Gold Line Eastside Extension, SFV & Bob Hope Transit, Azusa TOD, OCTA, Carpool Limits, Downey Bikes & More

Last night, we learned of the passing of former Metro CEO Julian Burke. Burke led the agency from 1997 through 2001

This press release announcing his departure from the agency highlights his term and many accomplishments at Metro, which he called " the most enjoyable challenge of his long working career."

April 2: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The Southern California Rapid Transit District launches a successful 25-cent experimental fare)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Authority Votes To Look At L.A. County Transportation Priorities ("The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday recognized the transportation priorities of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments and voted to take a look at each of them.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Azusa Gets $650,000 Metro Grant To Study Transit-Oriented Development Near Gold Line Stations
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Bike Lanes Aren't Just For Big Cities (video)

California High-Speed Rail Gets Thumbs Up From U.S. Watchdog
Huffington Post

Caltrans Suggests 3-Person Carpools, Tolls
Orange County Register

Downey Hopes To Become Bike-Friendly ("No bicycle lanes exist on city streets...The City Council approved applying for a $250,000 Caltrans grant to help fund a bicycle master plan. The plan would serve as the official policy to guide the development and maintenance of bicycle-friendly roads and bikeways in the city.")
Long Beach Press-Telegram

A First Look At The "Grand Central Station" Of San Francisco ("Transbay, a multi-modal transit hub in downtown San Francisco, aspires to be a monument for the city.")
Fast Company Design

Foot Soldier Alissa Walker Explains Why She's Better Off Ped (Downloading Metro's "excellent app" are among the writers suggestions for a happy car-free Los Angeles life)
Los Angeles Magazine

Is This Transit Oriented Flip (TOF) The Start Of Something Big? ("Per the listing:...Walk to the station a block away and ride the Expo line to downtown or Culver City for an evening on the town without needing your car.")
Curbed LA

L.A.'s Making Dangerous Intersections Safer, But Are They Focusing On The Right Ones?

Location Scouts Upset Again Over Green Bike Lane In Downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Board Prioritizes Connecting Bob Hope Airport With Public Transit ("[San Fernando Valley Council of Government members] also want the airport linked to the Red and Gold lines, providing easier access to Hollywood, downtown L.A. and Pasadena.")
Burbank Leader

Metro Going Ahead With Gold Line Mixed-User In Boyle Heights
Curbed LA

[D.C.] Metro Relaunches An Updated Mobile Site
Washington Post

Minority Of L.A. County Voters Quashed Transit Tax Extension ("Measure J fell just 0.6% shy of the required two-thirds approval as support fell in upscale enclaves. Some politicians are pushing to cut the requirement." Accompanying interactive maps display 2008 Measure R support across the county's alongside 2012 Measure J support and the decrease or increase in support between the two measures in each census district)
Los Angeles Times

Momentum Builds For Using Cap And Trade Funds For Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

New OCTA Chief Takes Helm
Metro Magazine

Obama Calls On Lawmakers To Approve $21 Million Infrastructure Bill
The Hill

Opinion: California Beaming ("Two of the biggest public works projects in American history -- a $68 billion bullet train that will speed people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 38 minutes, and a huge re-plumbing of the state’s biggest river and delta system -- are moving forward. If they come together as planned, these ventures will lay the foundation for a California of 60 million people that may actually be more livable than the state that now has 38 million.")
New York Times

Protesters Take Port Railyard Fight To Home Of Los Angeles Mayor
Daily Breeze

Public Transportation Does Relieve Traffic Congestion, Just Not Everywhere
The Atlantic: Cities

Reviving Amtrak ("After deregulation, freight rail rebounded. Passenger trains should follow their lead.")
National Review

SaMo Freaking Out Over Plan To Slash Parking Requirements
Curbed LA
Commissioner Wants To Shelve "Nutty" Parking Plan
Santa Monica Patch

San Bernardino Airport Still Awaits An Airline, But Does Have Activity
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Santa Clarita Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Toll Lanes On 5 Freeway
CBS Los Angeles

Street Parking Sign Examined Thoroughly, Inconclusive
LA Weekly

Technologies At SXSW Evolving How We Get Around
Mobility Lab

They Paved Parking, Paradise In Santa Monica
StreetsBlog LA

U.S. DOT, HHS Announce Public Health Campaign To Reduce Driving
StreetsBlog Network

Whatever Happened To The White House Office Of Urban Affairs?

Will Driverless Cars Solve Our Energy Problems -- Or Just Create New Ones?
Washington Post

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