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Expo Line, High Desert Corridor, BH Subway, DASH, 710 Fwy, Carmageddon II & More

7 Steps To Winning Federal Funding For Bike Ped Projects
Transportation Issues Daily

710 Freeway Project A "Big Moment" For Southeast, East L.A.

EGP News

All Aboard The Redlands Rail Project
Redlands Daily Facts

The Best Days To Commute In Metro Areas ("The typical Los Angeles area commuter with an hour round trip spends a combined 20 minutes delayed or sitting idle during Thursday rush-hour traffic, but only about 14 minutes on Mondays.")

Carmageddon 2: Don't Get Complacent, Officials Urge
NBC Los Angeles

Carmageddon Sequel To Get A Positive Spin ("L.A. city and county officials say apocalyptic traffic warnings for the 405 closure Sept. 29 and 30 aren't needed. Instead, they stress the joy of a carless weekend.")
Los Angeles Times

Cities Send Elected Reps, Not Planners, To 710 Freeway Extension Advisory Committee
Glendale News-Press

DASH Downtown Route D To Be Extended (Will now serve the Metro Expo Line)

Does Transit Mean Business? Reconciling Academic, Organizational, And Political Perspectives On Reforming Transit Fare Policies (64p. PDF)
University Of California Transportation Center Report

DOT Doles Out $363 Million In Highway Funding
Transportation Nation
2012 Discretionary Grant Program Fact Sheets
Federal Highway Administration

Expo Line Board To Hire Track Expert To Assess Problem Junction
Los Angeles Times

Governors Get On Board With Smart Growth
StreetsBlog DC

High-Speed Rail Board OKs Plan For Caltrans To Shift Part Of Highway 99
Fresno Bee

LA Port's Pollution-Reduction Strategy Pays Off
Journal Of Commerce

"LA's Got Lines!" New Video Shows Future Of Our Transit System

Learning To Love Congestion (Argues that it’s time for cities to go beyond mobility and restore the market and social purposes of urban thoroughfares)

Los Angeles Map App By Caltrans Lets You Know Traffic Sucks In Real Time
LA Weekly

Map Of New Desert Highway Route Goes Online
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Martin Wachs And Brian D. Taylor: Lessons Of 1st Carmageddon In L.A. -- By The Numbers
Los Angeles Daily News

New MTA Chairman On The Beverly Hills Subway And Other Metro Projects
Beverly Hills Courier

Opinion: Los Angeles Gets Innovative On Jobs ("Undeterred, Villaraigosa assembled a nationwide coalition (called America Fast Forward) of state and local officials urging the creation of such a loan program through federally guaranteed bonds. He also persuaded both Democratic and Republican members of Congress that, with interest rates at an all-time low, this was an idea whose time had come. The bipartisan transportation bill that Congress passed and President Obama signed last month included funding for just such a program.")
Washington Post

Oregon Takes The Next Step In Moving Beyond The Gas Tax ("Rep. Earl Blumenauer likes to say that Oregon was the first state to adopt a gas tax and it will be the first state to get rid of it.")
StreetsBlog DC

Photos: Camageddon 2 Dates And Details Announced
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Transportation: An Untapped (So To Speak) Mobile Marketing Venue
Mobile's Role In A Consumer's Media Day: Smartphones And Tablets Enable Seamless Digital Lives
ABI Research

Social Carpooling Lauches On East Coast With High Expectations
Transportation Nation

Taking The Bus In L.A....From Beverly Hills ("If you're feeling smug about your Prius, just how fuel efficient is it to drive downtown, say, from the Westside, when the red express bus is already going there? And back?")

Tunneling Below Second Avenue
New York Times

What The Georgia Vote Means For The Future Of Transportation ("In a race closely watched by transportation advocates and stakeholders across the country, Atlanta-area voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a plan for a 10-year, 1 percent sales tax that would have supported nearly $7.2 billion in transportation investments in a 10-county area surrounding the city.")

Wilshire Bl. To Be Repaved Sooner Than Expected
Park La Brea New Beverly Press

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CEQA, 7th & Broadway, BRT Embraced Nationwide, 710, CAHSR, Parking Meters, Strollers & Shopping Carts & More

August 2: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro honors a local U.S. Congressman and renames a transit station for him)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Applauding The Parking Meter Reversal In San Pedro And Wilmington
Los Angeles Daily News

Are PPPs The Way To Fund High-Speed Rail Construction?
International Railway Journal

Bus Rapid Transit Gaining Traction Despite Concerns ("Localities from San Francisco to Jacksonville, Fla., are embracing bus rapid transit -- even if not everyone in the transportation community is sold on the idea.")

