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40th Anniversary Special: The Buildings That Shaped Downtown
Los Angeles Downtown News

As Gold Line Ridership Plateaus, Metro Looks To Add Speed
Curbed LA

Biking In L.A.? (Gulp) You Bet! ("A transplanted Midwesterner learns that, with a little care and a lot of luck, it can be done. And it sure beats sitting in traffic.")
Los Angeles Times

Bill Would Merge Transportation, Planning Agencies: Goal Is Increased Transit Use, Elimination Of Duplicate Services
Chicago Tribune

Boehner Calls Obama's Bluff On Infrastructure (But Who Will Call Boehner's?)
StreetsBlog DC

Bus Service Partnership Allows Option For California Trip
Las Vegas Review-Journal

California High-Speed Rail, Amtrak Partner To Research Joint Train Purchases ("The two agencies could order as many as 60 trains over the next 10 years.")
Campbell Patch

Car-Share Could Be Hitting Local Streets
Santa Monica Daily Press

City Of Beverly Hills Files Lawsuit In Federal Court To Block Subway Funding (2p. PDF)
City Of Beverly Hills Press Release

Courier Correct! Mayor Brien Gives In / City Of Beverly Hills Sues Feds On Metro Tunnels
Beverly Hills Courier

Downtown NFL Stadium Off For Another Year: No Team In 2013
Curbed LA

Editorial: Beverly Hills Subway Spat ("Concerns about the proposed route beneath Beverly Hills High School have become part of the mayoral campaign there.")
Los Angeles Times

"Fix It First" Fantasy ("Is an immediate investment in infrastructure really important? Would it make more sense to figure out a way to fix our long-term funding needs? What do Obama's consistent requests to Congress do for the overall attention to infrastructure? The White House says there has been progress since Obama first took office -- 300,000 miles of U.S. roads repaired, 22,000 bridges repaired, and 6,000 miles of rail improved. Did that make a difference?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Gaming For Good: Smart Phone Game Supports Bike Advocacy
The Transit Wire

Gas Tax Hikes Or Pay-Per-Mile: How Should The U.S. Fund Roads?
The Car Connection

Governments Look For New Ways To Pay For Roads And Bridges
New York Times
Major State Transportation Legislation, 2012 (5p. PDF)
National Conference Of State Legislatures

High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains
Passenger Rail And Freight Rail Are Friends, Not Enemies
California High Speed Rail Blog

Investing In Transportation Could Save Billions In Energy Costs, Says Report
AASHTO Journal
Energy 2030: Doubling U.S. Energy Productivity By 2030 (34p. PDF)
Alliance To Save Energy
Report Summary (16p. PDF)

Korean Mass Transit Moving Towards Wireless Power
Slash Gear

LA City Planning To The People And The Pols: Drop Dead, We Know Better

LASD Continues Campaign Of Intimidation Against Metro Customers
StreetsBlog LA

A "Little Disappointment" That Big Blue Bus Is Behind The Times ("City Council hears update on when the bus system will have real-time signs and mobile apps.")
Santa Monica Patch

Metro Continues Transit Manners Campaign With New Platform Decals
Blog Downtown

Metro Warns Expo Construction Will Snarl Traffic
Santa Monica Patch

Metrolink Explains Why It Hasn't Fixed Its Long-Standing Accounting Problems
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

New Toll, Carpool Lanes Considered For 5 Freeway In Northern Los Angeles County ("Metro officials are looking into building a new combination of toll and carpool lanes along 13-1/2 miles of the Golden State (5) Freeway.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Opinion: An MTA Power Play ("Even as the mayor's race plays out in full public view, a behind-the-scenes political fight is being waged that could bring further change to the MTA board. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, joined by representatives of a few local officials in the San Gabriel Valley and elsewhere, are attempting to oust Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian from his MTA seat -- which some see as punishment and others as a power grab..")
Los Angeles Times

Permits Approved For Rail Line Between LA And Las Vegas

Prolific Westside Developer Planning 150 Apts. For DT SaMo ("150 new units in Santa Monica, near the future Expo Line terminus.")
Curbed LA

Ray LaHood: "It's Not Just About Emissions" ("This is the third and final installment of our exit interview with departing U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. In the first, he talked about his proudest accomplishments, why he decided to leave, and why it’s important to fund bike/ped improvements with federal dollars – and he made it clear he’s still not giving us any answers about where to find more money for transportation. In the second, he talked about Republicans who get it, why TIGER was a game-changer – and he let slip some good news about the Chicago Riverwalk. Part three is more of a grab-bag — I hadn’t expected to get almost 40 minutes one-on-one with the secretary!")
StreetsBlog DC

"Red Car Mural" Debuts As San Marino Celebrates Its Centennial ("A mural celebrating San Marino's Pacific Electric Railway trolley system made its official debut last week, a gift to the city to mark its centennial anniversary.")
Los Angeles Times

Santa Monica Braces For Expo Line Extension
KABC Los Angeles

Santa Monica Officials Rethink Lincoln Boulevard Bus Lane
Santa Monica Lookout

SCAG Sees Longer Economic Recovery Period, With L.A. County Trailing Orange County
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

U.S. DOT's First-Ever Freight Plan May Include 3,000 New Highway Miles ("It’s hard to believe, but, despite the fact that freight makes up 25 percent of all transportation emissions, the nation has never had a strategic plan for how to move goods.")
StreetsBlog DC
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Establishes National Freight Advisory Committee
U.S. DOT Press Release

Wash. Lawmakers To Propose 10-Cent Gas-Tax Hike
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Westside Neighborhood Council Discusses Bike Lanes For Westwood Blvd
Rancho Park Online

Working Through The Evolving Legacy Of Metropolitan Transportation Planning (10p. PDF : "A featured article in the November-December 2013 issue of the TR News present the developments, influences, and workings that have shaped the practice of metropolitan transportation planning during the last 50 years. The urban planning provisions of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 were considered pivotal in the transition of the highway program from a rurally oriented, civil engineering–based activity to a new framework that had a major urban component and that was multimodal, interdisciplinary, and involved local officials.")
TR News

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