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Measure J, El Monte Bus Station, IE CicLAvia, Transit, Safety, GHGs & More

October 12: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The end of the line for Pacific Electric's streetcar line that took passengers directly to the Catalina dock)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

The Avenues Streetscape Project
City Of West Hollywood

Beverly Hills School Board Opposes Tax Measure For Transit Projects ("Saying Measure J will only accelerate plans to tunnel underneath Beverly Hills High School, the school district’s Board of Education on Thursday said they unanimously voted to oppose the November ballot measure.")
Los Angeles Times

CBS In Nasty Fight For Los Angeles MTA Advertising Contract

CicLAvia Is Coming To Claremont And Pomona!
Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition

Do You Trust The Gang At Metro To Manage Another 90 Billion Of Your Dollars? Say No To The Measure J Slush Fund

FTA Gets New Safety Oversight Over Transit Agencies ("FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff tells Governing that historically, entities called State Safety Oversight agencies are tasked with the job of monitoring transit safety. But many SSO agencies – like the one in D.C. – are “two-bit” operations that, in some cases, have just a single employee and basically only exist on paper. In some cases, the supposed watchdogs actually rely on the very transit agency they oversee for funding.")

Have You Seen The Yes On Measure J Website Yet?
Move LA

How Far Can You Live From An Interstate Highway? (The top seven towns furthest from an interstate may all be in one state)
The Atlantic: Cities

Human Factors Guidelines For Road Systems, 2nd ed. (319p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Job Fair Links Businesses With Highway Builders ("Sponsored by the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Nov. 29 event aims to link local companies with the construction firms that will widen freeways and expand transit service in the area.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

LA Back On Track (video : "We're moving transportation in Los Angeles forward -- through unprecedented investments in infrastructure we're doubling our miles of mass transit, expanding car pool lanes, and adding more bike ways. And we're putting thousands of Angelenos to work building a smarter, safer and greener transportation network.")
Inside The Mayor's Office via YouTube

L.A. Metro Completes $60M Bus Station Revamp ("The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) revamped and expanded its El Monte Bus Station. It is set to open to the public on Oct. 14.")
Metro Magazine

The Latest Metrolink TAP Solution
StreetsBlog LA

Maps Shows Exactly Where LA's Greenhouse Gases Come From 
Curbed LA
New Technology Maps Greenhouse Gas Emissions At The Street And Neighborhood Level

Mass Movement: Trolley Dances In Riverside

Measure J Transit Tax Extension Holds Narrow Margin In Internal Poll, But Needs More Campaign Cash To Win
LA Weekly

Pico Rivera Officials Preview $74 Million Underpass Project
Whittier Daily News

Silverlake Celebrates Its Newest Sidewalk ("The completion of a new sidewalk does not usually draw a crowd, let alone three TV news crews and a pair of Los Angeles city councilmen...")
Eastsider LA

Transit Tax May Hurt Gov. Brown's Prop. 30, L.A. Supervisor Says ("Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas warned Thursday that a Nov. 6 ballot proposal to extend a countywide transit tax could doom the $6-billion tax measure sought by Gov. Jerry Brown in the same election. Ridley-Thomas told an audience that having Measure J, which would extend a sales tax for public transit by 30 years, on the same ballot as Proposition 30 will prompt voters to be wary and contribute to their belief that “the only thing we want to do is tax them.” If Brown’s measure fails, he added, counties already struggling with the “realignment” of the state’s incarceration system will face new budget cuts.")
Los Angeles Times

We Won't Get More Women On Bikes Until We Have More Stores That Cater To Them
The Atlantic: Cities

When Will We See A Department Of Transportation And Land Use?
StreetsBlog Network
The Silos Of The Status Quo
Strong Towns

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Measure J, Gold Line Foothill, Rose Bowl Traffic, Cleantech Corridor, Anaheim Streetcar, HSR,

October 11: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (SCRTD purchases property critical to the development of Metro Rail)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

$1-Billion Village At USC Approved By L.A. Council Panel
Los Angeles Times

Anaheim Station May Get Disneyland Streetcar Connection
Curbed LA

Construction Authority Considers Adding Electric Charging Stations To Future Parking Facilities (Gold Line Foothill Extension)

