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  • In four previous installments, we've heard: some of the rationale for the plan; some of the most frequent criticisms; and some of the responses from the man Jerry Brown chose to oversee the project. For reference they are No. 1No. 2No. 3, and No. 4Today, 10 views from 10 readers. Actually, there are a lot more than 10 views in what you'll see below! 

    The Atlantic
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     ...Work is now underway on a $1.8 billion upgrade that includes a new terminal that will give fliers sweeping views of the nearby Wasatch mountain range. Local and airport officials predict the transformation of the airport will make SLC one of the nation's most-efficient airports... (T)he overhaul was desperately needed at the 50-year facility that planners never anticipated becoming one of the USA's major airline hubs. The airport is now the chief western hub for Delta, the nation's third-biggest carrier. Southwest and – more recently – Alaska Airlines also have a significant presence there.

    USA Today
  • ...Student researchers from UC Riverside have found that specially coated roof tiles have potential smog-eating capabilities, prompting questions about where else the coating could be applied for more smog-fighting results. The six Bourns College of Engineering students, many of whom graduated in June, were lauded for their work, receiving an honorable mention award from the Environmental Protection Agency in a nationwide college design competition for a sustainable future.

    Riverside Press Enterprise
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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