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    ...the RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), the city’s dominant transit agency, is piloting “l'arrêt de bus du future” - or bus stop of the future - for five months at a stop outside the Gare de Lyon....This experimental station at boulevard Diderot is not just a place to wait for a bus. Covering an area of ​​80 m2, it was designed as a multi-purpose public space ... . Here you can buy a bus ticket, get information about the neighborhood, have a coffee, borrow a book, play music, recharge a phone, buy a meal to take away, rent an electric bike, stay warm while eating a sandwich, or set up a bag on a shelf to do your makeup.

    Atlantic Cities
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    For optimists, the housing bust of the last five years has come with a silver lining. We got burned, we learned our lesson, and we won’t go back to the old ways of planning and building communities that sap municipal budgets, that tax the environment and that keep us locked into our cars....Now here comes another set of data, this time in the annual State of the Nation’s Housingreport from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University....But one finding in particular sticks out...

    Atlantic Cities
  • Taxi passengers received a little relief this past weekend, when city officials approved the issuance of 100 temporary cab permits to accommodate the crowds for the U.S. Open. Similar practices may be in store for future events....On Thursday, during the BART shutdown that paralyzed much of the region, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency let cab companies deploy extra cars to help unclog the congestion. The agency then let the extra cabs stay on for the weekend to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors in town for the U.S. Open. It was the first time the agency approved such a request, which increased the number of cabs on city streets from roughly 1,500 to 1,600.

    SF Examiner
  • With the clock about to run out on federal highway funding, House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid sent a message Tuesday to their members: Find a way to compromise....Without a conference-committee deal by June 30, Congress will face extending funding levels set in 2005 yet again. An extension may force Congress to deal with an issue it has avoided for almost three years: how to pay for the nation’s long-term transportation needs.

    Washington Post
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    ...Under a proposal now gaining traction in Albany, though, New Yorkers may soon be answering to an authority more suited to the city’s topography: cameras that record the speed of a passing car and issue violations automatically....The proposal initially calls for as many as 40 cameras to be mounted high across New York City, of which 20 can be rotated, ensuring that drivers are never certain when their speed is being tracked....Proponents say the math is simple: Scores of New Yorkers are killed each year in speeding-related crashes, and the use of cameras has already proved effective in other cities. Since speed cameras were installed in Washington in 2001, the police said traffic fatalities had fallen 56 percent, though it was unclear how much of the shift was attributable to the cameras. (In New York City, there were 243 traffic fatalities in 2011, about a 38 percent reduction from 2001.)

    New York Times
  • Thanks to climate change policies and expensive gasoline, electric cars — and especially hybrid electrics — have made some inroads in the U.S. vehicle market. Still, the internal combustion engine is not about to go the way of the dodo. Mainstream engine makers are continually pushing forward incremental improvements and a few companies are developing radically different technologies.

    New York Times
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    California regulations designed to fight global warming could force half of the state's refineries to close, trigger fuel shortages and add $2.70 per gallon to the cost of gasoline, according to a study released Tuesday by an oil industry lobbying group. Oil companies have a history of resisting California's climate change rules. But Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the petroleum association, said Tuesday that her group isn't trying to overturn the state's global warming law, known as AB32.

    SF Chronicle
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    Cars have already been pushed off stretches of Market Street downtown, but they could be banned altogether under a revitalization plan being designed by a collection of city agencies....Under the most aggressive strategy, cars would be banned from Market Street in both directions between Franklin and Steuart streets.

    SF Chronicle
  • Ever since the 2005 publication of UCLA professor Don Shoup’s book, The High Cost of Free Parking, the relaxation of parking minimums has been seen by many planners as the next best thing to manufacturing new land. Yet, the introduction of a bill that would enact a modest page from the Shoup playbook has roused opposition from a surprising source: the American Planning Association. 

    California Planning and Development Report
  • For some people, the daily commute will get a little easier this week. Monday morning, a new ferry service between the Oakland, Alameda, and South San Francisco opened. In San Francisco, regular service resumed on the MUNI’s N Judah and J Church lines, after ten days of repair work at some of the city’s busiest transit junctions. Statewide, however, things aren’t so bright....Transportation reporter Julie Caine sat down with Hana Baba to talk about what’s happening in Bay Area transportation news.

    KALW