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  • Gender differences do exist in young drivers when it comes to safety, a study finds. Gender is often related to what type of severe or fatal crash a young male or young female driver will be involved in. 

    Science Daily
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) operating financial outlook shows a $6 million shortfall in fiscal-year 2016 that increases to $80 million in FY2024, according to a new draft of the agency's FY2015-2024 Short Range Transit Plan and Capital Improvement Program.

    Progressive Railroading
  • ...The fight started on a United Airlines flight because one passenger was using the Knee Defender, a $21.95 gadget that attaches to a passenger's tray table and prevents the person in front of them from reclining.

    AP/SF Chronicle
  • The importance of transportation costs in this equation—and, more specifically, the role of transit in reducing these costs—comes into clear focus in a series of new reports on city affordability from the Citizens Budget Commission. 

    CityLab
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    Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report.

    New York Times
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    If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. 

    The Atlantic
  • Avoiding an election-year legislative debate over how California’s cap-and-trade program could affect gasoline prices, the leader of the state Senate has sidelined a bill that would have delayed a key aspect of California’s landmark emissions law...But transportation fuelssuch as gasoline have not yet come under the program. That is scheduled to change in January, prompting moderate Democrats and an oil industry-funded campaign to warn about a spike in prices and argue for a delay.

    Sacramento Bee
  • The bike-share system, which celebrates its one-year anniversary Friday, spans San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose. It was launched with 700 bikes and 70 stations, cut back from initial plans for 1,000 bikes regionally. Instead of 50 stations, The City ended up with 35.

    SF Examiner
  • Taxicabs are fighting tooth and nail against Uber, the company that enables car owners to drive part time or full time for pay, like cabbies...Ridesharing was supposed to be different. As described in an article in the journal Transport Reviews, the movement started as a way to conserve resources in the U.S. during World War II. It evolved over the decades into a green movement to get cars off the streets.

    NPR
  • The new bus traveled along Jefferson Davis Highway last week free of traffic jams, delays and cars crisscrossing around it...The five-mile route is part of Metro’s newest service, Metroway...The service, which initially includes 22 bus stops between the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations, is the Washington region’s introduction to bus rapid transit, a system that uses dedicated transit lanes to more quickly and more efficiently move masses of people along a corridor. It’s being used in cities across the United States.

    Washington Post