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ExpressLanes, CicLAvia, Metrolink, Bike Maps, UCLA Commuting, High-Speed Rail, China's Car Free City & More

February 15: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Los Angeles County bus operations are consolidated and the second phase of the Metro Blue Line opens)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Bike Maps That Give Riders The Info They Actually Need
The Atlantic: Cities

CA Congressman's New Post Another Roadblock For High Speed Rail?
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Car-Free City: China Builds Dense Metropolis From Scratch ("Walking from the center of the city to the green spaces takes just ten minutes, and other nearby urban centers will be accessible by a mass transit system." Includes photos and renderings)
Web Urbanist

Chapman University Officially Opens Huell Howser Archive, Remembers The Late TV Host

CicLAvia Is One Of LA's "Green Secrets" (video : "In honor of Earth Day, the Mayor’s Office has put together a series of videos titled “LA’s Green Secrets”. Their first video features everyone’s favorite block party: CicLAvia!")
LADOT Bike Blog

Committee On Transportation And Infrastructure (video : hearing : February 13, 2013)
U.S. House Of Representatives
Hearing Highlights Federal Role In Infrastructure And Economic Importance Of Transportation System
U.S. House Of Representatives Press Release
Links To Text Of Testimony (Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Edward G. Rendell, Co-Chair, Building America’s Future, and former Pennsylvania Governor; Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America)

Editorial: What Is It With Metrolink?
StreetsBlog LA

Expo Line: Portion Of Colorado Ave. To Close In Santa Monica
NBC Southern California

Guide For The Process Of Managing Risk On Rapid Renewal Projects (100p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

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

How Serious Is The President About Fix It First And Rebuild America Proposals?
Transportation Issues Daily

I-10 ExpressLanes Open Feb. 23
Santa Monica Patch

LADOT To Begin Adding Sharrows To An Additional 20 Miles Of Streets
LADOT Bike Blog

Litmus Test For Transport Spending: Will It Benefit Our Kids?
StreetsBlog Network

Metro ExpressLanes: Can They Work In LA?
KABC Los Angeles

Measure M Oversight Panel Finds OCTA In Compliance
Orange County Breeze

Montebello Collects Ideas For Bike Lane Study
EGP News

"Parker" Now Operating In Venice
Yo, Venice!

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Rail Promoter, Announces Retirement
StreetsBlog DC

UCLA Receives Gold Award From National Center For Transit Research ("Best Workplaces for Commuters a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation.")
UCLA Be A Green Commuter!

Video: Find Your Ideal Commute With Alt-Transportation ("The “Be a Smarter Commuter” video highlights how UCLA supports alt-transit by offering things like discounted bus passes, bicycle incentives, and carpool and vanpool systems. The video is part of the department's effort -- and a campuswide goal -- to get 50 percent of staff and faculty out of lone-driver cars by 2014. Currently, 53.4 percent of the University’s employees drive alone to campus.")
UCLA Today

When L.A. Was Empty: Wide-Open SoCal Landscapes (Numerous historic archival images depicting a Southern California as rural and sparsely populated. Includes the earliest known photograph of Los Angeles from 1862: "When an anonymous photographer stood atop Fort Moore Hill circa 1862 and took the earliest-known photograph of Los Angeles, he captured a small town -- population 4,385 in 1860 -- within an open countryside.")
LA as Subject via KCET

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Infrastructure, LADOT, Long Beach Bikes, "Fix-It-First," OC Regional Planning, TIFIA & More

StreetsBlog LA

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Transpo & State Of The Union, Burbank Monorail?, State Rail Plan, 710 Coalition, Regional Connector, XpressWest, I-405 & More

February 13: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro launches Gold Line express service)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

AASHTO Applauds President Obama's Consistent Message On Transportation
AASHTO Press Release

APTA Applauds President Obama For His Vision To Create A Strong Economy With American Jobs Through Transportation Infrastructure Investment
APTA Press Release

BART Considers Rebuilding 2 SF Stations ("Two of BART's busiest San Francisco stations could be on track for a $900 million expansion, complete with new tunnels, elevators and extra platforms to boost rider capacity.")
San Francisco Chronicle

