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  • ...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
  •  After years of growth in bike ridership, commuter cycling in New York remained flat in 2012 during the typical riding season, according to counts conducted by the city at six commuter locations last year....“The fabulous increase in cycling in the past half-dozen years has leveled off,” said Charles Komanoff, a transportation economist and longtime cycling advocate. “To some extent, the D.O.T. has done or is doing everything it can do.”

    New York Times
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    ...His attorney, Ted Cassman, argued during the preliminary hearing that the charge should be reduced to a misdemeanor. He said Bucchere had legally entered the intersection on a yellow light and that his passage had been impeded by pedestrians who entered the crosswalk before the walk signal. Prosecutors say Bucchere ran several red lights just before the crash, including at the Market Street intersection, and was going at least 32 mph.

    SF Chronicle
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    That dizzying and dangerous drive across Devil’s Slide on Highway 1 is about to disappear. Late Monday or early Tuesday, the winding stretch of coastal highway will be blocked off with concrete barriers and traffic will be shifted to a pair of tunnels and concrete arch bridges.

    SF Chronicle
  • Fewer Californians support the high-speed-rail system and a bond that would help pay for an overhaul of the state's water system - both major projects that Gov. Jerry Brown has made a priority for the state, according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

    SF Chronicle