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HOV Lanes, 405 Widening, Perris Metrolink, Caltrans, Highway Trust Fund, Bike/Ped Lobby, State Gas Taxes & More

405 Freeway Widening Project Delayed By A Year, $75M Over Budget
Los Angeles Daily News

Airline Uncertainty Pushing Some To Amtrak
My Fox DC

Are Some Caltrans Employees Moonlighting On State Time?
CBS Los Angeles

BART Lays Out New Safety Initiatives For Customers And Passengers
San Francisco Examiner

Building A Bike And Pedestrian Lobby With Teeth ("A group of advocates for safer streets in New York is looking to put financial and electoral muscle behind their efforts, forming a political action committee called StreetsPAC. The group will ask candidates in the city’s upcoming municipal elections to answer questionnaires about issues such as pedestrian infrastructure and investigation of traffic crashes.")
The Atlantic: Cities

BYD To Build Electric Bus Assembly Plant ("The Shenzhen-based producer of electric vehicles will break ground on May 1 for an assembly plant in Lancaster, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles, to make electric buses for US and Latin American public-transportation markets.")
China Daily

Caltrans Workers Hit The Highways To Clean Up California
Caltrans News Release

Chicago Ready To Roll Out Bike-Sharing ("Hundreds of three-speed bikes painted "Chicago blue" will hit the streets in June when the city debuts a bicycle-sharing rental program that originally was set to launch last summer.")
Chicago Tribune

Driver Ticketed For Using iPhone's Map App Isn't Giving Up Yet (Driver who maintains that he was driving safely at the time, isn't taking 'convicted' for an answer. Urged on by supporters, he has filed another appeal)
Los Angeles Times

"Etsy"-Type Flea Market, Food Fest To Begin In Historic Core This Summer
Blog Downtown

Federal Road Fund Could Go Broke By 2015
Statement For The Record: Status Of The Highway Trust Fund (6p. PDF)
U.S. House Of Representatives Budget Committee

The Future Of Driving ("But smarter driving will lead to more driving, because smarter driving reduces the cost per mile of vehicle usage. The end result of additional driving could be more traffic and more aggregate fuel consumption.")
New York Times

Ho Chi Minh City Scrambling To Put Transit In Place Before People Start Buying Cars ("Once people get into a car, it's hard to get them out.")
The Atlantic: Cities
Easy Riders (A case for bringing subways To Vietnam)
New York Times

How Gross Is The Air Of The NYC Subway, Really?
The Atlantic: Cities

How TIGER Transformed Transportation Planning -- And Lived To Tell About It
StreetsBlog DC

Just How Screwed Is The Highway Trust Fund?

Los Angeles Retains Notorious Rankings For Worst Smog, Traffic

Metro Board Approves Toll Lane Project
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Metro Drops Monthly Toll Lane Transponder Fee On 110 And 10
Curbed LA
A Monthly Toll Road Fee Exits Early
Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District

Passenger Rail An Economic Driver
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Perris: County Officials To Counter Environmental Group's Judgment Proposal
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Perris Valley Line: Deadline Set To Address Environmental Issues (Metrolink)
Riverside Press Enterprise

Pondering A Mileage Tax And A Reduced Federal Role In Transportation
Land Line

Road Work To Cause More Traffic Delays In Seal Beach
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Running Of The Bull: Cable Cars Are Trundling Money Away From The Transit You Actually Use ("Maintaining cable cars for city tourists while struggling to provide core transit service is a bit like polishing the heirloom china for the guests while sending the kids to school with no shoes.")
SF Weekly

Smart Displays Beam City Information Directly To Your Phone ("Need to know when the next bus is coming? At a Connecthings-enabled bus stop, just wave your phone and the information is already there." Are the digital displays at bus and train stops already out of date?)
Fast Company Exist

State Motor Fuel Taxes 2013 (4p. PDF)
American Petroleum Institute

State Of The Air 2013 (179p. PDF : "Los Angeles remained the city with the worst ozone pollution problem, but reported its fewest unhealthy ozone days since the State of the Air reports began. Los Angeles has one-third fewer days of unhealthy air than in the first report.")
American Lung Association
Report Card: California (County by county)
Report Card: Los Angeles County

