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  • Under the new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (the “Program”), employers with at least 50 full-time employees in the San Francisco Bay Area now are required to provide commuter benefits to employees at all Bay Area locations...Under the Program, all public, private, and non-profit employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the covered counties are required to do the following by September 30, 2014

  • ...Dubbed the A330neo, the update to the A330 is aimed at helping Airbus compete for sales against rival Boeing — mainly against Boeing's 787 Dreamliner — in the market for long-haul passenger aircraft...n officially moving forward with the update, Airbus says its new A330-800neo and A330-900neo models will cut fuel consumption by 14% per seat compared with current models while also boosting the aircraft's range by 400 nautical miles. The new model's efficiency will be boosted by aerodynamic tweaks and new engines — "neo" is short for new-engine option.

    USA Today
  • The 787-9 made the performance at the bi-annual airshow on Monday. Captured on video and narrated by Boeing, the footage shows a series of dramatic banks and other maneuvers that highlight the jet's performance capabilities. Boeing's 787-9 is its latest – and so far biggest – variant of its new-age Dreamliner. The 787-9 flew for the first time last year, and – just last week – Boeing made its first-ever delivery of the model to launch customer Air New Zealand.

    USA Today
  • An alliance that includes farm groups and environmental advocates painted the situation with farmland conversion as dire in a report last week. The Golden State grows about half of the nation's fruits and vegetables, it said, and the crops help power California's economy. They also create an ecosystem that's home to birds and other fauna and flora.

  • ...The nearly $1.2 billion deal the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will consider with Siemens Industry would replace the 151 light-rail vehicles acquired from manufacturer AnsaldoBreda since 1996. Under the proposed contract, the transit agency would first get 24 cars for near-term expansion and also have the option of 85 additional vehicles for a total of 260, a figure that is needed with the impending Central Subway and transport to Mission Bay, said John Haley, transit director for the SFMTA.

    SF Examiner
  • ...That a street connecting Lake Merritt to Interstate 880 could be so bad for so long has confounded residents. But after a recent community lobbying effort, help is finally on the way.

    Oakland Tribune
  • Muni operators on Monday ratified a new contract that guarantees three years of raises totaling 14.25 percent and requires payments into their pension plans. The deal, brokered by former Mayor Willie Brown, calms fears of another spontaneous protest like the three-day sickout that stalled the transit system in June.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...No one knows how many off-street parking spaces there are in the world; estimates for the United States alone run from 105 million to 2 billion. A lot of that real estate is sitting vacant most of the time, and causing all sorts of problems.

  • In an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Airbus has sought a patent for an innovation in airplane seating—hinged bike saddles. The European airplane maker filed the application–officially named “Seating device comprising a forward-foldable backrest”—with the USPTO on June 12, 2014. Among the application’s claims is the seat’s ability to “avoid providing an excessive necessary distance” between seats—AKA legroom. Among the application’s omissions is a tray table (or even a cup holder).

  • New data from the U.S. Census Bureau data offers encouraging news for cyclists: Nationally, bicycle commuting increased 61 percent between the 2000 Census and a 2008-2012 survey. But there's considerable work to do before we bike ride into the sunset. Our research shows that in some places, the people who ride are mostly wealthy and white.