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  • ...“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
  • Muni's boss has a plan to silence the vocal opposition in North Beach to the Central Subway construction project - he wants to take a major step toward extending the line from Chinatown into North Beach itself.

    SF Chronicle
  • It's been 42 years since then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the landmark California Environmental Quality Act, an early victory for the nascent environmental protection movement that has since become a very powerful force in state and national politics.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Agencies eye basing fares on income, not age or disability. A struggling 19-year-old service worker barely earning enough to make ends meet has to pay $64 for her monthly Muni pass. A wealthy 66-year-old homeowner from Pacific Heights can purchase that same fare for $22. Seem fair?

    SF Examiner
  • Before taking the helm of California's High-speed Rail Authority, Dan Richard told Gov. Jerry Brown that the plan was "really screwed up and going to end up biting you in the ankles."

    Mercury News
  • Increasing the U.S. gasoline tax and instituting a levy based on miles driven should be options to pay for highway spending as cars become more fuel efficient, said Representative Bill Shuster, who will be the top House member overseeing federal transportation policy....Shuster said a vehicle-miles tax, raising the gasoline tax, tolling and public-private partnerships should be among options Congress considers to close the gap between the amount it needs for highway and transit spending and the money available.

    BusinessWeek
  • An inside candidate was named Monday to head the Orange County Transportation Authority, despite concerns from some board members about how he was chosen for the $255,000-a-year job.

    Orange County Register
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    Republicans met today to choose committee chairs, and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been placed at the head of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The former chair, John Mica, dropped his request yesterday to stay on as chair despite term limits. You can read all about Shuster’s record on rail and bike/ped issues in these recent posts

    DC .Streetsblog.org