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    When the First World War began in June 1914, the automobile was in the middle of its awkward teen years. The vehicles had popped up in the hands of the wealthy and early adopters, and Henry Ford had just started mass production of the Model T. But getting around on horseback was still the go-to mode of transportation. The war helped change that. 

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    The same technology that helped Audi’s amazing R8 e-tron Quattro race car win the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans will make buses throughout England a lot more fuel efficient.

  • Plans to create what would be metro Atlanta's second commercial airport have prompted concerns including noise at a national park and potential harm to rare fish in nearby streams.

    USA Today
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    ...Commuters haven’t taken high-speed rail from Georgetown, battled Interstate 95 traffic in the heart of the District or embarked on a 12-minute helicopter flight from Union Station to Dulles. Believe it or not, these projects were on the drawing boards at one point.

    Washington Post
  • Judging by the media coverage, Bridj looks like the biggest thing to happen in Boston public transit since Rosie Ruiz rode the Green Line to win the 1980 Marathon. The Cambridge-based startup, part of a new field of private buses popping up in major metros, promises to shake up city transit by relying on big data to plan routes and on luxury shuttles to move riders. That buzzword-filled elevator pitch seems tailored to get both investors and car-free Millennials excited about riding the bus. But much like Ruiz did, the hype seeks a shortcut to the finish line. 

  • Jessica Musicar was shocked when she got a letter from a collections agency telling her she owed $75 for failure to pay a toll evasion ticket on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. She was surprised in part because she didn't recall receiving the initial notice of violation, but also because she lives in Montana - and hadn't been to the Bay Area in more than six years.

    SF Chronicle
  • BART has begun testing its sleek, driverless trains that will whiz riders between the Coliseum station and Oakland International Airport beginning in November...The tram uses automated three-car trains pulled by cables set inside a steel guideway held up by concrete columns.

    Oakland Tribune
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    More public transit. Better public spaces. Usually, these are two sides of the same progressivist coin in city planning...For years, the oddly marvelous asset of a ghost rail bed — which came into the city’s hands thanks to a careless cigarette smoker and is largely unknown outside of Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Rego Park — has inspired very different visions of the future.

    New York Times
  • The driverless-car revolution is taking a big leap forward, with the U.K. saying trial runs of the cars on public roads will begin in less than six months. Up to three cities in the U.K. will be chosen to host the trials, slated to start in January. 

  • Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other app-based ride services several years ago zoomed into the taxi industry at a time when the market was underserved, and now that could be happening with late-night public transit. Officially launched Monday, startup ride service Fleet offers private-vehicle trips along Caltrain's San Francisco-to-San Jose routes during the commuter rail's off hours. 

    SF Examiner