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February 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The landmark McClure Tunnel opens, and the birth of Metro coincides with the opening week of the Metro Red Line. We even tracked down a few photos of current Metro CEO Art Leahy on opening day here and here)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

710 Freeway Coalition Faces Growing Efforts Against Linking The Route To 210
Pasadena Sun

Before L.A. Became A Car Town, Commuters Actually Rode Mass Transit ("You can still take a virtual journey on one of the cherry-colored trams, thanks to this documentary footage of the very last Red Car to ride from downtown L.A. to Long Beach. Shot in April 1961, the film shows the rather nice interior of the cars, which have attractive rows of lights and pull-strings for passengers to signal stops. Its distressed orangish tint, meanwhile, kind of makes it look like the commuters are taking the Nonstop Express to Hell, as their blatting vehicle passes under the unfinished Santa Monica Freeway, through Watts and Compton and over the Los Angeles River.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Celebrating Grand Central, Then And Now (Read the February 2, 1913 New York Times article on the opening of Grand Central Station -- it turns 100 tomorrow)
New York Times
At Grand Central, A Century Of Connections
Wall Street Journal
How Grand Central Terminal Survived The Wrecking Ball -- And Lived To 100
Transportation Nation

China Transportation Briefing: 5 Trends To Watch In China's Urban Transport In 2013, Part One
The City Fix
Part Two Of Article

Editorial: We Don't Want High-Speed Rail Here
MyFox LA

Enviros Praise LaHood As "Unexpected Champion Of Green Policies"
The Hill

Gas Tax Loses Favor As Governors Look For New Transportation Money

If Pols Won't Raise The Gas Tax, How Else Will They Fund Transportation?
StreetsBlog Network

The L.A. That Might Have Been ("A spiraling, 1,290-foot tower built of magnesium. A rapid-transit system with hundreds of miles of subways and elevated tracks. A comprehensive network of parks, beaches, and open spaces linked by greenbelts and parkways. These are just a few unrealized visions for Los Angeles featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum, "Never Built: Los Angeles." Features archival resources from Metro Transportation Library & Archive)
LA as Subject via KCET

LAX Neighbors Plead With Airport Officials Not To Change Runway Configuration
Los Angeles Daily News

Metro Releases Alternative Analysis Report On 710 Study
EGP News

Najarian Gains Schiff's Support In Fight To Keep MTA Board Seat ("Congressman asks selection committee to reconsider councilman's December ouster from MTA board.")
Glendale News-Press

National Press: StreetsBlog Provides Your Antonio Villaraigosa Cheat Sheet
StreetsBlog LA

New Parking Plan Treats Montana Like Santa Monica Boulevard ("The plan calls for a big reduction in the amount of parking future developers would have to build, and in "transit oriented districts," such as on Montana Avenue and Santa Monica and Wilshre boulevards, the requirements would be scaled back the most.")
Santa Monica Patch

Next Stop For Mayor V: Washington? Next Stop For Metrorail: LAX?

Pasadena's First Bicycle Boulevard Is A "Go"
Pasadena Sun
Photo Gallery

Preparing Transportation For Climate Change
The Energy Collective
Systematic Impacts Of Climate On Transportation: Workshop Held By The Office Of the Secretary Of Transportation (26p. PDF)

Rethinking The Gas Tax: Suddenly It's The Theme Of 2013
Transportation For America

Say Hi To The Pink 'Stache: Lyft Ridesharing Comes To L.A.
StreetsBlog LA

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