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  • ...Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it's wrong. Six in 10 say they weren't doing it three years ago...This follows an extensive national campaign against distracted driving: 39 states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving for all drivers, and an additional five states prohibit the practice for new drivers, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

    USA Today
  • All-electronic tolling on the Golden Gate Bridge began Wednesday, but some drivers may have been a little too eager to take advantage of the lack of congestion. Some drivers were clocked at speeds of 60 mph going through the now-vacant toll plaza, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    SF Examiner
  • San Francisco Bay Area transportation officials grilled the California Department of Transportation on Wednesday morning for answers to why nearly three dozen threaded steel rods - 9 to 24 feet long - on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge snapped like pretzels. "We want to assure the public that the bridge being constructed is safe," said Metropolitan Transportation Commission Chairwoman and Orinda Councilwoman Amy Worth following a detailed presentation. "It is very important that we have these briefings and we expect to hear from you (Caltrans) again."

    Sacramento Bee
  • Tests have discovered hydrogen in some of the damaged steel rods on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an indication of weakness in the metal.

    Sacramento Bee
  •  If you're reading this, consider yourself served. The state of California has filed a civil case against everyone--literally, the whole world--seeking to validate $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds for its $69 billion high-speed rail project.

    Mercury News
  • Abolishing the U.S. gasoline tax and replacing it with a levy based on miles driven could happen “tomorrow” regardless of hurdles to implementing it, said a former top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee...With fuel efficiency increasing and more hybrid and electric vehicles on the roads, LaTourette said the miles tax would be a fairer way of sharing the costs of using highways than the gasoline tax, which is based on the amount of fuel purchased.

  • The California bullet-train project has collided with farmers, political conservatives and wealthy suburbanites who would like to see the $68-billion system killed. Now it is facing tough criticism from an unlikely quarter: within the ranks of high-speed rail's true believers..."They have just mangled this project," said longtime supporter Quentin Kopp. "They distorted it. We don't get a high-speed rail system. It is the great train robbery."

    LA Times
  • In L.A., who rules the road, cars or bicycles? While the answer may seem obvious, the bikes may be pulling ahead, at least on paper. A comprehensive plan is evolving that would create special bike lanes all over L.A. But as Dina Demetrius found out, not everyone is on board.

  •  Britain has many options for providing the extra airport capacity its capital is going to need. Each has its drawbacks. The Economist analyzes the options.

    The Economist
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    ...Economists Rahi Abouk and Scott Adams of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee report in next month's issue of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics that texting laws only reduce fatalities under certain conditions — and that without strong enforcement, behavior relapses within just a few months.

    Atlantic Cities