Toll Lane Transponder Fee Suspended For L.A. County Residents ("For the next six months, residents will not be charged a $3 monthly maintenance fee for transponders used on the 110 and 10 freeways' toll lanes.")
Los Angeles Times

Torrance Historic Bridge Revamp Costs Balloon Due To Structural Cracks
Daily Breeze

Underground Cellphone Service Expands, But Some Call For Quiet
New York Times

U.S. Traffic Congestion Again On The Rise After 2-Year Slump, New Report Says
The Trucker

Using Census Data For Transportation Applications (130p. PDF : conference proceedings)
Transportation Research Board

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Leimart Park Stop, 405 Project Delays, Pico/405 Project, CAHSR, CicLAvia, Bike Share, Broken Meters & More

April 25: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (SCRTD opens the Central Maintenance Facility, supporting 13 operating divisions for equipment and maintenance)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

405 Project Stuck In The Slow Lane ("Plagued by cost overruns and delays, the widening will take at least a year longer than first anticipated. Pencil in June 2014, when officials aim to complete the bulk of the construction.")
Los Angeles Times

California High-Speed Rail Estimates "Astounding"
Washington Examiner

Decision On Crenshaw Line's Leimert Park Stop Arriving Soon
Curbed LA

Elon Musk Hates 405 Freeway Traffic, Offers Money To Speed Widening
Los Angeles Times

For The MTA, The Buck Stops At Leimert Park (by Mark Ridley-Thomas)
LA Observed

How Did Richie Trimble Get His CicLAvia Bike Into Media Stories In MexicoGreece and Croatia? By Riding One That Is "StoopidTall" (over 14 feet off the ground)
Yahoo News
Video of "StoopidTall" at CicLAvia 2013 via YouTube

Mapping The Screens At 7th Street / Metro Center ("Many of these screens have been added in less-than-useful places or show less-than-useful information.")
Steven White: The Accidental Urbanist

Mayor Villaraigosa Mandates MTA Hold Contractors Accountable For Lack Of Blacks Hired On Phase I Of Crenshaw Rail Project
Los Angeles Sentinel

New Low For L.A.: Ticketing Cars At Broken Parking Meters
Los Angeles Times

San Bernardino To Celebrate Historic Train Culture At Railroad Days
San Bernardino Sun

Spring Street Bike Lane Poised For A Paint Job Despite Film Industry Concerns
Blog Downtown

State Senate Approves Caltrans Chief Despite Concerns
Silicon Valley Mercury News

Tunneling Machine For Central Subway Arrives In SF ("They're called an 'earth pressure balance machine' and they have a rotating cutter head for soft ground, and we're anticipating drilling into soft ground.")
KGO San Francisco

Villaraigosa Announces Bike Share Program For Los Angeles
Latinos Post

What's A Bike Good For? Churning Ice Cream, Apparently ("The Peddler’s Creamery grand opening took place during L.A.'s recent CicLAvia, a daylong event that opens city streets to bikes and pedestrians.")
The Atlantic: Cities

Whittier OKs Purchase For Greenway Trail Extension
Whittier Daily News

Will The Casden Development Be L.A.'s Bermuda Triangle Of Traffic? ("Billionaire Alan Casden plans "transit concierge" for his project at 405 and Pico.")
LA Weekly

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Gold Line Eastside Extension, Metrolink To FlyAway, Coldwater Canyon, CAHSR, CicLAvia's Colombian Roots, Bike Commuting, LA River Bike Path, Gas Tax & More Launches New Estimated Train Crowding Feature ("Visitors to the BART website and mobile site can now get a snapshot of estimated crowding levels on trains when they plan a trip.")
BART News Release

Chatter Grows About Foxx And DOT ("Sources, including a transportation industry lobbyist, say they’ve heard increasing speculation that Charlotte’s mayor is about to be nominated as U.S. transportation secretary, possibly this week.")

