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  • In August, Bay Area Rapid Transit tried an experiment with bikes....Of the people who responded, 90 percent didn’t report any problems related to letting bikes ride BART all day long. But the 10 percent that did reported blocked aisles, doorways and seats; bikes on crowded trains; and bikes bumping up against them.

    Bay Citizen
  •  Fares paid by passengers covered less than one third of public transit annual operating costs in 2010 -- and nothing of $16.5 billion in transit capital improvements. Fare revenue totaled $12.2 billion for all U.S. transit systems: buses, subways and light rail. That covered just 32 percent of what the systems spent on salaries, fuel, repairs and other current costs. Nearly all the rest came from government subsidies.

    Mercury News
  • Caltrans will shut down the San Mateo Bridge in both directions for repairs on the weekends of Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28, and the agency is advising motorists to plan accordingly.

    Mercury News
  •  Caltrain and the Altamont corridor line will begin running more trains, and bus service will be upgraded in the South Bay on Stevens Creek Boulevard. All three agencies report an increase in passengers.

    Mercury News
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    More than 200 cyclists took over the streets of Beirut Sunday, parading from the New Waterfront to the abandoned Mar Mikhael train station to demand a sustainable public transportation system for Lebanon.

    The Daily Star
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    In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God’s truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke. Cities are aggressive in helmet promotion....In the United States, cities are struggling to overcome the significant practical problems of melding helmet use with bike-sharing programs — such as providing sanitized helmet dispensers at bike docking stations, says Susan Shaheen, director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

    New York Times
  • ...Changes in transportation technology have tended to be accompanied by changes to transportation systems, too. Long-time technologist Brad Templeton argues that this will, in fact, be the case. And he's even got an idea of what the big shift might be. We could enter the age of the "whistlecar." If one can hire a cheap specialized 'robotaxi' (or whistlecar) on demand when one has a special automotive need," Templeton writes, "car users can elect to purchase a vehicle only for their most common needs, rather than trying to meet almost all of them -- or to not purchase at all."

    The Atlantic
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    In his just-released Planet of CitiesShlomo Angel argues that urban policy-makers and planners must do more to meet the challenge of urbanization. Angel, who is a member of theUrbanization Project at New York University and who conducted his research as a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, provides a detailed, data-driven analysis filled with maps of world urbanization patterns, as well as charts and tables documenting the challenges facing global cities.

    Atlantic Cities
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    August 26th, driving from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, I saw a curious sight: Out in the middle of nowhere, probably somewhere around where Interstate 580 meets Interstate 5, I passed one of those digital signs. It warned: 405 WILL CLOSE; RTE 10 TO 101 SEPT 29-30; EXPECT DELAYS....Almost every corner of the state is being inundated with the message: A 10-mile freeway closure that wouldn't happen for more than a month in a city 300 miles away.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Spurred by a group of owners in Arizona, Nissan Motor is establishing an independent board to study how the automaker may better communicate with customers about the performance of its purely electric Leaf. Creation of the board was prompted by concerns expressed by seven owners of the Leaf who cited a loss of charge capacity from the car’s lithium-ion batteries.

    New York Times