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Appointment Of OCTA's Chief Exec Violated State's Open Meeting Law
Voice Of OC

Back To Square One: The Story Of Ray Bradbury Square In Los Angeles ("Ray Bradbury Square will be dedicated on December 6th at 2 p.m. in a ceremony held in Maguire Gardens.")
Huffington Post

California County Cancels Transportation Tax Recount (Think Measure J lost in a squeaker? Alameda County's transportation sales tax measure received 66.52% of the vote -- 700 votes short out of 350,000 cast)
Transportation Nation

California High-Speed Rail Too Expensive, McCarthy Says ("California’s $68.4 billion high-speed rail project is looking for too much money from the U.S. government and should be reconsidered, said California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the U.S. House’s third-ranking Republican.")

California High-Speed Rail Brawl Hits House Floor

California Legislature Must Restore Democracy To Transit Funding
California High Speed Rail Blog

Caltrans To Fix 605-10 Freeway Interchange
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Current Hazardous Materials Transportation Research And Future Needs (126p. PDF : web-only document)
Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

Dispelling The Myths: Toll And Fuel Tax Collection Costs In The 21st Century (79p. PDF)
Reason Foundation

Editorial: Rethinking Prop. 13 ("Advocates of Los Angeles County's Measure J, a sales tax extension for transportation funding, are frustrated that they fell just short of the required two-thirds in November, and they also are discussing a change to 55%, perhaps just for transportation sales taxes, or perhaps more broadly.")
Los Angeles Times

Expo Line Ridership Is Increasing
USC Daily Trojan

Flyover Connector To Be Built Between 10 And 605 Freeways
Baldwin Park Patch

Free Muni For Low-Income Youth Funded ("The Metropolitan Transportation Agency voted unanimously to spend an estimated $1.6 million in federal funds dedicated to improving transit performance and ridership on a 16-month program offering free Fast Passes to low-income San Franciscans under 18.")
San Francisco Chronicle

How This Government Agency Is Saving $500 Million By Using Social And Mobile Technologies ("Most people don’t look to Jefferson City, Missouri as a source of technical innovation, and they especially would never think to look at its government. But they’d be surprised to learn that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) is one of the most innovative organizations using social and mobile technologies in the country. In fact, they are a model for how government can and should cut spending by leveraging new technologies.")

Integrated Risk Management For Improving Internal Traffic Control, Work-Zone Safety, And Mobility During Major Construction (80p. PDF)
Iowa State University Institute For Transportation

JetBlue To Eliminate Day Flights At Bob Hope Airport ("Bob Hope Airport officials approved additional parking rate increases this week to tackle steady revenue drops caused by declining passenger activity that’s expected to be exacerbated by JetBlue’s decision to eliminate all daytime flights at the airfield as of Jan. 6.")
Burbank Leader

LA Council President Asks AIA-LA Members If Merging Planning With Building & Safety Is A Good Idea
The Planning Report

Lowering Threshold To Pass Transportation Taxes Not A Hit With Everyone
Los Angeles Daily News

Metro Holds First Union Station Master Plan Community Meeting
LADOT Bike Blog

Mica Bids Farewell To Transportation Chairmanship At Portrait Unveiling
The Hill

Midsize Cities On The Move: A Look At The Next Generation Of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, And Streetcar Projects In The United States (52p. PDF)
Reconnecting America
Introduction Webpage

New L.A. Bridge Calls For Public Review

Pay By The Mile To Drive? State Takes A Serious Look (Washington state)

Senate Hearing Will Detail Hurricane Sandy's Transit Damage
Transportation Nation

State Senator Carol Liu Introduces Bill To Eliminate 2/3 Rule For Transit Taxes ("SCA 4 is a constitutional amendment, which requires a 2/3 vote to send to the voters.")
California High Speed Rail Blog

Students React To Measure J ("Fewer projects will be constructed and completed in the next 20 years because potential borrowing is limited to the expected revenues from the existing Measure R, which expires in 2039...")
USC Daily Trojan

Surgeon General Announces Call To Action On Walking
StreetsBlog DC

Tax Measure Gets Things Rolling For LA Streetcars
San Francisco Chronicle

Think About The Transportation Sector ("The U.S. therefore needs a 3-step mass transit program to help our communities thrive, protect our climate, and promote human health.")
Huffington Post

Toll Lanes Considered For I-10
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Transpo Tax Fails With 66% Of Vote: Time To Change The Rules?
Curbed LA

UCLA Environmental Researchers Release Citywide Plan, Call On Candidates To Adopt
UCLA Newsroom
Vision 2021 LA: A Model Environmental Sustainability Agenda For Los Angeles' Next Mayor And City Council (85p. PDF)
UCLA Institute Of The Environment And Sustainability

Why California's Two-Thirds Local Ballot Threshold May Be Worth Keeping
StreetsBlog Network

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