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DOT Secy LaHood, 405, Transpo Pension Overhaul, CAHSR, Union Station, HOV Lanes & More

Breaking: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced he will not stay for a second term, but will remain at DOT until a successor is confirmed. Read the U.S. DOT Press Release and his announcement to fellow DOT employees.

405 Widening: OCTA Board Talks Options
Orange County Register

Bill Would Exempt Thousands Of California Public Employees From Pension Overhaul ("Three months after lawmakers enacted public pension rollbacks, a new measure has surfaced that would exempt thousands of public transportation workers from the law. The bill's author and its union sponsors say it's a necessary, narrow and reasonable tweak to the pension statute that will keep billions of federal dollars flowing into California.")
Sacramento Bee

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Class-Divided Cities: Los Angeles Edition
The Atlantic: Cities

Environmental Lawsuit Against State Bullet Train Settled ("The authority has faced three suits combined that were brought under the California Environmental Quality Act. In addition to the Chowchilla case, they included one brought by Madera Farm Bureau, Madera County, the Chowchilla Water District and others that allege the authority failed to consider all of the impacts of the project. The third suit involved a private company. The two remaining suits are going forward.")
Los Angeles Times

I Will Not Serve A Second Term; But We Have More Work To Do
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

It's Official: LaHood Is Out
StreetsBlog DC

LaHood To Leave Transportation Department
New York Times

Major Mixed-Use Plan Announced For Fashion District Downtown
Los Angeles Times

Malibu Receives $14 Million For Pacific Coast Highway Projects
Malibu Patch

Metro Seeks Input For Union Station "Master Plan" Through Online Survey
Blog Downtown

Metro: Toll Lanes To Begin On 10 Freeway On Feb. 23
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Move LA Huddles With Business, Enviro, Transportation Leader At Annual Conference This Friday (includes complete conference agenda)
StreetsBlog LA

MTA Outreach Meeting On "710 Gap" Proposals Draws Strong Crowd
Pasadena Sun

[N.Y.] MTA Looking Into Tech That Will Alert Officials Of Riders Falling On Tracks
New York Post

Port Of Long Beach Approves Billion-Dollar Harbor Project
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Renderings Released For New Spring Street Parklets
Blog Downtown

Senior Citizens Drive Infrastructure Spending

A Short History Of Traffic Engineering (very short!)

South Park Tower Begins; What Do You Want At Union Station
Curbed LA

Will It Take An Earthquake To Bring The Subway To The Sea
Huffington Post

You Need Us To Tax Us, So Create Us A Nexus! ("The taxpaying public, as beleaguered as it is, remains committed to creating and fixing quality transportation/infrastructure projects and is probably willing to raise taxes in order to do it, so long as...")

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