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January 7: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most important speeches in local transit history -- a 1963 vision for the future of local transportation that even included TAP-like "magic eye" machine-readable fare media...and a subway to Westwood by 1968. Read the speech here)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

3 Keys For Drawing Drivers To Mass Transit
The Atlantic: Cities

5 Questions: Omnitrans' Milo Victoria (GM/CEO of San Bernardino County transit agency)
Metro Magazine

$53.7 Million Will Go To Widening 15/215 Freeway Interchange In Devore
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

2013: The Year Ahead In High Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

$3-Billion Road Repair Bond Measure Proposed For L.A. ("The measure would need a two-thirds majority to pass. 'The No. 1 complaint we get in our office is the condition of our streets,' one councilman says.")
Los Angeles Times

Artists Take Metro Commuters On Another Kind Of Journey ("Established in 1989, the Metro Art program has commissioned more than 300 artists and poets to create artworks for 80 stations. "The customers' experience is essential," said Maya Emsden, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's deputy executive officer, creative services. "Art is a wonderful, engaging way to transform their journeys into something pleasant.")
Los Angeles Times

Author Jeff Speck Explains What Makes A City Walkable
Transportation Nation

The Best Bike-Sharing Program In The United States: How D.C., Of All Places, Made It Happen

Bicycle-Shaped Signals, Which Are Common Overseas, Now Used In At Least 16 U.S. Cities
USA Today

Call For "Outside The Box" Transportation Solutions In New Competition
AASHTO Journal

CEQA Reform Takes Shape For 2013
California High Speed Rail Blog

China: Govt Ramps Up Investment In Metro Systems
Mass Transit

Colorado Boulevard Bridge Work Begins ("The bridge is part of the $733 million project to extend the Gold Line 11.5 miles between Pasadena and Azusa.")
Arcadia Patch

Does Fiscal Cliff Deal Reduce Odds For A Federal Gas Tax Increase?
Transportation Issues Daily

Downtown Preview: Looking At Six Central City Mega-Projects
Los Angeles Downtown News

Editorial: A More Competitive Port Is The Promise Of Two Critical Infrastructure Projects
Los Angeles Daily News

Greater Opportunities for TOD (" TOD has strong potential as a revenue-raising mechanism and could become more popular as federal funding becomes more limited. Giving states and localities more flexibility and narrowing the federal focus could free up more funds for projects that can accomplish national goals, and TOD can often be a part of those types of investments. But more changes are needed to maximize the potential for TOD and improve federal policy further. These include the following:...")
Metro Magazine

Here Are All The LA Mayoral Candidates' Traffic-Busting Plans
Curbed LA

Here It Is: The Ultimate Absurdity In Transportation
StreetsBlog DC

Highland Park History: Neighborhood Is Home To City's First Automated Crosswalk
Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

How El Camino Real, California's "Royal Road," Was Invented
LA as Subject via KCET

I-215 Changes Coming ("Drivers will see some changes on Interstate 215 through downtown San Bernardino next week as transportation officials work to complete the six-year widening project.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Implementing Innovative Transportation Solutions (video)
AASHTO Transportation TV

Increasing Bicycle Mode Share Leads To Growing Need For Bicycle-Specific Traffic Signals
State Smart Transportation Initiative
(Infographic depicting how they work)

Inside China's High-Speed Rail Triumph ("The recent launch of China’s Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail -- the longest high-speed line in the world -- is more than a technological triumph. It’s also a much-needed propaganda boost for the country’s Railways Ministry, buffeted in recent years by fatal accidents, high-level scandal, and skepticism about safety standards.")
Daily Beast

L.A. City Councilmen Propose Massive $3 Billion Bond To Fix Streets

LaHood: "We're Not Giving Up On High-Speed Rail" In California
StreetsBlog DC

Mapping The San Fernando Valley In 1924 ("The part of Los Angeles known simply as “the Valley” is shown here in 1924, before the housing booms and freeways changed the landscape radically.")
Los Angeles Magazine

Mayoral Candidates Split On Westside Subway Route ("Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti strongly supported the plan, while both Councilwoman Jan Perry and attorney Kevin James called for alternative routes, citing hazardous conditions, such as methane gas, that make tunneling a risk.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Mobile App Download Available For TRB 2013 Annual Meeting
Transportation Research Board

Monrovia's Gold Line Maintenance Yard Work In Full Swing ("Old buildings have been demolished and work is under way on a $160 million Gold Line maintenance and operations yard on 24 acres in the southeastern part of the city.")
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

New Mexico DOT Launches Virtual Road Planning
Government Technology

The Next Generation DOT
Strong Towns

Nine Questions You Will Never Ask Again Thanks To The MTA's New Subway Arrival App
New York Magazine

Officials Ponder People Mover At LAX ("An ambitious plan to build Los Angeles International Airport a people mover system, relocate access roads and shift many vehicle movements to a new surface transportation terminal on 96th Street will go before a public meeting next week.")
Hermosa Beach Patch

Pomona Council Set Consider Options For 71 Freeway Widening Project
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Researchers Say Waze Data Could Help Prevent Accidents
Giga Om
Data Mining Opportunities In Geosocial Networks For Improving Road Safety

Revised Ad Policies Helping Transit Agencies
Metro Magazine

Rim Around San Fernando Valley "Suitable" For National Park System Inclusion

Santa Monica Names Its Light Rail Stations ("City planners want to tweak what's been proposed so far by the county transit agency.")
Santa Monica Patch
Santa Monica's Three Expo Light Rail Station Names To Be Discussed Tuesday 
Santa Monica Mirror
Expo Light Rail Station Names Within The City Of Santa Monica
Santa Monica City Council Agenda Item

Should I Stop Or Should I Go? Early Traffic Signals In Los Angeles
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Top 50 Traits Of A Great Transit Manager (4p. PDF : "What traits and skill sets are important to becoming a great public transportation leader? METRO surveyed more than 200 transit executives to find out.")
Metro Magazine

Transit Chief To Announce $135 Million For Light Rail
Sacramento Bee Steps To A Walkable Community (audio)
Transportation Radio

Westchester Group To Push Mayoral Candidates On LAX Pledge
Daily Breeze

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