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January 24: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles Railway debuts a new "car de luxe" and Arthur Winston, "Employee of the Century," begins work for Los Angeles Railway in 1924)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

America High Speed Rail Seeks A Standard Bearer
Earth Techling

Boulevard Revitalization And Neighborhood Change In Northeast Los Angeles

Can We Finally Declare Peace In The "War On Cars"? ("The "war on cars" trope has long been a favored talking point for anti-bicycle and anti-transit types. But this survey and others seem to indicate that it might, at last, be wearing a bit thin, no matter how much the auto warriors try to whip up their troops.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Combatants Clash Over Subway Trivia At NY Transit Museum ("About 170 contestants formed into teams and jammed around tables in a low-ceilinged room to grapple with 60 questions posed by quizmasters Stuart Post and Chris Kelley. The museum is housed underground in the former Court Street subway stop in Downtown Brooklyn. The space has no internet connection so the trivia buffs were forced to rely on an antique information device: the human brain.")
Transportation Nation

Confronted With Congestion Pricing, People Clamor For Transit, Gas Tax
StreetsBlog DC

Could These Crazy Intersections Make Us Safer?
The Atlantic: Cities

Crenshaw/LAX Metro Light Rail Could Deliver Passengers And Jobs
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Downtown L.A.'s Edgy Arts District Is Neighborhood In Transition ("The arts district is drawing comparisons to New York's meatpacking district, where trendy shops, restaurants and offices have taken over industrial buildings"...but the concern is that gentrification will drive out low-paid artists who can no longer afford to live there)
Los Angeles Times

Drivers Cover Just 51% Of U.S. Road Spending
StreetsBlog DC
Gasoline Taxes And Tolls Pay For Only A Third Of State & Local Road Spending
Tax Foundation

Here Are SoCal's 40 Planned Transportation Projects ("Here's a full list of all the projects, with their names, their status, and their pricetags.")
Curbed LA

I Rode The Entire L.A. Metro In A Single Day ("And yet there is that whole $5 day pass thing -- you can ride any train, and any bus, in the entire metropolitan system, with just one pass. Which got me thinking: How far could you stretch it? You could ride from one end of L.A. County to another in a single day. Other than hustling chess at the library, it might be the cheapest way to kill a day in Los Angeles — and potentially much more interesting.")
LA Weekly

Innovations To Watch (Highlight's Los Angeles' "Bottom-Up Federalism -- Local-Driven Federal Infrastructure Reform" : "For the second year in a row, the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation identified the Top 10 State and Metropolitan Innovations to Watch -- actions undertaken by states and metropolitan areas in 2012 that seem ripe for meaningful impact in 2013 and beyond, as well as for replication by other communities...Mayor Villaraigosa built and led a national coalition of local elected officials with business, and labor leaders to secure federal support for this solution. As a result, the federal transportation reauthorization bill passed in June 2012 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21) included major enhancements to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, expanding lending capacity from $1.2 billion to $17.0 billion and broadening project eligibility.")
States, Metro Areas Outdo Washington

LA River Could Be Open For Summer Fun In Atwater Village
Curbed LA

Mica Gets Transportation Subcommittee Posts
Transportation Nation

Monthly Fee For Metro FasTrak Transponders On Chopping Block
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Ontario To LA In 20 Minutes? Councilman Backs High-Speed Rail
CBS Los Angeles

Opinion: Want Better Roads? Kill The Gas Tax

Road Diets Are Changing American Cities For The Better
StreetsBlog DC

Transportation: Less Funding, More Traffic
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Watch Bergamot Station Gallery Be Demolished For Expo Line
Curbed LA

Which Comes First, Contactless Transit Fares Or Widespread Adoption Of Contactless Credit Cards?
The Atlantic: Cities

Will Vehicle-Mile Fees Be A User Fee Or A Tax?
Cato Institute

WMATA Wants Longer Trains, More Tunnels, Better Service
Greater Greater Washington

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