City Abandons Plan To Take Brentwood Sidewalk Space For Bus Only Lanes
StreetsBlog LA

Council Adds 710 Freeway Voice ("Despite Metro request for non-elected leaders, city officials join committee.")
La Cañada Valley Sun

Editorial: A Second Bullet Train Fiasco Looms
San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: Make It Urban ("As Los Angeles makes major strides in redeveloping its core, Sam Lubell offers a reminder that the urban pattern must be preserved.")
Architect's Newspaper

Foothill Freeway Sound Wall Design Gets Going ("Two barriers along Meadow Grove area should be in place by 2014, officials say.")
La Cañada Valley Sun

Governor Brown Advocates For CEQA Reform To Address Climate Change
California High Speed Rail Blog

LaBonge Wants Safety Study Of Deadly Intersection Near Park La Brea
StreetsBlog LA

Looking For Gold: Re-Imagining Public Engagement Through Crowdsourcing
Talking Transportation

The Lowdown On Shopping Carts And Strollers On Metro Buses
USC Annenberg Intersections South LA

Needed For Transit: A Sense Of Fun
Better Cities & Towns

Opinion: Piece Of Mind -- Magical Thinking Doesn't Drown The Freeway Noise
La Cañada Valley Sun

Sales Tax Collections Rebounding ("The Measure A half-cent sales tax in Riverside County and Measure I in San Bernardino County bring in about a quarter-billion dollars annually for road widening, transit service and even paving your local streets and roads.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Seventh & Broadway: Photos Of Downtown's Crossroads Through The Decades (Numerous historic photos illustrate the story of what was once the busiest intersection in the world)
LA as Subject via KCET

Streetcar Tax Goes To Voters
Los Angeles Downtown News

Three Keys To Success With Next Federal Transportation Bill
Transportation Issues Daily

Two Tales About TIGER Grants

What AASHTO, NACO And Other Acronyms Tell Us About The Future Of Professional Guidance

White House Honors California High-Speed Rail Leader For Innovation
Los Angeles Times

Will JetBlue Offer BUR-LGB Flights For Carmageddon II?

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Gold Line Foothill, Orange Line Extension, Measure R+, Caltrans, Alameda Corridor, Amtrak, XPressWest & More

August 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles makes history in breaking racial and gender barriers in transit operations)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

The Alameda Corridor Has Success Written All Over It...Except For That Boat Load Of Debt

Amtrak Shifts Strategy From Begging For Money To Thinking Big
Bloomberg Business Week

At Last, Google Maps Shows Subway Alerts (for New York, at least)
Wall Street Journal

Dec. 28, 1952: A Night To Remember As Last Red Car Trolley Leaves The Valley (personal recollection includes many of the transit photos which Alan Weeks took as a youth in the 1950s)
North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Caltrans Announces QuickMap, An Online Service For Real-Time Travel And Traffic Information
Caltrans Press Release

Can Light Rail Carry A City's Transit System? ("It can if it's built right, as in Portland or San Diego, and new research explains why.")
The Atlantic Cities
Making A Successful LRT-Based Regional Transit System: Lessons From Five New Start Cities (24p. PDF)
University Of South Florida National Center For Transportation Research

The Cost Of America's Inefficient Sprawl ("William Fulton is vice president for policy and programs at Smart Growth America, and a former mayor of Ventura, California.")

Crews Clearing Way For Gold Line Extension
Glendora Patch

Downtown Streetcar Moving: Residents Will Vote On Tax
Curbed LA

Exploring Along The Orange Line Extension

Grand Park Is Great, But Not So Grand
Los Angeles Times

LA Streetcar Project Inches Closer To Securing Local Funding
Blog Downtown

Metro Rail/Metrolink Update: Signs, Lines And Paradigms ("It’s even better that Metro has as its CEO one Art Leahy who is as customer-focused as any transit agency has ever had.")

MetroCards Could Be Pieces Of A Gigantic Urban Puzzle
The Atlantic: Cities
Turning NYC's Iconic MetroCard Into A Massive Urban Game: Willy Wonka Would Approve
Fast Company Design
MetroCard Advertising
Mayday Mayday Mayday

No More Sunset For L.A. Transportation Projects Tax?
Land Line

Planned NYC Subway Disruptions Now Part Of Google Maps
Transportation Nation

Revival Of Downtown LA Streetcars Headed For Ballot
Los Angeles Times

SEPTA Wins Best Transit Award, Deserves Some Credit (And Criticism)
Next American City

Sound Of Your City: Trains ("The NPR Cities Project has been asking listeners to tell us about the heart of their city." Includes the Metro Gold Line stopping at Mariachi Plaza Station)

