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December 10: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The first section of the Long Beach Freeway opens to traffic 60 years ago today)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

$53.7 Million Will Go To Widening 15/215 Freeway Interchange In Devore
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Bradbury Square Unveiled
Los Angeles Downtown News

Caltrans Blowing Up Another Bridge Next Month
Santa Clarita Valley News

Census Data Show Public Transit Gender Gap ("The latest data from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census show: Of the people who take public transportation to work, 50.5 percent are women and 49.5 percent are male. That might not seem like a difference worth mentioning until you consider the workforce overall.")
Transportation Nation

Construction Along Foothill Boulevard In Upland Half Complete
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Crowdsourcing Your Commute ("Useful commuter information -- such as road conditions, traffic density or even the punctuality of buses, trams and trains -- doesn’t have to come from government offices. A new study explores how commuters in one California city share travel information via specialized social networks, accessible from mobile apps.")
New York Times
Solo Drivers Say They Benefit From App Communities
The Atlantic: Cities
Connected Commuting: Research And Analysis From The New Cities Foundation Task Force In San Jose (42p. PDF)
Executive Summary (4p. PDF)

Editorial: The Cracks In The Nation's Foundation ("The need for investment in public works, never more urgent, has become a casualty of Washington’s ideological wars. Republicans were once reliable partners in this kind of necessary spending. But since President Obama spent about 12 percent of the 2009 stimulus on transportation, energy and other infrastructure programs, Republicans have made it a policy to demonize these kinds of investments.")
New York Times

Final Tally Shows Measure J Rejected By Voters
Beverly Hills Courier

A Framework For Collaborative Decision Making On Additions To Highway Capacity (175p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

"Going To The Olympics" Mural To Return To The Hollywood Freeway

High-Speed Rail Adopts Hiring Policy Targeting Disadvantaged Workers
Central Valley Business Times

House Transportation Chief To LA: Build Light Rail To LAX...Or Else
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

L.A. Metro Launches "Riders Club" For Seniors
Metro Magazine

LA's Very First Public Transit Took Angelenos To The Bar In 1873
Curbed LA

LACBC Starts Save The 1st Street Bike Lane Campaign And Some Alternate Designs For The "LAPD Lane"
StreetsBlog LA

LaHood: "We're Not Giving Up On High-Speed Rail" In California
StreetsBlog DC

McCarthy: CA High Speed Rail Is A Poor Investment For Taxpayers (video : testimony before House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure last week)
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Miami-To-Orlando Passenger Rail On Track ("Florida East Coast Industries, a Coral Gables-based railroad and real estate company, insists it can build and operate the project — dubbed All Aboard Florida — without any public subsidy.")
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Obama Pushes Ahead With High-Speed Rail Plan
Washington Post

Preliminary Assessment Of California's Cost Estimates And Other Challenges: Testimony Before The Committee On Transportation And Infrastructure, House Of Representatives (21p. PDF : "Based on an initial evaluation of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) cost estimates, GAO found that they exhibit certain strengths and weaknesses when compared to best practices in GAO’s Cost Guide...The California high-speed rail project faces many challenges. Chief among these is obtaining project funding beyond the first 130-mile construction segment. While the Authority has secured $11.5 billion from federal and state sources, it needs almost $57 billion more...")
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Proximity Information Resources For Special Events (28p. PDF : "The initial IDEA proposal described the development of a mobile application to assist in management and communications during large events, such as events hosted at the National Mall.")
Transportation Research Board IDEA Program

Smaller Cities Taking On Big Transit Projects
StreetsBlog DC

The "Strong Core" Theory Of Los Angeles (interview with USC researcher Samuel Krueger who made headlines recently with his research on the Wilshire-Santa Monica Corridor)
The Atlantic: Cities

This Week In Transportation: Battle Is Joined Over Amtrak Privatization
The Hill

Use Of Public Transportation Jumps ("More Americans are taking public buses and trains, a report finds. L.A. County Metro's ridership rose 1.7% in the first part of the year, and the Riverside Transit Agency's has surged 27% since 2002.")
Los Angeles Times
More Than 7.9 Billion Trips Taken On Public Transportation As Ridership Increased By 2.6% In First Three Quarters Of 2012: Seven Consecutive Quarters Of Ridership Increases Show Growing Demand
American Public Transportation Association Press Release

Want To End The Scourge Of Surface Parking? Tax Land, Not Buildings
StreetsBlog Network

What Can L.A. Do About Climate Change? UCLA Report Lays Out Plan ("You're calling for more transportation and bus riders, but that assumes the roads are fine. They're not.")
Los Angeles Daily News

When A Door Closes, A Window Always Opens...Because Someone Will Saw Through The Fence (The former transit property is having a rough go of it these days)
StreetsBlog LA

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