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FastTrack, My Figueroa, FTA Cuts, Baldwin Hills Shuttle, CAHSR, Lost LA Train Depots, LEED, BRT & More

3 Ways Our Pols Prevent Us From Funding Transpo, Education, Environment

Are Cars "Going Out Of Style" In Europe?
Wall Street Journal

As Good And Important As It Is, LEED Can Be So Embarrassing
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

Baldwin Hills Parklands Shuttle Opening On Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (La Cienega Expo Line to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area : Press release PDF)
Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District

California High-Speed Rail Cost Figures Coming In, But No One Will See Them Yet
Silicon Valley Mercury News

California High-Speed Rail Pairs With Amtrak For Cost And Clout
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

California Works With Amtrak To Make High-Speed Rail
CBS News

City Releases DEIR For 5 Year Bike Plan Implementation / My Figueroa Project. Further Study Not Needed
StreetsBlog LA
City Of Los Angeles 2010 Bicycle Plan: First Year Of The First Five-Year Implementation Strategy And Figueroa Streetscape Project -- Draft Environmental Impact Report, January 2013 (links to report sections)
City Of Los Angeles City Planning Department

Connecting With A Cleaner World ("Supporters believe much-maligned 710 Freeway tunnels will greatly ease congestion and dramatically improve air quality for millions of people.")
Pasadena Weekly

FTA Grapples With Likely Funding Cuts ("The Federal Transit Administration now finds itself up against almost certain funding cuts that imperil rail and bus expansion projects, as well as the agency’s own staffing.")
StreetsBlog DC

In Oregon, Pushing Ahead With Road Use Fees
The Atlantic: Cities

LA Councilman Introduces Motion To Connect ONT To Metrolink System
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Lost Train Depots Of Los Angeles ("The city's grandest passenger terminal, Union Station, survives today. But its historic predecessors, which welcomed millions to the city, have all vanished from the cityscape." Numerous archival images from collections around the city illustrate this history)
LA As Subject via KCET

Metro Responds To FastTrack Criticism: Removing Monthly Fees Opens Budget Hole, Encourages People Outside L.A. County To Purchase, Not Use, Transponders
StreetsBlog LA

A New Angle On Figueroa Street Parking ("What can be done to give Figueroa and other lagging Highland Park streets a boost? How about angled street parking?")
Eastsider LA

New City Rules Let Builders Swap Car Parking For Bike Parking
Curbed LA

Opinion: The Long Wait ("This Op-Docs video really just looks at New York’s transportation issues. I’ve been working on finding solutions to the larger, overwhelming issue of inaccessibility and building design. In response, I’ve created AXS Map, a crowd-sourced accessibility map that gives freedom to people with mobility challenges, their friends, family and supporters.")
New York Times

Outgoing AASHTO Director: Assess Gas Tax By The Dollar, Not By The Gallon
StreetsBlog DC

San Bernardino's Andrea Travis-Miller Voted In As New COG Executive Director
Pasadena Star-News

Selected State DOT Cost Reduction Initiatives For The Administration Of State Public Transportation Programs
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

Transparency: What To Consider Before Releasing Data To The Public
Government Technology
The Dynamics Of Opening Government Data: A White Paper (34p. PDF)
SUNY Albany Center For Technology In Government

Unsung Hero Of 7th And Broadway Puts An End To Downtown Ticket Trap

The US Has Only 5 True BRT Systems, And None Are "Gold"
Greater Greater Washington

What To Do About The Gas Tax? ("Two states, two different approaches for fixing how we pay for roads.")

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Gold Line, Port Of LA, OC Bike Sharing, Amtrak & CAHSR, Bikes vs. Cars, Infrastructure, Walking & More

2-Wheeled Power: Bicycles Share Space With Latest Car Models At Auto Show In Detroit
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Pedaling To The Top: How Bicycles Stormed The Detroit Auto Show ("More people are biking in cities across the US, a trend that the Detroit auto show incorporated into their 2013 show.")
Christian Science Monitor

4 Ways The Feds Are Making Transit Better
The Atlantic: Cities

AASHTO Backs $50 Billion In Transportation Infrastructure Bonds
Transport Topics

America's Infrastructure Ranks 25th In The World
Business Insider

Amtrak, California High-Speed Rail Authority To Announce Plans For Next-Generation Trainsets; Amtrak To Expand Lancaster Station Project
Progressive Railroading

Bicycle Sharing Rolls Out In Anaheim
Orange County Register

City Seeks Feedback On L.A. Surface Street Transit
Westwood-Century City Patch

Congressman Weighs In On Metro Board Nomination: Keep Najarian
StreetsBlog LA

Digital Dispatches From The Transportation Research Front
The Transit Wire

The Disturbing And Sometimes Transit Challenge Of Walking In America
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

