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October 19: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles Railway is incorporated, tying together 150 miles of double-track streetcars lines across the city in 1910)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

5th National Bus Rapid Transit Conference (12p. PDF : links to conference proceedings are now online here)
(August 20-22, 2012 : Las Vegas, Nevada)

BTS Marks 20 Years Of Delivering Quality Transportation Data ("The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is the data arm of DOT, responsible for collecting a wide variety of information about airlines, border crossings, freight movement, maritime trade, household travel, and much more. BTS was founded to help us understand the health of our nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure and how they impact our economy and way of life.")
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Caltrans And Partners Restore Former L.A. Union Station Tracks, Platforms

Can Tax Reform Make Transit-Oriented Development Communities Affordable?
Smart Growth Network

City Finds New Route To Fund Freeway Expansion
Thousand Oaks Acorn

Federal Housing Administration Clears Way For More Walkable Development
StreetsBlog DC

For The Misinformed, Here's What Measure J Really Stands For ("Jumpstart an enhanced mobility, environment and quality of life that our children and grandchildren will thank us for, and jumpstart a 21st Century LA County that is again an example of what the rest of the nation ought to be.")

Gas Prices Helped Boost LACMTA Ridership In September
Progressive Railroading

Great California Shakeout At Los Angeles' Union Station Gets Crowd To Drop, Take Shelter
Pasadena Star-News

Here's A 144 Square Foot Model Of DTLA Built For Streetcars
Curbed LA
Model Of Downtown Los Angeles As A State Of Mind

In Capitol Heights, Little Change In Spite Of "A Whole Lot Of Planning" Around The Metro (What happens when transit doesn't bring expected development?)
Washington Post

LA Named Official "Bike-Friendly Community" By Cycling Organization
Blog Downtown

L.A. Public Library Inherits Treasure Of Maps ("The site was once used by the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway, which was operated from 1909 to 1919...A section of steel cable used to move the railway's trolley cars up and down the steep hillside remains embedded in concrete in a corner of the lot.")
Los Angeles Times

Largest Skyscraper On West Coast Approved For San Francisco Transbay Transit Center
San Francisco Examiner
S.F. Transbay Tower Plan Gets Final OKs ("The new office building will be part of a 145-acre Transit Center District that will include commercial high-rises, residential towers, hotels and retail space, all wrapped around a planned Transit Center that will be the hub for local and regional bus lines, as well as the underground terminus for the proposed Caltrain extension and the statewide high-speed rail line.")
San Franciso Chronicle

League Of American Cyclists Awards Los Angeles Bronze Medal For Bicycle Friendliness
StreetsBlog LA

Los Angeles Awarded Bronze For Bike Improvements
Pasadena Star-News

Measure J Would Extend Sales Tax Hike To 2069, Accelerate Transportation Projects
Contra Costa Times

New Bridge For Baldwin Hills
Curbed LA

A New Model: Cycle Hire, For Hire ("A Massachusetts start-up called Zagster aims to take the idea of bicycles on demand and deliver it to university and corporate campuses, apartment complexes, hotels and resorts.")
New York Times

Patsaouras Plaza Busway Station Hits Snag
StreetsBlog LA

Photos: Expo Rail Making Its Way To Santa Monica
Santa Monica Patch

Protesters Rally Against Proposed Railyard On Long Beach Border
Long Beach Press-Telegram

SFMTA Reveals Plan To Streamline Traffic Calming Projects
StreetsBlog SF
Traffic Calming Program ("The SFMTA's Traffic Calming Program is part of our Livable Streets effort, which is working on improving safety on San Francisco's streets. The Traffic Calming Program redesigns streets and sidewalks to make them friendlier for pedestrians, children, bicyclists, and motorists.")

Supervisor Michael Antonovich Joins Beverly Hills, L.A. Groups In Coalition To Defeat Measure J
Beverly Hills Courier

Why Amtrak Keeps Breaking Ridership Records And Will Continue To Do So
The Atlantic: Cities

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