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  • The City Council this week approved a 30-year operational plan for the proposed Downtown streetcar, identifying and committing up to $294 million that would fund maintenance and operations of the project.

    Los Angeles Downtown News
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    ..."It's absolutely the case that after the first accident involving an automated vehicle, there will be an automated ambulance chaser following," says Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute.

    NPR
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    ...The new details about the fire aboard the technologically advanced aircraft were in a 48-page preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board board that provided the most comprehensive picture so far of the battery fire in the 787 that was parked at the airport and burst into flame on Jan. 7.

    New York Times
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     ...Volkswagen rolled into Geneva with the production version of the XL1 after more than a decade in development...The XL1 takes the traditional elements of speed – exotic materials, a hyper-efficient drivetrain and a wind-tunnel-honed body – to deliver the most aerodynamic, fuel-efficient vehicle in the world. And just like other supercars, it’s a rolling compromise, with barely enough space to seat two and a 12.7-second 0-to-60 mph time that makes a Prius seem like a Porsche.

    Wired
  • In less than three weeks, the practice of stopping to hand over your cash to some of the few remaining Golden Gate Bridge toll collectors will end. On March 27, the bridge will become the first in the state and one of the first in the nation to collect all tolls electronically.

    SF Chronicle
  • The latest California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment by the League of California Cities shows that our roads are in "rapid decline" and that our budget to fix them is perhaps even worse. The assessment says that unless we come up with the cash to fix our streets ...one out of four of the roads across California will be in "failed" condition within 10 years.

    LA Weekly
  • A vote by port officials Thursday could clear the way for a $500 million railway project at the Port of Los Angeles.

    CBS News
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    ...“The most significant negative experiences that drove a reduction in transit use were delays perceived to be the fault of the transit agency, long waits at transfer points, and being prevented from boarding due to crowding,” wrote the researchers: graduate student Andre Carrel, undergraduate Anne Halvorsen and Professor Joan L. Walker from Berkeley’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

    Forbes
  • Delta Air Lines is adding new destinations, using nicer planes and upgrading its terminal in an effort to win a bigger share of the Los Angeles market.

    USA Today
  • The bicyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood last year must stand trial on felony vehicular manslaughter charges, a judge ruled Thursday.

    SF Chronicle