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February 13: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro launches Gold Line express service)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

AASHTO Applauds President Obama's Consistent Message On Transportation
AASHTO Press Release

APTA Applauds President Obama For His Vision To Create A Strong Economy With American Jobs Through Transportation Infrastructure Investment
APTA Press Release

BART Considers Rebuilding 2 SF Stations ("Two of BART's busiest San Francisco stations could be on track for a $900 million expansion, complete with new tunnels, elevators and extra platforms to boost rider capacity.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Before Its Time: Burbank's Experimental Monorail ("Between 1910 and 1912, curious passengers climbed aboard the Aerial Swallow and enjoyed a breezy ride down through Fawkes’ estate. But the test runs failed to win over a skeptical public. When the Pacific Electric Railway demanded from Burbank $40,000 to extend its tracks into the suburb, Fawkes proposed instead a monorail line to connect the suburb with downtown Los Angeles.")
LA As Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Caltrans Unveils Draft State Rail Plan
Railway Age
California State Rail Plan 2013: Draft (380p. PDF)
Fact Sheet (2p. PDF)
California State Rail Plan Website

Chattanooga Bike-Share: Lessons For Smaller Cities
StreetsBlog DC

Cities Work On 710 Coalition ("Pasadena officials lead effort to conduct study of proposed 710 tunnel themselves.")
Pasadena Sun

Documenting Subway Travel's Most Intimate Moments
The Atlantic: Cities

Here's A Primer On Regional Connector Work For DTLA's Flower ("Though some business owners are so fearful of coming construction for the Regional Connector subway line -- which will link the Blue, Gold, and Expo Lines and reduce transfers -- that they've dropped a few lawsuits on the project, it won't be that scary.")
Curbed LA

The High Cost Of America's Bad Roads And Bridges
CNN Money

High-Speed Rail Project Waiting On $5.5 Billion Government Loan ("The nation’s first privately funded high-speed rail line, which would connect Las Vegas with Southern California, remains in a holding pattern, awaiting a decision on a federal government loan, a representative of the company said today.")
Vegas INC

High-Speed Train Project At Least Months Away From Start ("At best, it could be another 18 months before any ground is broken on the XpressWest project - the same time frame backers gave the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2009.")
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Insights Into Devolving Federal Transportation
Transportation Issues Daily

Mayor Should Control NYC Transit System
2nd Avenue Sagas

McClatchy Muckrakers Expose Seedy Underbelly Of The Highway Bonanza ("With their far-reaching and well-researched three-part series, published last Sunday, Tate and Gordon brought stories of highway corruption and waste to a mainstream print audience. They spent four months researching the series, digging into 15 years of campaign finance records and interviewing leaders inside and outside of the transportation field."America’s highway system,” they wrote, “once a symbol of freedom and mobility envied the world over, is crumbling physically and financially, the potentially disastrous consequence of a politically driven road-building binge.")
StreetsBlog DC

Members Of Senate's Primary Transportation Policy Subcommittee Announced
Transportation Issues Daily

Metro To Close Stretch Of I-405 From Montana To Getty Center ("Three northbound lanes on the 405 freeway through West Los Angeles will close for 55 hours starting March 1.")
Santa Monica Patch

Mica Revives Amtrak Privatization Effort
The Hill

Monrovia Officials OK Settling $106 Million Station Square Lawsuit
Pasadena Star-News

New Route, Major Changes In LB Transit Began Yesterday
StreetsBlog LA

Plan Will Demolish Soto Street Bridge, Rework Traffic
EGP News

President Proposes A "Fix-It-First" Program For Roads
StreetsBlog DC
Why Obama's "Fix-It-First" Approach To Infrastructure Matters
StreetsBlog Network
SOTU: President Cites Structurally Deficient Bridges In Calling For "Fix It First" Program
Transportation For America

Ray LaHood Defends President Obama's Passenger-Rail Strategy

Ray LaHood Was, Surprisingly, The Right Man For The Job

The State Of American Passenger Rail Is Good...And Getting Better
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

U.S. Public Transportation To Face Bumpy Road In 2013 ("Transportation bonds secured by grants from the U.S. government will suffer this year from uncertainty stemming from unpredictable federal funding and a still-tepid economic recovery, Standard & Poor's rating services said on Tuesday.")

What The Future Of American Train Travel Will Actually Look Like
Mother Board

What's The Deal? The Trolley And The Airport (Why San Diego's trolley doesn't connect to the airport and plans to change that)
Voice Of San Diego

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