DTLA Developments Contribute To LA's Record-Breaking Tourism Year
Blog Downtown

Echo Park And Highland Park To Get Updates On Streetscape And Housing Developments
Eastsider LA

Failure To Act: The Impact Of Current Infrastructure Investment On America's Economic Future (28p. PDF)
American Society Of Civil Engineers

Finally: A Transit Ticket On Your Smart Phone
The Atlantic: Cities

Gensler's MLK Medical Center Plan Centered On Walking/Biking
Curbed LA

Gold Line-Adjacent Highland Park Transit Village Ready To Go
Curbed LA

Grider And Dow's 1894 Los Angeles ("Old Chinatown with all its illicit charms is noted on the land where Union Station would later be built.")
Los Angeles Magazine

High-Speed Rail Critic Jeff Denham To Chair House Railroad Panel
Fresno Bee

How To Get Census Age Breakdown Data In One Year Increments
Cubit Planning

Long Beach: Bridging The Racial Inequalities Within Cycling
StreetsBlog LA

Port Of LA Breaks Ground For West Basin Railyard
Marine Log

Practitioner's Guide To Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Into The Collaborative Decision-Making Framework (223p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Prediction Of The Day: Cities Will Soon Compete To Build Driverless Car Infrastructure
The Atlantic: Cities

Pro-Bike Republican Tom Petri To Chair Key House Transpo Panel
StreetsBlog DC

Rep. Denham: Not "One More Penny" For Calif. High-Speed Railway ("California Rep. Jeff Denham (R) was appointed chairman of the House Transportation Committee's Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee Wednesday.")
The Hill

Regional Connector Seeks Contractor
Curbed LA

San Gabriel Valley Council Of Governments Expected To Pick New Executive Director Thursday
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Scoopsville: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Is Exiting Office
Chicago Sun Times

Smartphone App Developers Say Metro Unnecessarily Limits Bus Data
Washington Post

Transit Repair Backlog Will Get Renewed Focus

Walkers And Bikers Will Learn To Get Along This Saturday ("Held in collaboration with the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch (EVNW), the event aims to educate cyclists and pedestrians on these subtle road rules and relationships on the river path.")

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Union Station, Van Nuys Blvd, Managed Lanes, CAHSR, Basket Bridge, Bike Sharing, Walking, Planning & More

January 16: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The San Gabriel Valley is the first region in Los Angeles County covered by an extensive new regional highway plan to accommodate the projected rapid growth in population, personal automobiles...and the dirigible.)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

America Is A Walking Disaster ("In much of America, walking – that most basic and human method of movement, and the one most important to our health – is all but impossible. Maybe not literally impossible, but inconvenient at best, and tragically dangerous way too often.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Big Data Meets Big Brother In Passenger Screening Line

Bike Sharing Systems Push To Reach Underrepresented Groups
Greater Greater Washington

California's "Foothills Basket" Bridge Finished (U.K.)

A Case For Abolishing Parking Tickets
The Atlantic: Cities

Charlotte Transit Chief Touts Rail, Expansion  ("Charlotte’s top transit executive says the five-year-old light-rail line has directly led to an additional $18.8 million in tax revenue along the corridor. Charlotte Flowers, chief executive of the Charlotte Area Transit System, cited transit-oriented development -- apartments, shopping and other services that sprout near light rail and other projects -- as one of the success stories of taxpayer investments in transit.")
Charlotte Business Journal

Discount Bus Lines Like Megabus And Even Greyhound Are "Building Empires" Across America As Intercity Travel Booms
International Business Times

Englander/Buscaino Road Bond Off The Ballot For 2013
StreetsBlog LA

Ex-Transit Chief Lhota Heads Toward NY Mayoral Run
Associated Press

Fred Harvey Cafe At Union Station Still Looking For Operator
LA Observed
Union Station's Harvey House Seeks Full-Time Operator
Eater LA

FTA Releases $7M In Transit Workforce Development Funds
Metro Magazine

Google, Apple, Nokia, And The Quest For The Perfect Map ("Why are Google, Apple, Nokia, and Microsoft funneling significant resources into creating the best digital maps? "[A]ll share the same hunch that maps sit at the core of our digital future," writes Farhad Manjoo.")
Fast Company

Hold Off On Zipcar's Eulogy: Planners Are Key To Carsharing's Next Act

House Panel Rejects Proposal To End Feds' Mass Transit Benefit
Government Executive

Ideas For Downtown LA: Using Grand Central Terminal NYC As A Model For LA Union Station
DTLA Rising

Land Acquisition Starts For California High-Speed Project
Rail Journal

Life In The Slow Lane: San Diegans Spend More Time On The Road Than Angelenos
San Diego Free Press

