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Amtrak Ridership Hits Record Levels
USA Today
Amtrak Ridership Growth Continues In FY 2013 (2p. PDF : "March sets record as single best month in history of railroad." Includes statistics)
Amtrak News Release

Amtrak's New Cost Accounting System Is A Significant Improvement But Concerns Over Precision And Long Term Viability Remain (21p. PDF)
U.S. DOT Office Of Inspector General

Blog Downtown Launches New Online Map Of DTLA Developments
Blog Downtown

Digital Urban Planning Starts With Common Tools
Government Technology

Does Classical Music At Train Stations Really Deter Crime?

From The Ground Up ("And in addition to ground-level changes, underground changes have affected the changing demographics of the city. Extensions to the Metro system have made it easier to travel throughout a city that is often cast as extremely stratified.")
USC Daily Trojan

Gold Line Foothill Extension Work Still Causes Lane Closures, Traffic Detours
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Gold Line Update: Grade Crossing Construction Continues In Monrovia
Monrovia Patch

Ideas For Downtown LA: Minor Tweaks To 110 Overpasses Will Encourage Pedestrian Activity
DTLA Rising

Living Near Traffic Linked To Increased Cancer Risk In Children
Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles Primer: The Subway ("Los Angeles has a subway. This surprises almost as many visitors as it does natives...Despite taking four or five journeys underground every week, I understand, without the sneer of the least agreeable sort of public transit booster, why many Angelenos have never boarded so much as a station escalator. The Red and Purple subway lines serve this city of 500 square miles with less than eighteen miles of track, combined.")

Mayoral Candidates Miss The Train ("Of the many items that haven’t made it to the mayoral campaign agenda, one of the most important is how the growing number of rail transit lines will reshape Los Angeles.")
LA Observed

New Economic Development Department Created By L.A. City Council
Los Angeles Daily News

Oxy Professor Hopes To Win $100,000 To "Make L.A. More Connected, Equitable And Sustainable"
Eagle Rock Patch

Torrance Eyes Controversial Car-Sharing Program
CBS Los Angeles

Traffic Zips In Toll Lanes, But Slows In Free Lanes ("Preliminary data on the 110 Freeway experiment are released. Officials hope that eventually the toll lanes will relieve congestion on the entire freeway.")
Los Angeles Times
Average Speed In Non-Toll Lanes (infographic)

Understanding The Contribution Of Highway Investment To National Economic Growth
Understanding The Contribution Of Highway Investment To National Economic Growth: Comments On Mamuneas's Study (38p. PDF)
Upjohn Institute For Employment Research

Villaraigosa, In City Address, Notes Gains, Chides Garcetti And Gruel ("In his final State of the City speech, L.A. mayor takes stock of the progress made during his two terms and scolds his would-be successors for not revealing detailed plans on schools.")
Los Angeles Times
Villaraigosa's Last State Of The City Moment (includes full text of prepared remarks)
LA Observed

With Help From Nature, A Town Aims To Be A Solar Capital ("We want to be the first city that produces more electricity from solar energy than we consume on a daily basis,” he said. This means Lancaster’s rooftops, alfalfa fields and parking lots must be covered with solar panels to generate a total of 126 megawatts of solar power above the 39 megawatts already being generated and the 50 megawatts under construction.")
New York Times

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