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January 11: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (A new Pico/Rimpau bus terminal opens at a site that has served transit connections for more than 70 years)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

60% Of EIR Challenges Involve Infill Projects
California Planning & Development Report

Amtrak Promises Improvements In 2013
The Hill

Better, Faster And Lighter (" In short, European and Japanese passenger trains are much lighter and, consequently, faster than their American counterparts because lighter, faster trains are illegal in America.")
The Economist

Blocking Bike Lanes In Santa Monica And Putting Bike Riders At Risk
StreetsBlog LA

California High-Speed Rail Official Discusses Project During San Francisco Visit
San Francisco Examiner

CHSRA Says July 2013 Groundbreaking Still On Track
California High Speed Rail Blog

Deployment, Use, And Effect Of Real-Time Traveler Information Systems (159 p. PDF : web-only document)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Federal Transportation Policy In 2012: Looking Back On The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Mobilizing The Region

Few Women Among Possible LaHood Replacements
The Hill

"Ghost Town" Area West Of LAX Would Be Restored Under LAWA Proposal
Daily Breeze

Gov. Brown Unveils Budget, Says State Is In The Black ("After five years of crippling deficits, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that the state is in the black as he proposed a $97.7-billion budget that would increase funds for education and healthcare while still leaving money on the table.")
Los Angeles Times

High-Speed Rail Director Holds Out Hope That SF-LA Line Will Be Running By 2029
SF Appeal

How New Federal Rules Will Help Align Housing And Transportation Policy
U.S. News & World Report

Hurray For Pedestrian Improvements! Now, If Only Drivers Would Respect Them...
StreetsBlog LA

Key Source Of Bay Area Traffic Headaches Revealed By Top Researchers ("The study's authors anonymously tracked more than 350,000 Bay Area drivers using their cellphone and GPS signals -- the first time that's been done -- to gather some of the most detailed data yet on what causes our traffic jams. Caltrans and local transportation officials are now reviewing the results and plan to incorporate simple measures such as additional metering lights to spread out the volume of drivers coming from places where residents suffer the worst traffic.")
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Wiki
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Made In Tustin: Bike Nation USA ("By the end of January, people will be able to check out bicycles from kiosks around [Anaheim]. The bikes, used for short trips, can be ridden for a few miles and then returned to another Bike Nation kiosk.  The Tustin-based company is installing bicycle sharing stations in Orange County and Los Angeles...")
Orange County Register

Megabus, The Recovery Of American Downtowns, And The Resurgence Of The Bus Industry
Chicago Magazine

Metro: There Is No Contract With Caltrans For 710 Study
Pasadena Star-News

New California Transit Map Simplifies Car-Free Travel Across The State
StreetsBlog SF

New Proposed Budget Would Reorganize California Transportation
Los Angeles Daily News

Opinion: The Urban Innovation Model
Boston Globe

Questioning The Commuter Parking Subsidy
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Santa Clarita To Break Ground For McBean Park-And-Ride ("The $4 million project includes local and federal funding partners, including the Metro Call for Projects program, which provided $2.97 million, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Congestion Mitigation and the Air Quality Improvement Program from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The new park-and-ride facility at the McBean Regional Transfer Station will include 282 new parking spaces and an additional five bus bay platform to accommodate more buses.")

Santa Monica Mountains For All: Expanding The Largest Urban National Park For Green Justice

Silicon Valley Can't Get Transit Right
The Atlantic: Cities

Why The Bum's Rush For The $4.5 Billion Street Tax?
City Watch

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