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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
  • Bullet trains fuel real-estate booms, improve quality of life and create other unintended consequences by sharply reducing commute times from smaller cities to large megacities, economists from UCLA and China's Tsinghua University observed in a new study in China. A similar dynamic, they said, could play out as California builds its own high-speed rail system.

    UCLA Newsroom
  • The report card for America's infrastructure finally arrived today, and at first glance it looks as if the country's managers won't be getting dessert for a month. The country's infrastructure received an overall grade of "D+" from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which releases its "report card" every four years assessing the condition of roads, airports, mass transit, the electric grid and other vital organs of national health.

    Atlantic Cities
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    ...In a case-control study in Australia, long-haul truck drivers who reported using caffeinated drinks to stay awake were significantly less likely to have crashes, reported Lisa Sharwood, PhD, of the University of Sydney in Australia, and colleagues in BMJCompared with drivers who did not take caffeinated products, drivers who said they consumed caffeinated substances for the purpose of staying awake had a 63% reduced likelihood of crashing after adjusting for age, distance driven, hours of sleep, night driving, and breaks taken...

    MedPage Today
  •  The National Research Council, a private, Washington-based nonprofit, founded by congressional charter to provide expert advice on scientific matters, found that the US could meet the goal of an 80 percent cut in the oil consumption of light-duty vehicles (LDV) by 2050 if the federal government provided strong leadership..."Large reductions are potentially achievable in annual LDV GHG emissions by 2050, on the order of 60 to 70 percent relative to 2005," according to the study, which was released Monday. "An 80 percent reduction in LDV GHG emissions by 2050 may be technically achievable, but will be very difficult."

    Christian Science Monitor
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    On paper, park-and-ride facilities seem like the ultimate transport compromise. Free or cheap parking near transit stations should, if the theory holds, make partial transit riders of metro area residents who used to drive the whole way into work. The system acts like a nicotine gum for daily commutes — weaning people slowly off the single-occupancy car. In reality, some transport experts wonder whether park-and-ride does more harm than good...A new study of park-and-ride at rail-based transit stations doesn't offer much in the way of encouragement.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Who would have thought the United States would one day be a leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions?...Fuel economy performance for cars and trucks is still among the worst in the developed world. And only 7 percent of the nation’s energy comes from renewable sources, less than in most other advanced nations...Yet when President Obama talked about the nation’s energy revolution during his State of the Union address last month, he could have boasted that American emissions of CO2 had fallen almost 13 percent since 2007. 

    New York Times
  • Danville's Town Council approved a new growth blueprint that was watered down in response to a public outcry over encouraging high density, affordable housing in this affluent community.

    Contra Costa Times
  • The Bay Area's two largest regional agencies will unveil later this month a draft blueprint for where to build new houses, shops and roads in the next 25 years along with an environmental analysis....State lawmakers want regions to grow near existing highways and transit rather than sprawl into open spaces, further snarl traffic, fuel expensive infrastructure projects and degrade air quality. Critics, meanwhile, describe the plan as subversive social engineering designed to push people from their singel family homes into high-rise apartments.

    Contra Costa Times