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     ITS Berkeley's Alexander Skabardonis, an engineering professor at UC Berkeley and "expert on all things traffic" talks with KQED on I-80 SMART Corridor for "Can Technology Make a Dent in East Bay Traffic?" http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/can-technology-make-a-dent-in-east-bay-traffic/


  • ...It’s not that they’re the most reasonable way to allocate money – far from it. Research from Gian-Claudia Sciara, an expert on earmarks at the University of California-Davis, has shown that earmarking tends to shift funds away from local transportation priorities rather than adding new money to the infrastructure pot.

    US News
  • ...REQX Ventures, a company run by people affiliated with Related Companies—developer of the Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards—and its subsidiary Equinox, will own all of Alta Bicycle Share, according to one of those sources. It will, according to that source, increase the size of the CitiBike fleet from 6,000 to 12,000.

    Capital New York
  • Hundreds of transportation officials and transit entrepreneurs from around the world convened in San Francisco last week for an annual conference on designing streetscapes and new transit technology, many of which have taken root in The City..."Shared-use mobility" such as car sharing "does tend to change behavior," said Susan Shaheen, a UC Berkeley adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the university's Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

    SF Examiner
  • The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit's application for $20 million in federal funds has been denied. The federal government only requires a 10 percent contribution and SMART had a 50 percent contribution available...The location of the station is in a highly remote location, above the current Marin Airporter site and far from the ferry. Parking, walking in bad weather, and poor bus connections will assure little or no ridership. 

    Marin Independent Journal
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    ..."The fact is that if you're obese then you're 78% more likely to be killed in a car crash," said Chris O'Connor, CEO of Humanetics, citing the statistic from the University of California-Berkeley's Safe Transportation and Research Education Center.

    USA Today
  • The ideal solution would be national rules that apply everywhere, says Steven Shladover, a research engineer for the intelligent-transportation program at the University of California at Berkeley. The challenge is formidable. 

  • ...While it seems as though we are caught in a seemingly endless cycle of incremental innovation for the humble car airbag, there are some out-of-the-box ideas out there. One idea is to supplement airbags inside cars with airbags outside cars in order to protect innocent bystanders...But the real potential for disruptive innovation in today’s airbag industry is in “pre-crash” airbags that work in concert with sensors and cameras on the vehicle. This would help to reduce one of the most common problems — airbags that deploy upon impact with too much force. 

    Washington Post
  • According to a new report from the Centre for Process Innovation, a British technology research company, which projects that in 10 years the industry will be ready to offer passengers a richer visual experience than what a small, fogged-up plastic window allows.

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    London is already the biggest city in the world to have any form of tax that restricts driving in the center—the congestion charge is currently £11.50 ($18.60) per day to travel into central London during the working week...Now, with more than 4,000 people dying from air quality-related illnesses in London every year, the city is proposing a new charge to improve air quality:  an Ultra Low Emission Zone. From September 2020, London wants to charge drivers of some of the most polluting cars an extra £12.50 to enter the city center on top of the congestion charge, meaning the commuters in old cars will need to pay £24. With big trucks, the new charge will rise to as much as £100 a day.