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  • Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that no longer requires Marin County to have the same high-density affordable housing as San Francisco...Marin will now be designated a "suburban" community instead of "metropolitan." This means future affordable housing developments can be built at 20 units per acre versus the 30-units-per-acre previously required by the state. 

    Marin Independent Journal
  •  ...Two projects will provide continuous carpool/express lanes in both directions on I-80 from Red Top Road in Fairfield to I-505 in Vacaville. 

    Mercury News
  • Nearly every one of the 423 steel rods that anchor the tower of the new Bay Bridge eastern span to its base has been sitting in potentially corrosive water, Caltrans officials said Tuesday — one of the most serious construction defects found yet on the $6.4 billion project.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Re-Programming Mobility conceives four fictional-but-fact-based urban-mobility scenarios set in roughly 2030. The 15-year window is far enough away for mobility to be uprooted—the U.S. interstates were largely completed between 1955 and 1970, after all—but still close enough to be reshaped by public input.

  • ...Garcetti says the city is working with UCLA to develop a neighborhood for driverless vehicles, perhaps around the university in Westwood. He's also working on something secretive-sounding with the brains at Xerox—"kind of like the Skunk Works guys who brought us the mouse and everything else"—to manage such a driverless network, as well as more traditional manned vehicles from bus down to bicycle.

  • United Airlines has been reprising its old advertising slogan about the “friendly skies.” But some airports think the airline was a bit less than friendly when it formed a partnership with the ride-sharing company Uber without seeking airport input.

    New York Times
  • Biking from Lake Merritt to the San Francisco Bay Trail could get a lot easier, with the help of a new transportation grant that will enable the city to push forward with its plans to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge. City officials announced yesterday that the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional transit agency, has awarded Oakland a $3.2 million grant to go toward the design of a bridge that would connect Lake Merritt's bike and pedestrian paths to the Bay Trail path. 

    East By Express
  • Caltrans engineers have ordered that all of the 424 steel anchor rods at the base of new Bay Bridge eastern span’s tower be inspected after crews found more than three dozen of them had been sitting in pools of potentially corrosive water, agency officials say.

    SF Chronicle
  • Cute as they may appear, the double-crested cormorants and other birds that call the old Bay Bridge home are fast becoming a $30 million-plus headache...As crews demolish the 10,000-foot-long steel structure where the birds roost, they’ve had to navigate around broadly interpreted state and federal environmental laws designed to protect the feathered critters.

    SF Chronicle
  • In a remarkably candid interview in the Sept. 9 Sacramento Business Journal, California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales admits that a straight-shot line from San Francisco to Los Angeles could conceivably have been built privately.

    Sacramento Bee