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  • ...So far, roughly $11.5 billion in state and federal sources have been identified for the project, leaving a $57 billion shortfall. Of the remaining funds needed, the authority has projected that $37 billion will come from Washington, yet lawmakers have been divided on the federal spending practices. The GAO report noted several roadblocks. “Given that the program has not received funding for the last two fiscal years and that future funding proposals will likely be met with continued concern about federal spending, the largest block of expected funds is uncertain,” the report said.

    SF Examiner
  • ...While the California High-Speed Rail Authority is trying to quickly spend billions of state and federal dollars on a starter line in the San Joaquin Valley, the tens of billions in federal funds needed to expand the project appear to be entangled in frantic federal budget negotiations.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Sonoma County transit officials Monday agreed to give $6.6 million that would have gone for bicycle and pedestrian projects to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District to buy additional cars. With the extra cars, SMART officials said they can run passenger trains at 30-minute intervals, providing better service, and possibly even extend service to Airport Boulevard north of Santa Rosa.

    Santa Rosa Press-Democrat
  • ...Paving techniques for the past decade-plus are helping keep highways free of pooling water that leads to spinouts, rear-end collisions and other rainy-day mayhem. It's called open-graded asphalt, a mix that uses pieces of gravel tree-eighths of an inch thick...

    Mercury News
  • Women are more likely to ride public transportation to work than men. Men are more likely to drive to work alone than women. The latest data from the American Community Survey of the U.S.  Census show: Of the people who take public transportation to work, 50.5 percent are women and 49.5 percent are male. That might not seem like a difference worth mentioning until you consider the workforce overall.

    Transportation Nation
  •  No doubt there are genuine obstacles and well-founded objections to extending the subway line being built in downtown San Francisco so it will serve North Beach. But when the possible outcome is so compelling, so instinctively right, the only logical move is to try to make it happen.

    SF Chronicle
  • The idea of a U.S. tax based on miles driven went from untouchable to a matter for serious debate with a single quote. By telling reporters such a tax is “a fair way” to pay for highway improvements, incoming House transportation Chairman Bill Shuster last week revived a concept his own committee this year blocked from even being studied. 

    Bloomberg/SF Chronicle
  • Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that everytime they get behind the wheel, there's a snitch along for the ride.

    AP/Mercury News
  •  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood vigorously defended California's high-speed rail project in the face of sharp criticism from a pair of Golden State Republicans at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday.

    AP/Mercury News
  • AAAS Fellow Dan Kammen, a professor in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Department of Nuclear Engineering, outlines the future ahead for alternative energy in his introduction to AAAS's latest Cutting Edge lecture series Cutting Edge: Energy.