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    Driving around a college campus can be treacherous. Bikes and scooters zip out of nowhere, distracted students wander into traffic, and stopped cars and speed bumps suddenly appear. It takes a vigilant driver to avoid catastrophe. Jesse Levinson does not much worry about this when he drives his prototype Volkswagen Touareg around the Stanford University campus here. 

    New York Times
  • ...Elizabeth Deakin, a professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley, said investing in reliable traffic management tools could ease congestion by 5 percent in the region. That’s not a trivial amount — it’s the difference between halting, stop-and-go traffic and free-flowing vehicles, Deakin said. “This isn’t the sort of work that seems to capture the imagination or hold the attention of officials for very long,” Deakin said. “It’s not glamorous, and it’s not rocket science, but it’s just basic day-to-day stuff that we really need to be doing.”

    SF Examiner
  • Staff members of a key transportation agency said at a meeting today that they are seeking $31 million to pay for a new security system for the Bay Bridge, most of it for the new eastern span that's scheduled to open in September.

    Oakland Tribune
  • ...Greg Merritt, an information systems analyst at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies, uses loop detectors to supply evidence in a fatal crash that killed three graduate students on I-80.

    The Last Word on Nothing (blog)
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    Light rail recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in Silicon Valley, but most people in the area were probably too busy driving to celebrate. Mike Rosenberg of the Mercury News reports thatthe system, run by the Valley Transportation Authority, is among the country's worst by just about every common metric of success.

    Atlantic Cities
  • This year, more than $64.3 billion worth of transit expansion projects will begin construction, continue construction, or enter into service in the United States. It’s a huge investment, much of it the product of extensive state and local spending. What is evident is that certain cities are investing far more than others. Among American cities, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington stand out as regions that are currently investing particularly dramatically. 

    Transport Politic
  • ...Ben Tripousis, regional director for Northern California, told a packed auditorium at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association that the under-three-hour trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles could be a reality by 2029, but that a host of political, financial and logistical obstacles must be overcome before high-speed trains reach the Bay Area.

    SF Examiner
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    ...Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, said at a news conference Friday there is nothing in the data the agency has seen to suggest the plane isn't safe, but the agency wants to figure out why the safety-related incidents are occurring...Boeing has delivered 50 of the 787s, starting in late 2011, and has orders for nearly 800 more. To get through the backlog, Boeing is ramping up production to build 10 787s per month in Washington state and South Carolina by the end of the year.

    AP/SF Chronicle
  • ...People just need a nudge, said Susan Shaheen, the co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research shows that car sharing has been growing faster in the US than in Canada, for example.

    Public Radio International/The World
  •  It comes as no great surprise that it was cold in Boston on a recent Thursday morning. But little did the 1.1 million daily riders of the region's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) realize just what a long morning was going to result from the single-digit temperatures. A broken rail forced subway riders onto shuttle buses, and more than one-quarter of the MBTA's commuter trains were delayed by mechanical and other problems. In retrospect, the surprise wasn't the rush-hour mess, but the fact that such chaos isn't more common. More than half of the MBTA's commuter-rail trains and coaches are at or near the end of their useful lives, and the percentage is even higher for the subway system's rolling stock.