Before Its Time: Burbank's Experimental Monorail ("Between 1910 and 1912, curious passengers climbed aboard the Aerial Swallow and enjoyed a breezy ride down through Fawkes’ estate. But the test runs failed to win over a skeptical public. When the Pacific Electric Railway demanded from Burbank $40,000 to extend its tracks into the suburb, Fawkes proposed instead a monorail line to connect the suburb with downtown Los Angeles.")
LA As Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Caltrans Unveils Draft State Rail Plan
Railway Age
California State Rail Plan 2013: Draft (380p. PDF)
Fact Sheet (2p. PDF)
California State Rail Plan Website

Chattanooga Bike-Share: Lessons For Smaller Cities
StreetsBlog DC

Cities Work On 710 Coalition ("Pasadena officials lead effort to conduct study of proposed 710 tunnel themselves.")
Pasadena Sun

Documenting Subway Travel's Most Intimate Moments
The Atlantic: Cities

Here's A Primer On Regional Connector Work For DTLA's Flower ("Though some business owners are so fearful of coming construction for the Regional Connector subway line -- which will link the Blue, Gold, and Expo Lines and reduce transfers -- that they've dropped a few lawsuits on the project, it won't be that scary.")
Curbed LA

The High Cost Of America's Bad Roads And Bridges
CNN Money

High-Speed Rail Project Waiting On $5.5 Billion Government Loan ("The nation’s first privately funded high-speed rail line, which would connect Las Vegas with Southern California, remains in a holding pattern, awaiting a decision on a federal government loan, a representative of the company said today.")
Vegas INC

High-Speed Train Project At Least Months Away From Start ("At best, it could be another 18 months before any ground is broken on the XpressWest project - the same time frame backers gave the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2009.")
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Insights Into Devolving Federal Transportation
Transportation Issues Daily

Mayor Should Control NYC Transit System
2nd Avenue Sagas

McClatchy Muckrakers Expose Seedy Underbelly Of The Highway Bonanza ("With their far-reaching and well-researched three-part series, published last Sunday, Tate and Gordon brought stories of highway corruption and waste to a mainstream print audience. They spent four months researching the series, digging into 15 years of campaign finance records and interviewing leaders inside and outside of the transportation field."America’s highway system,” they wrote, “once a symbol of freedom and mobility envied the world over, is crumbling physically and financially, the potentially disastrous consequence of a politically driven road-building binge.")
StreetsBlog DC

Members Of Senate's Primary Transportation Policy Subcommittee Announced
Transportation Issues Daily

Metro To Close Stretch Of I-405 From Montana To Getty Center ("Three northbound lanes on the 405 freeway through West Los Angeles will close for 55 hours starting March 1.")
Santa Monica Patch

Mica Revives Amtrak Privatization Effort
The Hill

Monrovia Officials OK Settling $106 Million Station Square Lawsuit
Pasadena Star-News

New Route, Major Changes In LB Transit Began Yesterday
StreetsBlog LA

Plan Will Demolish Soto Street Bridge, Rework Traffic
EGP News

President Proposes A "Fix-It-First" Program For Roads
StreetsBlog DC
Why Obama's "Fix-It-First" Approach To Infrastructure Matters
StreetsBlog Network
SOTU: President Cites Structurally Deficient Bridges In Calling For "Fix It First" Program
Transportation For America

Ray LaHood Defends President Obama's Passenger-Rail Strategy

Ray LaHood Was, Surprisingly, The Right Man For The Job

The State Of American Passenger Rail Is Good...And Getting Better
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

U.S. Public Transportation To Face Bumpy Road In 2013 ("Transportation bonds secured by grants from the U.S. government will suffer this year from uncertainty stemming from unpredictable federal funding and a still-tepid economic recovery, Standard & Poor's rating services said on Tuesday.")

