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Westside Subway Extension, Metro Art Program, Expo Line, CAHSR, Highway Trust Fund, Getty Overdrive & More

5900 Wilshire Gets The Shaft: Westside Subway Extension Begins This Week
Los Angeles Magazine

Angelenos Invited To Explore Metro Station Artwork In Series Of Public Tours ("Every day throughout L.A.County, throngs of commuters pass by artwork in their local transit station, often without giving the pieces a second glance. Metro officials are trying to change that — through monthly art tours that provide insight into the artists behind the creations.")
Blog Downtown

Anschutz's Attempt To Sell AEG Froze L.A. Football Bid, Says NFL Official
L.A. Biz

Breaking: There's Finally Light At The End Of The Expo Legal Tunnel, Supremes Set Court Date
StreetsBlog LA

Buscaino, Englander's Road Bond Proposal Is Back, But Will It Go Forward?
StreetsBlog LA

California High Speed Rail Authority Extends Contracts Totaling Nearly $50M
KABC Los Angeles

DeFazio Tackles The Eternal Question...How To Fund The Highway Trust Fund?
American Society Of Civil Engineers

DOT Launches "Women In Transportation" Video Series At White House Forum, Invites The Public To Submit Their Own Stories
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

High-Speed Rail A Highlight Of Brown's China Trip
Associated Press via Sacramento Bee

L.A.'s Parking Wars Take A Toll On Drivers And Meter Officers Alike
Los Angeles Times

New Gold Line Bridge In Arcadia Defaced With Graffiti
Pasadena Star-News

The Nuclear Option For Rude Subway Riders: Wearable Speakers
The Atlantic: Cities

Officials Seek Merger Of Planning, Building And Safety
Los Angeles Downtown News

Post-Sandy Elevation Requirements Ensure We Build To Last
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Stick A Pin On It ("For street-level information, the most expensive part of mapping, MapBox relies on data gathered and distributed for free by OpenStreetMap (OSM), a crowdsourced mapping project managed by the not-for-profit OpenStreetMap Foundation, run entirely by volunteers.")
The Economist

The Straight And Narrow On LA's Sharrows War
City Watch

Study: Too Many Drivers Fail To Look For Pedestrians When Turning Left
StreetsBlog DC

Tackling Terrible Traffic: How Cities Try To Ease Commutes
NPR Talk Of The Nation

TomTom Research Finds Los Angeles Most Congested City In North America (L.A. edges out Vancouver, Honolulu and San Francisco)
Auto Channel

We Are In Overdrive: L.A. Constructs The Future, 1940-1990 (The Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute launch an historic exhibit next week as a follow up to "Pacific Standard Time." Metro is contributing several items to tell the story of how Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic and creative capitals in the world)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Westside Subway Extension Renamed "Purple Line Extension"
Brentwood Patch

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LAX Transit Link, ONT Airport, LA2050, Access Across America, LA Bike Wars, LA Light Syncing, Port Railyard,

15 Ideas For Making Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Better
The Atlantic: Cities

Access Across America (Los Angeles ranks #1 in this study which "goes beyond congestion rankings to focus on accessibility: a measure that examines both land use and the transportation system. The study is the first systematic comparison of trends in accessibility to jobs by car within the U.S. By comparing accessibility to jobs by automobile during the morning peak period for 51 metropolitan areas, the study tells us which cities are performing well in terms of accessibility and which have seen the greatest change." Includes links to news release, key findings, data and full report)
University Of Minnesota Center For Transportation Studies

After 30 Years, LA Synchs Its Traffic Lights: Too Little, Too Late?
Car Connection

Colorado, Figueroa, Lankershim, Westwood...Checking In On The Bike Wars
StreetsBlog LA

Editorial: Port Railyard Plan Must Heed West Long Beach Concerns
Los Angeles Daily News

Editorial: The Millennium Project: Reaching High In Hollywood
Los Angeles Times

Feds Posit Ambitious Plan For Northeast High Speed Rail
Transportation Nation

Get In Touch: LAX Transit Link Finally Becoming A Reality ("For the many who have doubted that there would ever be a rail connection to LAX airport, there’s some very good news. It looks like it’s going ahead.")
The Architect's Newspaper

Inland Empire Officials Criticize L.A.'s Terms On Ontario Airport ("Mayor Villaraigosa and Los Angeles World Airports say the price for the struggling facility must help cover the cost of improvements, but Inland Empire officials counter that it has a negative market value.")
Los Angeles Times

