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  • BART directors agreed Thursday to spend $225,000 to hire consultants to figure out how to prevent the type of problems that bedeviled its last labor contract negotiations.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Q: Are you freaking kidding me right now? They just made Dixon Landing Road one lane each way until December as they work on the BART extension. They couldn't wait to finish Warren Avenue first? Why do they hate us and want us to have miserable commutes in every possible direction?

    Mercury News
  • The family of a 6-year-old girl killed at an East Palo Alto crosswalk in 2011 will receive $125,000 under a lawsuit settlement reached with the city...A UC-Berkeley pedestrian safety study the city commissioned a year earlier found that the Bay Road/Gloria Way intersection where the fatal accident occurred is one of East Palo Alto's most dangerous.

    Mercury News
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    ...Although this fight is really about gentrification, somewhere along the way the shuttles' environmental footprint became a battleground...Passionate as each side may be, neither has offered much in the way of evidence. So here are a few facts to inform a debate that has generated a lot more heat than light...

    Mother Jones
  • A drunken driver who killed a girl crossing Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco on her 17th birthday was sentenced Monday to six months in jail. Kieran Brewer, 29, pleaded guilty to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than the legal limit in the March 2, 2013, death of Hanren Chang.

    SF Chronicle
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     ...The A350 XWB is Airbus’ answer to the Boeing 787, complete with carbon fiber fuselage and wings–a first for a passenger jet. And to avoid the issues that have plagued the Dreamliner, Airbus is in the process of testing four prototype A380 “eXtra-wide” planes. And part of that testing involves the just-revealed interior.

    Wired
  • Low levels of the hormone cortisol may identify teen drivers with a high likelihood of getting into car accidents, suggests a small new study. Newly-licensed teens who produced high cortisol under stress were less likely to be involved in a crash or a near-crash, the researchers found. Measuring cortisol might make a good test to flag young drivers in need of extra safety training, they conclude.

    Reuters
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    A fleet-footed pooch is lucky to be alive after racing a commuter train in New York City from the Bronx into Manhattan. The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/1itSK5u ) that the dog ran alongside the Metro-North train on a parallel track Tuesday.

    AP/Sacramento Bee
  • A new tool to help local governments and regional planners evaluate the impact of policy-relevant variables on vehicle miles traveled — taking into account the unique attributes of each community — is available online, the California Air Resources Board announced today.  This tool offers look-up tables that provide neighborhood-scale VMT elasticities and marginal effects associated with changes in land use and transportation variables for city, county and regional geographic areas.

    California Air Resources Board
  • Laboratory chamber walls have been stealing vapors, causing researchers to underestimate the formation of secondary organic aerosol in the atmosphere. A study published April 7 in PNAS Online Early Edition describes how a team of scientists, including researchers from the University of California, Davis, showed that vapor losses to the walls of laboratory chambers can suppress the formation of secondary organic aerosol, which in turn has contributed to the underprediction of SOA in climate and air quality models.

    UC Davis News