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  •  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
  • China's three major state-owned airlines posted sharp drops in annual profit because of the weak global economy, higher jet fuel prices and smaller foreign currency gains.

    USA Today
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    ...While many automakers have canceled or pulled back on plans to produce electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz may have passed the point of no return – especially financially – in terms of E.V. development and is going full speed ahead. The company’s E.V. line now comprises vehicles from the tiny Smart E.V. to the 750-horsepower SLS AMG Electric Drive.

    New York Times
  • A woman and a young girl were hit by a Recology garbage truck while walking near the Embarcadero in San Francisco Wednesday morning, authorities said.

    SF Chronicle
  • Q. My fear is that traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge will increase and slow down the drive for those of us in the East Bay. If the new toll policy leads to confusion, drivers wanting to avoid going over the Golden Gate may quickly figure out this is an option.

    Mercury News
  • Caltrans is investigating why nearly three dozen threaded steel rods--9 to 16 feet long and as thick as a man's thigh--on the new easstern span of the Bay Bridge snapped while crews recently tightened down the fittings.

    Contra Costa Times
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    ...The “super stop,” which opened March 11, is the first of 24 new bus stops that will also accommodate Arlington’s long-planned streetcars. It has 10-inch high curbs and 90 feet of concrete, large enough for two buses to pull up at once. It will shelter 15 people at a time, an important benefit for the 16,000 people who each day take the Columbia Pike buses to work, school, shopping and entertainment spots...“You’d think for $1 million they’d have a heated bench and a restroom,” Jon Fisher said. “Where we’re from, they built a whole highway rest stop for $1.5 million.”

    Washington Post
  • High oil prices will make driving a car less and less affordable unless the European Union vehicle industry has more stringent emissions limits than those the European Commission is battling to enforce, the body representing European consumers said. Debate on these limits is intense in the European Parliament, which holds the next of a series of committee votes on Tuesday on proposals for 2020 vehicle CO2 standards. 

  • U.S. distributors and freight hauliers have held down diesel consumption even as their business recovers from recession by making thousands of small changes to their operations.Improved driver training, restrictions on idling and careful route planning to reduce deadheads (where vehicles travel empty) are all reducing consumption of expensive diesel while helping companies promote their green credentials.