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5 Ways To Make Public Transit Awesome ("From train tracks as urban gardens to bus stops as art installations, here are five exciting ways cities around the world are making transit awesome now.")
Mother Nature Network

Affordability As A Transportation Planning Goal ("The 2009 National Household Travel Survey asked respondents to rate the importance of six transport problems: traffic safety, congestion, price of travel, availability of public transit, and lack of walkways or sidewalks. Virtually every demographic group rated affordability (“price of travel”) most important.")

After [N.Y.] M.T.A. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck In The Future
New York Times

"Angelenos Against Gridlock" Protests Delays In 405 Widening
Los Angeles Times

Bay Area To Get Dual Carpool-Toll Lanes
San Francisco Chronicle

California Facing Big Challenges In Improving State Roads ("California reduced the percentage of rural interstates rated as poor from 16% to 7%. The percentage of urban interstates rated as poor fell from 25% to 16%. But congestion increased.")
Los Angeles Times

California's Chance To Wise Up On Rail Transit
San Diego Union-Tribune

Car Share Parking Attracts An Unlikely Foe In San Francisco
Transportation Nation

The Development Scene: The Latest Info On 85 Downtown Projects
Los Angeles Downtown News

Editorial: Toll-Lane Plans Shouldn't Move Too Fast
Long Beach Press-Telegram

The Effect Of Public-Private Partnerships And Non-Traditional Procurement Processes On Highway Planning, Environmental Review, And Collaborative Decision Making (153p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Project

Express Lanes: How It Works
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Four Bills That Affect California Cyclists

Four Of China's HSR Lines Profitable
Systemic Failure

Further Delays On 405 Construction Aggravate Commuters, Homeowners
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Group Wants Metro To Speed Up 405 Freeway Work
Brentwood Patch

In France, A Truly Low-Cost High-Speed Rail Option
The Transport Politic

LA Subcommittee To Discuss Metrolink Connection To ONT
San Bernardino Sun
Mapping The End Of The Road On The 405
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

New Toll Lanes On 10 Freeway ("The 14 miles of 'HOT lanes' between El Monte and downtown L.A. are part of a trial program to see if letting solo drivers pay to use the express lanes can help ease gridlock.")
Los Angeles Times

Opinion: Westside Traffic: C'mon, Council Candidates, Let's Fix It
Los Angeles Times

The Psychology Of Why Cyclists Enrage Car Drivers
BBC (U.K.)

Public Invited To Discuss Adding Lanes To I-5
Mission Viejo Patch

Redondo Beach Considers Harbor Drive / Herondo Redesign Plans
Easy Reader

Statement On Sequestration, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
U.S. DOT Press Release

Steinberg Submits SB 731 To Reform CEQA
California High Speed Rail Blog

Take A Tour Of Abandoned Subway Tunnels Beneath Los Angeles (photo-essay)
Business Insider

Today's Sign That America Is Falling Behind On Transport Policy
StreetsBlog Network

Toluca Lake NC Supports Bike Lanes On Vineland
North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Transportation: Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates -- Where They Stand
Los Angeles Times

Valley Landowners Drop Suit Against High-Speed Rail
Fresno Bee

What If A City Wants More Transit Than Its Neighbors, But They're All In One Transit Agency? ("Most agencies rely on their voters to approve their basic revenue raising authority. So what happens if the voters over the whole agency area give transit a resounding "no," but parts of the area -- a core city for example -- does value transit and is willing to pay for it? And what should happen in the many urban regions where the whole region will pay for a low level of service but certain communities within it -- usually including the core city -- want to pay for a higher level of service.")
Human Transit

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