Demographic Data For A Changing Nation (For planners searching for hard to find historic census data in a GIS-ready format, the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) may be the one-stop shop you've been looking for)
American Planning Association

Director Lauds Short-Term Bullet Train Benefits ("During a presentation Wednesday, Oct. 10...members of the Riverside County Transportation Commission focused on what the state’s $69 billion bullet train plan will mean for workers struggling now, not commuters in 2025 or beyond.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Federal Grant To Boost L.A.'s Cleantech Corridor ("A Commerce Department agency has awarded the city of Los Angeles more than $2.1 million toward constructing and equipping the La Kretz Innovation Campus in downtown’s Clean Tech Corridor and Arts District.")
Los Angeles Business Journal

Free Ice Cream For Those Named Ben Or Jerry At The New Union Station Shop
Blog Downtown

Maps, Times, And Dates, Oh My!: Your Guide To Seeing The Endeavour This Weekend
StreetsBlog LA

MassDOT Secretary: "We Will Build No More Superhighways" ("The Bay State’s Transportation Secretary, Richard Davey, has launched a “mode shift” campaign, saying in no uncertain terms that it’s time for people to get out of their cars and onto trains, buses, bikes, and their own two feet.")
StreetsBlog DC
MassDOT Goal: Triple Travel By Bicycle, Transit, Walking
Commonwealth Conversations Transportation

Measure J Hopes To Extend Half-Cent Transportation Sales Tax
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Minnesota Cities Upgrade To Address Crosswalk Danger (Looks at a host of technologies, from thermoplastics to video sensing systems, that local leaders in Minnesota are hoping can make crosswalks safer for pedestrians amid rising incidences of fatalities)
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Muni Expects $942 Million In Central Subway Funding
San Francisco Examiner
S.F. Central Subway Subject Of Suit ("A day before federal transportation officials are expected to give $942.2 million to the controversial Central Subway, opponents of the project on Wednesday filed suit to stop construction of a station with a Union Square entrance.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Neighborhoods Critical Of NFL Impacts On Rose Bowl ("An NFL team would bring 25,500 to 27,700 vehicles to the Rose Bowl on game days, backing up traffic at 58 intersections in the area, according to the draft environmental study.")
Glendale News Press

Santa Monica Can Bar AIDS Walk From Bus Ads, Judge Rules
Santa Monica Lookout

Stealth Density ("Barbara Bestor's Blackbirds [in Echo Park] gives a single-family look to high-density housing that puts pedestrians and cyclists first.")
Architect's Newspaper

To What Extent Is Rail Transportation Investment At Risk?
Progressive Railroading

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CicLAvia Going Monthly?, Orange Line Art, ARTIC, Amtrak, Metrolink, Transit At The Ballot Box & More

October 10: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Pacific Electric moves deep into the San Fernando Valley with service to "Girard")
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Amtrak Plan Targets Human Trafficking ("Transportation workers, including Amtrak police, train conductors, and ticket counter staff and others come into contact with thousands of people on a daily basis, making them well positioned to identify situations that don't seem quite right.")
USA Today

Amtrak: We Broke Another Ridership Record, 49% Growth Since 2000
Transportation Nation

Anaheim Considers Adding Streetcars Near Disneyland ("Plan would take passengers from ARTIC transit hub to Disneyland, Convention Center, other stops on 3.2-mile route.")
Orange County Register

ARTIC Groundbreaking Signals Orange County's Transportation Gateway Is Underway
Mass Transit

Bus Riders Union, LA Groups, Beverly Hills Join To Stop Measure J
Beverly Hills Courier

Calif. US Senators Call For Federal Probe Into High Gas Prices
CBS Los Angeles

California Moves To Reduce Gas Prices
New York Times

Critics Say Universal City Ped Bridge Is Not Pedestrian-Friendly
Curbed LA
Critics Question $20M Pedestrian Bridge At Lankershim Boulevard
Los Angeles Daily News

Getting Started With Open Data: A Guide For Transportation Agencies (13p. PDF)
New York University Rudin Center For Transportation Policy And Management

How To Expand Your Transit Network Without Expanding Its Budget
StreetsBlog Network

