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May 1: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The city gets its first female streetcar conductor 95 years ago today; Los Angeles Motor Coach Company, which operated double-decker buses on Wilshire Boulevard, among other lines, is dissolved)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

The 10 Best New Complete Streets Policies In The U.S. ("Cities across the country are making plans to cater to bikers and pedestrians (along with cars) as they design and manage their transportation infrastructure. These 10 cities are the ones doing it best." Three California cities land in the top 10)
Fast Company Exist

16 Rules For "Smarter" Smart Growth
The Atlantic: Cities

Advocates Honor LaHood's Time At Transportation Department (audio)

Anthony Foxx Hoping For A Smoother Political Ride At DOT
Washington Post

Baby Born In Mexico City Subway Station Gets Free Transportation For Life
Fox Latino

Council OKs Moving LAX Runway As Part Of $4.76-Billion Upgrade ("Supporters praise approval of the modernization project, but opponents promise another legal battle over moving the runway closer to homes.")
Los Angeles Times

A Dear Abby For Transportation Secretaries: Advice From Foxx's Predecessors ("Yesterday, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center invited six former transportation secretaries to talk about the possibilities of presidential influence over transportation and to give advice to Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, whose nomination for the job was announced that same day.")
StreetsBlog DC

#DearMayor: LA Voters Look For Relief From City's Pot Holes
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Does President Obama Have The Power To Influence Transportation Policy?
StreetsBlog DC

Eyes On The Street: Every Lane Is A Bus Lane
StreetsBlog LA

Foxx To Give Mayors "One Of Their Own" At U.S. Department Of Transportation
Memphis Business Journal

Gold Line Construction: More Lane Closures Ahead On Colorado, Santa Anita Ahead
Arcadia Patch

LACMTA Proposes Nearly $5 Billion Budget For FY2014
Progressive Railroading

L.A. Council Approves LAX Runway Plan As Part Of Modernization
Los Angeles Times

May Day Rally To Shut Down DTLA Streets
Blog Downtown

Metro To Hold Public Hearing Wednesday, May 15, On Proposed FY14 Budget
Metro News Release
Proposed Budget, Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014) (64p. PDF)

The Mt. Lowe Railway's Thrilling, Terrifying Circular Bridge (An image from the Metro Transportation Library's Archive is the focus of this story about the sheer 1,000 foot drop from the rail tracks on Mt. Lowe)
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Obama Selects A Mayor For DOT Secretary -- But Not Villaraigosa
California Planning And Development Report

Opinion: Leimert Park Village Deserves A Rail Station ("Metro can include a stop there on the Crenshaw-to-LAX light-rail line. It has the money. But does it have the will to do the right thing?" by Mark Ridley-Thomas)
Los Angeles Times

Pedestrian Safety: A Road Safety Manual For Decision-Makers And Practitioners (132p. PDF)
World Health Organization

Predicting U.S. Transportation Policy Under Future Secretary Foxx ("A roundup of what key observers are saying about Foxx's record, and what his appoinment means for transportation policy during Obama's second term.")

Rail Planners Aim To Re-"Train" L.A.'s Car Culture (audio & transcript. Expo Line)

Responding To Spate Of Train Deaths, SEPTA To Hold Training
Philadelphia Inquirer

SmartGAP User's Guide (68p. PDF : "SmartGAP is a scenario planning software tool that synthesizes households and firms in a region and determines their travel demand characteristics based
on their built environment and transportation policies.")
Strategic Highway Research Program

Transit Station And Stop Adoption Programs (68p. PDF : "Adopt-a-stop programs, in which volunteers agree to pick up litter at transit stations and assist in other maintenance tasks, can be a valuable resource for public transportation agencies. These programs aim to create a sense of ownership within the community, enhance the appearance of stations, and improve safety and security for passengers. Most programs of this sort are fairly new, and there is little research about how to structure them or how they can be made most effective. This synthesis helps to fill these gaps by describing the varied features of adopt-a-stop programs now in place, how they work, and the results that they have had.")
Transit Cooperative Research Program

Westwood Bike Lane Proposal Effectively Addresses Traffic Concerns
UCLA Daily Bruin

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