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    In a move that could eventually take tech workers off the controversial corporate shuttle buses and put them on fast electric commuter trains, big Peninsula employers — including tech giant Google — and business groups will announce a joint effort to speed modernization of Caltrain. The Caltrain Commuter Coalition also includes the 49ers, Oracle, LinkedIn, Stanford University, HP and other firms yet to be named. The effort is being coordinated by the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and San Mateo County Economic Development Association.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Young startup UrbanEngines hopes to solve traffic jams by applying the lessons learned from keeping the internet up and running...Their idea is to watch real world traffic so cities can make changes on the fly when they see traffic problems coming, much the same as big internet companies like Google watches their websites.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...“Everyone at this point knows that using a phone behind the wheel will kill them,” Richtel says. “And yet you see it everywhere. People say one thing and do another. I couldn’t understand why the lure of this thing is that powerful.”

    SF Chronicle
  • ...The teen, who was not immediately identified, was riding westbound on busy McClellan Road just after 8 a.m. when he was hit at Bubb Road, said Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

    SF Chronicle
  • A nationwide roll-out of high-speed rail may never materialize in the United States, but that hasn't stopped local plans from moving forward at their own pace. The past few weeks have brought intriguing—and in some cases, very encouraging—updates on bullet train projects in California, Texas, and the Northeast. Let's check in on the latest.

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    ...On October 27, 1904, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company debuted nine miles running through 28 stations to the public. For five cents a ride, travelers could skip from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, head west along 42nd Street to Times Square, or hop north all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem.

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    Over the weekend, in No. 13 from the Ulysses-scale saga* of California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, a reader from the Silicon Valley tech industry said that his state should just forget about railroads—normal, high-speed, maglev, or whatever. Instead it should embrace the future represented by self-driving cars...Almost no one who's written in since then agrees. Here is a sampling of the case made, in dozens of messages, against self-driving cars as a realistic transport hope.

    The Atlantic
  • ...The well-traveled, mid-block crosswalk on Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place — which connects City Hall to Civic Center Plaza — has prompted safety concerns in the past. Plans have been under way to install a traffic signal, city officials revealed after the accident.

    SF Chronicle
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    ...On Sunday, a group of Audi engineers closely watched as the largely stock RS7, nicknamed “Bobby,” lapped the Formula One track. The 560-horsepower car took the six straightaways at full throttle. It precisely hit each of the 17 turns, topping out at 149 mph. It completed the lap in roughly 2 minutes, 10 seconds, about 30 seconds slower than the times posted by the professionally-trained humans in the DTM races held after the Audi demonstration.

  • The District’s ambitious plan to build a streetcar system crisscrossing the city became much less grand Thursday when officials from Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration said they now will push to spend roughly a billion dollars for a transit network with only about eight miles of streetcar line.

    Washington Post