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    A novel radar will soon be helping to keep an eye on aircraft flying over London...The experimental system that will begin operation in June does not send out any signals of its own, but instead relies on a network of receivers to pick up television programmes.

    Economist
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    One argument against government rail subsidies is that public transportation should pay for its own costs through fares. Setting aside the fact that road users don't pay their own costs either, cities should certainly strive for user-pay transit systems with high farebox recovery rates. At the same time, many benefits of rail travel come from reducing road externalities — things like pollution or safety hazards — that are harder to calculate in strict financial terms.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Automakers don’t want their stealth cars to run you over, but they’d rather not give you a heart attack either, and they certainly don’t want to annoy the driver they put behind the wheel....Congress ordered NHTSA to come up with guidelines after hearing from pedestrian advocates, particularly those interested in protecting the blind.

    Washington Post
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    ...Google operates a fleet of about 95 private buses serving 35 routes in seven counties that provide employees free transportation to their Mountain View headquarters...Google recently reduced the number of vehicles it is putting on the road by replacing a number of buses that seat 49 passengers with 31 double-decker buses that can seat 71. If Google were a public transit agency, it would be the seventh-largest bus operator in the Bay Area...

    Mercury News
  • ...In August, bike sharing will arrive in San Francisco, three Peninsula cities, and San Jose. The $7 million test program administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will start with 700 bikes at 70 stations. Half of those will be in downtown San Francisco in an area stretching from the Embarcadero through South of Market to Civic Center. 

    SF Chronicle
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    The much-heralded ferry service between Oakland and South San Francisco — launched just nine months ago at a cost to taxpayers of more than $42 million — is taking on water fast. The service, which operates seven trips each weekday, carried an average of just 131 total riders a day in the last week of February. That’s less than a third of the ridership that officials were counting on during the ferries’ first year on the bay.

    SF Chronicle
  • Boeing plans to modify the lithium-ion batteries in the 787 Dreamliner and subject them to more rigorous testing before installing them in heavy-duty steel boxes that vent outside the aircraft, measures it says eliminates the risk of battery fires and provides safeguards against future incidents like those seen aboard two Dreamliners in January.

    Wired
  • When it's running in late 2014, BART's Oakland Airport Connector will cut congestion on Interstate 880. But early Sunday, and again on March 24, it will shut down the northbound side of the freeway for about five hours.

    SF Chronicle
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    BART riders and officials will get a chance starting Monday and lasting through the week to see what happens when bikes and commuters meet during the busiest times of day as the regional rail transit agency conducts a five-day test that will let bicyclists take their two-wheeled companions aboard any train any time....The experiment will determine whether BART can accommodate bicyclists without unduly annoying or driving away its regular riders, many of whom cram onto standing-room-only trains during their morning and evening commutes. In August, BART allowed bikes aboard all trains on Fridays, a first test that most parties deemed a success.

    SF Chronicle
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    ... Washington area charter schools are shown at left, public schools at right. And on the right side of the graph, a clear pattern emerges: The top-performing schools tend to be located in the most walkable areas, while the "priority" schools are located in the least walkable ones.

    Atlantic Cities