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A 42-Part Murder Mystery, Chronicled On The Toronto Subway
The Atlantic: Cities

The Airport Canary In The Sequestration Coal Mine ("Why is air travel the thing that the public seems to care most about? How can the public's interest in aviation be used to broaden a general understanding of infrastructure? Other than long lines, how will the aviation industry be impacted by sequestration? What about the surface transportation industry?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

APTA Launches "Early Career" Program To Develop Future Transit Leaders
Progressive Railroading
Inaugural Session: Early Career Program (2p. PDF : Deadline, March 22)
APTA Membership & Services

At Last: All Of Los Angeles Transportation History Explained In Interactive Timeline & Interactive Organization Chart (At least 220 public and private transit entities have operated transit in the Los Angeles area since 1874. Two new visual interactive tools clarify the history and complex relationships of 140 years of local transit operations)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Bicycling Moves Forward In San Diego: CicloSDias Event Announced For August (San Diego will be getting its own CicLAvia-ish event on Sunday, August 18)
San Diego Free Press
CicloSDias Website

CEQA Future Tied To Oakland's Experience
San Francisco Chronicle

CEQA Reform World Turned Upside Down By Rubio Resignation ("State Sen. Michael Rubio -- chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality and the leading advocate for strong CEQA reform in the legislature -- abruptly resigned to take a government relations job with Chevron. Then, a few hours later, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg introduced a placeholder CEQA reform bill that hinted at less-than-sweeping reform. However, the bill does call for statewide significance thresholds for land use impacts -- a potentially significant shift.")
California Planning & Development Report

Congestion Pricing Opens On The I-10, Hysteria On Hold
StreetsBlog LA

Delay Of 405 Fwy Construction Angers Commuters ("Three freeway lanes through the Sepulveda Pass will be closed this weekend as crews continue to work on the thoroughfare.")
NBC Southern California

Does Light Rail Really Encourage People To Stop Driving? ("All told, the researchers had a hard time concluding that the light rail systems, taken together, produced much of a shift away from car commuting.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Expo-Adjacent Sepulveda/Pico Mixed-User Will Have 1,795 Parking Spaces, Transit Concierge
Curbed LA

The Expo Line's Greatest Threat: The Disconnect Between Transportation And Land Use Planning ("The Expo Line is the latest example of a major transportation project that was planned, lobbied and funded by grassroots and transportation planners in order to catch up, or allow a new alternative, to worsening car traffic (in this case, the I-10 freeway)…but which is being undermined by overzealous land use planners. In particular, the greatest threats from over-densification exist at the future Expo Line stations at Exposition/Sepulveda, Bundy/Olympic and Bergamot Station.")

Franken Urges Obama To Take On Freight Rail Monopolies
The Hill

Google Maps, Now In Industrial Strength! ("GE just announced a partnership with Google to license Google maps for use in its geographic information system (GIS) dubbed Smallworld. Smallworld is a set of software tools used by engineers to help design and manage things like electric grids, pipelines, telecom networks and other large, critical systems of stuff that guys in trucks tend to keep an eye on.")

How Chairman Got SEPTA On The Track To Become No. 1 Transit Agency
Philadelphia Inquirer

Integrating Demand Management Into The Transportation Planning Process: A Desk Reference (194p. PDF)
Federal Highway Administration

Is The President Just Talk When It Comes To Infrastructure?

The Most Important Urban Design Decision Vancouver Ever Made ("In 1997, the city approved its first influential Transportation Plan. It was a game-changer for our city-making model in many ways, most notably in its decision to prioritize the ways we get around, rather than balance them. The active, healthy and green ways of getting around were ranked highest -- first walking, our top priority, then biking, and then transit, in that order. The prioritization then went on to goods movement for the purposes of business support and economic development, and lastly, the private vehicle.")
Opinion: The World Wants Vancouverism. Shouldn't Canada?
Globe And Mail (Canada)

NFL Talking To Dodger Owners About Football At Chavez Ravine
Curbed LA
New L.A. Sites On NFL's List
Sports Business Daily

Opinion: The Case For A Higher Gasoline Tax
New York Times

Redevelopment Rumored At Downtown's Huge May Co. Building
Curbed LA

Renting Your Car Out To Others Takes 14 Vehicles Off The Road

Status Of The Highway Trust Fund Under MAP-21 (11p. PDF)
Congressional Budget Office

UCLA Complete Streets Conference This Thursday
StreetsBlog LA

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