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December 7: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Pacific Electric's Red Cars roll into Owensmouth [Canoga Park] 100 years ago today, and one of the region's earliest proposals for freeways envisions the County crisscrossed by stop-free "pleasant thoroughfares")
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

The $100 Million "X Train" Will Be A Party From L.A. To Vegas

Are Toll Roads Coming To Your Local Freeway?
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch

Calif. Agency Sponsors Children's Play Area ("Calif.-based Montebello Bus Lines (MBL) partnered with The Shops at Montebello to open a transportation, environment and conservation-theme play area for kids.")
Metro Magazine

Deficit-Reduction Talks May Fuel Gas Tax Increase

The Expo Line Draws A Gold Rush ("In addition to construction of this phase of the Expo Line is a gold rush of sorts by developers, who are promising projects that are transit-oriented and tailored to the needs of a train-traveling public. It’s all supposed to be a part of an enlightened development strategy to relieve the traffic-clogged community with multi-story, high-density housing near the line -- so people can whiz off to their jobs– and ground floors given over to retail space. Santa Monica officials have strongly pushed the Expo-adjacent, multi-use projects, shuttle services and bike facilities. Some residents though are alarmed by the hundreds of thousands of square feet of potential development and see the coming wave of projects as a tsunami.")
KCRW Which Way LA?

Fans And Foes Debate California's High Speed Rail On Capitol Hill
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Hahn: High-Speed Rail Project "Critical" To Calif., U.S. Economy
CBS Los Angeles

How John Brockman Changed Downtown
Los Angeles Downtown News

Intersection Near Library Named For Bradbury
Los Angeles Times
Ray Bradbury Would've Crisscrossed LA With Monorails
Curbed LA

L.A. Council Votes To Regulate Valet Parking Operators ("The rules would require valid California driver's licenses for all workers, permits, liability insurance and proof of off-street spaces.")
Los Angeles Times

LA Preparing To Buy Silver Lake's Corralitas Red Car Property ("The privately-owned, 10-acre property in Silver Lake known as the Corralitas Red Car property is one step closer to becoming a public park. The City Council has determined how much it is willing to pay for the former Pacific Electric Railway right of way, and yesterday directed the city find the cash to make the purchase.")
Curbed LA

L.A.'s First Streetcars Were Horse-Powered (Rarely seen archival images from the late 1800s illustrate this extensive must-see look back at Los Angeles' earliest public transportation)
LA as Subject via KCET

LaHood Defends California High-Speed Rail Plan
The Hill

Last Stop For Track 16: Iconic Gallery Space Becomes The Train Platform ("It’s a sad irony for those of us who crave more mass transit that a special spot has to fall to make way for the Expo Line.")
KCRW Which Way LA?

Manhattan Beach Council Balks At Hiring Consultant For Trolley Study
Daily Breeze

A "Movement For Movement" Puts Walking Front And Center
StreetsBlog DC

Now Is The Time For More Transit, Not Less
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

On Track For The Future: Crowds Come Out And Are Ready To Comment On The Union Station Master Plan
Los Angeles Downtown News

Our View: Give Toll Road Drivers A Break
Pasadena Star-News

Public Transit Is Having A Moment
Voice Of San Diego

Report: Bus Market To Grow 5% Annually
Metro Magazine

Riding The Subway As Therapy ("Public transportation is an inherently contradictory experience. You insert yourself into a highly public, perpetually crowded environment and immediately retreat into the privacy of your own interior world.")
The Atlantic: Cities

"Starting From The Beginning" For Some Metro Owned Sites In Boyle Heights
StreetsBlog LA

Thom Mayne Wins 2013 AIA Gold Medal: The Bad Boy Of Los Angeles Architecture Comes Away With One Of Architecture's Most Prestigious Honors ("He has been celebrated for projects such as the California Department of Transportation District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles (2004)")
Architect Magazine

Transit Officials Ask Congress For Billions In Storm Aid
New York Times

Transportation Would Suffer Because Of Fiscal Cliff And Impact On Economy
Kansas City Star

Turning Measure J's Defeat Into Victory ("Out of disappointment emerges opportunity: It’s important to remember that Measure J was actually “Plan B” for financing the 30-10 plan to build out LA County’s Measure R funded rail expansion in 10 years instead of 30. “Plan A” was an innovative federal financing package – called America Fast Forward -- that was a combination of two proposals: 1) the TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act) low-interest loan program and 2) a new class of qualified tax credit bonds called “Qualified Transportation Improvement Bonds” or QTIBs.")
Move LA

Will We Finally See An Increase To State And Federal Gas Taxes?
The Atlantic Cities

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