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January 28: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (A 1976 proposal for 183 miles of rail rapid transit across Los Angeles County (half of it overhead) and ground is broken for the Metro Green Line)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

40 Miles To Work, On A Bike ("Mr. Edstrom usually commutes alone (not counting the coyote family that regularly greets him near the town of Hawthorne and trots alongside his bike), but he is one of a growing number of people who commute by bike from far-flung suburbs in Westchester County, New Jersey and Long Island, many of them riding year round even as temperatures drop well below freezing.")
New York Times

AC Transit Wins State's Highest Environmental Award
Daily Californian

Amtrak Improves Customer Service For Passengers With Hearing Loss
The Transit Wire

Analytical Procedures For Determining The Impacts Of Reliability Mitigation Strategies (268p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Bicycle Corral Update
LADOT Bike Blog

California Still Hasn't Bought Land For Bullet Train Route ("Construction is supposed to start in July. High-speed rail officials say they can do it. But they face resistance from landowners, and if the schedule slips, costs could grow too high.")
Los Angeles Times

Car-Sharing Services Grow, And Expand Options
New York Times

Chinatown's Gold-Line Adjacent Blossom Plaza Still Not Moving
Curbed LA

Cognitive Dissonance In Transportation Funding
New Urbanism Blog

Cubic Acquires NextBus
The Transit Wire

Downtown Street Will Close For Expo Work ("The eastbound lane of Colorado Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets will close permanently.")
Santa Monica Patch

An End To The Gas Tax?

The Federal Role In Surface Transportation Funding
The Transport Politic

Final LAX Expansion Plan Unveiled
NBC Southern California

Freight Demand Modeling And Data Improvement (170p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Freight Demand Modeling And Data Improvement Strategic Plan (39p. PDF)

National Cooperative Highway Research Program

L.A. Becoming More Bike Friendly, Thanks Partly To The Mayor's Elbow ("In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists for the first time put L.A. on its list of Bike Friendly Communities. Thousands of Angelenos who never cycle-commuted or even rode at all are now doing so. Based on the experience of cities like Paris, which saw traffic congestion drop by 7% after it installed an extensive bike-sharing and bike route program, L.A.'s new focus on cycling adds to a legacy of transit projects (such as the Expo Line) that Villaraigosa hopes to leave behind when his tenure ends in June.")
Los Angeles Times

KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Leaders Promote Moving Forward At Santa Monica's State Of The City ("With the Expo Light Rail line arriving in Santa Monica potentially as early as 2015, both City and County leaders used the event to celebrate the future without taking an eye off the present...Martha Wellborne, Executive Director of Planning for LA Metro, addressed the 300 some attendees about the future of light rail and subways in Los Angeles County...Also addressing the State of the City was Richard Thorpe, CEO of Exposition & Construction Authority... and Pam O’Connor was honored for her contributions in moving Santa Monica forward.")
Santa Monica Mirror

Wall Street Journal

Opinion: Has America Lost Its Infrastructure Edge? ("Once the world's No 1 in infrastructure, the US is now ranked 14th...China, which spends 9% of its gross domestic product on transport compared with America's 1.7%, is held up as an example of a country that gets it right: It is China, not the US that has the most bullet trains in the world. It is China that boasts the world's largest ports…China is now home to six of the world's 10 busiest container ports, while the US is home to zero.")
South China Morning Post

Pasadena Patch

Pedestrians And Cyclists Pledge To Keep The Peace On L.A. River Path
Eastsider LA

The Planners (New television series : "The Planners lifts the lid on the decisions behind planning approvals and refusals. In this observational documentary series, we'll tell the story through the eyes, ears and drawings of the Planners themselves - the people who interpret the rules, evaluate the proposals and make the recommendations.")
BBC (U.K.)

Poll: MARTA Riders Have Stronger Connection Than Nonriders To Atlanta Region (The results of a new poll show that even in a notoriously sprawling metro, transit riders have a stronger connection to their neighborhoods and the larger region)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sepulveda v Woodley: Metro Weighs Options For Orange Line/FlyAway Connections
StreetsBlog LA

Smart Transportation Funding ("Motorists don't want to pay more than they do now, but transportation infrastructure is costly and there are no magic solutions. It is up to transportation professional -- planners, engineers and economists -- to tell the whole story: some funding options solve more problems than others. It is up to us to communicate this important concept to decision-makers and the general public during transport funding debates.")

"There's Just Too Much Traffic;" Metro Hosts Open House To Address 710 Freeway Options
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Transportation Funding Changes Could Be Coming
Fox & Hounds

Two Spring Street Parklets Set To Open In February
Blog Downtown

Uh Oh: Metro Now Naming Stations To Honor People
LA Observed

Westchester Plans To Improve Sepulveda Boulevard Sidewalks
Daily Breeze

Wider I-405 Expansion May Get Another Look ("New membership on the OCTA might bring the matter to another vote; directors to hear a briefing on plans Monday.")
Orange County Register

You Don't Have To Be Superhuman To Commute By Bicycle
The Atlantic: Cities

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