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January 22: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The birth of the "SigAlert")
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Boyle Heights Residents Get Gift Of Bike Lights
StreetsBlog LA

By The Gallon Or By The Mile? States Look For New Highway Revenue

California Engineers Question High-Speed Rail Oversight
Silicon Valley Mercury News

California Hispanic Population Will Be State's Largest Ethnic Group In 2013, Report Predicts
Huffington Post

Congestion Pricing Or Using Congestion As Policy
Road Pricing

The Final 5 Options For Closing The 710 Freeway Gap
Curbed LA

Firm Retained To Study Multi-Modal Transit Connections At Airport
Burbank N Beyond

Gas Tax Revenue Down, Officials Eye Mileage Levy
ABC News

Highland Park Doesn't Want Transit Village Threatening Parking
Curbed LA
Questions Remain After Transit Village Presentation
Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

In Second Inaugural Address, President Obama Says Building Infrastructure, Combating Climate Change Part Of "Obligation"
Transportation Nation

Independent Wheelchair Securement (32p. PDF : "Explores development of an aisle-side containment device to enable users of wheelchairs to safely and independently use rear-facing containment on large buses, in lieu of the current standard, a four-point tie-down wheelchair securement system.")
Transportation Research Board's IDEA Program

Infill Projects Survive CEQA Challenge More Often
California Planning & Development Report

Is This Solar-Powered Half-Electric Bicycle With A Roof The Future Of Transportation? ("The Elf, which just finished a massive run on Kickstarter, combines the best elements of an electric car, a motorcycle, and a bicycle, and it’s manufactured right here in the U.S. There’s something for everyone to love.")
Fast Company Exist

"It's Like Costco": Why Calif. High-Speed Rail Is Teaming Up With Amtrak
Transportation Nation

Long Beach Parklets Lead Way In Southern California's Newest Urban Planning Trend
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Metro Gold Line Service To Increase On Weekends
Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch

Metro Releases Final Alternatives Analysis Report For 710 Study
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

MTA Unveils Final Proposal For 710 Freeway Gap ("The analysis by the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority focuses on five options -- down from an initial 39 -- for reducing traffic and providing better transportation access in the area between the end of the 710 Freeway in Alhambra and the 210 Freeway in Pasadena. They include a “no build” option, better managing street traffic flow, bolstering rapid bus transit, light rail transit and constructing a controversial tunnel to connect the freeways.")
Los Angeles Times
State Route 710 Study: Alternatives Analysis Report (183p. PDF)

Next Stop: Justice -- Race And Environment At The Center Of Transit Planning (32p. PDF : Advocates for San Francisco’s low-income communities have issued a new report calling for policy changes intended to improve Muni service, increase mobility for transit-dependent San Franciscans, reduce pollution from driving, and improve the city’s economy. "San Francisco spends $9.5 million per year to implement its “Proof of Payment” (POP) fare enforcement program, and recovers only $1 million in lost fares.")
People Organized

Obama Becomes First Prez To Walk Down A Bike Lane On Inauguration Day

Only In LA: No Parking None Of The Time ("We need to eliminate another nuisance: Street signs with contradictory messages. Here are some I've collected over the years...")
LA Observed

Opinion: L.A. Imagined -- The City That Isn't ("Imagine the city that would exist today if the best proposals for remedying its ailments had been realized.")
Los Angeles Times

Open Thread: Big Dig Alternative Analysis Released
StreetsBlog LA

Planning Commission Approves Metrolink Station ("A Metrolink station planned for Perris passed an administrative hurdle and is headed for construction.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Regional Connector Work Coming To Alameda
Los Angeles Downtown News

Seeking The Transit-Friendly Highway
Minneapolis Post

SFMTA Invites Public To Name Tunnel Boring Machine
The Transit Wire

Traveling The Entire Length Of California By Local Transit
The Atlantic: Cities

Why 3D Modeling Will Play A Huge Role In Tackling Rapid Urbanization
The Atlantic: Cities

Will Drivers Pay More For California Highways? ("California has the nation's third-highest fuel tax, more than 50 cents a gallon, but is among the lowest states in having motorists and other transportation users pay for their services through fees and taxes. In fact, the organization calculated, California's users pay for less than a third of building and maintaining streets, roads, highways and transit services.")
Sacramento Bee

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Work On The 8.5-Mile Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line Set To Begin Later This Year
Long Beach Press-Telegram

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