Priced Managed Lane Guide ("This Guide is intended to be a comprehensive source of collective experience gained from priced managed lanes implemented in the United States through 2012. The Guide presents a wide range of information on priced managed lanes. The purpose of this guide is to assist transportation professionals as they consider, plan, and implement priced managed lanes projects.")
Federal Highway Administration Tolling And Pricing Program

Rail Authority Gets OK To Solicit 356 Valley Parcels
Fresno Bee

Ray LaHood's Status: "Nothing To Report"

Reports Foresee Trillion-Dollar Spending Gap For U.S. Infrastructure
Washington Post

Streetcar Out, Light Rail Or Busway In For Van Nuys Boulevard
Curbed LA

Today In Foreign Policy: American Interests Demand Walkable Communities
StreetsBlog DC

Top Reasons People Stop Using Public Transit

When Los Angeles City Hall Commanded The L.A. Skyline (A look at Los Angeles' three City Halls prior to our current edifice built in 1928)
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Who Teaches Planning? ("What role does the background of planning faculty, and the institutions from which they earned their degrees, have on the training of future planners? Tom Sanchez examines the profile of the nation’s planning faculty to help advance this discussion.")

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Dailyour online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Sourceyour window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.


Metro Bikes, Expo Phase 2, 710, Gold Line Foothill, CAHSR, Burbank Airport, OCTA & More

January 15: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Pacific Electric opens its iconic 6th & Main headquarters and a watershed monorail proposal for Los Angeles is released)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

$3 Billion Street Repair Bond For L.A. Ballot On Hold

BART Struggling To Meet Surging Demand ("The surge in riders -- about three times the increase that was expected -- could also bring problems if the transit district doesn't act to increase its capacity and rejuvenate its aging infrastructure.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Burbank Airport Studying Land Use, Transit Options
Santa Clarita Valley News

A Compendium Of Best Practices And Lessons Learned For Improving Local Community Recovery From Disastrous Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents (196p. PDF)
Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

Darrell Johnson Appointed New CEO Of Orange County Transit Authority
Voice Of OC

Expo Line Phase 2 Update Community Meetings
Santa Monica Patch

GAO: Mileage Fee Could Be More "Equitable And Efficient" Than Gas Tax
StreetsBlog DC
Highway Trust Fund: Pilot Program Could Help Determine The Viability Of Mileage Fees For Certain Vehicles (81p. PDF)
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Gold Line's Edge Bears More Fruit With 212-Unit Pas Complex
Curbed LA

High Speed Rail Workshop Gets TRB 2013 Started On The Fast Track
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

LA's $3 Billion Street Scheme: The Real Story They Don't Want You To Hear

McDonnell's Cheeky Move On The Gas Tax ("Is a sales tax an appropriate place to gather revenue for roads and transit? Does it make sense to add fees to alternate fuel cars? Part of McDonnell's plan involves reworking the transit funding formula. What is at risk there? What does the state stand to gain from tinkering in transit?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Metro Teaches Bike Manners With New Train Poster Campaign
Blog Downtown

New Gold Line Community Liaison Office Is Ready To Take Your Questions ("Metro Gold Foothill Extension Construction Authority officials say they hope the new office will increase public interface.")
Arcadia Patch

A New Subway Map Lets You Know The Time Your Trip Will Take ("Evenly spaced stations might look good on a map, but they’re a total lie. A new design for the Boston subway map incorporates the length of your potential trip.")
Fast Company Exist

OCTA Re-Vote Clears Legal Snag On CEO Post
Orange County Register

Opinion: California High-Speed Rail Plan Is Simply A Field Of Dreams
Bakersfield Californian

Opinion: Invest In Multi-Purpose Streets To Support Housing Values
StreetsBlog LA

Research: BRT Can Truly Be Pricier Than LRT
Railway Age

Santa Monica City Hall Seeks $12 Million In Grants From MTASanta Monica Mirror

Save Cycling From The Fiscal Cliff
League Of American Cyclists

Strip Down And Ride The Subway ("Improv Everywhere's annual no-pants transit ride goes international.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Support For L.A. Street-Repair Bond Measure Ebbs At City Hall ("Several City Council members back away from the proposal, which would ask voters to approve boosting property taxes.")
Los Angeles Times

This New Hybrid Train Cuts Energy And Emissions By 25% ("In Germany, a new train with a system that uses the energy from braking is making rail travel even more efficient than it already was.")
Fast Company Exist

Three 710 Meetings Scheduled In January
San Marino Patch

Transit Group: Large Majorities Support Public Transportation
The Hill

The U.S. Department Of Transportation Seeks Stakeholder Input On The Next ITS Strategic Research Plan, 2015-2019
U.S. DOT Research And Innovative Technology Administration

Would More Drivers Use Transit If It Mimicked Private Cars? ("Personal Rapid Transit is probably best described as a hybrid between the private car and public transit, with some more familiar elements of the taxi and elevator thrown in.")
The Atlantic: Cities

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We invite you to visit Metro's The Sourceyour window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.


