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    ...UCLA historian Eric Avila  focuses on the diverging fates of Beverly Hills and Boyle Heights in metro Los Angeles. Armed with all the studies and consulting reports its wealth could amass, Beverly Hills defeated a highway project in 1975 that would have run through its center. With no such resources, the heavily Hispanic area of Boyle Heights watched six freeways slice through the neighborhood over the years, including two massive interchanges less than two miles apart.

  •  The most widely used taxi hailing app in San Francisco launched a new feature this morning that Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other competing services currently don't offer: advance booking for rides to airports in the Bay Area.

    SF Examiner
  • Q I thought I had seen it all during the morning commute. Men shaving (both blade and electric); women applying makeup; people reading newspapers; people eating cereal; the list is nearly endless. I honestly thought no one could surprise me anymore. I was wrong...

    Mercury News
  • The U.S. House of Representatives approved a temporary patch for the near-empty federal Highway Trust Fund last week after state leaders nationwide warned of dire road conditions and job cuts if they failed to do so. The House approved $10 billion to continue to pay for freeway projects for the next 10 months.

    SF Chronicle
  • TomTom, a maker of navigation and GPS systems, gathers data from users around the world to create a traffic index that shows congestion in urban areas. The index measures travel times throughout the day and during peak periods and compares them with travel times during non-congested periods. The difference is expressed as a total average percentage increase in travel time.

  •  MARTA, the transit authority for metro Atlanta, is quietly becoming a player in the real estate world, and it has its excess parking to thank. In the past few months, the agency has pushed forward with plans to develop under-used parking lots at three stations—King MemorialAvondale, and Edgewood/Candler Park—into mixed-use commercial and residential buildings. And MARTA expects to secure at least two more such deals by early next year.

  • Scientists have created a devise integrated in smart materials capable of monitoring cardiac and respiratory rhythms in order to prevent drivers from falling asleep....A nonintrusive sensor system measures heartbeat and respiratory rate embedded into the seat cover and the safety belt of the car. 

    Science Daily
  • ... I am really curious why some bottlenecks were apparently artificially created along south Interstate 280 through Los Altos and Palo Alto. These bottlenecks all involve the freeway narrowing from four to three lanes, only to widen again just shortly after.

    Mercury News
  •  The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train, expected in 2016, will run on tracks crossing the San Rafael Transit Center, requiring traffic sign, light and pedestrian improvements. If funding is found this fall allowing the train to continue on to Larkspur, more complicated improvements will be needed.

    Marin Independent Journal
  • A future based on driverless cars could mean big changes to the way cities are shaped. Given that there are plenty of things wrong with our relationship to cars today, it’s tempting to fantasize about how much better things would be be once self-driving vehicles become the norm. But things could get worse, too.