Spring Street Park To Enter Construction Phase This Week
Blog Downtown

Status Of Wilshire Repaving
StreetsBlog LA

Traveler Response To Transportation System Changes Handbook, Third Edition; Chapter 16, Pedestrian And Bicycle Facilities (503p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Voters Reject Transportation Tax ("The defeat of the 10-year, 1 percent sales tax leaves the Atlanta region's traffic congestion problem with no visible remedy. It marks failure not only for the tax but for the first attempt ever to unify the 10-county region's disparate voters behind a plan of action.")
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

White House Transportation "Champions" Didn't Get There By Car
StreetsBlog DC

XpressWest Awaits Federal Loan Decision
California High Speed Rail Blog

XPressWest High Speed Rail Line Would Extend California Bullet Train To Vegas
Huffington Post

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Downtown Streetcar, Expo Line, BRT, I-710, Metrolink, Late Night Trains, Farmers Field & More

July 31: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Which major road opening was christened juice...dropped from a blimp?)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

AB2245 Update: On To The Senate Floor ("Under the current guidelines, some bike lane projects in the City of L.A. need an EIR if their traffic impacts go over specified thresholds. If AB 2245 is passed, cities and counties would instead have to prepare traffic and safety impact assessments; and then hold public hearings to discuss such impacts. This exemption would allow decision makers to still consider the traffic impacts of bike lanes, but without wasting the time and resources that an EIR process requires, allowing more effort to be placed on planning and public outreach.")
LADOT Bike Blog

Amtrak To Accept E-Tickets ("The national passenger rail service, Amtrak, said Monday that it would begin accepting electronic tickets for trips on all of its trains.")
The Hill

California Governor Campaigns For Infrastructure -- And His Legacy
Transportation Nation

Caltrans: LA Freeway Expansion Project Could Improve Public Health ("Community advocates and residents who live along the I-710 corridor ­– 70 percent of whom are low-income and minorities, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ­– agree that the freeway needs improvements. But they were skeptical that they would see air quality improvements where they live.")
Bay Citizen

Carmageddon (OC-Style) Begins Tonight At 605/405 Freeways Connector
OC Weekly

City of Culver City Named The 3rd Best Government Fleet In North America For 2012
StreetsBlog LA

Expo Line Still Up The Junction
Culver City Crossroads

High-Speed Rail Honcho Gets White House Honors
Sacramento Bee

How Much Bang Are Cities Getting From Federal BRT Bucks?
StreetsBlog DC

How Technology Transforms Public Transit: Tablets And Mobile Apps Keep Vehicles On Schedule And Riders Informed ("Lan-Chi Lam, interactive design and strategy manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, says its new Go Metro Los Angeles 2.0 app makes sense for its customers, 85 percent of whom carry mobile devices. "Our goal is to leverage that audience and convince even more people to give public transit a try.")
State Tech

Hypnotist Schools, But Not Train Stations, Get LA Freeway Signs
Curbed LA

Industry And LA County Study Fullerton Road Gridlock Fixes
Walnut Patch

Late Night Trains? Late Night Bike Rides? A New Park? The Amazing Weekend That Was In Downtown Los Angeles
StreetsBlog LA

London's Travel Network Clears Its First Olympic Hurdle

Long Beach City Staff Says 405 Freeway Plan Would Cause "Bottleneck"
Long Beach Business Journal

Metro Introduces New Late Night Hours (Interview features Steve Hymon, editor of Metro's The Source. Direct audio link)
KCRW Which Way LA

Najarian Contemplates Move To Protect Metrolink Board Seat
Glendale News-Press

Op/Ed: Touchdown Pass Or Lost Yardage -- What Will It Be AEG?
StreetsBlog LA

SEPTA Named Best Large Transit Agency In North America
Philadelphia Inquirer

Southern California Edison Has "Rights-Of-Way" Issues With BNSF Project
Long Beach Business Journal

Transportation Is A Civil Right ("What are city residents entitled to when it comes to mass transit? Do the same rights apply to road access? Does it make sense to consider access to transit or roads a civil right? If so, how does that change the policy conversation? How can city officials stay cognizant of the needs of various populations? What rights do city and state governments have with regard to their transportation systems? How can transportation officials balance the needs of everyone while staying within their budgets?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Uphill Climb For Downtown Streetcar

Why Do Freeway Sweepers Sweep During The Day?
Orange County Register

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Carmageddon II, Expo Line, LA Streetcar History, Bullet Train, Angels Flight, Metrolink, TOD, TIFIA & More

Advertising That's Squirted Into Your Nose On Your Morning Commute
The Atlantic: Cities

Antonovich Supports Private High-Speed Rail Line From Victorville To Vegas
Santa Clarita Valley News

