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March 8: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Bids are open for a new Arroyo Seco Bridge on the Colorado Freeway in Pasadena in 1951.  Check out some rarely seen renderings for proposals to replace the original 1913 structure)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

$333 Million In New Funding Awarded To Upgrade Transportation And Expand State's Economy ("Notable local projects that received funding allocations are: $28.3 million for Phase II of the Exposition Light Rail, Culver City to Santa Monica.")
Caltrans Press Release

Bay Area Tops New "Mega-Commuter" Census List Defining The Worst Trips To Work
Mass Transit

California Bullet Train Faces New Challenges
Sacramento Bee

CicLAvia To The Sea On Sunday, April 21 ("Los Angeles celebrates 15 miles of car-free streets from Downtown to Venice Beach.")
PR Newswire

Congress Comes To The Bike Summit
StreetsBlog DC

Congressional Republicans Still Trying To Kill California HSR
California High Speed Rail Blog

Construction Authority Approves Locally Preferred Alternative For Gold Line Foothill Extension From Azusa To Montclair And Certifies Final Environmental Impact Report (PDF)
Metro Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority

Council OKs Streetcar Operating Plan
Los Angeles Downtown News

Downtown Party Trolley, Yes...Leimert Park Expo Stop, No
City Watch

Fewer Commuters Head To O.C.: More Are Driving To San Bernardino County For Jobs, According To Survey
San Diego Union Tribune

Freeway Expansion Still On Track ("Plans for the expansion of the 101/23 freeway interchange in Thousand Oaks, a regional transportation project meant to relieve traffic congestion, have entered the fast lane.")
Thousand Oaks Acorn

Ghost Riders On Orange County 91 Express Lanes ("Express Lanes spokespeeps give big numbers that dwarf The Wrongly Ticketed: 12 million trips a year, 350K citations, just 900 errors. Why the errors? The computer can’t always accurately read the tags. Humans do not always catch the error before the ticket goes out.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

GlobeSherpa Raises $1.3 Million To Sell Transit Tickets On Smartphones ("A Portland startup that sells transit tickets over smartphones, has raised $1.3 million in additional investment to help finance a national rollout...TriMet is now testing the technology.")

Gold Line Authorities Approve Azusa-Montclair Extension
Pasadena Star-News

Harbor Board Unanimously Approves SCIG Freight Rail Yard Project; Community Groups Outraged
StreetsBlog LA

In Violation Of MAP-21 Promises, House Votes To Cut Transportation Spending
StreetsBlog DC

L.A. Harbor Commissioners OK Rail Yard Near Port
Los Angeles Times

LaBonge: Looser Parking Restrictions Would Make Car Share More Attractive
StreetsBlog LA

Long-Distance Commuting Hits A Wall
StreetsBlog DC

Los Angeles Enters Running To Host 2024 Summer Olympics
NBC Southern California

Los Angeles Throws Its Hat In The Ring For 2024 Olympics
Los Angeles Daily News

New Video Details Agreements To Build And Buy Passenger Rail Cars In U.S.: FRA Administrator Szabo Interviewed At NGEC Annual Meeting

Peninsula Agency Approves "Blended Approach" Plan For High-Speed Rail
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Port Of Los Angeles OKs EIR To Move Railyard Project Ahead
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Private Contractor Struggles To Deliver Public Bus Service, Records Show ("Cash-strapped cities embracing private contractors as saviors of their public transportation systems may find a cautionary tale in Fairfield. The suburban city halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco was the headquarters of MV Transportation, a rising star in public transit outsourcing. But the company failed to deliver the bus service it promised its hometown, emails, documents and interviews show.")
California Watch
What's Driving Privatization Of Public Transit?
Bay Citizen

A Tax On Bikes? Hit The Road, Some Cyclists Say
Los Angeles Times

Villaraigosa: Los Angeles Wants To Host The 2024 Olympics
Los Angeles Times

Villaraigosa Says Improving Economy May Cut L.A.'s Budget Gap ("Two days after L.A. voters defeated a sales tax hike that some had called vital to ending the budget crisis, the mayor says city's projected $216-million deficit could be cut by more than half.")
Los Angeles Times

Why New York City's Open Data Law Is Worth Caring About
The Atlantic: Cities

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