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     BART's new District 7 director says it's high time to revive an idea that has been kicking around for decades: Bringing BART north along the Interstate 80 corridor--to San pablo, Richmond Hilltop and Pinole, and perhaps Hercules and beyond. "BART has been extended along every leg of service except where data demonstrates it can be the most beneficial," said Zakhary Mallett, of El Sobrante, a recently minted master of city planning from UC Berkeley who was elected tothe BART board in November.

    Contra Costa Times
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    William Solecki compares the current study of cities to natural history in the 19th century. Back then most natural scientists were content to explore and document the extent of biological and behavioral differences in the world. Only recently has science moved from cataloguing life to understanding the genetic code that forms its very basis.

    Atlantic Cities
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     In California, lane-splitting is legal. But is it safe? Until a few days ago, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said unequivocally, “No.” But, now the DMV is not so sure....A more robust study is underway at UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research & Education Center. The CHP is working with Research Epidemiologist Tom Rice to document the circumstances of every motorcycle accident it investigates over a year. The data collection is almost done. 

    LA Times
  • Two of the nation’s leading lefty commentators weighed in on transportation incentives last Friday, when both economist Paul Krugman at the New York Times and Matt Yglesias at Slate went on a congestion pricing kick.

    DC.Streetsblog.org.
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    Investment planned through 2020 on U.S. infrastructure, including roads, schools and airports, will fall $1.6 trillion short of what’s needed to maintain existing facilities, the American Society of Civil Engineers says.

    BloombergBusinessweek
  • The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is set to formally approve a local ordinance today that would make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to sue those who harass or intimidate them.

    Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
  •  A future eBART station in Pittsburg will now be considered as part of the transit agency's initial push into East Contra Costa.

    Contra Costa Times
  • For close to a year, the companies that provide California with gasoline and diesel have warned that the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard is infeasible. A failure to recognize the implications of this warning risks potential fuel shortages and market disruptions in a few short years.

    Mercury News
  • The agency charged with building the nation's first bullet train system in California took two big steps Monday. However, the legality of both is under fire, thanks to some very specific conditions imposed on the controversial project by the 208 ballot measure that authorized its construction with nearly $10 billion in state bonds.

    Mercury News
  • California officials approved on Monday the sale of up to $8.6 billion in state bonds to help build a planned high-speed rail system projected to cost $68 billion.

    Reuters