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  • 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
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    ...In a city of wirelessly networked streetlights, each overhead bulb suddenly becomes its own search light, capable of brightening to illuminate a crime scene or tailing a suspect as he sprints down the road (how far we’ve come from mimicking the static light of the moon!).

    Atlantic Cities
  • Professor Hank Weiss of the University of Otago in New Zealand says ongoing analysis of data on maternal crash injury risk suggests that when it comes to fetal mortality, the danger of getting in a car may be similar to that of smoking or drinking. “That was looking at the number of deaths attributed to those in the United States,” says Weiss, who is director of the Injury Prevention Research Unit at the university. 

    Atlantic Cities
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    The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on Boeing’s certification plan for the lithium-ion battery system aboard the 787 Dreamliner and approved flight testing the solution to a problem that has grounded the jets since January. Getting federal authority to proceed with the modifications – which include redesigning the eight cells within the 63-pound battery — is a big step forward for Boeing, which has been working nonstop to get the Dreamliner airborne again.

  • Los Angeles remembers its Red Cars with an almost mythic reverence. Replicas of the Pacific Electric Railway’s red-liveried trolleys now transport tourists through a Disney theme park, while Angelenos swapwistful stories about the streetcar that would take you to the beach, deep into the Inland Empire, or all the way down to Orange County. Often overlooked are the true workhorses of the city’s bygone transit network: the Yellow Cars of the Los Angeles Railway.

    Los Angeles Magazine
  • ...One reason D.C. planners believe new parking structures will not be needed is the growth of car sharing services, like Car2Go, that make car ownership unnecessary....“If you were to say, certainly ten years ago, but even five years ago that we would have in this city and fifty percent of folks go to work without a car and that forty percent of the households do not have a car, they would have had you committed,” George Washington University professor Chris Leinberger said.

    Transportation Nation
  • ...In August, the agency allowed cyclists to board trains at any time during the five Fridays of the month...As a follow-up to that test run, BART will again allow bikes on trains during commute hours, this time for five consecutive work days. From Monday to March 22, restrictions will be waived, although bikes will still be banned from the first three cars of each train.

    SF Examiner
  • The pilot program offers 40 stations in all, with 36 stations open to the public during regular business hours starting Tuesday with the garage at 585 Seventh St., and Thursday at the AlcoPark Garage, 165 13th St. in Oakland.

    Oakland Tribune
  • A proposal to lower AC Transit's basic bus fare from $2.10 to $2 this summer -- instead of raising them as planned -- will be discussed in a transit district board workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

    Contra Costa Times
  •  More commuters in the afternoon; better lighting to keep speeds up entering and exiting the tunnels; and a ten-foot shoulder on the northern wall of the fourth bore in the event of crashes.

    Mercury News