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    Early Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation will open 14 freshly paved miles of highway on the I-495 Washington Beltway unlike anything drivers in the area have ever seen. The road-widening project has been a decade in the making. And it will constitute, VDOT Secretary Sean T. Connaughton boasted earlier this week, “a high-tech wonder,” the latest and one of the country’s largest attempts at a new generation of highway infrastructure – and a new model of paying for it – that could turn up in cities far from the capital.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel. The fuel, known as Biodiesel B20, went on sale Tuesday at gas stations in Berkeley, Oakland, Redwood City and San Jose as part of a month-long pilot program...

    Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
  • California's plan to begin building its $68 billion high-speed rail system in the Central Valley hinges on a crucial court decision that could stop the project in its tracks if a judge agrees to a request for a delay from farming interests.

    Sacramento Bee
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    For years, scientists and engineers have been juggling various combinations of acids, steam, bacteria, catalysts and the digestive juices of microorganisms to convert agricultural waste and even household garbage into motor fuel. So far, such alternative fuels have not moved beyond small pilot plants, despite federal incentives to encourage companies to develop them. But that could be about to change.

    New York Times
  • Ryanair expects the EU to face legal action over its decision to freeze carbon emissions charges for flights from outside the EU, saying it discriminates against short-haul carriers. The European Union this week said it would freeze for a year its rule that all airlines must pay for their carbon emissions for flights into and out of EU airports, but flights within the European Union will still have to pay for their carbon emissions.

    Reuters/New York Times
  • The California Public Utilities Commissionhas taken its next step against a new breed of transportation startups in San Francisco, issuing citations and leveling fines against the likes of ride-sharing services Lyft and SideCar, as well as on-demand car and taxi startup Uber.

  • ...(T)his past week brought news of another supposed breakthrough in producing fuel from biomass. Researchers at the University of Michigan announced that they had sped up the process that Mother Nature used to convert algae into oil...

    Christian Science Monitor
  • The Tesla Model S nabbed one of the auto industry's most coveted awards this week when Motor Trend named the electric vehicle as their 2013 Car of the Year. It is the first time in Motor Trend's 64-year history that the award has gone to a vehicle not powered by an internal combustion engine. 

    Christian Science Monitor
  • When the National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2013 Most Wanted List on Wednesday at a news conference in Washington, it put motor vehicle collision avoidance technologies on that list. The list is meant to focus attention on serious transportation safety issues. The technologies that the N.T.S.B. mentioned consisted of forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and electronic stability control (on vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more).

    New York Times
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    ...NASA’s X-48 recently passed a major milestone with its 100th flight. The blended wing body aircraft is a joint project between NASA and Boeing to explore the flight characteristics of a design that may become the efficient airliner of the future.