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March 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (A milestone for the Southern California Rapid Transit District's steam turbine-powered bus project, the nation's first federally-funded alternative fuel transit demonstration project)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Adapting To Climate Change: Building A Network Of Solutions (Special issue now available online)
TR News
Summary Of Key Information
The West Coast Green Highway Initiative: Cross-Sector Partnerships For Sustainable Transportation Solutions Along Interstate 5
Converting To Energy-Efficient Lighting For Roadways And Maintenance Facilities In California
Advocates, TransForm, Move L.A. Demand That Cap And Trade Funds Go For Cleaner Transportation
StreetsBlog LA

Amtrak Ridership, Up 55% Nationwide, Triples In Sacramento
Sacramento Bee

Blessing Or Curse? Los Angeles' Consideration Of Binding Citywide Design Guidelines Spurs Debate
Architect's Newspaper

California High-Speed Rail Finally Wins Peninsula Lawsuit After Five Years
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Construction Authority Awards $48.7 Million Contract To Webcor Builders ("The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) Board of Directors awarded the third and final design-build contract for the Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa. The 48.7 million contract is for final design and construction of parking facilities for the future Gold Line stations, as well as enhancements at and around the stations to improve intermodal connectivity for train riders arriving by bus, foot or on bicycles.")

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Sacramento Bee

Council Candidate Wants Sunset Rail Line, Riverside Streetcar ("Calls for a rail line along or under Sunset Boulevard, connecting Hollywood to Silver Lake, Echo Park, Dodger Stadium and Downtown L.A.; a street car connecting Atwater Village to Elysian Valley, Elysian Park and Downtown L.A.; and a subway extension connecting the Red Line in Hollywood to the future Purple Line in Century City, with a subway stop at the Hollywood Bowl.")
Curbed LA
Matt Szabo Releases Public Transit And Green Space Vision For Council District 13
Matt Szabo, Los Angeles City Council Candidate, District 13
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Developers Introduced At Metro Open House To Reshape Empty Lots
StreetsBlog LA

Freeway Fighters: South Pasadena Has Come To Be Defined By "The Fight" Against The 710
Pasadena Weekly

Has The NTSB Made A Single Recommendation On Bike Safety Since 1972?
StreetsBlog Network

How Amtrak Could Become A Robust, Profitable Enterprise
The Atlantic: Cities

Huge Pico/Sepulveda Mixed-User Moves Ahead With Public Restrooms And More For Transit Users
Curbed LA

LaHood Bashes Sequester As "Dumb Idea," Pushes For Long-Term Highway Bill
Commercial Carrier Journal

Measure R Funds To Join The 710 Coalition? Metro Says It's Fine
StreetsBlog LA
Rosemead Approves Participation In Pro-Tunnel 710 Coalition
Pasadena Independent

Millennials Say They'd Give Up Their Cars Before Their Computers Or Cell Phones
The Atlantic: Cities

O.C. Business Website Would Lure Companies ("Will Kempton, CEO of the Orange County Transportation Agency, received a leadership award in part, Dunn said, for spurring a federal law that cut duplicative environmental reviews. "The California review is often tougher than the federal review," she said. "So why go through the federal one too? This shortened the process for transportation projects, whether highways or mass transit.")
Orange County Register

Santa Monica Transportation Fee Could Raise $50 Million-Plus For City Hall ("The purpose of the Multimodal Transportation Impact Fee is to ensure that new development, projected through the year 2030 in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) of the Santa Monica General Plan, pays its fair share of the costs of providing the transportation infrastructure necessary to implement the policies and achieve the goals of the Plan.")
Santa Monica Mirror

Sequester Would Cut New Starts By $100M, Could Trigger FTA Furloughs
StreetsBlog DC

TOD For Dummies: Allan Kotin Simplifies Transit-Adjacent Real Estate Development ("In the following talk delivered at last December’s US High Speed Rail Conference in Downtown Los Angeles and transcribed here for MIR, Mr. Kotin outlines the short-term decisions that can lead to substantial long-term returns on transit-oriented development.")
Planning Report

Transportation Committee Chairs Say They're Open To Ideas

Transportation Impact Fee & Climate Policy Actions Adopted By Santa Monica Council
StreetsBlog LA

We Still Mostly Use Amtrak For Shorter Trips, Report Says
Next American City
A New Alignment: Strengthening America's Commitment To Passenger Rail (30p. PDF)
Summary Page (Among the findings: Amtrak ridership grew by 55% since 1997, faster than other major travel modes, and now carries over 31 million riders annually, an all-time high)

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