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Santa Monica Airport Opponents Celebrate End of 30-Year Agreement with FAA

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Opponents of Santa Monica Airport are celebrating today after a 30-year agreement between the city and the Federal Aviation Administration expired last night at midnight, which they hope will mean the conversion of about...

Expo Rail Is On Its Way To Santa Monica, Expected 2016

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Our sister site Streetsblog Los Angeles has coverage of yesterday's press event celebrating the Metro Expo Line nearing completion. Expo Phase II construction is over 90 percent completed, and, if all goes as planned,...

Podcast: #DamienTalks with Safe Streets Santa Monica’s Richard McKinnon

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(Note: This post podcast will appear Monday on Streetsblog California as part of our weekly podcast #DamienTalks) Good Data, it’s the Holy Grail of transportation reform advocates. Today, #DamienTalks with Richard McKinnon, the head of Safe...

Butts Stands Up for Santa Monica, Metro Approves County-Wide Bike Share Plan

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(Note: This story originally appeared in Streetsblog Los Angeles) This morning, the Metro Board of Directors approved its $11 million contract with Bicycle Transit Systems to install and operate a pilot downtown L.A. bike-share system....

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Data Keeps Getting Better and Better

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It has been less than two weeks since real-time arrival information for Big Blue Bus became available online and on certain smartphone apps. And the good news keeps coming. At the Big Blue Bus  General Transit...

What Will Santa Monica’s New Bike Share System Cost to Use?

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Santa Monica's new bike share system is expected to launch a pilot in a matter of weeks and the full system, with 500 bikes and 75 stations, will roll out by the end of...

Metro Planning Committee Approves Bike Share Contract

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Santa Monica Next Editor Jason Islas contributed to this report, which originally appeared in Streetsblog Los Angeles. As expected, at yesterday’s meeting the Metro Planning and Programming Committee approved the contract for the first phase...

Test Expo Train Reaches Santa Monica for First Time in Years

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Photos are circulating on Facebook and Ipernity of an Expo Line test train reaching the City of Santa Monica this morning. It is the first time in many, many years that trains have passed down...

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Info Is Here!

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Big Blue Bus commuters, rejoice! The days of standing in the middle of the street and squinting in hopes that you might see a blue spot on the horizon are over. Since June 5, real-time arrival...

Planning Commission Recommends Moving Forward with Plaza at Santa Monica Project

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Though it is still very early in the process, the Planning Commission Wednesday recommended moving forward with negotiations for the Plaza at Santa Monica project, slated for city-owned land in the heart of Downtown. While...

As Metro Considers Bike Share Vendor, Concerns Over Compatibility Arise in Santa Monica

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News broke this week that Metro will soon vote on a bike share vendor for the agency’s “Countywide Bikeshare” system, which will start with a 1000-bike pilot program in Downtown L.A. But that has some...

Santa Monica Brings Civic Hacking Home with Big Blue Bus Realtime Data

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The city of Santa Monica and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a "Hack the Beach" meetup this Saturday, where the city will formally open up new datasets to the public, including real-time bus arrival information. Saturday's...

Iconic Plaza at Santa Monica Project Up for Review at Planning Commission

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The Plaza at Santa Monica could to be one of the most striking new buildings built in the bayside city -- or possibly even in all of L.A. County -- in decades. But first, it...

Sustainability and Equity Champion Tapped for Top Position at Santa Monica City Hall

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to include quotes from Santa Monica and Los Angeles officials. L.A. Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, an outspoken proponent of equity and sustainability in local government and planning and...

Will the Santa Monica City Council Take Even More Housing Options Off the Table?

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Less than a month after the Santa Monica City Council narrowly voted to remove the option of building 4- to 5-story apartments or condos on Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, Mayor Kevin McKeown wants...
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