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  • The Bay Area's two largest regional agencies will unveil later this month a draft blueprint for where to build new houses, shops and roads in the next 25 years along with an environmental analysis....State lawmakers want regions to grow near existing highways and transit rather than sprawl into open spaces, further snarl traffic, fuel expensive infrastructure projects and degrade air quality. Critics, meanwhile, describe the plan as subversive social engineering designed to push people from their singel family homes into high-rise apartments.

    Contra Costa Times
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    As the Bay Area embarks on a 90-mile expansion of toll lanes over the next three years, the early results are encouraging to those who think this is one of the quickest ways to beat the region's growing traffic woes. At the toll lanes on Interstate 880 and Highway 237, which opened a year ago Wednesday, revenue is more than 50 percent above projections.

    Mercury News
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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