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February 28: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro's Rapid Bus program expands and plans for a Gold Line Eastside Extension are approved)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

AASHTO Members Understand That Safe Streets, Economic Strength Go Hand In Hand
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Best Transit Ride Ever! Improv Toronto Brings Aviation Style Hospitality To The Toronto Subway
Transport Gooru

A Bigger Tax Break For Those Who Take Public Transit

Check Out The Progress On The 405 Project At Wilshire
LA Observed

Could LaHood Stick Around To Oversee The Sequester Crisis?
StreetsBlog DC

County Probes L.A.'s Compliance On Transferring LAX Traffic ("Under a legal settlement, the airport authority was to send flights to Ontario and Palmdale, but a report says there have been only token efforts.")
Los Angeles Times

Do Light-Rail Systems Help Cut Down On Traffic? Perhaps Not
Washington Post

Editorial: The Future Of Pershing Square
Los Angeles Downtown News

Exploring The Metro Gold Line's Foothill Extension Phase 2A

Eyes On The "Street": TapToGo Is Down
StreetsBlog LA

For Eighth Year In A Row, The Average American Drove Fewer Miles In 2012
StreetsBlog DC

Free Muni For San Francisco Youths Kicks Off Friday
San Francisco Examiner

The Great Los Angeles Train Resurgence (A native Angeleno is pleased with the number of options for getting around)

High-Speed Rail Hearing Short On Cost Details
Sacramento Bee

How NASA Scientists Are Turning L.A. Into One Big Climate-Change Lab ("They’ve been probing L.A.’s airspace for more than a year, with the help of big-name sponsors like the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Keck Institute for Space Studies, and the California Air Resources Board. If all goes well, by 2015 the Megacities crew and colleagues working on smaller cities such as Indianapolis and Boston will have pinned down a slippery piece of climate science: an empirical measurement of a city’s carbon footprint.")
The Atlantic: Cities

How To Spend 47 Hours On A Train And Not Go Crazy ("Long-distance-train passengers tend to belong to one of four categories. The first, perhaps most obvious category is occupied by people who refuse to fly, whether because of religious beliefs, fear or health reasons, but there are fewer of these than you might expect. The second category belongs to train buffs, known less commonly as rail fans, GERFs (glassy-eyed rail fans), or foamers, a term coined by railroad employees to refer to people who became so excited by trains that they seem to foam at the mouth like rabies victims. In the United States, there are more than 100,000 train watchers, according to one estimate.")
New York Times

L.A. Port Issues Final Environmental Report For BNSF's Proposed Intermodal Facility
Progressive Railroading
Final EIR: Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) Project (links to documents)

The Map London Has In Its Head ("The simple yet elegant diagram of the city's subway network, the Underground, is hailed as a marvel of graphic design. Even if it does warp reality." The map turns 80 as "The Tube," the world's oldest subway celebrates its 150th birthday this year)
Los Angeles Times

[D.C.] Metro's Deputy General Manager Resigning
Washington Post

More California Bicycle Bills 2013

Most Federal Highway, Transit Funds Won't Be Affected By "Sequester"
Philadelphia Inquirer

No Silver Bullet For Bullet Train Funding
California High Speed Rail Blog

Reimagining The Caltrain Rail Yards ("Putting the right type of development here could knit together the surrounding neighborhoods, capitalize on the extensive transit access -- and even help pay for important transportation projects.")

Rockefeller, Lautenberg Re-Introduce Infrastructure Bank Bill In Senate
StreetsBlog DC

A Transportation Funding Power Shift

U.S. DOT To Challenge AASHTO Supremacy On Bike/Ped Safety Standards
StreetsBlog DC

Who Should Pay For Transportation?
The Atlantic: Cities

Why A Bicycle Tax Might Not Be Pointless After All
The Atlantic: Cities

Why Isn't The U.S. Better At Public-Private Partnerships? ("Few states have offices dedicated to examining increasingly popular P3 deals. Experts say it's time to copy Canada and change that.")

Would You Welcome CicLAvia To Northeast L.A.?
Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

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