Infographic: How Far Can You Travel On A Single Subway Fare In Major U.S. Systems?
Transportation Nation

L.A.'s CicLAvia Bike Ride Might Become A Monthly Event
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink, San BAG Hold Groundbreaking For EMF Expansion Project
RT & S

Redesigned MetroCards Confusing Tourists And New Yorkers
DNA Info

This Could Be The Biggest Year Ever For Transit At The Ballot Box ("Next month, 19 transit-related measures will come before voters. If the rest of this year is any guide, 16 of them will pass.")
StreetsBlog DC

Toronto Charts A Path To Car-Free Streets ("Proprietors are telling us this is our busiest day of the year,” said Jonathan Parfrey, a board member of L.A.’s CicLAvia, which held its fifth annual festival Sunday. “We’ve found there is some economic development taking place.")
Globe And Mail (Canada)

Translations: Artists Of The Metro Orange Line (exhibit : "Features the works of twenty artists commissioned for the Orange Line dedicated busway. Presenting artworks that reflect the artists’ studio practice alongside their Metro commissions is intended to provide insight into the many ways artists translate their methods and materials to create works of art for public transportation sites.")
Los Angeles Valley College

Upcoming: Ciclavia Comes To Claremont / Pomona...
Center Line Rule

USC Should Engage In City's Bike Culture
USC Daily Trojan

Watch A City Aglow In Greenhouse Gas Emissions ("This image comes from the Hestia Project, a software system just developed by researchers at Arizona State University that can estimate greenhouse gas emissions across a city’s landscape, right down to its individual buildings and roadways.")
The Atlantic: Cities

"Where" Matters: Shaping Public Services For The Mobile Citizen ("Advertisers aren't the only ones that can benefit from mobile devices' location-based services. The technology gives government an opportunity to deliver public services in remarkable new ways.")

Why, Oh, Why Doesn't Long Beach Have A Ciclovía?
StreetsBlog LA

Your Commute Just Got Faster And Greener ("The newly finished signal synchronization project has increased travel speed up to 32 percent, according to the The Orange County Transportation Authority.")
Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

Your Federal Government: Episode 11 -- Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center (video : "Director from the Volpe Transportation Systems Center sits down with Diane LeBlanc to discuss their role in the Federal Government and community. As well, features on-site interviews with staff at the Volpe Center.")
via YouTube

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L.A. Road History, Privatizing Amtrak, Gas Prices, CicLAvia, Bikes & Economy, Dodger Stadium & More

51 Years Of Trying To Beat The Traffic At Dodger Stadium
LA Observed

Bikes Aren't Just Good For You, They're Good For The Economy, Too ("The information in this hand graphic makes it clear that spending money on bike infrastructure can have far-reaching positive economic impacts.")
Fast Company Exist

California's High Gasoline Prices Pushing Some People To Mass Transit
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Caltrans: L.A. County Drove More During Second Carmageddon ("In comparison to the Saturday before the I-405 closures in 2011 and 2012, there was a larger reduction in miles traveled during Carmageddon I, which led to a much greater reduction in delay time.")
Pacific Palisades Patch

CicLAvia Successfully Rides Again
StreetsBlog LA

Downtown Target And $40 Million Mall To Open Sunday
Los Angeles Downtown News

Enjoy The "Track": Seattle Hip Hop Meets Public Transit And Transit Safety

High-Speed Rail: Taken For A Ride (A 30-minute in-depth look at the controversies surrounding California's bullet train proposal)
My Fox LA
Fox 11 In LA Continues Its Attack On High Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

Major Chunk Of 405 Freeway To Close Nightly ("Here's the latest closure data for some of your favorite routes, courtesy the Orange County Transportation Authority.")
Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch

Metro Set To Hold Meeting On Subway To The Sea Oct. 10
Beverly Hills Courier

More Bikes Sold Than Cars In Italy For The First Time Since WW2
Business Insider

My Way Or The Highway: Why Mega-Roads Rule The City ("To the great and everlasting post-mortem about who or what killed public transportation in Los Angeles...let's add an entrant to the conversation that has been hiding for sixty-five years in plain, sprawling sight. That suspect: the Collier-Burns Act.")

