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  • As we saw firsthand during our nine-month Future of Transportation series, U.S. cities are working toward more balanced mobility systems that offer a range of reliable trip options. But just how many Americans take advantage of these options on a regular basis? It's a tough question to answer with much precision, but it just got a lot easier with a new study from Virginia Tech scholars Ralph Buehler and Andrea Hamre—one of the first of its kind based on a representative national population.

    CityLab
  • ...In sum, delays are a huge dead weight on the economy. In the same study, the FAA found that in 2007, late flights cost the U.S. some $31.2 billion—with more than half that amount footed by passengers. There's also an environmental cost, as long-taxiing planes burn wastefully through fuel. Yet when it comes to controlling the sources of delays, it's tough going. You can't change inclement weather, and most airlines overbook as a policy. Nor can you always predict a last-minute repair or faulty landing—all of which can have a domino effect on other departures and arrivals.

    CityLab
  • ...On Thursday, the New York State attorney general said most Airbnb listings in the city violated zoning and other laws. Officials in California and Pennsylvania recently warned car services like Uber and Lyft that they might be unlawful. And workers’ rights advocates have questioned whether the people who provide these services should receive benefits, spurred by recent reports that some Homejoy house cleaners are homeless.

    New York Times
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    ...With the blessing of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, whom he long served as a close aide and adviser, Dr. Ronan engineered the state’s takeover of the Long Island Rail Road and then outmaneuvered Robert Moses, the master builder of highways, bridges and parks, to secure the takeover of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the New York City Transit Authority... So encompassing was Dr. Ronan’s influence and the authority’s scope that critics called it the “Wholly Ronan Empire.”

    New York Times
  • ...The carrier plans to retire the last of the 16 747s in its fleet by 2017, CEO Richard Anderson said during the carrier's third-quarter earnings call Thursday...Delta President Ed Bastian, speaking on the same call as Anderson, said Delta's accelerated phase-out of the 747s comes as the company shifts some of its capacity on trans-Atlantic flights to routes between the USA and Asia.

    USA Today
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    ...Year after year, Amtrak sets ridership records along with the pace of intercity travel in the all-important Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston via New York, where it reaps big profits. And year after year, Amtrak gets hammered for needing huge amounts of federal taxpayer money to maintain costly (yet mandatory) long-distance operations—even as highways require far, far greater subsidies.

    CityLab
  • John S. Pistole, the administrator of theTransportation Security Administration, whose decision to put in place enhanced pat-downs and full body scans at airports drew wide criticism, is stepping down, the agency said Thursday.

    New York Times
  • Pollution's impact on autism rates in North Carolina is similar to results of previous pollution autism studies in California, a new study reports. This report is has added to a growing body of evidence that links autism to air pollutants such as those generated by cars and trucks.

    Science Daily
  • In a significant victory for California’s high-speed rail project, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a lawsuit challenging the issuance of bonds for its construction...Opponents of the $68billion project had argued in legal filings that the state’s funding plan violated the provisions of Proposition 1A, the voter-approved 2008 initiative that included initial funding for the project. A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the funding plan was inconsistent with the measure because it relied on uncertain sources of future funding.

    Sacramento Bee
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    Authorities have found a 62-year-old Berkeley cyclist at fault for the crash with a vehicle that ultimately took his life about three weeks ago. In response to repeated inquiries from Berkeleyside, police said Tuesday that Kurt Wehner rode through a stop sign and crashed into a 2008 Volkswagen in a North Berkeley intersection Sept. 21 shortly after 8 a.m. at Spruce and Eunice streets.

    Berkeleyside