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  • Minutes before 10 a.m. on weekdays at the Bay Bridge toll plaza, you can find a half-dozen cars on the side of the freeway, hazard lights flashing. It isn't a mass breakdown. It's drivers trying to save a couple bucks by waiting until the clock ticks past 9:59 a.m. and the toll to cross the bridge drops from $6 to $4.

    SF Chronicle
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    Later this year, Los Angeles International Airport will open a major piece of its new, more than $1.5 billion international terminal, part of the most expansive public works project in city history. Proponents say the nation's third-busiest airport needs the new building to remain competitive with modern, efficient airports like Hong Kong and Seoul, major domestic hubs like Houston and Chicago and pluckier upstarts like Denver and Las Vegas.

    LA Daily News
  • Scania and Siemens have entered into a partnership which involves the integration of Siemens’ trolley-assist technology with Scania’s expertise in the electrification of powertrains in trucks and buses.

    Green Car Congress
  • Fisker Automotive announced on Wednesday that Henrik Fisker, its co-founder and executive chairman, had left the company. In a statement, the company thanked Mr. Fisker for his service and said his departure was “not expected to impact the company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive’s continued progress.” The company declined requests for interviews.

    New York Times
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    Denise McDonagh might have gotten her €1,100 settlement from Ryanair faster under new traveler-rights rules the European Union proposed for the airline industry on Wednesday. But she probably wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much. And that is the rub of the European Union’s proposal, which is meant to clarify air travelers’ rights to aid and compensation when flights are delayed or canceled — as happens tens of thousands of time a year. The proposed changes would also seek tougher oversight and enforcement of airlines’ compliance with the law.

    New York Times
  • Airlines worldwide are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to adopt a new computer language for their ticket sales, as a step toward personalizing airfares for travelers. But consumer groups and online travel sites warn that if it's alowed, the airlines could make it harder to compare fares.

    USA Today
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    ...In a city of wirelessly networked streetlights, each overhead bulb suddenly becomes its own search light, capable of brightening to illuminate a crime scene or tailing a suspect as he sprints down the road (how far we’ve come from mimicking the static light of the moon!).

    Atlantic Cities
  • Professor Hank Weiss of the University of Otago in New Zealand says ongoing analysis of data on maternal crash injury risk suggests that when it comes to fetal mortality, the danger of getting in a car may be similar to that of smoking or drinking. “That was looking at the number of deaths attributed to those in the United States,” says Weiss, who is director of the Injury Prevention Research Unit at the university. 

    Atlantic Cities
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    The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on Boeing’s certification plan for the lithium-ion battery system aboard the 787 Dreamliner and approved flight testing the solution to a problem that has grounded the jets since January. Getting federal authority to proceed with the modifications – which include redesigning the eight cells within the 63-pound battery — is a big step forward for Boeing, which has been working nonstop to get the Dreamliner airborne again.

  • Los Angeles remembers its Red Cars with an almost mythic reverence. Replicas of the Pacific Electric Railway’s red-liveried trolleys now transport tourists through a Disney theme park, while Angelenos swapwistful stories about the streetcar that would take you to the beach, deep into the Inland Empire, or all the way down to Orange County. Often overlooked are the true workhorses of the city’s bygone transit network: the Yellow Cars of the Los Angeles Railway.

    Los Angeles Magazine