NJ Transit Terror Texting Program Brings In More Than 300 Tips
Daily Record

Opinion: Roads And Public Transit Can Work Together
New York Times

Parking Rates & Pedicabs
StreetsBlog LA

Revisiting Privatization In Intercity Rail ("Over the past few weeks, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) has convened a series of hearings on the failures of Amtrak, America’s independent -- but fully federally owned -- national rail operator. Mr. Mica has used the meetings to wage an ideological crusade against the railway, arguing that it is too inefficient and expensive to continue receiving subsidies. Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has also advocated selling Amtrak.")
The Transport Politic

Scenes From CicLAvia's New Expo Park And Chinatown Spurs
Curbed LA

Taking MARTA Private (A debate on the pros and cons of privatizing Atlanta's transit system)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

While The California PUC Cracks Down On Ride-Sharing, Sidecar And Lyft Commit To Staying On The Road
Tech Crunch

Why It Matters: Infrastructure (Where President Obama and Governor Romney stand on various infrastructure issues. "Experts warn the resulting infrastructure and innovation deficit is jeopardizing our global economic competitiveness. Traditionally nonpartisan territory, spending for transportation and other megaprojects is now routinely caught up in politics, with Democrats and Republicans divided over how to pay for public works and which ones.")
CBS Money Watch

You Pay The Toll: Where Should That Money Go? (Five different opinion leaders sound off)
New York Times

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Anaheim's ARTIC, Alameda Corridor, CicLAvia Wrap Up, Gas Prices, Parking, 710 & More

Alameda Corridor Authority Obtains Bids For Baldwin Avenue Grade Separation Work
Progressive Railroading

Anaheim Transportation Center Picks Up Speed ("The $184-million project is being praised as iconic and futuristic by some. To others, it's the "Crystal Cathedral of train stations.")
Los Angeles Times

As Gas Prices Rise, Gov. Jerry Brown Orders Early Sale Of Cheaper Winter-Blend Fuel
Los Angeles Daily News

Between The Lines ("That prized garage space or curbside spot you’ve been yearning for may be costing you -- and the city -- in ways you never realized. A journey into the world of parking, where meter maids are under siege, everybody’s on the take, and the tickets keep on coming.")
Los Angeles Times

Chu, Schiff See 710 Study Differently ("Differences in their districts inform their points of view on the issue.")
La Cañada Valley Sun

CicLAvia Bikers Pass By USC Area For First Time
USC Daily Trojan

CicLAvia Brings "Sea Of Bicycles" To L.A. Streets
Los Angeles Times

CicLAvia Finishes Without Problems, L.A. Police Say
Los Angeles Times

CicLAvia Heads Down A New Road
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

CicLAvia Offers Los Angeles Bike Fans A Chance To Rule The Streets
Pasadena Star-News

Construction Deadline Bearing Down On Inland Rail-Crossing Projects
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Crowds Celebrate The Completion Of Downtown's Grand Park
Los Angeles Times

Delays May Threaten Valley High-Speed Rail Funds
Fresno Bee

Federal Officials Are Crafting Uniform Safety Rules For Metro, Other Subways
Washington Post

Gold Line Construction Watch, ObamaLAvia Arrives Sunday
Curbed LA

LAPD Wants People To Stay Away From Endeavour Transport Route

A New "Golden Age Of Oil" In The U.S.? Don't Believe It

Obama's Dream Is Abe Lincoln's Train, Not Amtrak ("U.S. President Barack Obama wants to jump-start a world-class high-speed rail network, but Republican candidate Mitt Romney wants to end Amtrak’s run as a government- controlled, subsidized rail company. This debate mirrors the larger conflict between Obama’s optimistic vision of a public sector that enriches our lives, and Romney’s skepticism about what the government actually delivers.")

A Really Big Guide To CicLAvia On The Eastside

Sen. Feinstein Calls For FTC Investigation Into High Calif. Gas Prices
The Hill

Shoup To APA: Let Planners Lead On Parking Requirements

Temporary Playground To Turn Kids Into Planners
Next American City

Was Traffic Worse Than Normal This Week?
Brentwood Patch

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