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February 4: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The LACMTA Board of Directors is sworn in and meets for the first time 20 years ago today. Check out video of their first board meeting, a 10 year "look back" from 2003 and a fascinating "blooming map" of how far we have come in 20 years of transit planning, construction and operation)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

6 Quirky Facts About The Gold Line Bridge ("Snakes, baskets, and Route 66: What you wouldn’t know by looking at the San Gabriel Valley’s brand-new overpass.")
Los Angeles Magazine

America's Highway Bill Coming Due ("In California, transportation officials estimate that 60% of the state's roads and a quarter of its bridges need to be repaired or replaced, at a projected cost of $70 billion over a decade, some $52 billion more than the available funds.")
Portland Press Herald

Amtrak Train Jumps The Track, Derails Near Union Station
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Antonio Villaraigosa Rules Out Ray LaHood's Job

CEO Art Leahy Guides MTA's Transition To A Community Friendly Rail System
Los Angeles Sentinel

Commuting In The United States: 2009 -- American Community Survey Reports (20p. PDF : "At the national level, 5% of commuters used public transportation in 2009." More than 76% drive alone)
U.S. Census Bureau

Construction Begins On $75.9 Million Railroad Underpass In El Monte
Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial: LAX's Modernization Plan Must Go Forward
Los Angeles Daily News

FTA Announces Webinars On New Starts Final Rule
AASHTO Journal

A Halfway Point For Bringing Back Broadway
Los Angeles Downtown News

Is Pinterest The Next Big Social Network For Transit? ("The General Services Administration reached a terms-of-service agreement with social media platform Pinterest, which clears the way for federal agencies to use the platform. For the uninitiated, Pinterest is a web-based curation site that lets users post and share images on “pinboards” organized by themes or interests.")
The Transit Wire

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Shuts Door On Cabinet Appointment
Pasadena Star-News

Los Angeles Plans To Completely Re-Envision Pershing Square
Curbed LA
AEG Giving Seed Money To Pershing Square Effort
Los Angeles Downtown News

Metro And PDC Owner Team Up For WeHo Mega-Development
Curbed LA
Cohen Brothers, MTA Reach Exclusive Agreement For Proposed Mega Complex At WeHo Depot ("Pacific Design Center owner Charles Cohen has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to present proposals for developing a massive multi-use complex, comparable to Century City’s mall, with office, hotel, residential and retail space on the MTA bus depot lot on the southeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood. The proposed project would cover 10.9 acres, the equivalent of 10 football fields, and extend beyond the scope of many other LA shopping centers like The Grove, in nearby Los Angeles, or Americana at Brand, in Glendale.")

Metro Finally Getting Its TAP Act Together
LA Observed

One Of The Worst Mass Transit Commute Horror Stories You Will Ever Read ("WMATA's present and future reputation suffered a major setback on Wednesday night, after a fire near the Anacostia Metro station stranded multiple trains underground, without power, for several hours.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Opinion: The Future Could Be L.A.'s Legacy Of Light Rail
La Cañada Valley Sun

Pasadena Opens Its First "Bicycle Boulevard" ("The bicycle boulevard, which is the second in L.A. County, stretches about three-quarters of a mile along Marengo Avenue, from Orange Grove Boulevard to Washington Boulevard.")
Los Angeles Times

Pasadena To Unveil Dedicated Bicycle Boulevard (video)
KABC Los Angeles

Planes, Trains And Bike Paths: Ray LaHood's Transportation Legacy (subscription only)
Wall Street Journal

Quick  Hits From U.S. DOT's TRB Panel
StreetsBlog DC

Roundup Of Reactions To LaHood Resignation
Transportation Issues Daily

SFMTA Director Heinicke: Let's Get Cracking On Car-Free Market Street ("At an SFMTA board meeting this Tuesday -- the same meeting where agency staff presented a new Strategic Plan, which includes the Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategies -- board member Malcolm Heinicke called for banning private cars from Market ahead of the completion of the Better Market Street project." Market Street is San Francisco's primary transportation artery)
StreetsBlog SF

¡Sí Se Pudo!: I-710 Communities Gain Momentum for Real Transportation Solutions
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Synthesis Of Information Related To Traffic Problems: 2013 (11p. PDF)
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Transportation Sector Loses 14,000 Jobs In January
The Hill

Underpass To Replace Railroad Crossing On Baldwin Avenue In El Monte
Baldwin Park Patch

Villaraigosa Would Have Brought A West Coast Offense To The White House
Whittier Daily News

Whatever Happened To Google Wallet?

Why Homelessness Is A Transportation Issue
The Atlantic: Cities

Will A Smooth Blue Line Ride Finally Come To Long Beach? ("The gripe of Blue Line commuters coming in and out of Long Beach wrests on the fact that it’s the only stretch which doesn’t have a signal preemption system–that is, controllers for the movement of traffic that gives preference to Metro trains rather than street traffic (and not to be confused with signal priority technology used for buses).")
StreetsBlog LA

With All Eyes On L.A., Villaraigosa Signs New Bike Parking Ordinance
StreetsBlog LA

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