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    Say goodbye to catenary wires. Utah State University has unveiled an electric bus that charges through induction, topping off its batteries whenever it stops to pick up passengers....As in all modern inductive-charging setups, a transformer is “split” between the bus and a charge plate under the bus stop. When the bus drives over the charging plate, current flows with no physical contact required. Engineers at USU designed their system so that the Aggie Bus can be misaligned up to 6 inches from the charge plate and still get 25kW of power and 90 percent efficiency from the power grid to the battery.

  • California is courting sovereign- wealth funds, pensions and endowments for more than $50 billion to build Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed bullet train to link the state’s largest cities, the most expensive public-works project in U.S. history.

  • A controversial plan to separate the two northern runways atLos Angeles International Airport by 260 feet advanced last week when airport staff recommended the proposal for further environmental review over other runway options...Runway separation that would give large airplanes more room to take off and land is adamantly opposed by residents of nearby Westchester and the cities of Inglewood, Culver City and distant Ontario, in San Bernardino County.

    LA Times
  • Voters today will decide whether or not to approve an assessment to help finance a $125-million fixed-rail project that is forecast to spawn $1 billion in development, including 2,600 new housing units. Sup[porters say the streetcar will bring a fresh wave of economic development to downtown.

    LA Times
  • "The Pennsylvania lawmaker, who is the son of a former Transportation Committee chairman, said recently that there could be "common ground" in the next Congress on rail funding."

    The Hill
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    In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars to dominate urban spaces for decades. I don’t necessarily agree with every detail, and my own list might differ in some ways that reflect my own experience and values. But it’s a heck of a good menu to get city leaders and thinkers started in making their communities more hospitable to walkers.

    Atlantic Cities
  • KnowDelay, which includes three pilots from major airlines as investors, uses a predictive engine that digests weather patterns, including wind, up to 100 miles away from each airport seven days in advance. It also accounts for each airport's on-time performance record.

    USA Today
  • ...“We don’t expect changing demographics to have an impact on crash rates,” said Matt Moore, vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. “Other things might change to move the crash rates, but shifts in demographics won’t contribute to a change in the overall crash rates.

    New York Times
  • ...Emissions continue to grow so rapidly that an international goal of limiting the ultimate warming of the planet to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, established three years ago, is on the verge of becoming unattainable, said researchers affiliated with the Global Carbon Project.

    New York Times
  • ...The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world's biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet's top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany were the only countries that reduced their carbon dioxide emissions.

    SF Chronicle