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  • Gov. Jerry Brown scored a big win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget. The $108 billion, 2014-15 general fund budget approved Sunday includes $250 million this year from the state's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions fund.

    AP/Mercury News
  • Parking fees at many BART stations will increase 50 cents next month as part of a district program that evaluates prices every six months and adjusts them up or down according to whether a station's lot is full or below 95 percent of capacity.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Amyris Inc. and French oil giant Total S.A. plan to begin selling a renewable jet fuel. The fuel, which contains up to 10 percent of the renewable ingredient farnesene and will reduce pollution from jet aircraft, Emeryville-based Amyris (NASDAQ: AMRS) said. It also meets regulatory standards for commercial jet fuel.

    SF Business Times
  • ...Streetsblog covered the negotiations on the cap-and-trade revenue portion of the budget, which resulted in a deal yesterday. TransForm has a detailed analysis of what the agreement means for sustainable streets and bicycle and pedestrian planning on its blogRegulating online driver services: A.B. 612 from Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) would require Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft to follow the same regulations as taxi services, such as background checks and submitting fingerprints...Yellow Alert for Hit-and-Run: Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced A.B. 47, which would create an emergency alert system to help find hit-and-run drivers, system similar to the “Amber Alert” system...

    Streetsblog LA
  • While the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is carrying traffic, major highway projects are still underway. Most notably, the $1.3 billion transportation corridor which will revolutionize traffic on Highway 4.  

  • Singapore’s Changi airport is the best in the world and an awesome place to spend a long layover. So it’s kind of a bummer that it’s getting a real-time data system that will cut delays by rethinking its operations and streamlining how its moves planes, people, and personnel.

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    The $65 million Gulfstream G650 may be the pinnacle of the private jet market, but it just doesn’t do the job for billionaires who prefer to fly with more than a dozen or so passengers. For that, the uber wealthy turn to Airbus and Boeing, who are more than happy to customize their jets — even the widebodies that can carry hundreds of people — for private use.

  • UC Riverside researchers say they have demonstrated an inexpensive roof coating that gobbles up smog-forming pollutants and, if widely adopted, could clean tons of air pollution from Southern California each day.

    LA Times
  • Late last week, several media outlets ran stories on a study published in theAmerican Journal of Public Health that allegedly showed head injuries increasing in cities with bike-share programs. Kay Teschke, who studies city cycling at the University of British Columbia, read the news with great interest. Then she read the actual journal publication, and her interest changed to alarm.

  • Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving.

    New York Times