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  • ...High-speed rail can play an important role in the nation’s transportation system by reducing congestion at airports and on highways. It can also provide a big economic boost while helping to reduce pollution that is causing climate change. 

    New York Times
  • ...Heavy birds like geese - which cause the most damage to planes - are believed to avoid long grasses because they fear predators might be hiding within. So officials at Dayton International Airport are converting up to 300 acres of the airfield's 2,200 non-aeronautical acres into prairie grass. The goal is, by the end of this year, to plant the tall grass under the takeoff and landing paths.

    USA Today
  • ...The solar system is a good analogy, says Bjorn Vermeersch, because it’s familiar to most people and it allows for lots of variables. He made planet a station, its size determined by how many trips start or end there. Its axial tilt indicates how traffic fluctuates between months. The farther it is from the sun, the longer a trip that starts or ends there lasts. The day/night shading shows the balance between trips that start there (light) and those that end there (dark).

    Wired
  • ...So here's a modest proposal: Let's turn Airplane Mode into Transit Mode. Build in a couple of options under Transit Mode. One might be similar to the way that Airplane Mode currently shuts off all inbound and outbound data (also a handy way to quickly charge your phone, by the way). But another function might work a bit more like an auto-reply, a way to send a text response (perhaps a #X) to contacts who try to reach you without notifying you that someone's trying to reach you. (Because you are driving, biking, or otherwise distracted.)

    CityLab
  • Flying is expensive—and with all the accompanying, ever-increasing fees, it's getting more so than ever...But there’s worse news for frequent flyers, especially those with an eco-friendly conscience: Presently, the price of airline tickets is too low. In fact, tickets are so cheap—making air traffic so dense in the skies—that the situation is rapidly contributing to pollution and climate change.

    CityLab
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    While the media debates whether President Barack Obama's signature high-speed rail initiative has yielded any results, Texas is moving forward with its own plan. Texas Central Railway plans to build a 200-mile-per-hour bullet train between Dallas and Houston, modeled after (and with the support of) Japanese rail...With private funders picking up the tab for high-speed rail in Texas, what is a Texas Department of Transportation to do? Well, the state is looking instead into  jetpacks, hover cars, and roadways paved with solar panels—and funding a think tank that looks a lot like a lobbyist giveaway.

    CityLab
  • The federal Surface Transportation Board on Tuesday made public its authorizing for construction of a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield.In a 56-page report, the federal board spelled out its decision on what would be the second section of the state’s planned high-speed rail system.

    Sacramento Bee
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    The Hatfields and McCoys of smartphone ride services are at it again. The bitter rivalry between San Francisco's Lyft and Uber is spilling over into social-engineered hacking and a war of words in the media. Each company claims the other has played dirty by requesting rides and then canceling them at the last minute, which costs drivers time and money. Each claims to be taking the high ground while accusing the other of scurrilous tactics.

    SF Chronicle
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    The rapid rise of ride-share services, led by the multibillion-dollar Uber, has galvanized the Washington region’s taxi industry in an unprecedented spirit of cooperation.

    Washington Post
  • In July, the Los Angeles Metro reportedly gave contractors a "notice to proceed" with the county's latest rail project—a 1.9-mile light rail tunnel known as the Regional Connector. By joining several existing lines in Downtown Los Angeles, the connector will reduce transfers, improve travel times, and (officials hope) increase ridership. Conceived decades ago, the project entered serious planning in 2004, and the connector is scheduled to begin service in 2020.

    CityLab