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    I sat on a table in the doctor's office, my aching and discolored right foot dangling over the edge...Then came the knock-out punch: no driving for six to eight months...

    Mercury News
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     Seventy-six years after building an extension of Highway 1 at Devils Slide, Caltrans is ready to shut down the landslide-prone coastal road forever and open a pair of state-of-the-art tunnels through a mountainside behind the precarious cliffs...The tunnels promise real improvement in the lives of people who reside and work on the coast.

    Oakland Tribune
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    Visiting Tampa International Airport’s aquarium, taking a yoga class at the San Francisco International Airport or grabbing a burger at the soon-to-open Shake Shack in John F. Kennedy International Airport could well be a highlight of your summer vacation. Experts say that if anticipated air-traffic controller cuts come to pass, travelers will probably spend as much time waiting at the airport on a sunny day as they normally do during a snowstorm. The Federal Aviation Administration has said that the budget cuts under sequestration will force it to implement unpaid leaves for civilian air-traffic controllers. The agency predicts such cuts will spur flight delays of up to 90 minutes at busy airports, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    MarketWatch
  • Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration released a final list Friday of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month....The FAA is being forced to trim $637 million for the rest of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The agency said it had no choice but to subject most of its 47,000 employees, including tower controllers, to periodic furloughs and to close air traffic facilities at small airports with lighter traffic. 

    New York Times
  • ...The University of California, Berkeley, will receive $95,000 to explore the use of microwave-enhanced spark plugs to allow leaner combustion capable of increasing efficiency and reducing harmful emissions in natural gas engines. 

    Green Car Congress
  • After fighting to stave off reductions to federal tax breaks for public transit commuters, San Francisco is on the verge of strengthening enforcement of a 4-year-old law that requires larger businesses to offer employees commuter benefits.

    SF Examiner
  • ...The idea works like this: by reducing travel time, high-speed rail effectively pushes secondary cities closer to major cities. (That's especially true for places roughly 60 to 470 miles apart — too far to drive but often not far enough to justify the cost of flying.) This enhanced proximity enables employers to base themselves in the major city and create satellite offices in the now-accessible secondary cities where rents are much cheaper.

    Atlantic Cities
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    Having your children live near a busy highway is kind of like keeping them penned in the smoking area of a Greyhound bus station, according to a new study. European researchers applied a statistical technique known as "population-attributable fractions" to existing data to root out how much childhood asthma can be blamed on heavy traffic. Their conclusion: 14 percent of chronic asthma in kids is caused by car exhaust, which falls into the 4 to 18 percent bracket of childhood asthma cases resulting from exposure to second-hand smoke, as per World Health Organization estimates.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ...The higher gas taxes — phased in over several years — would be used to help replenish a transportation fund that is rapidly running out of money for highway construction and long-planned mass transit projects, including the Purple Line in the Washington region....Democratic supporters of the bill say they have been energized by last month’s passage of a sweeping transportation bill in Virginia, a state led by a Republican governor that competes with Maryland for jobs and also suffers from some of the nation’s worst traffic congestion.

    Washington Post
  • It appears that Boeing’s comments about the smoldering batteries on its 787 have annoyed the National Transportation Safety Board. 

    AP/Washington Post