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  • Now that the surface transportation bill fight is over — at least for the moment — transportation reformers are eying the expiration date of another key piece of legislation later this year. The reauthorization of thePassenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) could be a chance to make some needed changes to jump-start progress in the passenger rail system. Or it could be the next partisan battleground, making it a process as unnavigable as the lead-up to the passage of MAP-21.

  • More changes are coming to the local stretch of Interstate 80, among them the day that ramp metering lights are turned on....The question is when these lights will get turned on. California Department of Transportation policy calls for the agency to first reach agreements with local cities on how to operate the lights. Agreements can address such issues as under what traffic conditions the lights are used.

    Fairfield Daily Republic
  • Marin has the most people it has ever had living in its borders, but the county remains the population slow-growth capital of the Bay Area, according to U.S. Census data released Wednesday.

    Marin Independent Journal
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    It took decades of campaigning and years of construction, but the Devil's Slide Tunnel is nearly ready to open. Caltrans says the twin tunnels, accompanied by a pair of bridges, will open in time to carry morning commute traffic on March 26.

    SF Chronicle
  • Minutes before 10 a.m. on weekdays at the Bay Bridge toll plaza, you can find a half-dozen cars on the side of the freeway, hazard lights flashing. It isn't a mass breakdown. It's drivers trying to save a couple bucks by waiting until the clock ticks past 9:59 a.m. and the toll to cross the bridge drops from $6 to $4.

    SF Chronicle
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    Later this year, Los Angeles International Airport will open a major piece of its new, more than $1.5 billion international terminal, part of the most expansive public works project in city history. Proponents say the nation's third-busiest airport needs the new building to remain competitive with modern, efficient airports like Hong Kong and Seoul, major domestic hubs like Houston and Chicago and pluckier upstarts like Denver and Las Vegas.

    LA Daily News
  • Scania and Siemens have entered into a partnership which involves the integration of Siemens’ trolley-assist technology with Scania’s expertise in the electrification of powertrains in trucks and buses.

    Green Car Congress
  • Fisker Automotive announced on Wednesday that Henrik Fisker, its co-founder and executive chairman, had left the company. In a statement, the company thanked Mr. Fisker for his service and said his departure was “not expected to impact the company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive’s continued progress.” The company declined requests for interviews.

    New York Times
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    Denise McDonagh might have gotten her €1,100 settlement from Ryanair faster under new traveler-rights rules the European Union proposed for the airline industry on Wednesday. But she probably wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much. And that is the rub of the European Union’s proposal, which is meant to clarify air travelers’ rights to aid and compensation when flights are delayed or canceled — as happens tens of thousands of time a year. The proposed changes would also seek tougher oversight and enforcement of airlines’ compliance with the law.

    New York Times
  • Airlines worldwide are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to adopt a new computer language for their ticket sales, as a step toward personalizing airfares for travelers. But consumer groups and online travel sites warn that if it's alowed, the airlines could make it harder to compare fares.

    USA Today