An App That Sees And Prevents Future Traffic Jams

Bay Area To Sin City? Las Vegas Bullet Train Backers Gamble On Record Loan
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Bunker Hill Memorial Pennies At Angels Flight
Curbed LA

Bus Riders And Invasive Advertising
The Atlantic: Cities

Connector Between 605 And 405 Freeways To Close For Construction
Los Angeles Times

Denver Rethinks The Modern Commuter ("In rail expansion, authorities want to help riders live close enough to stations so they don't have to use their cars.")
Wall Street Journal

Did Poor Customer Service Kill LA Streetcars?
Carrens Notes

Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park And Its Offerings Draw Throngs ("The renovated space presents its first public events with a National Dance Day celebration. The park 'has a hip but also family-friendly feeling,' says one downtown resident.")
Los Angeles Times

Has DOT Retained A Bit Of Say-So On TIFIA?
StreetsBlog DC
Letter Of Interest For Credit Assistance Under The Transportation Infrastructure Finance And Innovation (TIFIA) Program (18p. PDF)

Holmby Hills Seeks Annexation By Beverly Hills Over Potholes
Los Angeles Times

How Your Smartphone Could Stop A Car From Running Over You

L.A. Metro Launches Late Night-Weekend Service
Santa Clarita Valley News

L.A.'s Getty Center To Shut Down During Carmageddon II In Late September
Art Info

Let L.A. Be L.A. ("Despite public outcry, Los Angeles’s political, labor, and real-estate elites almost unanimously support what Villaraigosa calls “elegant density,” pushing for the transformation of the city’s low-rise, multipolar, and moderate urban form into something more like vertical, transit-oriented New York.")
City Journal

Long Beach Transit Chief Larry Jackson Praised For 32-Year Tenure Focused On Innovation, Customer Service (The fifth longest-serving president of a transit agency in the nation has won the American Public Transportation Association's Outstanding Public Transportation Manager award in leadership and innovation excellence. He will be given the award at the annual APTA conference in October in Seattle)
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Metro Chief Asks Inspector General To Probe Expo Line Problem
Los Angeles Times

Metro Rail Lines Will Now Have Extended Service On Weekends
Culver City Patch

Metro Seeks Outside Help In Fixing Faulty Tracks Along The Expo Line
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Metro Works On Improving Distinction Between Expo Line, Blue Line
Blog Downtown

Metro's Night-Owl Hours [Began] Friday
NBC Los Angeles

Metrolink Crash Victims Want Congress To Raise Ceiling On Damages
Los Angeles Times

Money's There For A Start, Now Build Bullet Train The Right Way
Santa Monica Mirror

New Light Rail Line Opens Up World Of TOD Possibilities
California Planning & Development Report

On The Right Track: An Autocentric Culture Sets A High Bar For The Rest Of The Nation As Mass Transitted By Light Rail Chugs Ahead On The West Coast ("Before all is said and done, Los Angeles -- long stereotyped as a car-only city -- will have more than 100 miles of public transit lines, as the West Coast, home to the nation’s first light rail line in San Diego and to its most comprehensive light rail system in Portland, continues to add a slew of new rail. New lines, stations, infrastructure, and transit-oriented developments are popping up and in planning stages in and around Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. And if you count West Coast–adjacent cities such as Phoenix and Denver, there are even more. Los Angeles and Seattle are set to double their offerings while Marin and Sonoma are just beginning to add rail to the mix.")
Architect's Newspaper

A "P3" Manifesto (Clearing up the myths and misperceptions about public-private partnerships)
Urban Land

Pedestrians Distracted By Electronic Devices Stumble Into Danger, Raising Safety Concerns
Washington Post

Public Utilities Commission Take Second Look At Expo Phase II Crossings
StreetsBlog LA

Ranking The Nation's Worst Friday Afternoon Commutes (Los Angeles leads in every category)

Remnants Of The Red Car (A look back at Pacific Electric Railway transfers along with historic images from Metro Transportation Library Archive)
Los Angeles Magazine

San Bernardino Transit Center: A Closer Look
News From Omnitrans

Santa Monica Traffic, Is It Really So Bad? (Part 3, Development & The Future Of Santa Monica)
StreetsBlog LA

Sound Walls Meeting To Be Held Monday
La Cañada Valley Sun

State Transportation Departments Begin MAP-21 Implementation Process
AASHTO Journal

Streetcar Route Reduced: Funding Concerns Wipe Out Streetcar's Proposed Bunker Hill Leg
Los Angeles Downtown News

Take A Tour Around The Civic Center's Huge New Grand Park
Curbed LA

TIFIA Program A Plus, But Not A Universal Plan
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Westside NIMBYs Force Crossing Re-Review For Expo To SaMo
Curbed LA

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