My LA2050 ("What does a successful Los Angeles in 2050 look like to you? The My LA2050 challenge invites you to dream of the most innovative and creative ways to tackle Los Angeles’ biggest problems. With your help, we will shape the LA story anew – and build the LA2050 of our aspirations...LA2050 has looked at the health of the region along the following key indicators: arts & cultural vitality, education, environmental quality,health, housing, income & employment, public safety, and social connectedness. And we’ve made informed projections about where we’ll be in the year 2050 if we continue on this current path.")
Los Angeles 2050: Who We Are, How We Live, Where We're Going (71p. PDF : This page explains why transportation is not considered a key indicator, but should rather be contextualized as "a means to an end")
Goldhirsh Foundation / LA 2050

OCTA Seeking Members Of Citizen Panel
Capistrano Dispatch

Phoenix's Automated Sky Train Set To Roll, Offering Airport Link
Arizona Daily Star

Revenge Of The Bicycles: Cyclovia Tucson Takes To The Streets Of Tucson, April 7
Tucson Weekly

San Bernardino County Lawsuit Strained Relationships, Coffers ("After nearly nine years and roughly $46 million in taxpayer money spent by all parties involved, San Bernardino County's indemnity lawsuit against Upland and two transportation agencies has left scars, but none that cannot be healed.")
San Bernardino Sun

Santa Ana Council Members Still Feel Out Of The Loop ("After a brief update on the city's planned streetcar system – which is to one day connect the city's train depot with the downtown core and another Garden Grove station – council members said they still haven't gotten information that they deem vital before they can make a decision on the $209-million project.")
Voice Of OC

Santa Monica Could Adopt New Pedicab Ordinance
Santa Monica Lookout

Say Hello To Muni's New Buses
StreetsBlog SF

SEPTA Unveils Rail Station "Library"
Metro Magazine
SEPTA Wants To Know: "What Are You Reading?" ("In honor of National Library Week, April 14-20, 2013, SEPTA and the Free Library of Philadelphia are sponsoring "What are you reading?", a social media-driven contest to find out what titles are trending with SEPTA customers.")

Two New Bills Aim To Save California Farmland From Rampant Sprawl

Villaraigosa To Unveil $229-Million Overhaul Of Delta's LAX Terminal
Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Key To Success At LAX's Flight Path Learning Center (A look into Los Angeles' little known aviation history museum)
Daily Breeze

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Gold Line Foothill, Expo Line Bridge, CAHSR Costs, Steep Streets, Laurel Canyon Trolley, SR-710, Amtrak, Gas Tax & More

April 3: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The City of Los Angeles adopts the "Concept Los Angeles" general plan -- the first time that a rapid transit network is proposed as essential for Los Angeles to achieve its General Plan)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Americans Are Driving Less (video)

Amtrak Haters: Bullies With No Public Purpose
Railway Age

California High-Speed Rail Costs Soar Again -- This Time Just For Planning ("California rail leaders said Tuesday it will cost an extra $97 million in office and field work to design the rail line, which has famously seen its construction cost double to $69 billion since voters approved it five years ago.")
Contra Costa Times

Californians Want Relief From High Gas Prices, Not Gas Taxes
San Diego Union-Tribune

Caltrans Working To Sell SR-710 Homes, Legislators Say
Pasadena Star-News

Changing Of The Guard At San Gabriel Valley Council Of Governments
Whittier Daily News

Critics Find Cracks In "Infrastructure Crisis"

Dodger Season Begins As Does The Stadium Express Bus From Union Station
Blog Downtown

Does Giving Out High Fives Make Riding The Subway Fun?
The Atlantic: Cities

Editorial: Scuttle Plans For California "Bullet" Train ("Taxpayers are all too likely to end up with an isolated stretch of track in the lightly traveled Central Valley. But even if the state manages to complete the line, California will have poured billions of dollars into a project that meets no pressing public need.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Glendale Approves Disney's Grand Central Air Terminal Renovation Plan
Tropico Station

Gold Line Construction Authority Posts Maps, Detailed Info For Foothill Extension Work On Website
Pasadena Star-News

Graffiti On Gold Line Bridge
Arcadia Patch

How Baxter Became One Of L.A.'s Steepest Streets ("One stretch between Allessandro and Alvarado claims a 32 percent grade, among the steepest in the city. Just over the hill past Lemoyne, a grid pattern embedded in the concrete helps tires better grip the road.")
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

Infrastructure Bank Would Fund More Than Just Roads And Bridges
Land Line

Infrastructure Gap? Look At The Facts. We Spend More Than Europe

LA 2050: Some Of The Best Ideas For Los Angeles' Future Livability
StreetsBlog LA