NoHo Depot, CEQA, CicLAvia, 710, Santa Monica Bike Lanes, MAP-21, Amtrak, VMT & More

January 14: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles debuts the first push-button pedestrian-activated traffic control device in the world)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

2013 Pocket Guide To Transportation ("The Pocket Guide is divided into five sections: Safety, The Transportation System and Equipment, System Use and Livable Communities, Economic Competitiveness, Environmental Sustainability)
U.S. Bureau Of Transportation Statistics

Amtrak's Annual Losses At Lowest Level Since 1975
Boston Globe

APTA President And CEO Releases State Of The Public Transportation Industry: New Voter Survey Shows Strong Support Of Public Transportation

Boyle Heights Businesses Face Long List Of Problems, Study Finds
EGP News

Celebrating The Convergence Of Transportation And Technology ("TransportationCamp")

CEQA Reform And Transit Planning
California High Speed Rail Blog

CicLAvia 2013: Routes To Venice Beach, Wilshire/Fairfax, Extended "Classic Route"
StreetsBlog LA

CicLAvia: Dogtown To Downtown On April 21st
Yo! Venice!

Department Of Transportation To Install Neighborhood Maps For Pedestrians, Bicyclists
New York Daily News

Follow The Sun ("On Monday at 12:30 p.m., at the Dupont South escalators, you can witness a phenomenon that occurs only twice a year. And, no, I don’t mean a group of tourists who all know to stand to the right. (That never happens.)...")
DC Rider

The House Transportation Committee's Democratic Lineup
The House Transportation Committee's Republican Lineup
Transportation Issues Daily

Infographic: Following MAP-21 Funding
League Of American Bicyclists

The Latest Upgrade Won't Fix Amtrak's Wifi
The Atlantic: Cities

Learning From Los Angeles (forum : "Immense, diverse and surprisingly dense, Los Angeles is a living laboratory of art and architecture, pop culture and immigrant enclaves. In decades past it became a symbol of auto-centric urbanism -- but the city has recently pioneered efforts at urban retrofit, infill development and environmental restoration.")
San Francisco Planning And Urban Research Association

Los Angeles Metro Riders Go Pantless
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Major Metro Projects In NoHo Arts District Delayed ("Financial issues are pushing back plans to develop and restore parcels surrounding the historic Lankershim train depot.")
North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

Mixed-Use Project Underway Near Planned Expo Line Stop In Palms
Los Angeles Times

More Lights For L.A. Night Bicyclists Needed, Coalition Says
Pacific Palisades Patch

Najarian Effort To Retain Metro Board Seat About To Commence
StreetsBlog LA

Officials And Residents Await 710 Progress Report ("Months after it was promised to the public, the written report on the final five options for the Long Beach (710) Freeway extension project will be released this month, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.")
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Ridge Route Repair Group Runs Up Against Forest Service ("Volunteers who for years have been trying to preserve the historic Ridge Route north of Los Angeles say the Forest Service keeps blocking their efforts.")
Los Angeles Times

Santa Monica Street Goes Green With Bike-Friendliness ("New green stripe on Ocean Park Boulevard marks another milestone in the city's efforts to get more people bicycling.")
Los Angeles Times

Should California Make Changes To Landmark 1970 Law? ("I support the California Environmental Quality Act and, when asked why I want to modernize it, I immediately think of the Metro Expo Line Extension in Los Angeles, connecting Santa Monica to downtown...")

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Sacramento Bee

TEDx: How To Solve Traffic Jams (video : "Eliasson discusses techniques that urban planners and policy makers can use to help mediate the problems caused by rush hour commutes by car. Contrary to most other suggestions we see, Eliasson’s solution does not involve any plans to widen sidewalks, encourage public transportation and create bike lanes; rather, this suggestion is more policy oriented.")
YouTube via Arch Daily

This Week In Transportation: LaHood's Last Week?
The Hill

U.S. Chamber Chief Calls For Higher Gas Tax

Why Americans Will Soon Pay More To Drive Every Mile (Gas tax / VMT)
Motoramic / Yahoo

Will Chicago's Fare Hike Stall Transit Ridership Growth?
StreetsBlog Network

Will Massachusetts Tax Parking Lots To Fund Transit?
StreetsBlog DC

What are transportation community leaders around the nation tweeting about today? Check out the Metro Library Twitter Dailyour online digest in newspaper format updated every day.

We invite you to visit Metro's The Sourceyour window to what's happening with agency news, funding and policy issues, and how to get the most out of transit and Los Angeles.