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March 20: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro unveils new rapid bus stations along Ventura Boulevard)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2013 Infrastructure Report Card
American Society Of Civil Engineers
California Report Card (Grade: C, "California has 1,395,563 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail," with 68% of roads in poor or mediocre quality costing motorists $586 per hear and 2,978 structurally deficient bridges)
Is ASCE Failing To Tell America To Spend Wisely On Infrastructure?
StreetsBlog DC

America's Infrastructure Earns A "D+," Which Is Actually An Improvement
The Atlantic: Cities

America's Most Obvious Tax Reform Idea: Kill The Oil And Gas Subsidies
The Atlantic

CEQA In The 21st Century ("Series on California's landmark environmental law, featuring voices from around the state sharing their views, as lawmakers look for common ground and revisit the role the law will play in our economy.")
California Economic Summit

Cities Without Highways (Excerpt from City 2.0: The Habitat Of The Future And How To Get There)
Next City

Crumbling Infrastructure? ("But is America’s infrastructure really crumbling? For highways and bridges, the government’s own data show that the answer is generally no.")
National Review

Dynamic Delivery Of The National Transit Database Sampling Manual (138p. PDF)
University Of South Florida National Center For Transit Research

Econometric Models For Public Transport Forecasting (407p. PDF)
New Zealand Transport Agency

Editorial: For L.A., NFL, Big Questions Now Are About AEG
Los Angeles Daily News

Final Piece Of Downtown Streetcar Funding Falling Into Place
Curbed LA

A Freeway For Bicycles? It Happened In Pasadena
LA As Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

High-Speed Rail Study Finds That Remote Cities Benefit From Connection To Global Hubs
UCLA Newsroom

How Park-And-Ride Encourages Car Use
The Atlantic: Cities

LA County To Hire Outside Consultant For Jails Revamp Plan
Los Angeles Times

LA's Jail Building Plan Needs Further Study, Say County Supervisors
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Long Beach Taking Votes For Metro Station Re-Naming
CBS Los Angeles
Naming Of The Transit Mall Station (poll)
City Of Long Beach

Metro Gold Line Unveils New Interactive Maps, Detailed Info About Construction
Pasadena Star-News

The Morning Plum: A Nation Of Keynesians ("72% support a “federal government program that would spend government money to put people to work on urgent infrastructure repairs.” This is also backed by 71% of independents and 53% of Republicans.")
Washington Post

The Neighborhoods With The Best And Worst Commutes In LA
Curbed LA

New Threat: States Robbing From Education To Pay For Highway Expansion
StreetsBlog DC

Rep. Blumenauer "Not Interested" In Being Transportation Secretary
The Hill

Report: American Infrastructure Gets D-Plus Grade
Metro Magazine

Shuster: Gas Tax Increases Could Be Included In Broader Reform Package
The Hill

Top Trends: 2012-2013 ("Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and summarize thousands of articles, books, studies and editorials related to planning and urban development. Here are our picks for the most notable planning trends of the past year.")

Transit Funding: Is Toronto Ready For Its L.A. Moment? ("Toronto’s traffic problem has actually surpassed that of Los Angeles...There is no Villaraigosa fronting the Toronto fight for transit dollars. But a coalition of academics, community groups such as CivicAction, and the board of trade has been united in support of the 25-year, $50 billion Metrolinx transportation plan called the Big Move . Advocates are adamant that if Toronto residents are to pay up, government has to break from standard practice and earmark those dollars for transit, the way Los Angeles did.")
Toronto Star (Canada)

WeHo's La Brea Makeover Leaves Out Bike Lanes (For Now)
Curbed LA

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