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  • Dubai's ruler has endorsed a $32 billion expansion plan for the city's second airport that aims to make it the world's biggest, the emirate's airport operator said Monday in the latest sign that the Middle East's brash commercial hub is determined to move on from its 2009 financial crisis.

    USA Today
  • ...A new development, 42 Crosby Street, is pushing the limits of New York City real estate to new heights with 10 underground parking spots that will cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold upstairs.

    New York Times
  • ...Daniel Chatman, an urban planning expert at the University of California, Berkeley, testified that based on a detailed study he conducted, 11% of Texas’s African-Americans would face a 90-minute roundtrip journey to the nearest ID-issuing office. For whites, the figure was just 3.3%. The difference, said Chatman, is almost entirely due to different rates of car ownership, since having to use public transportation adds significantly to the journey time.

  • ...Streetsblog San Francisco reported Mondaythat residents of Mountain View, California, are trying to figure out how to accommodate thousands of tech employees without overwhelming local transportation infrastructure. One-fourth of all workers in Mountain View travel to and from an office district that houses Google, LinkedIn, and other companies, yet in 2012 the city council prohibited mixed-used development there.

    Streetsblog SF
  • Sometime in August, California became the first state with more than 100,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids on the road, according to an EV advocacy group...“We’ve clearly gotten beyond the point where this is just a boutique item for enthusiasts,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board.

    SF Chronicle
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    Now, pilots download detailed flight plans and weather reports full of intricate graphics onto tablet devices. Flight dispatchers track aircraft in real time and provide up-to-the minute weather data. New generations of airplane radar systems allow for easy in-flight adjustments.

    New York Times
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    To recline or not to recline? That is the question now being hotly debated among air travelers after three flights were forced to land after passengers on board began fighting about reclining seats.

    New York Times
  • No one ever said it would be easy to tear down a 78-year-old bridge spanning halfway across San Francisco Bay...Hundreds of cormorants have refused to leave their hangout spots under the old bridge, threatening to cause expensive delays.

    Contra Costas Times
  • ...Advocates, automakers and policy experts say California's policy innovation, including state rebates that helped the new market grow, has been as critical as the technology itself...Brown is expected to sign several bills in the coming weeks that will slowly phase out rebates for the wealthy, further target incentives for clean vehicles toward low- and middle-income families across the state and make it easier for tenants and apartment dwellers to install charging stations in their buildings.

    Mercury News
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    It typically takes but a single mechanical or track problem in West Oakland, in the Transbay Tube or along BART’s San Francisco corridor to shut down the entire BART transit system. Even without such problems, BART is at capacity for running trains under the bay during commute periods. The system can barely meet existing travel demand, let alone serve future transbay demand.

    SF Chronicle