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Charlotte Observer

Coldwater Canyon Opens Early To Traffic After Monthlong Closure
Los Angeles Times

Commuting By Bike In L.A. Can Be Harder Than It Seems
Triple Pundit

Editorial: Bullet Train -- The Insanity Escalates
San Diego Union-Tribune

Effectiveness Of Different Approaches To Disseminating Traveler Information On Travel Time Reliability (409p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program
A Lexicon For Conveying Travel Time Reliability Information (66p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

The Faulty Logic Behind Pro-Car Populism
StreetsBlog Network

Imagine Hopping On BART To Get To Marin County (A look at original plans for Bay Area Rapid Transit system to reach Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa via rail on the lower deck of the Golden Gate Bridge)
Curbed SF

L.A. CicLAvia Began In Bogota
ABC News

LA Investors Predict Development Boom In Places Where Development Is Booming ("54% see a bright future for the transportation sector. Which, with the Expo Line Phase II, Purple Line, Crenshaw Line, Downtown Streetcar, Gold Line Extension (and 36 more) planned or in the works, is probably a safe bet.")
Curbed LA

Los Angeles To End Use Of Coal By 2025
Los Angeles Daily News

Metrolink Offers LAX Tickets ("Getting to Los Angeles International Airport from Chatsworth and Northridge via public transportation recently got a little easier. Starting Monday, Metrolink added an option to purchase tickets for the LAX FlyAway bus directly from its vending machines.")
Northridge-Chatsworth Patch

New Pollution Study Ranks Los Angeles Areas In Top 10 Worst In State
Los Angeles Daily News

Mariachi Plaza Extension To Make Ped-Friendlier Gold Line Stop
Curbed LA

More Than 35% Of U.S. Public Transit Buses Use Alternative Fuels Or Hybrid Technology ("LA Metro operates the largest CNG fleet in the U.S. with 2,200 CNG vehicles. LA Metro also buys 15% of all transit buses in the United States...MetroLink is taking action to further reduce emissions by becoming the first commuter rail provider in the nation to buy Tier 4 locomotives, the cleanest-burning diesel engines on the market.")
APTA Press Release

Study: Yes, L.A. Has The Worst Traffic In The Country -- Again ("The average Los Angeles driver spent 59 hours sitting in traffic in 2012, or about two and a half days, the data showed...And four freeways are in the country's 10 most congested.")
Los Angeles Times

Universal Expansion, LA River Bike Path Extension Almost A Go
Curbed LA

Vehicle-Miles Tax On Rural Drivers: Everything You Believe May Be Wrong
Transportation Issues Daily

Where Is The Bottom? Americans Continue To Drive Less And Less
StreetsBlog DC
Traffic Volume Trends (links to data going back to 1970)
Federal Highway Administration Office Of Highway Policy Information Travel Monitoring

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Transit Security, SF Central Subway Tunneling, CicLAvia, Bike Lanes, Gas Tax, TIGER 2013 & More

5 Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Other Cities Might Want To Copy
The Atlantic: Cities

2013 Is A Boom Year For Bike Share, Here's Which Cities Will Launch Next (map and article)
Transportation Nation

APTA's Melaniphy Calls For More Federal Investment In Transit Security
Progressive Railroading

Bike Share Program To Roll In Downtown
Los Angeles Downtown News

Bikes Out-Sell Cars In Europe Nearly Two-To-One

Central Subway Workers Prepare For Boring Machine
San Francisco Chronicle
Central Subway Tunnel Machines Arrive This Week
San Francisco Bay
Central Subway Tunneling Machines Set To Arrive In San Francisco; Digging Expected To Start In June
San Francisco Examiner

CicLAvia's Bicycle Traffic Jams Are The Price Of Success?
LA Weekly

CicLAvia To The Sea A "Huge Success," Planning Underway For April, 2014 ("Organizers say they want to use the same route, and next time they want to close both sides of Venice Blvd. for bikes, as opposed to only one side (westbound) that Angelenos experienced this year.")
Bill Rosendahl, Los Angeles City Council, 11th District

Come And Get It: LaHood Announces Fifth Round Of TIGER Grants
StreetsBlog DC
DOT, Transportation Community Happy To See Long-Awaited Return Of A TIGER
U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog

