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  • Virginia is to become the first state to remove a Trinity Industries Inc. (TRN) guardrail product from state-maintained roads, after officials there cited the company’s failure to meet a deadline for crash-testing a modified version of its ET-Plus end terminal...Virginia has installed more than 11,000 guardrail end terminals since 2006, according to Marshall Herman, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • A recent New York Times article urged baby boomers preparing for retirement to consider their future transportation needs. The average American woman is living 10 years beyond the point when she is physically able to drive, and the average man is living seven years longer, the Times reported. But as important and practical as it is for older Americans to seek housing in walkable, transit friendly locations, it’s not always easy. 

    Streetsblog Network
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    ...Flywheel, the hailing app for taxis that has The City's blessing, has successfully installed its smartphone devices on every cab company's fleet except the largest -- Yellow Cab Cooperative. The yellow color scheme has more than 600 cabs, which is more than one-third of all taxis in San Francisco, according to Yellow Cab President and General Manager Jim Gillespie.

    SF Examiner
  • Ford CEO Mark Fields says the company has the expertise and ability to build a Tesla-style full-size, high-tech, high-performance, long-range electric vehicle.

    USA Today
  • Metering lights intended to ease traffic flow onto northbound Highway 101 during evening commute hours could shave off 24 percent of driving time for some drivers, according to a study commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

    Marin Independent Journal
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    ...Many drivers who have had cyclists zoom past them mere inches away say it’s one of the scariest hazards on the freeway. But many motorcyclists say that lane-splitting protects them from being rear-ended in heavy traffic. A new, first-of-its-kind study isn’t likely to settle the argument. And that makes it even more important for the California Highway Patrol to restore some common-sense rules of the road to protect motorists and motorcyclists alike.

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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    Today, the city of Vinge, Denmark, is nothing more than a grassy field with two railroad tracks running through it. By 2033, it’ll be a full-fledged town. The 350,000 hectares of land will be home to an estimate 20,000 residents, many of whom will likely use Vinge’s train station to commute to and from Denmark’s larger cities.

  • A 25-year-old woman died early Sunday in a rollover minivan wreck on the Fifth Street off-ramp of Interstate 80 in San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol said.

    SF Chronicle
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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