Line Extension
Glendora Patch

Downtown Streetcar Moving: Residents Will Vote On Tax
Curbed LA

Exploring Along The Orange Line Extension

Grand Park Is Great, But Not So Grand
Los Angeles Times

LA Streetcar Project Inches Closer To Securing Local Funding
Blog Downtown

Metro Rail/Metrolink Update: Signs, Lines And Paradigms ("It’s even better that Metro has as its CEO one Art Leahy who is as customer-focused as any transit agency has ever had.")

MetroCards Could Be Pieces Of A Gigantic Urban Puzzle
The Atlantic: Cities
Turning NYC's Iconic MetroCard Into A Massive Urban Game: Willy Wonka Would Approve
Fast Company Design
MetroCard Advertising
Mayday Mayday Mayday

No More Sunset For L.A. Transportation Projects Tax?
Land Line

Planned NYC Subway Disruptions Now Part Of Google Maps
Transportation Nation

Revival Of Downtown LA Streetcars Headed For Ballot
Los Angeles Times

SEPTA Wins Best Transit Award, Deserves Some Credit (And Criticism)
Next American City

Sound Of Your City: Trains ("The NPR Cities Project has been asking listeners to tell us about the heart of their city." Includes the Metro Gold Line stopping at Mariachi Plaza Station)

Spring Street Park To Enter Construction Phase This Week
Blog Downtown

Status Of Wilshire Repaving
StreetsBlog LA

Traveler Response To Transportation System Changes Handbook, Third Edition; Chapter 16, Pedestrian And Bicycle Facilities (503p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Voters Reject Transportation Tax ("The defeat of the 10-year, 1 percent sales tax leaves the Atlanta region's traffic congestion problem with no visible remedy. It marks failure not only for the tax but for the first attempt ever to unify the 10-county region's disparate voters behind a plan of action.")
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

White House Transportation "Champions" Didn't Get There By Car
StreetsBlog DC

XpressWest Awaits Federal Loan Decision
California High Speed Rail Blog

XPressWest High Speed Rail Line Would Extend California Bullet Train To Vegas
Huffington Post

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