LA Metro Expo Line Bridge Construction Underway In Culver City (includes maps)
KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Legal Issues Surrounding The Use Of Digital Intellectual Property On Design And Construction Projects (48p. PDF)
National Cooperative Highway Research Program

MARTA Introduces "See & Say" App ("The app will allow [Atlanta] transit users to discreetly report incidents on the system.")
Roswell Patch

Metro Offers Dodger Stadium Express Bus Service From Union Station To Dodger Stadium During Regular Season 2013 Dodger Games
Pasadena Independent

[D.C.] Metro To Triple Its Number Of Surveillance Cameras
Washington Examiner

Street Bond Proposal Revived
Los Angeles Daily News

The Trackless Trolleys Of Laurel Canyon (an image from the Metro Transportation Library & Archive inspires this essay about the first rubber tire trolleys in the United States -- in Laurel Canyon from 1910 to 1915)
LA as Subject via Los Angeles Magazine

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Measure J, High-Speed Rail, DTLA Development, Commerce Rail Yard, Metrolink & More

A Blind Rider's Long Commute, Or How Transit Cuts Hit Those Who Need It Most
Transportation Nation

BNSF And Architects Cosponsor "Great Park" Design Competition For Commerce Rail Yard
StreetsBlog LA

California High-Speed Passenger Rail: Project Estimates Could Be Improved To Better Inform Future Decisions (90p. PDF)
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Highlights page (PDF)

California's New GeoPortal Touts "Socially-Derived Maps"
Government Technology

Demographic Survey Aims To Bring New Restaurants, Retailers To DTLA (" A group of Downtown property owners are surveying area residents, employees and visitors to try and determine what new business people want the most.")
Blog Downtown

Despite Its Current Benefits, The L.A. Metro Needs Improvement
USC Annenberg Neon Tommy

Dodger Shuttle Bus Returns
Los Angeles Downtown News

Here Are The 'Hoods You Can Blame For The Death Of Transit-Speeding Measure J
Curbed LA

Julian Burke Dies At 85; Former MTA Chief ("A corporate turnaround expert, Julian Burke restored the MTA and brought credibility to the agency during a time of financial uncertainty and U.S. scrutiny.")
Los Angeles Times

Phoenix's Walkability Gamble Might Actually Pay Off ("The Reinvent PHX initiative will try to guide transit-oriented development in five districts along the new light rail corridor.")
The Atlantic: Cities
Losing Ground: The Struggle Of Moderate-Income Households To Afford The Rising Costs Of Housing And Transportation (36p. PDF)
Center For Housing Policy

Ruling On Metrolink More Complicated Than It Seemed ("What looked like a green light for the construction of a new Metrolink line last week is looking more like a yellow light this week.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Skin In The Game, Infrastructure Style ("What does Obama's latest infrastructure proposal indicate for the future of transportation and the role of government? How would raising the cap on private activity bonds impact the transportation construction market, and how quickly would the effects appear? Is expanding TIFIA a viable option? What about the infrastructure bank, which has consistently been rejected on Capitol Hill? Can there be new life breathed into that tired proposal?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Study: Loosening Parking Mandates Leads To More Affordable Housing
StreetsBlog Network
Parking Requirements As A Barrier To Housing Development: Regulation And Reform In Los Angeles (44p. PDF : "Using a partial deregulation of residential parking in downtown Los Angeles, I examine the impact of minimum parking requirements on housing development. I find that when parking  requirements are removed, developers provide more housing and less parking, and also that developers provide different types of housing: housing in older buildings, in previously disinvested areas, and housing marketed toward non-drivers.")
UCLA Institute Of Transportation Studies

Technology For Passengers To Print Luggage Tags Considered For Los Angeles, Ontario Airports
Daily Breeze

To Fight Gridlock, A City Synchronizes Every Red Light ("In the latest ambitious and costly assault on gridlock, Los Angeles has synchronized every one of its 4,500 traffic signals across 469 square miles -- the first major metropolis in the world to do so, officials said -- raising the almost fantastical prospect, in theory, of driving Western Avenue from the Hollywood Hills to the San Pedro waterfront without stopping once.")
New York Times

Transit Information Offered In 200 Languages ("Riders whose primary language is not English now can get trip planning assistance and transit information through a network of interpreters who speak more than 200 languages.")
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

West Orange County Connectors Project Construction Update Monday, April 1 To Friday, April 5
Orange County Breeze

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Gold Line Eastside Extension, SFV & Bob Hope Transit, Azusa TOD, OCTA, Carpool Limits, Downey Bikes & More

Last night, we learned of the passing of former Metro CEO Julian Burke. Burke led the agency from 1997 through 2001

This press release announcing his departure from the agency highlights his term and many accomplishments at Metro, which he called " the most enjoyable challenge of his long working career."

