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Can We Please Stop Pretending Cars Are Greener Than Transit?
The Atlantic: Cities

Expedited Procurement Procedures For Emergency Construction Services (118p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

GAO: States "Flexing" Fewer Federal Dollars To Transit
StreetsBlog DC
Flexible Funding Continues To Play A Role In Supporting State And Local Transportation Priorities
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Full-Text Report (25p. PDF)

Gondolas Could Be The Next Great Urban Transportation Device

Here's What Metro Will Do With Its New Toll Lane Money
Curbed LA

Holding Back Floodwaters With A Balloon ("The three-minute procedure, conducted on a chilly morning this month in an airport hangar not far from West Virginia University, was the latest test of a device that may someday help guard real tunnels during disasters -- whether a terrorist strike or a storm like Hurricane Sandy, whose wind-driven surge of water overwhelmed New York City’s subway system, shutting it down for days.")
New York Times

In Transit: School Districts Look To Public Agencies As Transportation Option ("School districts like Seattle, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Baltimore are among those that for years have also been using public transit to help students get to and from class. But in a stagnant economy, more school districts are looking to do the same, although skeptics say the jury is still out on just how much money is saved and to what extent children are being jeopardized to realize those savings.")
School Transportation News

More Local Agencies Dealing With TAP, But Metrolink Remains Elusive and A Surfliner Update
StreetsBlog LA

Neighbors Cheer, Jeer Plans For Rose Bowl To Host NFL Games ("Proponents say noise and traffic congestion around the stadium are secondary to the jobs and revenue that would be generated.")
Los Angeles Times

Next Steps For The Bike Movement In Santa Monica (Part 2 Of 2)
StreetsBlog LA

NTSB's Most Wanted List Identifies Top Ten Transportation Challenges For 2013
National Transportation Safety Board Press Release

Silver Line Stroll From Union Station To El Monte (Numerous photos illustrate this tour of the length of the Metro Silver Line)

Smartphone Ticketing Rolls Out For Train Riders ("The mTicket application is available for both iOS and Android devices.")
IT World

Support For Measure J Increases In Latest Ballot Count, But Still Not Enough ("Measure J, which would extend for three more decades a 30-year, half-cent tax for transportation projects voters originally passed in 2008, now has 65.33% approval, according to the latest update county officials released Tuesday.")
Los Angeles Times

Tons Of Downtowners Want To Vote On Special Streetcar Tax
Curbed LA

A Web-Based Pavement Performance And Maintenance Management And GIS Mapping System For Easy Access To Pavement Condition Information (22p. PDF)
University Of Texas Center For Transportation Research

West County Freeways Open During Holiday
Orange County Register

Why Mayors Should Run The Department Of Transportation
The Atlantic: Cities

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