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  • Among the flurry of action -- or inaction -- on renewable energy bills in the last days of the state's legislative session comes a striking but largely unheralded statement of policy from the state of California. Last week, Governor Brown signed into law a bill that excludes corn-derived ethanol fuel from the state's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.


  • The new rules— set to take effect at the end of October — call for cars and trucks to get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. At first blush, that sounds overly ambitious, because few vehicles come close to that level of performance today. Yet dig a little deeper, and the rules make sense for a variety of reasons...

    USA Today
  • America spent 50 years and billions of dollars after World War II redesigning itself so that cars could move people across this vast country more quickly. Now, with many cities in gridlock, one-third of the population obese and climate change forcing innovators to look beyond the internal combustion engine, cities are beginning to rethink that push toward the automobile.

    USA Today
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    Last month, California’s state Legislature passed a bill that would allow autonomous, self-driving cars on the road, a move that terrifies all three people who saw Maximum Overdrive. The rest of us, though, find it difficult to imagine how a robotic car could be any worse than human drivers.

  • Muni's frustrating service problems can be blamed on many factors, among them a chronic shortage of operators, an unreliable fleet of aging streetcars, and buses and schedules that don't always mesh with the realities of San Francisco's congested streets. Another? Paper and pens. The Bay Area's busiest transit agency, with 700,000 boardings a day, has relied on an inefficient mixture of radios, phones, a GPS tracking system and old-fashioned handwritten reports to manage the fleet.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Infrared cameras may be tested on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and possibly the Golden Gate Bridge in the next few years. If successful, the cameras could be used to detect how many people are inside a vehicle.

    Mercury News
  • The Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors recently approved the purchase of 45 low-floor, 40-foot, diesel-hybrid buses. They'll replace tired and worn 13-year-old buses. The new buses, which will be purchased in a cooperative arrangement with Minnesota, will cost the transit agency $36.9 million, which includes the buses, applicable taxes, training, tools and spare parts. 

    SF Chronicle
  • MARIN'S POPULATION is about to grow in a new, planned and significant way, unless there is a flurry of protest and some meaningful local government action soon. This mandated population growth is thanks to state law — AB 375....f this was actual planning aimed at sustainability, there would be ongoing public discussion about Marin's limited water, limited jobs and limited public transportation. None of these are sufficient to provide the resources needed by this new growth.

    Marin Independent Journal
  • A new strategy to deter fare scofflaws is paying huge dividends for Muni, with the transit agency reporting a 79 percent increase in citations since the policy was unveiled in November.

    SF Examiner
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    Building an electric car is one thing. But move too fast in developing a heavy-duty electric cargo truck and bad things happen, according to the head of Southern California company that is trying to succeed where others have failed before.

    LA Times