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  • Facing increasing scrutiny of how it handled the recall of dangerously defective airbags, the nation’s auto safety regulator sent a letter on Wednesday to 10 major automakers and Takata, the airbags’ maker, urging a faster response. 

    New York Times
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     In Bhutan, there is a king who rides a bicycle up and down the mountains. Like many stories you will hear in this tiny Himalayan nation, it sounds like a fairy tale. In fact, it’s hard news. 

    New York Times
  • The California High-Speed Rail Authority is facing seven lawsuits over its approval of the Fresno-Bakersfield segment of its statewide bullet-train line. Now the agency is asking the federal Surface Transportation Board — which oversees rail lines in the U.S. and gave a green light to the project over the summer — to declare that those lawsuits should not be able to seek a California judge’s order to block construction.

    Fresno Bee
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    On April 2, 2014, a protester in Oakland, California, mounted a Yahoo bus, climbed to the front of the roof, and vomited onto the top of the windshieldIf not the year's most persuasive act of dissent, it was certainly one of the most memorable demonstrations in the Bay Area...Even among American tech hubs, San Francisco stands alone with both the most expensive real estate and the fewest new construction permits per unit since 1990.

    The Atlantic
  • The shortfall to fix California’s deteriorating local road network is growing by more than $1 billion annually, and now stands at $78.3 billion, according to a report released on Tuesday. To close the growing gap, government leaders should consider a gas tax hike, mileage-based driving tax or another way to boost revenues, the California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Report suggested.


    San Diego Union-Tribune
  • It’s beginning to look like air travelers can count on using BART’s new Oakland Airport Connector for their holiday sojourns. Which holiday, however, remains to be seen...The days surrounding Thanksgiving are typically the busiest travel period of the year, and BART is eager to start operating in time to capture the holiday crowds. On a typical day, BART expects the 3.2-mile line to carry 2,000 to 3,000 passengers between the Coliseum Station and Oakland International Airport.

    SF Chronicle
  • TSRC co-director Susan Shaheen and researcher Matt Christensen write about the effects of pricing on bike sharing in The Conversation.

    The Conversation
  • AC Transit planners will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 30, to gather feedback on its East Bay and transbay bus service, as part of Plan ACT, a detailed review of AC Transit service, infrastructure,and policies to create a near- and long-term vision for investment. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to share their perspectives on bus routes and schedules, how to allocate future resources and what to do with Measure BB transit funding if the bond measure is approved by voters Nov. 4. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in 172 Wurster Hall (see campus map here).

    UC Berkeley News Center
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    Converting four-lane roads to three lanes, a change commonly known as a “road diet,” makes them substantially safer, with little downside. 

    Streetsblog Network
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    Joe Ida was a Tucker dealer for a total of one day in the late 1940s. He bought the dealership in Yonkers, New York, ready to sell the car that would set a new standard for driving in America. But before the tires of the Tucker 48 could even get close to the showroom floor, the company was in legal and financial ruin.