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December 14: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Griffith Park's Travel Town turns 60 today, and we look back at the heroic efforts of local bus drivers rescuing Angelenos during the 1963 flood caused by the Baldwin Hills Reservoir Dam failure)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2012 Policy Report Card: Transportation Forecast

Amtrak's Next-Generation Train Service, One Step Closer
Wall Street Journal

Caution: Slow Down -- Some Pasadena Council Members Say Freeway Tunnel Opposition Vote Should Go Back To The...
Pasadena Weekly

CBS Holds On To Los Angeles County MTA Advertising Contract
Los Angeles Times

Editorial: McCarthy's Bid To Kill High-Speed Rail Is Baffling
Sacramento Bee

Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value Of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users And Activities (17p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Finally Getting Serious About Measuring How Much People Walk And Bike
StreetsBlog DC

Gold Line Rail Bridge Is California History "With Some Artistry"
Transportation Nation

Google Maps for iOS 6...Finally ("But the map battles are not over. In 2004, Steve Coast founded Open Street Map -- an outfit that creates maps from information contributed by users and makes the results available for free.")
American Public Media Marketplace

How Sandy Might Tweak Today's High-Speed Rail Privatization Hearing
Transportation Nation

L.A. County Population Tops 9.9 Million, 26% Of State
Los Angeles Times
California Demographic Research
California Department Of Finance Demographic Research Unit

L.A. County Transit Officials OK More Funds For Blue Line Safety ("The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board allocates $6.78 million for improvements. Eight deaths have occurred along the Blue Line this year.")
Los Angeles Times

Local Funding Options For Public Transportation
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Manhattan Beach: The City Built On San Dunes Celebrates Its Centennial ("To sell lots, the developers promoted Manhattan Beach to the rest of the region as a forward-thinking investment, organizing excursion trains on the Santa Fe Railroad for prospective buyers. Beginning in 1903, curious Southern Californians could also reach Manhattan Beach on the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad, an electric interurban line that ran hourly cars to Manhattan Beach. (It later became part of the Pacific Electric Railway.)")
LA as Subject via KCET

Metro Preps DTLA Streets For Construction Of Regional Connector
Blog Downtown

[N.Y.] MTA Seeks $5 Billion In Sandy Aid After Firing Lobbyists

New York Totally Wins At Transit Ridership Diversity
New York Magazine

Opinion: How To Turn Measure J Defeat Into Victory (Denny Zane and Gloria Ohland of Move LA)
Los Angeles Daily News

Panic As SaMo Considers Halting Development Agreements
Curbed LA

Pedestrian Deaths On Railroad Tracks: The Failure Of Design
StreetsBlog DC

Safer Than You Think! Revising The Transit Safety Narrative (9p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Taking A Bike Tour Of Watts, With A Team Of L.A. City Planners
StreetsBlog LA

Toward More Comprehensive and Multi-Modal Transport Evaluation (19p. PDF)
Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Traffic Delays For Regional Connector Work
Los Angeles Downtown News

Traffic Jams, Solved ("Jonas Eliasson, a co-designer of Stockholm's famous congestion pricing system, recently gave a TEDx talk called "How to Solve Traffic Jams" (via The Transportationist). It's one of the clearest and most persuasive discussions of road pricing I've ever heard, and with the video nearing 300,000 viewers, I doubt I'm alone. I've summarized the talk here, but if you've got ten minutes to spare I highly recommend the whole thing.")
The Atlantic: Cities
Jonas Eliasson: How To Solve Traffic Jams (video)
via TED

What are LA's Worst Pedestrian Intersections?
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Zebra Spotting At Fifth And Spring
StreetsBlog LA

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