What The Future Of American Train Travel Will Actually Look Like
Mother Board

What's The Deal? The Trolley And The Airport (Why San Diego's trolley doesn't connect to the airport and plans to change that)
Voice Of San Diego

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Expo Line Construction, Gold Line Monrovia, Metrolink, LAX People Mover, OCTA, Caltrans, HSR & More

February 12: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Metro breaks ground on the Whittier Greenway Trail)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Caltrans Wants Public Input On Statewide Rail Plan
Central Valley Business Times

Cars And Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible
The Atlantic: Cities

Congestion Rankings Make News, But What Do They Really Mean? Very Little For Most Residents
Transportation For America

The Geometry Of Transit-Friendly Neighborhoods ("The question of where to invest in transit-oriented development is a complicated one. We recently stumbled across a smart way of visualizing the answer – with “typology radar graphs!” – from the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Housing Plans Near Gold Line Monrovia Stop Not Totally Dead
Curbed LA

If You Build Bike Share, Riders Will Come
The Atlantic: Cities
Impact Evaluation Of A Public Bicycle Share Program On Cycling: A Case Example Of BIXI In Montreal, Canada (19p. PDF)

The Lessons We Haven't Learned From London's Killer Fog Of 1952
The Atlantic: Cities

Metrolink Executive Quits After Report Cites Accounting Problems
Los Angeles Times

New Beltway Express Lanes Losing Money (Recent financial disclosures from the company that operates the Capital Beltway's new high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in northern Virginia show that the lanes lost $11.3 million in their first six weeks of operation with fewer users than expected)
Washington Examiner

New LAX Plan Lays Out Details For Airport People Mover
Curbed LA
LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study: Final EIR (1,904p. PDF)
Los Angeles World Airports

New Parking At Santa Monica College
StreetsBlog LA

OCTA Bus Fare Increase Takes Effect
Capistrano Dispatch

Police Warn Transit Passengers About "Apple Picking" ("Warning passengers about the increase in thefts on public transportation systems. Electronic devices are the target, especially iPhones and iPads.")
The Transit Wire

Report Slams Metrolink's Financial Management ("Metrolink has kept such poor financial records that it cannot account for potentially millions of dollars in unpaid bills, an internal review has found. The commuter rail system doesn't keep enough cash on hand to cover its immediate expenses and appears to have dipped into restricted funds to pay its bills.")
Orange County Register

Santa Monica Braces For Expo Line Construction Starting Monday
Santa Monica Lookout

Why We Need An Investment Budget ("Too many roads are potholed, bridges unsafe, public transport systems outdated, pipelines bursting, and schools literally falling apart. Studies show a public return on infrastructure investment to average $1.92 for every public dollar invested.")
Robert Reich

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LA Train Culture, Monrovia Gold Line, Anaheim Streetcar, Bike Lanes, LA-Palm Springs Rail, Palmdale-Vegas Rail, Gas Prices, CEQA & More

February 11: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (Southern California Rapid Transit District launches an extensive marketing campaign during a national energy crisis)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Bay Area Leaders Consider Merging Region ("The region, which amounts to the world's 13th-largest economy, should continue to boom if they coordinate their planning and consider merging transit systems, police and fire services and even city governments...One simple start would be to get the 27 separate transit systems that residents currently navigate to look and feel like one, with the same paint, fares and a merged schedule.")
Associated Press via KTVU

Big Blue Bus February Service Change Begins Today
Santa Monica Mirror

Bike Lanes Lead To Traffic Woes, Students Say
USC Daily Trojan

Could You Give Up Your Car For Lent?
StreetsBlog Network

Cycling Advocates To President: We'd Like Another Ray LaHood, Please
StreetsBlog DC

East Is East And West Is West ("In Los Angeles at least, west and east do meet. If you're paying attention, you experience the meeting point as you turn an obtuse angle at Hoover Avenue and pass from the orthogonal American grid to the bent grid of Spanish colonial law. Jeremy Rosenberg on these pages summarized the clash of empires embedded in asphalt. I've offered an explanation, too. In Los Angeles, even the streets remember our differences.")

