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February 21: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Southern California's Mount Lowe Railway opened 111 years ago today. Check out several rarely seen photographs from the Metro Library collection of what was once the steepest railway in the world, attracting more visitors than either Yosemite National Park or Catalina Island)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

An App That Tells You How Walkable A Street Really Is
The Atlantic: Cities

Beverly Hills Sues Federal Government Over Subway Aimed At Local High School
LA Weekly

Bike Lane Draft EIR Goes To Public Hearing
Rancho Park Online

CicLAvia Unveils Official Map For 4/21 CicLAvia To The Sea (The new route for Sunday, April 21 runs from Union Station all the way to Venice Beach, primarily along Venice Boulevard)
StreetsBlog LA

Cities Group Worried About Funding In Obama Infrastructure Plan
The Hill

City Files Federal Environmental Lawsuit In Subway Case (p.4+ of 20p. PDF)
Beverly Hills Weekly

Evaluation Of Methodologies For Visual Impact Statements (160p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Fact Sheet: The President's Plan To Make America A Magnet For Jobs By Investing In Infrastructure

Final Environmental Impact Report For Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension From Azusa To Montclair (Azusa To Montclair Extension) Project (links to documents)
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

Final L.A. Traffic Signals Synchronized; Rosendahl Lauds Effort
Pacific Palisades Patch

Kevin James Clarifies Position On Subway Station
Century City News

L.A. Bus Buy Creates New U.S. Jobs...Let's Make Sure Other Cities Follow Suit ("L.A. Metro awarded a $305-million contract for 550 clean-fuel buses to New Flyer Industries, a Canadian company with dedicated manufacturing plants in the U.S. The bus order means that the company will expand its factory operations in St. Cloud, Minn., add a third shift, hire 150 women and men from the local community and create another 50 jobs in Los Angeles. L.A. Metro took a longer-term view of how "big-ticket" transportation purchases -- most of them supported by federal funds -- can stimulate high-quality jobs and manufacturing in the United States.")
Huffington Post

Making Your City More Walkable? That's Not "Zoning"
StreetsBlog DC

Map: 6th CicLAvia Biking Event Heads To Venice Beach In April
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Metro Diary: Three Trains, A Tourist, Some Eager-Beaver Sheriffs, And A Former Foster Child...All In The Space Of An Hour
StreetsBlog LA

The Myth Of The Commuting Criminal ("Research has repeatedly shown that crime doesn't necessarily accompany transit, but that lingering fear still threatens new transportation projects.")
The Atlantic: Cities

New Report Shows How NYC Could Cut 90% Of Its Carbon Footprint By 2050
Inhabit New York City
90 By 50: NYC Can Reduce Its Carbon Footprint 90% By 2050 (56p. PDF)
Urban Green Council

Oppose The Expo Line Or Wilshire Bus Only Lanes? Then You Probably Want To Fight Bike Lanes Too
StreetsBlog LA

Public Debt And The Quest For Efficiency ("Now certainly is the time public officials should look at repairing their infrastructure. Historically low interest rates -- for both tax-exempt and taxable debt -- provide an opportunity to inject necessary capital much more affordably. Much of our infrastructure that is most in need of repair is deteriorating at a rate that far exceeds current interest rates. This means, for example, that not repairing a bridge for the next four years might incur an annual cost three times higher than borrowing for repairs would, taking into account the rate of deterioration as well as the increasing cost of materials.")

Readers Respond To Proposed Bike Lanes
LA Observed

Solo Drivers In Carpool Lanes? Lawmaker Wants Freeway Reform
CBS Los Angeles

Transit News Shorts From Around The Region: FlyAway Fare Hike, Najarian v Antonovich, LOSSAN And More...
StreetsBlog LA

Twice As Many Gold Line Trains Will Run On Weekends
Pasadena Sun

Urban Planner James Rojas Reminds Us To Shut Down The PowerPoint
Next City

Villaraigosa Celebrates Bike Plan Progress, Rallies For More
StreetsBlog LA

White House Infrastructure Plan Shifts Focus From New Building To Repair
Transportation Nation

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