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October 18: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (DASH is born 41 years ago as canopied SCRTD Mini-Buses take to the streets)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

7 Proposals For Turning LA Parking Spaces Into Parks
Curbed LA

All Of SoCal History Comes Alive At The 7th Annual LA As Subject Archives Bazaar! (Love Los Angeles and Southern California history? A free, all-day event at USC on October 27th features more than 80 historical collections on display, panel discussions and much more)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Attention Public Transit Agencies: Get Moving To Secure TIFIA Funding
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Bakersfield Battle Looms Over High-Speed Rail
Bakersfield Now

BNSF Falsely Marginalized Communities "Better Off" With Proposed Railyard; Public Hearing Tonight
StreetsBlog LA

A Brave New World: How Apps Are Changing Planning

Culver City Police Announce Parking Alert For USC Football Game ("Those planning on taking the Expo Line from Culver City to this Saturday’s football game should arrive early at the Expo parking lot on National Boulevard.")
Culver City Patch

De-Wonkifying Transit ("The [Rail~Volution] panel, titled “The Blogosphere: Transforming the Information Landscape,” was headed up by moderator Jeff Wood of Reconnecting America. Over the course of an hour and a half, Jeff led myself, Steve Hymon of The Source, and Matthew Johnson of Greater Greater Washington through a discussion of everything ranging from the impact blogs and social media can have on policy decisions to how to deal with commenting trolls.")
StreetsBlog LA

For Cleantech Companies, Land Is A Problem
Los Angeles Downtown News

Gas Prices Will Jump Again, Critics Say ("You think 50 cents in one week is bad - wait till the state adopts the Low Carbon Fuel Standard", warns one critic, predicting increases three times as much. The regulation was devised by the CA Air Resources Board to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.")
San Francisco Chronicle

High-Speed Rail: To Sue Or Not To Sue?

The Impressive Design Of Subway Stations In Munich
Complex Art + Design

Improvement To Stewardship And Oversight Agreements Are Needed To Enhance Federal-Aid Highway Program Management (24p. PDF)
U.S. DOT Office Of Inspector General

Is Your Region...Creative, Innovative, Productive...Or Just Populated? (4p. PDF)
Martin Prosperity Insights / University Of Toronto

Lawsuits, Schmawsuits: Expo Line To SaMo Going Full Throttle
Curbed LA

Long Beach City College To Offer Truck Driver Training Program
Contra Costa Times

Los Angeles' Sprawl Is Denser Than New York's Sprawl
Curbed LA

Measuring The Transportation System From A Supply Chain Perspective (36p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board

[D.C.] Metro: Full Wireless Access Delayed Until 2015
Washington Post

More Tracks At LA's Union Station For Train Travel ("Metrolink managed the construction project, which cost nearly $25 million. Most of the funding, about $22 million, came from the State of California's Proposition 1B. The remaining funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Orange County Transportation Authority Measure M.")
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Opinion: Increase The Gas Tax
USA Today

Presidential Debate: No Transpo Talk, Just Gas Prices And Oil Production
Transportation Nation

The Problems With Measuring Traffic Congestion

Santa Monica City Council Supports Half-Cent Tax Increase Ballot Measure
Santa Monica Mirror

South LA Opposition To Measure J
USC Annenberg Intersections South LA

Study: Los Angeles Traffic Most Congested In US ("TomTom uses anonymous GPS data to pick the metro areas with the worst gridlock.")
MSN Autos

Union Station Shakes It Out For California Earthquake Drill (At 10:18 a.m., "as part of the Golden State's annual earthquake drill dubbed "The Great ShakeOut," Union Station will be telling passengers to duck and cover Thursday morning and even holding a train evacuation drill to prepare in case of a future shake.")
Blog Downtown

Uttering The "D" Word: How Do You Mandate Superior "Design" Or Even "Beauty" In A Planning Document?
Metropolis Magazine

What's New At Los Angeles Union Station? ("More tracks and a reconstructed train platform! Three new tracks and a renovated platform were celebrated at Los Angeles Union Station today, upgrades that promise to expand capacity and improve service for Metrolink and Amtrak passengers.")

XpressWest High Speed Rail Line To Las Vegas Is A Huge Taxpayer Gamble

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