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  • The Mineta Transportation Institute just released a massive comprehensive report on "Automated Transit Networks"—more commonly known as personal rapid transit, and more casually known as podcars. Whatever their name, these systems use on-demand pods and exclusive guideways to combine the advantages of private vehicles with those of rail transit. But while the Mineta report considers the future prospects of podcars, it's equally appropriate to wonder if they really have one.

  • In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers...In one sense, these lessons are not so new. Legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs was famous for her prescient insights about the emerging sciences of “organized complexity” and what they offered for a more effective approach to urban planning—insights she published all the way back in 1961. 

  • HERE are some things to ponder from back in 36-B, with your knees pressed against the seat in front and your elbows wedged between you and the armrests. About 15 percent fewer commercial flights will take off this year compared with 2007, with 7.8 percent fewer seats available. Fares are up. Airlines in the United States are solidly profitable, with earnings at $3.8 billion in the first half of 2014, compared with $1.6 billion in the period last year.

    New York Times
  • She was doing all the right things in the morning commute, traveling in the bike lane, wearing a helmet, following the rules of the road. In an instant, Sher Kung — new mother, brilliant attorney, avid cyclist — was struck and killed by a vehicle making a turn in downtown Seattle last month.

    New York Times
  • What is the solution to affordable housing in New York? Nine by 18 feet is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects — Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture — to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.

    New York Times
  • Sixty-eight percent of U.S. residents want more federal spending on public transportation systems, according to a polled released on Monday by a Washington, D.C.-based transit advocacy group.

    The Hill
  • A survey released by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency shows there is strong interest in riding the commuter train and that many people who drive solo to work would use the service.

    Marin Independent Journal
  • BART expects to begin a late-night weekend bus service as early as December to carry riders from jobs, night clubs and social visits after the trains stop running at midnight...The service would be offered until about 2 or 3 a.m. along some routes between key BART stations in San Francisco and the East Bay.

    Contra Costa Times
  •  NHTSA aggressively investigates and pursues recalls to protect the American public. Over the past 10 years, NHTSA's work has led to 1,299 recalls involving more than 95 million vehicles and auto equipment.

    USA Today
  • ...Called Pedestrian SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique), it is the first of its kind in the world and uses state-of-the-art video cameras to detect how many pedestrians are waiting at crossings...The SCOOT system already regulates London's traffic flows and has been credited with cutting delays by 12% in the capital.