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September 17: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (After more than half a century, the most successful streetcar line taking Angelenos to the ocean comes to an end)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

405 Freeway Connector Closes For 55 Hours
Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

After 10 Hour Hearing, Downtown NFL Stadium Moves Ahead To Final Approvals (roundup of stadium approval news)
Curbed LA

Amtrak Reports Record Ridership, But Not In SoCal
North County Times

Approval Process for Farmers Field Continues Despite A Legal Challenge
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Are "Veloways" The Future Of Cycling?

Bike-Share And Bike Lanes: The Chicken And Egg Debate
StreetsBlog Network

Carmageddon Now A Big Bike Weekend
StreetsBlog LA

Chavez Ravine: Community To Controversial Real Estate (Numerous historic photographs tell the unique story of the area encompassing Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park)
LA as Subject via KCET

Cities Take Different Routes On 710 Freeway: San Marino Renews Support For Extension While Its Neighbors Grapple With Tunnel Option
Pasadena Sun

Clean Fuels Transit Grants Mean More Sustainable, Reliable Rides
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Crenshaw Boulevard Comes To A Crossroads ("Optimism and anxiety travel along its route, as a revived rail service push and an auto-free younger generation herald changes for one close-knit community." Part of an ongoing series about Los Angeles' iconic boulevards written by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne)
Los Angeles Times

Editorial: O.C. Cities Balk At More Toll Lanes On I-405
Orange County Register

Gold Line Bridge Prompts Additional 210 Freeway Closures In Arcadia
Pasadena Star-News

Group Wants AEG To Pay $60M For Affordable Housing Near Proposed Downtown NFL Stadium
Los Angeles Daily News

House Passes Continuing Resolution Without MAP-21 Spending Levels
AASHTO Journal

Infrastructure Banks As Back Up? ("Is there a broader role the federal government can take in fostering innovative financing like these funds? If so, how? What more can states do? Or is this barking up the wrong tree?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

L.A.'s Transit Revolution: How A Ballot Initiative, A Visionary Mayor, And A Quest For Growth Are Turning Los Angeles Into America's Next Great Mass-Transit City ("The most recent American Community Survey showed a 10.7 percent increase in the share of the metro area’s population that relies on mass transit to get to work, matched with a 3.6 percent increase in driving. And that’s before several of the key Metro projects have been completed or the waning of the recession can drive new transit-oriented development.")

Metrolink Hires Michael P. DePallo As New Chief Executive
Los Angeles Daily News

Metrolink Looks To The East Coast For New CEO
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Metrolink Marks First Test Of Positive Train Control System
Progressive Railroading

Officials Pleased With Early Desert-To-Riverside Bus Route
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Planning Commission Approves AEG's Proposed NFL Stadium In Downtown Los Angeles ("AEG was asked by the Planning Commission to increase funding for local parks, modernize a tunnel along Pico Boulevard, and hire a high-profile architect to design the two stadium garages that will be visible from the freeways, among other requests.")
Los Angeles Daily News

The Problem Of Fixing LA: Sidewalk Repair Is A Classic Example Of Dysfunction As A City

Red Tape A Stubborn Obstacle To Sidewalk Repair ("Peter Griswold wants volunteers to report broken concrete in lieu of a $10-million survey, but officials are wary.")
Los Angeles Times

Redone El Monte Bus Station Opens October 14
Curbed LA

Relay Rides: The Airbnb Of Transportation
Relay Rides: How It Works (video)
via Vimeo

Santa Monica Council Won't Change Bus Ad Policy, Despite Non-Profit Protest
Santa Monica Lookout

Santa Monica Mayor Calls For Review Of BBB's Advertisement Policy
Santa Monica Mirror

SF Car Sharing Revs Up But Hits Bumps
San Francisco Chronicle

Taxes Show One Way To Save Fuel (Proposes that gas taxes change driver behavior far more than fuel-efficiency standards)
New York Times

Tour Red-Line Adjacent Part Two Of Civic Center's Grand Park
Curbed LA

UCLA Alum's Study Finds Excessive Traffic Noise Can Negatively Impact Health ("A study by UCLA alum Alexander Schaffer says commuters who use the Los Angeles train system often can have health problems later in life.")
UCLA Daily Bruin

Veteran New York Area Transit Leader To Head Metrolink ("Metrolink names Michael DePallo chief executive of the commuter rail line that is still dealing with the aftermath of the deadly 2008 Chatsworth crash. He replaces John Fenton, who left in May.")
Los Angeles Times

Walk, Parade, Jump Rope, Perform And More With Us At CicLAvia On October 7! ("Strollers wanted! Performers and artists needed! Volunteers and crafty friends, too!")
Los Angeles Walks

What Would Happen If Washington Cuts Transpo Funding 35%?
StreetsBlog DC

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