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May 3: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the Pacific Electric subway tunnel in 1924; three days of opening ceremonies begin in 1939 for Los Angeles' new Union Passenger Terminal -- commonly referred to as Union Station)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

1911 Streetcar Congestion (Photo essay discussing traffic more than a century ago)
Los Angeles Times

Amtrak Rolls Out Updated Exhibit Train ("Making its first stop at Railroad Days 2013 in Fullerton, Calif., the Exhibit Train features new displays including workable signals, virtual sleeping accommodation tours and trivia with returning favorite displays including the locomotive stand and horns. In addition, it features photos, uniforms, vintage advertising and memorabilia from Amtrak’s beginning in 1971 to today’s modern-sleeping cars and high-speed rail service.")
Amtrak News Release

Arcadia's Colorado Boulevard To Be Closed For Three More Weeks Due To Gold Line Bridge Work
Pasadena Star-News

Arch And Castle Rocks: Lost Landmarks Of PCH (Numerous historic images from local archives illustrate the story of "two distinctively shaped rocks...missing from the Pacific Palisades shoreline for decades, victims of the scenic highway's development.")
LA as Subject via KCET

CHSRA Board Address Bid Controversy
California High Speed Rail Blog

Farewell Ray LaHood, And Thanks For All The Trains

FRA Is Nearing Completion Of Rules Required By The Rail Safety Improvement Act, But Needs To Improve Oversight (35p. PDF)
Office Of Inspector General Audit Report

A Funeral Car Named "Descanso," Or, When Death Rode The Rails In America ("In certain parts of the country, including the Los Angeles area, dedicated funeral cars were added to the streetcar systems. The only one that survives relatively intact is the Descanso (Spanish for “rest”), currently on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California.")
The Atlantic: Cities

High-Speed Rail Contractor Gets Additional $96M
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Innovation In The Streets: It's Transportation Month

Is It Time For "Smarter Smart Growth?"
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Is Los Angeles The Tiny Railway Capital Of The World?
Curbed LA
Small Railways
Metro Day Pass

L.A. Wants To Turn Its Concrete "River" Into A Real River
The Atlantic: Cities

MBTA Takes Steps To Boost Safety, Security Throughout System
Boston Globe

Meet Anthony Foxx, Young Transit-Loving Mayor, Employed By Bus Company, Tapped As U.S. Transpo Secretary

Metro Releases Four Possible Plans For Union Station Redesign; Asks For Public Input
Blog Downtown

Rail Authority Defends Bullet Train Bidding Criteria ("The California High-Speed Rail authority defends its bidding criteria against critics who say changes could jeopardize project quality.")
Los Angeles Times

Westchester Group Asks For Mediation On LAX Runway Change
Daily Breeze

Why The Eagle Rock Chamber Of Commerce Voted Against Bike Lanes
Eagle Rock Patch

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