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    Drivers in Los Angeles kill pedestrians and bicyclists at a significantly higher rate than drivers nationally, according to a study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. In Los Angeles, pedestrians accounted for about a third of all traffic fatalities, or nearly triple the national average of 11.4%. About 3% of the fatalities were bicyclists. That compares with 1.7% nationally....The numbers are even worse in urban New York, where 49.6% of traffic fatalities were pedestrians and 6.1% were bicyclists.

    LA Times
  • At least 20 people were injured Monday when a big rig truck struck an Amtrak train in unincorporated Kings County, authorities said.

    SF Chronicle
  • Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg rode the Staten Island Ferry, which has the distinction of being one of the few forms of public transportation in New York that is free to its users. At the press conference to announce the world’s largest ferris wheel (plus additional parking!) near the ferry terminal in St. George, the mayor was asked for his thoughts on transportation. 

    StreetsBlog Network
  • Toyota Motor Corp. is boosting its green vehicle lineup, with plans for 21 new hybrids in the next three years, a new electric car later this year and a fuel cell vehicle by 2015 in response to growing demand for fuel efficient and environmentally friendly driving.

    Sacramento Bee
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    LAST Monday I drove the Model S, a full-size sedan recently introduced by Tesla, the California electric-car start-up, from Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles. I covered 531 miles and the drive took 11.5 hours, during which the car consumed zero gasoline and produced no tailpipe emissions.

    New York Times
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    ...Put simply, the automobile has not undergone a fundamental change in design or use since Henry Ford rolled out the Model T more than a century ago. At least that’s what I thought until I spent a week with the Tesla Model S.

    New York Times
  • In August, Bay Area Rapid Transit tried an experiment with bikes....Of the people who responded, 90 percent didn’t report any problems related to letting bikes ride BART all day long. But the 10 percent that did reported blocked aisles, doorways and seats; bikes on crowded trains; and bikes bumping up against them.

    Bay Citizen
  •  Fares paid by passengers covered less than one third of public transit annual operating costs in 2010 -- and nothing of $16.5 billion in transit capital improvements. Fare revenue totaled $12.2 billion for all U.S. transit systems: buses, subways and light rail. That covered just 32 percent of what the systems spent on salaries, fuel, repairs and other current costs. Nearly all the rest came from government subsidies.

    Mercury News
  • Caltrans will shut down the San Mateo Bridge in both directions for repairs on the weekends of Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28, and the agency is advising motorists to plan accordingly.

    Mercury News
  •  Caltrain and the Altamont corridor line will begin running more trains, and bus service will be upgraded in the South Bay on Stevens Creek Boulevard. All three agencies report an increase in passengers.

    Mercury News