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    Here's our takeaway from the Census Bureau's latest report on commute times: not much has changed in the past decade...The two tables below highlight the top metro areas for these super-long commutes. Note that the San Francisco metro has both the longest average travel time and average distance.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Was that a drone flying over metro New York Monday?..."The FAA is investigating a report...(the pilot) saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right," FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown says in a statement quoted by CNN. "The sighting was approximately four to five miles (from) the airport at an altitude of approximately 1,500 feet."

    USA Today
  • ...By late morning (today), more than 1,200 flights had been canceled, almost all at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports. United Airlines, which has a big operation at Dulles, offered travelers the option of rescheduling trips without paying the usual change fees. Passengers holding tickets for flights Tuesday or Wednesday to or from 27 airports in seven states from Ohio to Maryland could avoid the fees and difference in fares by beginning rescheduled trips by next Monday.

    New York Times
  • The Environmental Defense Fund today launched a study of the greenhouse gas implications of natural gas vehicles. The effort is part of the environmental group's larger quest to firm up data on what America's shift toward natural gas will mean for climate change.

    E&E News/Greenwire
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    What’s that car that just breezed past? It’s a Hybrid Air — an experimental vehicle that the French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën has been trumpeting as an exemplar of energy efficiency. While some skeptics wonder if the Hybrid Air is truly a breakthrough technology, the Peugeot and Citroën research cars powered by it may prove to be some of the more intriguing models on display this week at the Geneva motor show. 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/automobiles/compressing-gas-for-a-cheaper-simpler-hybrid.html
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    Aviation pollution can only be stabilized by the middle of the century if a price is set on airline carbon emissions, research said, countering industry hopes that green goals can be met via technology improvements and biofuels.

    Reuters
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    Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" was the best-selling album in the United States for five weeks in 1958, but the irony of its popularity (or, perhaps, the source of its aspirational appeal) is that practically none of us could take up the offer to "glide, starry-eyed" on an aircraft with anybody in those days. More than 80 percent of the country had never once been on an airplane. There was a simple reason. Flying was absurdly expensive.

    The Atlantic
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    ...It’s a reverse trike, similar to the Can-Am Spyder, but features a fully enclosed cockpit with seating for two and a footprint that Toyota claims is about the same size as a traditional scooter....But it’s the Active Lean technology that’s most notable.

    Wired
  • San Francisco residents will be getting thousands of new neighbors in the next 30 years, and it's time to start figuring out where they will live and work. Between 2010 and 2040, the city will need 92,410 new housing units and 191,000 more jobs, said city Planning Director John Rahaim, numbers well above San Francisco's current growth rate...For the city to meet these goals, the focus must be on increasingly dense development south of Market Street, a transit-rich area where much of San Francisco's dwindling supply of buildable land is located.

    SF Chronicle
  • ... The focus placed on metrics like car level-of-service lead to decisions that remove any obstacles to automotive speed and mobility — even a crosswalk can slow down traffic too much for a planner's liking. The upshot of this approach, of course, can be seen on any of America's congested city roads.

    Atlantic Cities