I'm well aware this year we can look forward to all sorts of pedestrian and bike events like Ciclavia. One way to keep tabs on these is to regularly check this blog's calendar.
2012 in Southern California is also going to be a year studded with numerous motorized transportation related events. Of course the marquee event will be the opening of Phase I of the Exposition light rail line. But when this will happen and other details are still unrevealed, a state of affairs most recently explored in a Christmas Day piece in the Los Angeles Times. Likely it will be during the first half of the year but even that vague prediction is nothing more than an educated guess.
The motorcoach industry is a entire universe of bus transportation separate from public transit, providing transportation to the tourist industry and other economic sectors via charters and specialized services. The United Motorcoach Association Expo will be held in Long Beach Feb. 8-Feb. 12, 2012.
The economic role of infrastructure investment is one of the tracks being explored at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference March 15-March 16, 2012 in Los Angeles.
The Rail Passenger Association of California and National Railroad Passenger Association will hold their joint annual conference Steel Wheels in California and Nevada March 16, 2012 in the Board room at Metro in Los Angeles.
Twice a year the Motor Bus Society holds a convention in an urban area that includes extensive behind the scene bus yard and facility tours. The Spring 2012 event will be based in Los Angeles during the weekend of Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 with a focus on operators north of central Los Angeles, including Simi Valley, Oxnard-Ventura and Santa Barbara along the coast along with Bakersfield, Lancaster and Santa Clarita in the north-central area and several properties in northern Los Angeles County.
After relocating to Brea in 2010 and undergoing a hiatus in 2011, Railroad Days will return to Fullerton May 5-May 6, 2012.
The American Public Transit Association, trade group for the industry, holds conferences dealing with various aspects of public transit. This year its Bus & Paratransit Conference is being held in Long Beach May 5-May 9, 2012.
Concurrent with the conference May 4-May 8 APTA will be holding its International Roadeo in Long Beach. This is a competition where teams from various agencies test their skills in driving and maintenance.
The 5th National Train Day will be held May 12, 2012 with activities at Union Station and other rail stations in the region. Much like Railroad Days this is a great event for families that includes equipment displays and transportation related exhibitors.
Metro staff report that in the summer we can look forward to the opening of the new El Monte station and the extension of the Orange Line.
Transit ridership and freeway funding are up. $14 million for MicroTransit was postponed. South Bay C Line extension draws both controversy and support. Law enforcement, Taylor Swift, bus lanes, and more!