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eNewsletters That Rock: The Transit Coalition

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"The Coalition works to develop a safe, integrated, cost effective and environmentally sound public transportation system for the greater Los Angeles Region."

The Transit Coalition's Weekly Transit eNewsletter is like putting a vegetarian in a tofu festival (err, a kid in a candy store). The eNewsletter, written like a blog with links throughout, feels interminable, yet exciting if you actually are a transit nerd.

Highlights from yesterday's e-mail include Councilman Bernard Parks' fight to name the newest light rail project, extending from Downtown to Culver City, the Expo Line, yet color it Rose on Metro maps. The Transit Coalition believes the Aqua Line is most appropriate.

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More importantly, it speaks about a possible light rail in Huntington Beach; installing WiFi on Metrolink trains; how the Orange Line in the Valley (where most complaints to the MTA come from) is getting so popular that bigger buses are needed along with a new Canoga Park stop; and Santa Monica College's search for more parking.

They also give you facts from other cities:

Thanks to the support of private enterprise and coherent planning policies centered on non-automobile forms of transport, the city transportation system is viewed as a success and credited as a major curtailer of greenhouse gases. Cycling is also up in Portland by an astonishing 257% since 1996.

And of local note:

The Daily Breeze reported on efforts to bring passenger rail service to LAX and the South Bay. Of note was the Harbor Subdivision Right-of-Way, which runs between L.A. Union Station and the South Bay. The rail line has seen a marked decrease in freight traffic since the Alameda Corridor began operations in 2002. Officials hope that passenger service in the same vein as Metrolink can be implemented on the ROW in the near future. Transit Coalition Executive Director Bart Reed was quoted in the report, calling the corridor an "unused jewel" with boundless potential. Particularly, The Transit Coalition envisions the Harbor Subdivision as part of a regional rail system that would connect commuters to disparate points across Southern California.
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Photo of the Green Line's Harborway Transitway stop by Morven via Flickr