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    New Yorkers had better get used to riding in vans. A Manhattan judge ruled this week that the City can go ahead with its plan to require all taxi drivers to select the Nissan NV200, dubbed the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” as their next new car. In May 2011, Nissan won an exclusive 10-year contract to supply taxis to the city, worth around $1 billion. Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed the sole provider plan as a way to leverage the industry’s purchasing power–there are over 13,000 cabs on NYC streets–to get better vehicles for better prices.

    Wired
  •  Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that by openly sharing its patent portfolio with the rest of the world, his company will help expand the market for electric cars. His stance underscores the sentiment–widely held in Silicon Valley–that today’s technology moves too fast for the U.S. patent system. But the attention Tesla’s move is getting turns it into something bigger: a boost to the larger patent reform movement, which aims to reduce patent litigation across the tech world.

    Wired
  •  ...In a letter dated Tuesday, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey warned that the ridesharing companies' permits are in jeopardy over the violations, which have occurred at SFO and other major airports in California including Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.

    Contra Costa Times
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    Two students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have raised the bar high for train data visualizations. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and its Developer Relations program, Michael Barry and Brian Card got their hands on information like train schedules, real-time train locations in the Boston metro area (only available for the Red, Blue, and Orange lines), and per-minute entry and exit counts at each station based on turnstile measurements. The pair pulled all the data from the month of February 2014. And then, taking cues from information visualization pioneers like Edward Tufte, they crafted the data into a stunning set of interactive visualizations. 

    CityLab
  •  f you feel like you've been paying more for fuller flights lately, that's only because you've been paying more for fuller flights. But rest assured the airline industry appreciates your pocketbooks and your patience. Since doing a nose-dive during the recession, the industry has corrected course and reached new heights (so to speak); U.S. passenger airline revenues grew 29 percent between 2009 and 2012, to $156 billion:

    CityLab
  • San Francisco is on track to implement 40 highly visible pedestrian safety projects by January 2016 as it strives to eliminate traffic fatalities within the decade under a Vision Zero policy recently adopted by city officials...A focus on roadway safety comes as fatalities on city streets have increased in recent years — with 21 pedestrian and four bicyclist deaths in 2013.

    SF Examiner
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     Citing the need to test the Fleet of the Future design in a “real-world environment,” BART’s board of directors, which had the opportunity to approve a new model Thursday, instead voted on a prototype trial that will hit the rail for testing. The board discussion on the new design lasted about four hours and was packed with public comments from seniors and people with balance issues who favored new floor-to-ceiling poles, wheelchair users and blind riders concerned the poles would block access, and bicyclists advocating for racks in every car.

    SF Examiner
  • Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

     

     

    Sacramento Bee
  • Talks between the Municipal Transportation Agency and the Muni operators union had resumed after last week's sickout, but they were broken off again Wednesday night by union representatives, MTA officials said Thursday.

    SF Chronicle
  •  BART riders will have to pay $6 to ride the Oakland Airport Connector, but they'll need to wait another couple of years to find out if new rail cars will have ceiling-to-floor poles for standing passengers and bike racks.

    SF Chronicle