Echo Park Residents Worry About The Traffic Blackbirds Development Will Bring
Eastsider LA

Expanding Rail Service From Coachella Valley To Los Angeles Could Make Commuting Easier
Desert Sun

Fixing A Secret Cause Of Urban Traffic ("According to the Federal Highway Administration, a significant amount of city gridlock can be attributed to restrictions on freight movement, like a lack of space for trucks in cities. By one estimate, 947,000 hours of vehicle delay annually can be attributed to delivery trucks parked curbside in downtown areas.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Former Gov. Granholm, Noting Past Swipes At GOP, Dismisses Cabinet Talk
The Hill

Gas Prices In L.A. County Rise To Highest Level In State
Los Angeles Daily News

Gold Line Growing Train Culture In Pasadena, L.A. ("Briskie begins his day on the 4:36 a.m. Gold Line to Union Station, the very first train. From there, he takes the Purple Line to Wilshire and Western, then the Metro 720 express bus to Wilshire and Westwood Boulevard. He frequently says his 1 hour, 20 minute train ride (slightly longer in the p.m.) is the best time of his day...He calls driving on the freeways "prehistoric.")
Whittier Daily News

A High-Speed Train Would Help Palmdale Grow And Benefit Las Vegas ("XpressWest [formerly DesertXpress] initially was slated to run only between Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif., but agreements reached last year extended it 50 miles west to Palmdale.")
Vegas INC

How American Cities Are Making The Transition To Protected Bike Lanes
StreetsBlog SF

How The 2012 Election Results Could Shape Rail Industry Issues
Progressive Railroading

L.A. And Orange Counties No. 2 In U.S. For Traffic Delays ("Washington takes top spot, with the average auto commuters stuck in traffic an average of 67 hours a year. And as the economy picks up, congestion may worsen.")
Los Angeles Times

Monrovia Officials To Weigh Settlement With Developer Over $106 Million Station Square Lawsuit ("City officials Monday will consider settling a $106 million lawsuit from a developer tapped to create an ambitious transit-oriented development near the future Gold Line Station.")
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

MTA Provides Free Transit Passes To 1,300 Emancipated Youths ("The first of its kind in the nation, the six-month-old program is a joint effort between MTA and the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services.")
Santa Clarita Valley News

New Documentary Promotes Passenger Trains In U.S.
Transportation Radio via Planetizen

New Wilshire Grand Design Unveiled
Los Angeles Downtown News

New Wilshire Grand To Include "Sky Lobby," High-Tech Elevators And One-Of-A-Kind Helipad
Blog Downtown

OCTA Directors To Closely Review Anaheim's Streetcar Project
Voice Of OC

Once Route 91 Makeover Finished, Toll Lanes Coming To I-15
San Diego Union Tribune

Planners Pointing (New social media site pokes fun at planners' predeliction for pointing)
Planners Pointing via Tumblr

Project Management Strategies For Complex Projects (186p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

San Bernardino County Lawsuit Could Bankrupt Upland, City Manager Says ("San Bernardino County's lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies in which the county seeks to recoup a portion of a $102 million legal settlement could force Upland into bankruptcy court.")
San Bernardino Sun

Should Feds End Role In Transportation Funding And Policy?
Transportation Issues Daily
Committee Hearing To Focus On Federal Role In America's Infrastructure (February 13)
U.S. House Committee On Transportation & Infrastructure

Should We Replace The Term "Congestion Pricing"?
The Atlantic: Cities

Stuck In Traffic? Welcome To The Club ("What problems are caused by unreliable traffic patterns, as opposed to more steady gridlock? How can the variability be mediated? How important is transit reliability in easing congestion on the roads? What constitutes "reliable" transit? Are there ways to make congestion patterns more predictable, even if the roads are still crowded? Understanding that budgets are tight, what ideas offer the best bang for the buck in combatting traffic?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Transit-Oriented Development Typology Strategy For Alleghany County (126p. PDF)
Reconnecting America
Executive Summary (13p. PDF : "This Transit-Oriented Development Typology Strategy is designed to provide a framework for understanding what these transit-oriented investments are, where they can leverage the greatest economic potential, and how they can be funded and implemented. Each station area in Allegheny County’s system has its own set of implementation needs to support transit-oriented development. The typology offers a framework for prioritizing and understanding these needs at a glance. There are additionally seven strategies that agencies and advocates can deploy to support and catalyze momentum for transit-oriented development across the entire transit system, regardless of place type.")

What Would Ideal CEQA Reform Look Like?
California High Speed Rail Blog

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