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  • 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. 

    Reuters
  • 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.

    Reuters
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    Last week transportation officials in Denver made a trial run of the new West Rail Line — a 12-mile, $707 million light rail line expected to serve some 20,000 riders a day. The "W" line holds great promise for Denver's western corridor (except, perhaps, for too much emphasis on park-and-ride facilities), but it has even greater significance for the city at large. It's the first rail line to be finished of the massive "FasTracks" regional transit program that's set to reshape the entire metropolitan area.

    Atlantic Cities
  • We knew this was coming. Legislators in West Virginia are proposing an amendment that bans Google Glass or any other head-mounted display while driving...“We spent a lot of time developing a no-texting bill,” House of Delegates member Gary Howell told Wired, “but this Google Glass thing gets around it because it’s a hands-free device.”

    Wired
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    The race to build the world’s first production electric supercar is over. And Audi blinked....Mercedes-Benz pressed full steam ahead with their 740-horsepower, battery-powered SLS – astronomic development costs be damned. The line between vaporware and honest-to-goodness technology can indeed be crossed with persistence and piles of euros, even if those future-friendly technologies are hidden beneath the current SLS’s achingly attractive – if aging – silhouette.

    Wired
  •  Later this spring, Bostonians eager to flee to Cape Cod for the weekend will have an option other than sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 70 miles and fuming along with everyone else. Starting May 24, they can hop a train to Hyannis, where regional buses, ferries and rental cars will await to whisk them out to the beaches, islands and wind-swept dunes. The train, the first passenger service to the cape since 1995, is one small piece of a major $13 billion transportation overhaul envisioned by Gov. Deval Patrick. That overhaul is aimed chiefly at repairing and upgrading worn-out bridges, roads and commuter lines in Massachusetts, but about 20 percent of it would go toward reviving train service to the cape and elsewhere in the state.

    New York Times