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  • Federal aviation officials and air-traffic controllers warned Wednesday that flights through big-city hub airports could suffer major delays under automatic government spending cuts scheduled to begin Friday. But Republicans remain skeptical about the hardship and urged Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta to find ways around furloughing controllers -- whose absence from the job would cause the delays.

    USA Today
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    About a century ago, Los Angeles undertook a massive infrastructure project, building 14 historic bridges spanning the L.A. River. Completed between 1909 and 1938, under the supervision of city engineer Merrill Butler, the reinforced concrete arch spans were architectural marvels.

    Atlantic Cities
  • California officials are using a standard bidding process for their plan to speed construction of the state's $68 billion high-speed rail line, but there are still outstanding questions about the inspection process that the Legislature should investigate, lawmakers heard Tuesday at a hearing on the plan...Among the biggest concerns is how the state will fully fund the project...High-speed rail board Chairman Dan Richard said he still doesn't know the answer, but officials believe the financing will come from a variety of sources. He said he remains confident that private investors will step up to service and operate the trains, sell tickets and perform other functions once the initial segment is built.

    AP/SF Chronicle
  • The contentious and long-debated experiment to provide free Muni service for The City’s low-income youths is set to begin Friday. Instead of paying the normal $22 monthly fee, more than 20,000 students between 5 and 17 years old will be able to ride for free for the next 16 months as part of a proposal that has been in the works since the beginning of 2011.

    SF Examiner
  • The first steps to create a transit village next to a future BART station in the city's Berryessa district have come with the purchase by KB Home of a largely unused portion of a well-known flea market in San Jose....The site is the beachhead for what will become a transit village with thousands of residences, manhy of them high-density, along with stores, a new school and park lands.

    Oakland Tribune
  • The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered a review to determine whether Los Angeles airport officials have complied with a 2006 court settlement that required them to disperse the growth in flights at busy LAX to other airports in the region. The county, along with neighborhood organizations and communities surrounding LAX, was a party in the 2005 lawsuits. Among other things, the settlement directed Los Angeles airport officials to seek an expansion of cargo and passenger operations at LA/Ontario International Airport and LA/Palmdale Regional Airport.

    LA Times
  • An interview with Zou Ji, deputy director of china's National Center for Climate Strategy and International Cooperation. The interview is blunt and crystal clear in laying out the demographic and economic realities that will, for many years to come, slow any shift from Chinese dependence on coal. Zou Ji has a remarkable resume for someone now working inside the Chinese establishment, having worked previously as the China director for the World Resources Institute.

    New York Times
  •  What the Congressional Budget Office can and cannot do with regard to MAP-21.

  •  In Vancouver, a city often referred to as "a city by design", the most important urban design decision we ever made, the decision I loved most, is actually usually referred to as a transportation decision. In 1997, the city approved its first influential Transportation Plan. It was a game-changer for our city-making model in many ways, most notably in its decision to prioritize the ways we get around, rather than balance them. 

  • This month, London Mayor Boris Johnson announced what could rank as the most ambitious anti-pollution plans any major city has yet seen. By 2020, central London will become an ultra-low emissions zone, Johnson hopes, an area where only zero or low emissions vehicles are permitted during working hours....Since 2010, (Paris) has hugely increased its bus and bike lanes and introduced an electric car sharing scheme. Now Mayor Bertrand Delanoe plans to ban cars made before 1995 from within the greater Paris beltway, levy tolls on trucks crossing the city and cut the speed limit on the Périphérique ring road that brackets inner Paris. 

    Atlantic Cities