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Expo Line, Measures R & J, Union Station, Leimert Park, LB Electric Buses, California Population, "City Walk" Television, LA County Bike Map & More

May 2: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Carpool lanes come to the 605 Freeway)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data ("The largest-ever release of mobile-phone data yields a model for fixing bus routes.")
MIT Technology Review

Agoura Canwood Street Repair Underway ("The $1.1-million street rehabilitation project is fully funded through Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Measure R bond that was approved in 2009.")
Agoura Acorn

Bicycle Friendly States Ranking Announced
League Of American Bicyclists

California's Population Nears 38 Million
Los Angeles Daily News

Chinese Bus Maker That Will Produce 10 All-Electric Buses For Long Beach To Build Them In Lancaster
Los Angeles Daily News

City Has A Tentative Deal To Buy Civic Center Plot For A Park (1st & Broadway just west of City Hall)
Los Angeles Downtown News

City Walk (Beginning May 2nd, "City Walk is a unique six-part series that reveals the way walking is transforming cities across America, and in the process, re-connecting us to our bodies, our civic values and public space. Season one of City Walk features 30-minute episodes exploring various aspects of pedestrian life in cities including: Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York. As the show explores the "walkability" of these communities, viewers will learn about American history by exploring culturally rich neighborhoods, stunning architecture, monuments and beautiful parks that have helped define the character of each city.")

County Maps Bike Paths And Closures ("The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has created an interactive map of bicycle paths countywide.")
Hermosa Beach Patch
Interactive Bikeways Map For Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Department Of Public Works

D.C.'s First Streetcars Roll In For Testing (photos)
Transportation Nation

The Epidemic Of Pedestrian Deaths In America, And Why It Barely Registers
StreetsBlog Network

A Fare Decrease? SF Area Bus Company Cancels Price Hike, Considers Lower Fares
Transportation Nation

From Measure R Success To Measure J Failure, Villaraigosa Reflects On Transportation ("At a USC event Wednesday, Mayor Antonio Villraigosa celebrated his accomplishments in improving L.A.'s transportation options. He also explained the groundwork he's laid for even more transit-oriented development. Yet, he declined to offer specific advice to the person who will replace him July 1 in the mayor's seat.")
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

A Golden Opportunity For Congress To Avoid The Transportation "Fiscal Cliff"
StreetsBlog DC

Historic Union Station Facing Renovation Plans
Los Angeles Daily News

LACMA Draws Up Ambitious Plans For A $650-Million New Look
Los Angeles Times
9 Things To Know About The Huge Proposed LACMA Redesign
Curbed LA

Laguna's Trolley System A Look At The Future? (subscription)
Orange County Register

One Year Later, Who Is Riding The Expo Line?
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Practices And Performance Measures For Local Public Agency Federally Funded Highway Projects (133p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Project To Widen Westbound 91 Gets Underway
Orange County Register

Protestors Gather Over Road Conditions On Venice Blvd.
StreetsBlog LA
Caltrans Plans To Repair Venice Boulevard
Venice-Mar Vista Patch

Revealed: 4 Concepts For Major Union Station Makeover
Curbed LA

Slow Water: Bureaucracy Obstructs The Los Angeles River's Revitalization
Architect's Newspaper

Transit Agency's Revolving Door Costs Big, Causes Turmoil ("The turnover among upper management at the North County Transit District has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and has, at times, put riders at risk. inewsource calculated that 21 of the agency's top 25 positions have turned over since 2009 when Executive Director Matthew Tucker arrived. Some of the positions revolved as many as five times in three years.")

Two New Bike Bills In The California Legislature (Highway 710 & California Greenway Initiative)

Verdict On Leimert Park Station Expected In May
Los Angeles Sentinel

What's The Best iPhone Bus Tracking App?
Greater Greater Washington

Will The Personal Airship Be The Vehicle Of The Future ("Probably not, although that hasn't stopped one Indian artist from designing a fantastic one.")
The Atlantic: Cities

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