Comprehensive Highway Corridor Planning With Sustainability Indicators (104p. PDF : "Phase Two of the project focused on extending this quantitative evaluation of sustainability indicators to additional multimodal corridor improvement options, including high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, high occupancy toll (HOT) lane, bus rapid transit/bus-only lane, light rail transit, truck-only lane, express toll lane, and road diet (i.e. lane removal).")
Maryland State Highway Administration

DTLA's Spring Street Park Now Has Cement And Some Trees
Curbed LA

Earmark Woes Resurface ("Did transportation get unfairly shafted in the rush to ban earmarks, which were really intended to combat questionable appropriations practices? Is the WRDA bill worse, in terms of looking like a pile of earmarks, than a surface transportation bill? Are there lessons from last year's highway and transit bill negotiations that can help lawmakers drafting a water resources bill? What other issues that could cause problems in that process?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Fearing Parking Loss, Downtown Business Group Stops "Street Seats" Program (parklets)
Bike Portland

For Some Riding In CicLAvia, It Is About More Than Just Having Fun (Although Fun Is Allowed)
StreetsBlog LA

Hiking In The Wonderful Mountains Of Southern California In 1918 ("While the Pacific Electric Railway might be known for linking urban areas, it also connected the people of Los Angeles with the delights of the wilderness above the city.")
Los Angeles Magazine

Huizar: It's Time To Paint The Spring Street Green Bike Lane
StreetsBlog LA

In Praise Of The Stockholm Subway's Breathtaking Art
The Atlantic: Cities

In U.S., Most Oppose State Gas Tax Hike To Fund Repairs (national poll)
Gallup Politics
Poll: Americans Not Revved Up Over Increased Gas Taxes
Poll: Put Brakes On Gas Tax

Is Increasing The Gas Tax Truly Politically Unpalatable?

Los Angeles Regional Earthquake Warning System Gets $5 Million Federal Grant
Los Angeles Daily News

The Opportunity Costs Of Highway Expansion
StreetsBlog Network

Prototype Development Of The Open Mode Integrated Transportation System (OMITS): Final Report (19p. PDF)
City College Of New York University Transportation Research Center

Remaking Sodo: Hansen, Teams, City Look At L.A. Live ("Investor Chris Hansen would like to create a Seattle version of L.A. Live, a thriving entertainment district by Staples Center. The Mariners and Seahawks also want to enliven the stadium area. But Port and maritime workers worry about freight mobility, congestion and loss of industrial lands.")
Seattle Times

Roads Are A Money Losing Proposition (video)

Seaside Scenes From CicLAvia's Packed First Route To The Sea
Curbed LA

What Are The Three Key Changes In TIGER 2013?
Transportation Issues Daily

Why Aren't Younger Americans Driving Anymore? (Presents "five big hypotheses")
Washington Post
Transportation And The New Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less And What It Means For Transportation Policy (41p. PDF : Report from April, 2012)
Frontier Group / U.S. PIRG

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Biggest CicLAvia Yet, Car-Free LA For Tourists, Beverly Hills Freeway, HOV Lanes, Metrolink, 101 Bridge & More

April 22: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (A "fully depressed and concealed" alignment along Santa Monica Boulevard is recommended for the proposed Beverly Hills Freeway in 1964)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

3 Creative Ways To Visualize Urban Public Transportation ("The Urban Data Challenge asked teams to make something beautiful and helpful from open data sets in San Francisco, Zurich, and Geneva. The results will change what you think a city’s transportation system can look like (and how useful it can be).")
Fast Company Exist

The 7 States With The Lowest Gasoline Taxes
Motley Fool

10 Incredible Repurposed Train Stations (photo essay)

100,000 Expected As CicLAvia Rolls Through LA To The Sea
Los Angeles Times

America Needs Clean Transportation, Not Just Clean Cars ("Anderson's work also shows the economic benefit of public transit, estimating that the congestion relief provided by public transportation in Los Angeles, for example, ranges between $1.2 billion and $4.1 billion per year. Therefore, the considerable economic gains justify the significant cost of constructing transit systems.")
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog
Obama's Energy Security Must Also Invest In Public Transportation
Americans For Transit

