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  •  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.

  • Investigators are looking into whether radar guiding equipment under the Bay Bridge was working adequately when an empty oil tanker hit a bridge tower on Monday, as well as trying to determine exactly when the Coast Guard warned the ship that it was on a collision course...Caltrans, which oversees the devices, said the main beacon the ship would have relied on was functioning Monday.

    SF Chronicle
  •  US Supreme Court justices grappled on Wednesday with whether police should be permitted to force suspected drunken drivers to submit to a blood test without first obtaining the approval of a neutral judge.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • San Jose's arduous campaign to establish the first direct flight between Silicon Valley and Asia in more than six years highlights the obstacles regional airports face in luring more planes to terminals in an era of airline industry cost-cutting.

    Oakland Tribune
  • ...From AT&T Park south to the county line, long-idle grain silos, copra docks and cargo yards are being converted into public spaces designed to link the city's growing population with those years when San Francisco's bustling seaport ruled the West Coast....In recent years, the port has worked with the city's Recreation and Park Department to put bikeways, shoreline parks and wildlife areas on land it owns along the bay. Using money from the city's 2008 park bond and other sources, the port has provided open space to a part of the city where it's desperately needed, with more to come.

    SF Chronicle
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    The East Bay Bicycle Coalition is teaming with the city of Alameda and UC Berkeley to lead the way in a new kind of traffic school - for bicyclists....Bicycle Traffic School got its start in the East Bay on the UC Berkeley campus in 2011, after many bicyclists received tickets when the campus police department stepped up enforcement of "dismount zones" - areas on campus that require people to walk their bikes. 

    SF Chronicle
  •  ...One morning in 2010, Dave Muslovski was on his morning walk along a highway near Youngstown, Ohio, when he was hit by 19-year-old driver Whitney Yaeger. Muslovski was rushed to the hospital, but he died from severe internal injuries later that day. A week later, the family learned the cause of the accident that killed Muslovski: texting and driving....She was sentenced to just 45 days in jail.

    Rock Center/NBC News
  • ...Delta is seeking permission for its pilots to access the web‑based in-flight turbulence tool using the aircraft's Wi-Fi connection. The FAA, however, has prohibited the use of Wi-Fi devices on the flight deck when engines are operating for the purposes of flight in B737-700/800 aircraft.

    Puget Sound Business Journal
  •  Global greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise this year, putting the world on track for long-term warming approaching 4 degrees Celsius, far above the 2-degree target, analysts at British bank HSBC said in a new report.

    EE News
  • ...The cars and trucks, which are much quieter than conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles, do not make enough noise at low speeds to warn walkers, bicyclists and the visually impaired, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Monday in a statement.

    New York Times