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  • 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.

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    A novel radar will soon be helping to keep an eye on aircraft flying over London...The experimental system that will begin operation in June does not send out any signals of its own, but instead relies on a network of receivers to pick up television programmes.

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    One argument against government rail subsidies is that public transportation should pay for its own costs through fares. Setting aside the fact that road users don't pay their own costs either, cities should certainly strive for user-pay transit systems with high farebox recovery rates. At the same time, many benefits of rail travel come from reducing road externalities — things like pollution or safety hazards — that are harder to calculate in strict financial terms.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Automakers don’t want their stealth cars to run you over, but they’d rather not give you a heart attack either, and they certainly don’t want to annoy the driver they put behind the wheel....Congress ordered NHTSA to come up with guidelines after hearing from pedestrian advocates, particularly those interested in protecting the blind.

    Washington Post
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    ...Google operates a fleet of about 95 private buses serving 35 routes in seven counties that provide employees free transportation to their Mountain View headquarters...Google recently reduced the number of vehicles it is putting on the road by replacing a number of buses that seat 49 passengers with 31 double-decker buses that can seat 71. If Google were a public transit agency, it would be the seventh-largest bus operator in the Bay Area...

    Mercury News
  • ...In August, bike sharing will arrive in San Francisco, three Peninsula cities, and San Jose. The $7 million test program administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will start with 700 bikes at 70 stations. Half of those will be in downtown San Francisco in an area stretching from the Embarcadero through South of Market to Civic Center. 

    SF Chronicle
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    The much-heralded ferry service between Oakland and South San Francisco — launched just nine months ago at a cost to taxpayers of more than $42 million — is taking on water fast. The service, which operates seven trips each weekday, carried an average of just 131 total riders a day in the last week of February. That’s less than a third of the ridership that officials were counting on during the ferries’ first year on the bay.

    SF Chronicle
  • Boeing plans to modify the lithium-ion batteries in the 787 Dreamliner and subject them to more rigorous testing before installing them in heavy-duty steel boxes that vent outside the aircraft, measures it says eliminates the risk of battery fires and provides safeguards against future incidents like those seen aboard two Dreamliners in January.