April 2: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The Southern California Rapid Transit District launches a successful 25-cent experimental fare)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Authority Votes To Look At L.A. County Transportation Priorities ("The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday recognized the transportation priorities of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments and voted to take a look at each of them.")
Los Angeles Daily News

Azusa Gets $650,000 Metro Grant To Study Transit-Oriented Development Near Gold Line Stations
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Bike Lanes Aren't Just For Big Cities (video)

California High-Speed Rail Gets Thumbs Up From U.S. Watchdog
Huffington Post

Caltrans Suggests 3-Person Carpools, Tolls
Orange County Register

Downey Hopes To Become Bike-Friendly ("No bicycle lanes exist on city streets...The City Council approved applying for a $250,000 Caltrans grant to help fund a bicycle master plan. The plan would serve as the official policy to guide the development and maintenance of bicycle-friendly roads and bikeways in the city.")
Long Beach Press-Telegram

A First Look At The "Grand Central Station" Of San Francisco ("Transbay, a multi-modal transit hub in downtown San Francisco, aspires to be a monument for the city.")
Fast Company Design

Foot Soldier Alissa Walker Explains Why She's Better Off Ped (Downloading Metro's "excellent app" are among the writers suggestions for a happy car-free Los Angeles life)
Los Angeles Magazine

Is This Transit Oriented Flip (TOF) The Start Of Something Big? ("Per the listing:...Walk to the station a block away and ride the Expo line to downtown or Culver City for an evening on the town without needing your car.")
Curbed LA

L.A.'s Making Dangerous Intersections Safer, But Are They Focusing On The Right Ones?

Location Scouts Upset Again Over Green Bike Lane In Downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Board Prioritizes Connecting Bob Hope Airport With Public Transit ("[San Fernando Valley Council of Government members] also want the airport linked to the Red and Gold lines, providing easier access to Hollywood, downtown L.A. and Pasadena.")
Burbank Leader

Metro Going Ahead With Gold Line Mixed-User In Boyle Heights
Curbed LA

[D.C.] Metro Relaunches An Updated Mobile Site
Washington Post

Minority Of L.A. County Voters Quashed Transit Tax Extension ("Measure J fell just 0.6% shy of the required two-thirds approval as support fell in upscale enclaves. Some politicians are pushing to cut the requirement." Accompanying interactive maps display 2008 Measure R support across the county's alongside 2012 Measure J support and the decrease or increase in support between the two measures in each census district)
Los Angeles Times

Momentum Builds For Using Cap And Trade Funds For Rail
California High Speed Rail Blog

New OCTA Chief Takes Helm
Metro Magazine

Obama Calls On Lawmakers To Approve $21 Million Infrastructure Bill
The Hill

Opinion: California Beaming ("Two of the biggest public works projects in American history -- a $68 billion bullet train that will speed people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 38 minutes, and a huge re-plumbing of the state’s biggest river and delta system -- are moving forward. If they come together as planned, these ventures will lay the foundation for a California of 60 million people that may actually be more livable than the state that now has 38 million.")
New York Times

Protesters Take Port Railyard Fight To Home Of Los Angeles Mayor
Daily Breeze

Public Transportation Does Relieve Traffic Congestion, Just Not Everywhere
The Atlantic: Cities

Reviving Amtrak ("After deregulation, freight rail rebounded. Passenger trains should follow their lead.")
National Review

SaMo Freaking Out Over Plan To Slash Parking Requirements
Curbed LA
Commissioner Wants To Shelve "Nutty" Parking Plan
Santa Monica Patch

San Bernardino Airport Still Awaits An Airline, But Does Have Activity
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Santa Clarita Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Toll Lanes On 5 Freeway
CBS Los Angeles

Street Parking Sign Examined Thoroughly, Inconclusive
LA Weekly

Technologies At SXSW Evolving How We Get Around
Mobility Lab

They Paved Parking, Paradise In Santa Monica
StreetsBlog LA

U.S. DOT, HHS Announce Public Health Campaign To Reduce Driving
StreetsBlog Network

Whatever Happened To The White House Office Of Urban Affairs?

Will Driverless Cars Solve Our Energy Problems -- Or Just Create New Ones?
Washington Post

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