Research Roundup: Spawl Crawl And Rethinking Peak Hour Commutes, The New Sharing Economy & Smart Mobility For The 21st Century

The organization CEOs For Cities released a widely-cited report last month titled Measuring Urban Transportation Performance: A Critique Of Mobility Measures And Synthesis (71p. PDF). Their research finds that the secret to reducing the amount of time Americans spend in…

Metro Library’s Digital Documents Collection: What You Need To Know About "Anytime, Anywhere" Access

The Metro Transportation Library has begun collecting, cataloging and providing access to “digital” documents via our online catalog. These important resources have been produced and disseminated in electronic format – rather than being released “on paper.” Up until now, we…

New And Notable: Transport For Suburbia, ArcGIS & High Speed Passenger Rail

The need for effective public transport is greater than ever in the 21st century. With countries like China and India moving towards mass-automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found–it is time…

The 24-Hour City: 104 Years Of Owl Transit Service In Los Angeles

— By Matt Barrett Los Angeles has been a 24-hour city for much longer that most would imagine, and transit service has played an important role in keeping the city moving overnight for over 100 years. (LAMTA Car 3022 trundles…

New And Notable: Strategic Collaboration In Public & Non-Profit, Managing Public Sector Projects, Government Contracting

This week, we highlight three new titles from the ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy. Market disruptions, climate change, and health pandemics lead the growing list of challenges faced by today’s leaders. These issues, along with countless others…

New And Notable: Cities For People, Transportation Infrastructure Security, Railway Noise And Vibration

For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use — or could use — the spaces where they live and work. In Cities…

This Is Social Media Week In Los Angeles!

It’s Social Media Week here in Los Angeles. This global platform for conversation, collaboration and learning connects hundreds of thousands of people in different cities around the world in hopes of raising consciousness about social media’s role in society. Participating…

Research Roundup: More Transit = More Jobs, Congestion Trends & Statistics, Managing Increased Ridership

The Transportation Equity Network (TEN) has released More Transit = More Jobs: The Impact Of Increasing Funding For Public Transit (31p. PDF). TEN is a coalition of more than 350 grassroots organizations in 41 states that has worked since 1997…

5th Annual L.A. As Subject Archives Bazaar: Save The Date For L.A.’s Premiere Historical & Cultural Event On Oct. 23 (And It’s Free!)

Southern California: Just thinking about our vast region (larger than many states), diverse population (numbering in the millions), and its unique role in the historical and cultural development of the state and nation boggles the mind. (Click on all images…

Scan A Barcode, Find A Library: Bringing The World’s Library Collections To Your Phone

Ever wonder about those ubiquitous Universal Product barcodes on the back of just about every book? We’ve been scanning UPC barcodes at the grocery checkout for years, but there never seemed to be a consumer application for those found on…

Before TAP: The 1963 Vision Of Smart-Card Fare Collection And Rapid Transit For L.A.

The Metro TAP Program has been in the news quite a bit lately, and it reminded us of a long-forgotten piece of Los Angeles transit history. On January 7, 1963, local business and political leaders gathered at the Statler-Hilton Hotel…