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    ...(T)he outcry over distracted driving is far from new. As radios were first being widely installed in automobiles during the early 1930s there were fierce fights over whether they should be allowed....In 1930 the former president of the Radio Manufacturers Association, C. C. Colby, claimed that talking to people in the back seat of the car posed a greater risk to public safety than the new car radio: “Radio is not distracting because it demands no attention from the driver and requires no answer, as does conversation between the driver and passengers. Motor car radio is tuned by ear without the driver taking his eyes off the road. It is less disconcerting than the rear view mirror.”

    Pacific Standard
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    City staff say roundabouts on Gilman Street at I-80 will improve the interchange in several important ways. This draft design depicts, in white, the roundabouts and roadway that pass under the freeway at ground level. The green lines show the potential alignment of the bike and pedestrian route through the interchange. 

  • ...In a paper published online this week in the journal Energy Economics, I and other scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimate that the new (fuel efficiency) standards will cost the economy on the whole — for the same reduction in gas use — at least six times more than a federal gas tax of roughly 45 cents per dollar of gasoline. That is because a gas tax provides immediate, direct incentives for drivers to reduce gasoline use, while the efficiency standards must squeeze the reduction out of new vehicles only. The new standards also encourage more driving, not less.

    New York Times
  •  AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration announced earlier this week a new SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program intended to assist state transportation agencies deploy new products developed under the second Strategic Highway Research Program. The program application is available online and all applications must be submitted by March 22, 2013.

    AASHTO Journal
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     EUROPE’S emissions-trading system, the world’s largest carbon cap-and-trade scheme, survived a near-death experience on February 19th. The environment committee of the European Parliament voted to support a plan proposed by the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, to take 900m tonnes of carbon allowances off the market for up to five years. Had it rejected the plan, the market might have collapsed.

    The Economist
  • Here it is--the promised paving update for roads across the Bay Area. Repairs are planned for this section of 101 this spring. Caltrans wanted to do the work earlier, but cold nighttime temperatures delayed paving.

    Mercury News
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport deserves a break...This could be the year. One reason is the proposal by Signature Flight Support to develop a first-class generation aviation facility on the west side of the airport in partnership with Google's corporate travel arm, Blue City Holdings.

    Mercury News
  • Electric cars are at a fork in the road, with oblivion lying in one direction and the mass market in the other...At stake is $7.5 billion invested by the Obama administration, and billions more by automakers, who will put eight new models of plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads this year, including Ford and BMWNissan has invested $5 billion in electric cars and General Motors $1 billion.

    SF Chronicle
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    ...Everything about the modern airport is unpredictable, from the long-term parking lot situation, to the rental car shuttle to the check-in line. And so channeling all of our pent-up airport anger, we are in love with this idea: an app that would tell you when to leave for the airport, from any location, taking into account current travel time to get there, speed through the parking lot and airport shuttle, and real-time delays inside the terminal at the security checkpoint.

    Atlantic Cities
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    When looking for evidence of humanity's hand in climate change, it's easy to spot the belchers of greenhouse gases sitting at eye level: snaking rivers of bumper-to-bumper cars, say, or vapor-shrouded smokestacks at power plants. Few people tend to look straight up, though, which if you had done it last Friday would've yielded a jittering mess of billowy streaks...

    Atlantic Cities