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  • They may not be there just yet, but hybrid vehicles of all types and sizes are gunning for mainstream status...The Toyota Prius hybrid has been on the market for more than a decade and is slowly becoming a household name. Meanwhile, the total number of hybrids for sale is expected to grow from 42 to 73 options by the end of next year.

    E&E News/ClimateWire
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    The number of Americans commuting by public transportation rose to the second highest level on record last year, as more people returned to work, according to an annual survey released by the leading U.S. transit association on Monday. The growth in ridership would have been even stronger, if Superstorm Sandy had not stranded people and shut down transit along the East Coast, where public transportation is most concentrated...

  • More women drive than men, but men do more driving. Confusing? A recent study parsed almost 50 years worth of data from the Federal Highway Administration for gender trends in America’s roadway habits.

    Transportation Nation
  • ...Many environmentalists believe that wind and solar power can be scaled to meet the rising demand, especially if coupled with aggressive efforts to cut waste. But a lot of energy analysts have crunched the numbers and concluded that today’s renewables, important as they are, cannot get us even halfway there...Among the new nuclear approaches, fission reactors based on thorium are especially intriguing, offering potentially huge safety advantages.

    New York Times
  • A Dutch airliner is flying from New York to Amsterdam on a fuel mix that includes leftover oil from frying Louisiana's Cajun food. The KLM flights from Kennedy Airport are powered by a combination of 25% recycled cooking oil and 75% jet fuel.

    USA Today
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    ...“We’re probably closer to the end of the automobility era than we are to its beginning,” says Maurie Cohen, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “If we’re 100 years into the automobile era, it seems pretty inconceivable that the car as we know it is going to be around for another 100 years.”

    Atlantic Cities
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    Yikes. I literally do not know where to start with today’s article. But I’ll give it a shot: at the top, you’re looking at the view northward "from the turnstiles" at the Douglas Road transit station in Coral Gables, just outside of Miami. 

    Atlantic Cities
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    This month marks 120 years since the federal government got involved in funding road transportation. (Strange as it sounds, bicycle advocates did the bulk of the lobbying.) The original Office of Road Inquiry — today, the Federal Highway Administration — was a line item with a budget of $10,000. That was only enough money to build about three miles of road, and the office wasn't empowered to build roads anyway, but states fought tooth and nail against giving the feds even this incredibly modest level of transport oversight.

    Atlantic Cities
  • The public will have a chance to voice opinions Wednesday on plans for high-occupancy vehicle ramps along the center divider of Interstate 680 in San Ramon...The ramps were originally proposed for the Norris Canyon overpass, but were vigorously opposed by neighbors at public meetings last year.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Bart directors and officials say that revenues from fare increases they just approved for every even-numbered year from now to 2020 will go only for capital improvements. But buried in the resolution the board approved last month is language that enables the additional money to go, in part, to "meeting operating expenses such as employee wage rates and fring benefits."

    Contra Costa Times