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February 11: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Southern California Rapid Transit District launches an extensive marketing campaign during a national energy crisis)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Bay Area Leaders Consider Merging Region ("The region, which amounts to the world's 13th-largest economy, should continue to boom if they coordinate their planning and consider merging transit systems, police and fire services and even city governments...One simple start would be to get the 27 separate transit systems that residents currently navigate to look and feel like one, with the same paint, fares and a merged schedule.")
Associated Press via KTVU

Big Blue Bus February Service Change Begins Today
Santa Monica Mirror

Bike Lanes Lead To Traffic Woes, Students Say
USC Daily Trojan

Could You Give Up Your Car For Lent?
StreetsBlog Network

Cycling Advocates To President: We'd Like Another Ray LaHood, Please
StreetsBlog DC

East Is East And West Is West ("In Los Angeles at least, west and east do meet. If you're paying attention, you experience the meeting point as you turn an obtuse angle at Hoover Avenue and pass from the orthogonal American grid to the bent grid of Spanish colonial law. Jeremy Rosenberg on these pages summarized the clash of empires embedded in asphalt. I've offered an explanation, too. In Los Angeles, even the streets remember our differences.")

Echo Park Residents Worry About The Traffic Blackbirds Development Will Bring
Eastsider LA

Expanding Rail Service From Coachella Valley To Los Angeles Could Make Commuting Easier
Desert Sun

Fixing A Secret Cause Of Urban Traffic ("According to the Federal Highway Administration, a significant amount of city gridlock can be attributed to restrictions on freight movement, like a lack of space for trucks in cities. By one estimate, 947,000 hours of vehicle delay annually can be attributed to delivery trucks parked curbside in downtown areas.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Former Gov. Granholm, Noting Past Swipes At GOP, Dismisses Cabinet Talk
The Hill

Gas Prices In L.A. County Rise To Highest Level In State
Los Angeles Daily News

Gold Line Growing Train Culture In Pasadena, L.A. ("Briskie begins his day on the 4:36 a.m. Gold Line to Union Station, the very first train. From there, he takes the Purple Line to Wilshire and Western, then the Metro 720 express bus to Wilshire and Westwood Boulevard. He frequently says his 1 hour, 20 minute train ride (slightly longer in the p.m.) is the best time of his day...He calls driving on the freeways "prehistoric.")
Whittier Daily News

A High-Speed Train Would Help Palmdale Grow And Benefit Las Vegas ("XpressWest [formerly DesertXpress] initially was slated to run only between Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif., but agreements reached last year extended it 50 miles west to Palmdale.")
Vegas INC

How American Cities Are Making The Transition To Protected Bike Lanes
StreetsBlog SF

How The 2012 Election Results Could Shape Rail Industry Issues
Progressive Railroading

L.A. And Orange Counties No. 2 In U.S. For Traffic Delays ("Washington takes top spot, with the average auto commuters stuck in traffic an average of 67 hours a year. And as the economy picks up, congestion may worsen.")
Los Angeles Times

Monrovia Officials To Weigh Settlement With Developer Over $106 Million Station Square Lawsuit ("City officials Monday will consider settling a $106 million lawsuit from a developer tapped to create an ambitious transit-oriented development near the future Gold Line Station.")
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

MTA Provides Free Transit Passes To 1,300 Emancipated Youths ("The first of its kind in the nation, the six-month-old program is a joint effort between MTA and the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services.")
Santa Clarita Valley News

New Documentary Promotes Passenger Trains In U.S.
Transportation Radio via Planetizen

New Wilshire Grand Design Unveiled
Los Angeles Downtown News

New Wilshire Grand To Include "Sky Lobby," High-Tech Elevators And One-Of-A-Kind Helipad
Blog Downtown

OCTA Directors To Closely Review Anaheim's Streetcar Project
Voice Of OC

Once Route 91 Makeover Finished, Toll Lanes Coming To I-15
San Diego Union Tribune

Planners Pointing (New social media site pokes fun at planners' predeliction for pointing)
Planners Pointing via Tumblr

Project Management Strategies For Complex Projects (186p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

San Bernardino County Lawsuit Could Bankrupt Upland, City Manager Says ("San Bernardino County's lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies in which the county seeks to recoup a portion of a $102 million legal settlement could force Upland into bankruptcy court.")
San Bernardino Sun

Should Feds End Role In Transportation Funding And Policy?
Transportation Issues Daily
Committee Hearing To Focus On Federal Role In America's Infrastructure (February 13)
U.S. House Committee On Transportation & Infrastructure

Should We Replace The Term "Congestion Pricing"?
The Atlantic: Cities

Stuck In Traffic? Welcome To The Club ("What problems are caused by unreliable traffic patterns, as opposed to more steady gridlock? How can the variability be mediated? How important is transit reliability in easing congestion on the roads? What constitutes "reliable" transit? Are there ways to make congestion patterns more predictable, even if the roads are still crowded? Understanding that budgets are tight, what ideas offer the best bang for the buck in combatting traffic?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Transit-Oriented Development Typology Strategy For Alleghany County (126p. PDF)
Reconnecting America
Executive Summary (13p. PDF : "This Transit-Oriented Development Typology Strategy is designed to provide a framework for understanding what these transit-oriented investments are, where they can leverage the greatest economic potential, and how they can be funded and implemented. Each station area in Allegheny County’s system has its own set of implementation needs to support transit-oriented development. The typology offers a framework for prioritizing and understanding these needs at a glance. There are additionally seven strategies that agencies and advocates can deploy to support and catalyze momentum for transit-oriented development across the entire transit system, regardless of place type.")

What Would Ideal CEQA Reform Look Like?
California High Speed Rail Blog

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