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  • 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
  • The Fresno City Council on Thursday morning agreed to accept $4.6 million from the state High-Speed Rail Authority to fund a Local High-Speed Rail Business Support Services Program....About $3.4 million will go for staffing in four city departments: planning, public works, fire and public utilities. The remaining $1.2 million will go to the Economic Development Corporation Serving Fresno County for outreach to local businesses.

    Fresno Bee
  • Caltrain backers say electrifying the rail line will make the cash-strapped system solvent, cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent and increase service...The modernization will entail switching Caltrain from diesel to electric power by 2019 between San Francisco and San Jose and replacing all the trains that run along that corridor.

    Oakland Tribune
  • ..."There's more of a cachet that goes with rail because those services tend to be in better neighborhoods," said Robert Cervero, a professor of city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley specializing in transportation planning.

    Wall Street Journal
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    It seems such a modest concept, really, and one that should have been standard practice long ago: put articulated pedestrian walkways to and within large suburban parking lots....The walkways start to lay the foundation for a place with more connectivity and walkability.

    Atlantic Cities
  • UC Berkeley seismologists will be testifying in Congress later this week, urging the government to build and pay for an early earthquake warning system which they've developed. BART, which is now using the system, just launched it a couple of months ago. It has become the first train system in the country to incorporate the early earthquake warning system.

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     A 17-year-old reckless driver who killed a father and daughterr on a Concord sidewalk pleaded guilty Wednesday and attempted to apologized, only to be rebuffed by a grief-stricken family calling for stricter penalties against drivers who kill.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded. As a result, the report found, the professors were less likely to offer the women mentoring or a job. And even if they were willing to offer a job, the salary was lower.

    New York Times
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    The bicycle party known as Critical Mass turns 20 on Friday. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of riders in all manner of dress and - if recent history holds true, no dress at all - will band together for a commemorative, congestion-causing cruise through downtown San Francisco.

    SF Chronicle
  • New research out of MIT shows that small changes to in-vehicle technology, such as the font automakers choose for an infotainment system, can have a significant effect on just how much a driver is distracted. The research adds nuance to the debate on distracted driving, and it could forever change the look of your dashboard.