At CicLAvia, Many Say They Feel Safe Despite Boston Bombings
Los Angeles Times

Bicycle Riders Take To The Streets Of L.A. For Sixth CicLAvia (video)

California High-Speed Rail Gets Its First Contractor
Transportation Nation

A "Car-Free LA" Announced At CicLAvia ("Car Free LA, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board's new car-free campaign, "showcases the city's new bikeways, expanded public transit, improved walkability, and events like CicLAvia" as well as "features a series of expertly designed itineraries for discovering the city's diverse neighborhoods on foot, bike, and public transit," according to a release.")
Discover Los Angeles' "Car-Free LA" website

CicLAvia Bike Event Leaves Some Motorists Fuming About Traffic Jams
Los Angeles Times

CicLAvia Draws 100,000 Cyclists In Push For A Less Car-Dependent LA (video)
NBC Los Angeles

CicLAvia Lends Big L.A. A "Small Town Feel"
Los Angeles Times

Council Will Not Support The Subway If It Tunnels Under Beverly High (PDF)
Beverly Hills Weekly

Court Date Set In Proposed Metrolink Extension ("Riverside County Transportation Commission officials are expected in court Wednesday, April 24, to work out a solution concerning a lawsuit against a planned Metrolink extension into Perris.")
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Fatigue Risk Management Guide For Rapid Renewal Highway Construction Projects (155p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Free Bus Passes For Earth Day
Riverside Press-Enterprise

How CicLAvia Made Its Way To The Sea ("We're literally going between the historic birthplace of L.A., which is the old church -- the Placita Church on Main Street opposite Olvera Street -- and Abbot Kinney's man-made utopia, Venice, this fantasy seaside resort that he built," says Paley."When Abbot Kinney set up his fantasy one of the most important things was that there was a streetcar that connected downtown with it and I think [CicLAvia is] a historic retracing of that route.")
LA Weekly

Letters On Letters: For Whom The Bell Tolls ("Angelenos like their freeways to be free (although they differ on what it means for highway access to be free). That's the sentiment expressed by the half a dozen reader responses to USC public policy professor Peter Gordon's letter last Saturday urging motorists to be patient with Los Angeles' experiment in congestion pricing on the 10 and 110 freeways. Gordon's lengthy letter discussed a Times article reporting that while traffic on the 110 toll lanes has sped up since their conversion from solely carpool lanes, it has slowed on the rest of the lanes...Readers were unconvinced. Here is a selection of their letters.")
Los Angeles Times

Mapping Voids, Debonding, Delaminations, Moisture, And Other Defects Behind Or Within Tunnel Linings (555p. PDF)
Strategic Highway Research Program

Mayor Joins CicLAvia Bikers, Skaters Taking Over Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles Times

Metrolink Or Other Trains Likely Reason For Frustration At Crossing (subscription)
Orange County Register

Non-Drivers Hog The Road At 6th And Biggest CicLAvia ("The 15-mile route from downtown to the beach welcomed any form of non-motorized transportation. Organizers say as many as 150,000 people participated.")
Los Angeles Times

Planes, Trains And A Downtown Auto Dealer
Los Angeles Downtown News

Santa Monica's First Kidical Mass A Success
StreetsBlog LA

Some Vow To Make CicLAvia A Tradition
Los Angeles Times

Spot-By-Spot, Or Route-By-Route? SFMTA Refines Its Bicycle Strategy
StreetsBlog SF
Draft SFMTA Bicycle Strategy (31p. PDF)

State Makes Another Redevelopment Money Grab
Santa Monica Daily Press

Take 3 For "Give Me 3." Safe Passing Law Heads To Assembly Committee On Monday
StreetsBlog LA

Tony Hsieh's Plan To Reinvent Vegas Transportation With Electric Cars ("The ambitious initiative, called Project 100, is the Zappos CEO’s latest scheme to change the face of Sin City. This time, he’s using a fleet of Teslas.")
Fast Company Exist

Westlake Village Sculptor's Next Big Project Will Span Highway 101 ("The bridge project is being funded primarily using Measure R funds from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.")
Ventura County Star

Will The FRA Force Amtrak To Build Pricier High-Speed Trains?
StreetsBlog Network

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