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Westside Subway Extension, Division 7, 5 Freeway Widening, Green Streets, HSR, Amtrak & More

February 7: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (New tunneling technology and landmark legislation in 2007 reversing a 20-year old ban on extending the Metro Purple Line pave the way for a Westside Subway extension)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Caltrain Seeks New Deal With High-Speed Rail ("Caltrain and the California High-Speed Rail Authority are crafting a new relationship that embraces the “blended system” on the Peninsula and the two parties are currently looking to scrap two old agreements for a new one...The blended system is expected to cost about $1.5 billion.")
San Mateo Daily Journal

Complete Green Street Opens Saturday (Ocean Park Boulevard)
Santa Monica Dispatch

Courier Flushes The Truth Out Of Metro -- Again
Beverly Hills Courier

Deborah Hersman For Transportation Secretary? She Ducks Comment ("Deborah Hersman, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, is a top candidate for the cabinet post, reports say.")
Christian Science Monitor

Does Riding Transit Make You A More Committed Citizen?
StreetsBlog DC

DOT Contender Sidesteps Questions About Succeeding LaHood ("National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman, who is a possible contender to become Transportation secretary, said Wednesday that future appointments would not affect her agency's current investigations.")
The Hill

EPA Provides Tools For Sustainable Communities / Smart Growth Policies Can Help Achieve Environmental Justice Goals
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News Release
Creating Equitable, Healthy, And Sustainable Communities: Strategies For Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, And Equitable Development (88p. PDF)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of State Toward Zero Deaths Program (20p. PDF : "Since 2001 approximately 30 U.S. states have adopted programs to reduce traffic fatalities to zero with names such as Vision Zero, Target Zero, or Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). TZD is now being promoted as a national strategy by a coalition of transportation and safety groups...Statistical tests on these four programs support the conclusion that implementing TZD programs accelerates the reduction of fatality rates.)
University Of Minnesota

Expect Detours As 5 Freeway Gets Extra Lanes ("New phase of Interstate 5 Corridor Improvement Project starts Wednesday.")
NBC Los Angeles

Help Kill The Term "Congestion Pricing" (And "Congestion Charge")
Human Transit

LaHood: "America Is One Big Pothole"
The Hill

Los Angeles Left In The Bicycling Dust Again
Wild Bell

MTA: When A Feasibility Study Became A Plan ("Wehoville got it wrong when they reported there was a “plan” to redevelop the MTA bus depot in West Hollywood, say the parties interviewed by WeHo News about last week’s article, causing much unnecessary anxiety and outrage.")
WeHo News

New York Expanding Nation's Biggest Transit Hub
Associated Press

Power To The Parklet
Architect's Newspaper

So God Created Transit: A Fitting Response To Dodge Ram's Super Bowl Ad
StreetsBlog DC

Streetcars Could Return To Downtown Seattle After 70+ Years

TTI Congestion Scores Prove Road Expansion Isn't The Answer
StreetsBlog DC

A US High-Speed Rail Network Shouldn't Be Just A Dream ("There are social and commercial benefits to high speed rail. My map of what's possible drew supporters from coast to coast.")
The Guardian (U.K.)

Visualizing How Poorly Amtrak's Route Network Serves Most Of The U.S.
The Atlantic: Cities

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