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1.7 Miles Of Good News On The 405 ("The first stretch of the 10-mile carpool lane at the heart of the $1 billion-plus improvement project is set to open this week.")
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

$40-Million Leimert Park Stop Gets Green Light From LA City Council
NBC Southern California

Amtrak Bill Would Let Trains Go To The Dogs
The Hill

And The Most Walkable City In San Diego Is...

Anthony Foxx: Transportation Projects Are Economic Drivers
Transportation Nation

Bike Share May Not Take That Many Cars Off The Road, But That's OK
The Atlantic: Cities

Bike Trains Are The Lightest Rail ("A group of enthusiastic bicyclists have organized LA Bike Trains: routes across Los Angeles, encouraging Angelenos to ditch their cars and join a bike train to work.")
LADOT Bike Blog

Charting A Course To Transform California's Freight System
Union Of Concerned Scientists
Part 2: The Equation

Could Newly-Elected Mayor Of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti Spur A Clean Energy Boom? ("He wrote the city’s 2008 green building ordinance), Garcetti has promised to create 20,000 local jobs in the clean energy and clean water sector in his first term.")
Next City

Downtown Men's Central Jail Could Lose One Of Its Two Towers
Curbed LA

DOT Nominee Rides Smoothly Through Confirmation Hearing
The Hill

Eric Garcetti's Moment ("He’s not saddled with the baggage of controversy that always followed Villaraigosa around and, thanks to Measure R, he doesn’t have to fight the battle to actually build the transit. Villaraigosa already won that battle for him.")
California Planning & Development Report

The Evolution Of Moscow's Subway Maps
The Atlantic: Cities

Expo-Adjacent Mixed-User CasdenWestLA Under Fire Again
Curbed LA
Area Residents Voice Concerns About Casden West L.A. Project
Venice Patch

First Plans Revealed For Rail From Union Station To Santa Ana
Curbed LA
Plans For Potential $7 Billion Train Through Downey Finally Unveiled
Downey Beat
Pacific Electric Right-Of-Way / West Santa Ana Branch Corridor Alternatives Analysis (links to report sections)

Google Maps Wants You To See All Your Transit Options
Human Transit

IBM Turns Cell Phones Into Sensors To Monitor Public Transit
TOD News

Infrastructure, Access, And Passage: Neighbors In West Adams Debate Fate Of 4th Ave. Pedestrian Bridge
StreetsBlog LA

LA City Council Unanimously Approves $55 Million For New Rail Stops On Crenshaw/LAX Line
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

L.A. On A Green Streak, New Mayor Pledges Allegiance To Smart Growth, Bikes

Live Blogging Anthony Foxx's Senate Confirmation Hearing For DOT Secretary
StreetsBlog DC

Metrolink To Conduct Public Outreach Process For Potential Fare Policy Changes, A Fare Increase, Title VI Policies
Metrolink News Release

Metrolink To Offer "Rail Series" Connection As Angels And Dodgers Battle
Metrolink News Release

[N.Y.] MTA Blows Up Inflatable Subway Plug At South Ferry Station ("Transit workers on Wednesday inflated a 30-foot-long, 14-foot-diameter plug in an unused subway tunnel for evaluation as a possible defense against flooding such as the inundation of Hurricane Sandy.")
New York Daily News

New Metro Bus Is On Its Way For Olive View Staff (letter from Metro CEO Arthur T. Leahy)
Los Angeles Daily News

Opinion: "Ode To Bike Sharing" (wonderful short animated film)
New York Times

Raising The Grade On Infrastructure: Money, Methods And Message

Real-Time Transit Mapping: Watch Your System In Motion
Human Transit

Six Things We Learned About USDOT Secretary Nominee Anthony Foxx ("His affinity for transit began early, as he relied on transit to reach his very first job, at age 12.")
Transportation Issues Daily

Synthesis Of Freight Research In Urban Transportation Planning (98p. PDF)
National Cooperative Freight Research Program

T Minus 5 Days: New York's Bike Share App Is Now Live
Transportation Nation

This Summer Vacation Season Brings 7% More Tourists To Cities And Public Transportation Than Last Year ("70 million plan to "Travel Like a Local" and use public transit in U.S. cities this summer with Millenials leading the way.")
2013 "Travel Like A Local" Summer Travel Survey (19p. PDF : city-by-city and demographic statistics)

Transportation Nominee Foxx Breezes Through Senate Confirmation Hearing
Washington Post

Visualizing America's Absurd Parking Requirements
StreetsBlog DC
Parking Requirements For Office Buildings (infographics)
Graphing Parking

What Does [Tuesday's] Election Mean For L.A. Transportation Issues?
StreetsBlog LA

You're Going To Be Forced Into Amtrak's New Pet Car, And It'll Be Worse Than WiFi
The Atlantic Wire

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