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$1.5 Million Grant To Fund Job Training For High-Speed Rail Project
Fresno Bee

AASHTO President Lewis Outlines His Top Priorities In New Video
AASHTO Press Release

Air Quality Across Southern California Better, But Challenges Remain
Los Angeles Daily News

Busway On Sunset? Metro Studying Citywide Bus Lane Network
Curbed LA

Caltrans Activities To Address Climate Change: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Adapting To Impacts (114p. PDF)

Chinese Firm To Open Bus Factor In Lancaster ("On the final day of Gov. Brown's trade mission, he announces that the first Chinese-owned vehicle plant in the U.S. will build plug-in electric buses.")
Los Angeles Times

CicLAvia: Will You Be Car-Free This Weekend?
Los Angeles Times

Digital Cities & Digital Counties Survey: Best Practice Guide ("Charlotte, N.C., deployed a digital media content management system to manage digital video from fixed cameras, and added a new video operations center to monitor police and transportation cameras. Charlotte also uses wireless cameras for rapid deployment and relocation to handle large-scale events and changing conditions. Riverside, Calif.’s, video application is described in the Networks section on Page 9.")
Center For Digital Government

Endless Carmageddon At LAX?
Curbed LA
LAX Pushing Back Against Modernization Opponents
Daily Breeze

Establishing Monitoring Programs For Travel Time Reliability (167p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Expo Link Leg Named After SMC ("Metro Expo Line recently all but approved a renaming of the upcoming 17th Street and Colorado Avenue station to 17th/Santa Monica College.")
The Corsair

Floor Waxer For The MTA Lives A Dream With Real Madrid
LA Observed
One Man's Journey From Los Angeles To Real Madrid Good-Luck Charm
Sports Illustrated

Freeway Air Pollution Travels Farther In Early Morning ("Study shows that residential exposure to freeway pollution is more far-reaching than previously believed.")
Los Angeles Times
A Quarter Of Angelenos Breathe Noxious Freeway Pollutants Every Morning
UCLA Newsroom

The Ideal Subway Seating Arrangement? No Middle Seats

If You See Red, Stop Your Tread
LADOT Bike Blog

Jerry Brown Says CEQA Reform Unlikely This Year

Jerry Brown Starts Push To Revamp California's Environmental Law ("The governor is restrained in his expectations, however, acknowledging that the appetite for such change 'is bigger outside the state Capitol than it is inside.'")
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Sheriff Demotes 3 Over Charity Race Cheating ("Organizers of the 'Baker to Vegas' foot race for law enforcement learn a runner on the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau team wasn't from law enforcement.")
Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s Oldest Palm Tree ("Likely still a sapling when it was dug up from a desert canyon in the late 1850s, the tree was transplanted with several other young palms to San Pedro Street in present-day Little Tokyo." It was later replanted in two other locations due to rail expansion!)
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Attends Metro Policy Meeting
Safe Routes To School California

Los Angeles Tourism Launches "Car Free LA" ("The car is no longer king in LA. With over 120 miles of new bike ways created within the city of Los Angeles in the last two years, increased Metro transit options and the expanded frequency and reach of CicLAvia—the nation’s largest open streets event—the city is putting the brakes on its car-centric roots. Beginning Earth Day, April 22, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism) invites travellers to be a part of this green movement with the launch of “Car Free LA,” an eco-friendly initiative designed to showcase the city’s unexpected car-free offerings. “Car Free LA” features a series of expertly-tailored itineraries centered around exploring Los Angeles’ various neighborhoods on foot, bike and public transportation while highlighting the city’s iconic attractions, vibrant music scene, historic architecture, arts and culture, eclectic cuisine and endless entertainment. “Car Free LA” itineraries are available for free here.")
Incentive Travel (U.K.)

Metro Committee Approves I-5 Toll Lanes In SCV
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

The MyFigueroa! Doubters Speak: Fig Too Special For Cycletracks
StreetsBlog LA

MyFigueroa Project To Revamp Bike Lanes On Figueroa Street By 2014
USC Daily Trojan

The Newest Federal Budget Proposals Cut Infrastructure Spending To The Bone
The Atlantic: Cities

New York Tries Out Bike Parking Corrals To Protect Separated Bike Lanes
The Atlantic: Cities

Opinion: Small Steps = Smart Planning ("Here’s an interesting hypothetical: if you asked 100 planners to give their vision of the future, chances are that all 100 planners would give you a vision that is ten to twenty years away. I’d wager there isn’t one that would offer, say, a vision that is one year from today. Isn’t that strange?")

Quentin Kopp, No Longer On Board This Bullet Train ("Though he once headed the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the man nicknamed the 'Great Dissenter' is dissenting now over the course of his beloved bullet train." Interview by Patt Morrison)
Los Angeles Times

Real-Time Transit App Of The Day: A Ballet Of Buses In San Francisco ("The free app, launched last month for iOS, lets you watch as San Francisco MUNI buses, represented by red pins on the map, move through the city. It goes beyond just arrival times to create a kind of animated bus ballet.")
The Atlantic: Cities (and for good measure, here's the Live Train Map For The London Underground using the same app, launched a few weeks ago)

The Recession Was Anti-Sprawl, Brookings Report Finds
Next City
Job Sprawl Stalls: The Great Recession And Metropolitan Employment Location
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metropolitan Area Profile (PDF : infographic)

Recycle To Ride: Metrolink Offers Ticket Trade For Unwanted Goods ("On Monday from 7 a.m. to noon, Metro is setting up a recycle center at Union Station and will be accepting people's electronic waste, clothes, paper, cans, plastic containers and nearly anything else recyclable. This collection area will be set up near the rose garden off of Alameda. The first 200 people to turn in items will get a free round-trip Metrolink ticket — which includes a transfer to any Metro line.")
Blog Downtown

SCV Officials Question Caltrans Plan For I-5 Toll Lanes
Santa Clarita Valley News

Security, Rail Service Increased For Mega L.A. Weekend Events
Brentwood Patch

Taking The Green Out Of The Bike Lane
StreetsBlog LA

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