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April 15: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (60 years ago today, public money is set aside for the first time to study the viability of monorail service -- this plan followed a route following the Los Angeles River from Panorama City to Long Beach)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

8 Ways That California And China Can Work Together To Reduce Pollution And Protect The Climate
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

$72 Million Truck Lane Project To Bring Lane Closures To I-5
CBS Los Angeles

Annual Report On Funding Recommendations: Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Investment Grant Program (16p. PDF)
Report Of The Secretary Of Transportation To The United States Congress

Asset Management: Managing Risk (video)
AASHTO via YouTube

Behind The Scenes, Are Hollywood's Councilmen Delaying The Repainting Of Spring Street Green Buffered Bike Lane
StreetsBlog LA

Bid To Start High-Speed Rail In California Is Hundreds Of Millions Below Estimates
Sacramento Bee

Brown Wants China Aboard California's High-Speed Rail Project
Los Angeles Times

A Busy California Port Seeks To Grow, But A Neighbor Objects ("The fight over the proposed railyard, which would serve as a large center for trains that move shipping containers from the Port of Los Angeles to other parts of the country, is the region’s biggest battle yet over threatened competition from the expansion of the Panama Canal, set to be completed by 2015.")
New York Times

California: Toll Roads Generate $1.7 Billion In Red Ink: Analysis Shows Two California Toll Roads Were Unsustainable From The Very Beginning
The Newspaper

California's High-Speed Rail Fiasco Is Getting Even Worse
Business Insider

China's High-Speed Trains Attract Frustrated Fliers

Chinese Cautious But Interested In Building Calif. Bullet Train
Curbed LA

CHSRA Selects Tutor Perini-Zachry-Parsons Bid For Central Valley Section
California High Speed Rail Blog

City Demands LA Relinquish Airport
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Counting Bikes And Cars Without A Clipboard
StreetsBlog DC

Development Tsunami ("Gehry headlines Santa Monica's swelling building frenzy.")
Architect's Newspaper

Figueroa Corridor Project Pushes Forward With 2014 Deadline Looming
Blog Downtown

Figueroa Plan Pits Bikes Against Cars ("Key $20 Million Project Would Connect Expo Park With Downtown, Though Some Worry About Traffic Snarls.")
Los Angeles Downtown News

Garcetti's $1 Million Traffic Idea ("At last a little outside-the-box thinking in this dullest of mayoral campaigns. It came during last night's hour-long debate when City Councilman Eric Garcetti suggested offering a $1 million prize to anyone who could offer the best solutions to L.A.'s traffic problems (I'm told he would raise the money privately).")
LA Observed

Is Federal Bike Lane Guidance Working In Your City?
StreetsBlog DC
Green Lane Project

Is Raising The Federal Gasoline Tax The Best Way To Pay For Highways?
Wall Street Journal

It's Time To Clean Up And Green Up Los Angeles
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Just Whose Money Is It Anyway? You May Be Surprised! ("The Metro Expo line, which runs from downtown to Culver City was projected to cost $620 million. It was recently that reported cost overruns was in the range of $220 million with critics screaming in its wake. Yet, rail line has created thousands of jobs. And what’s more, at every Expo Line station, there is a flurry of development investments. This in turn will increase property tax revenues and eventually higher sales taxes.")
City Watch

L.A. Only Looks Ugly ("Los Angeles has not one thrilling subway station portal and not one inspiring modern skyscraper...But this would be a misreading of Los Angeles and the nature of its architecture.")
Zocalo Public Square

LaHood: Zero Tolerance For Drivers Who Disrespect Cyclists
StreetsBlog DC

Los Angeles Toll Lanes Slow Other Freeway Traffic
San Diego Union-Tribune

Metrolink Considering Fare Increase As It Faces Big Shortfall (subscription required)
Orange County Register

New Archivist Putting Port Of Los Angeles History Online
Daily Breeze

Obama's FY2014 Transportation Budget: B+, Maybe
Better Roads

OCTA Approves Ten Transportation Projects Funded By Measure M2
Orange County Breeze

Opinion: Is Bigger Really Better In Planning For A New Los Angeles?
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Opinion: Too Many Studies, Not Enough Service
Burbank Leader
Opinion: Why Transportation Study Is Needed
Burbank Leader

Photos: Arcadia Ground Breaking For Santa Anita Bridge Gold Line Foothill Extension
Pasadena Star-News

The Port Of Los Angeles' Clean Truck Case To Be Heard By The U.S. Supreme Court On Tuesday
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

President Obama's Dreamy Transportation Proposal
Transportation Issues Daily

A Ride Through The Westside In Eight Parts
Biking In LA

San Francisco's Iconic Cable Cars Cost City Millions Of Dollars In Legal Settlements
Associated Press via Washington Post

Station Art Revealed For Phase 2 Of Metro Expo Line

Transportation Offers Mixed Reaction To Obama Budget
Fleet Owner

Trucking Ready For Panama Canal Expansion But Cites Infrastructure Concerns
Transport Topics

Tutor Parini/Zachry/Parsons Leads On Bullet Train Contract ("The firm's $985-million bid for a 29-mile Central Valley segment is ranked first among five competitors.")
Los Angeles Times

Visualizing Walksheds: Transit Useability ("Walksheds are an important concept for understanding pedestrian habits - so visualising them better might help urban planners.")
Guardian (U.K.)

WalkScore Introduces "ChoiceMaps" To Measure Neighborhood Amenities
StreetsBlog Network

West LA's Bundy Drive Could Be Widened For Cars Or Bikes
Curbed LA

What Happens To The Olympic Plans Of Cities That Don't Win Them?
The Atlantic: Cities

What Role Will The Private Sector Play In The Streetcar? ("City officials and business representatives haven't yet reached consensus on whether to create a separate authority for the DC Streetcar, or how much the private sector should chip in to build it.")
Greater Greater Washington

Will Ellis Drive? ("Research shows that young adults are in no rush to get behind the wheel. We won't stand for that.")
Road & Track

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