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  • The yearslong creation of the Central Subway is a prime example of how large infrastructure projects in cities can boost the economy, create local jobs and increase commerce in the U.S., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday...The Central Subway project, which has created tens of thousands of jobs and contracted more than $275 million to small-business enterprises, is a model for such initiatives, according to Lee. It marks San Francisco's first new subway in nearly a half-century and will ultimately extend the T-Third Street line from near AT&T Park 1.7 miles north into Chinatown.

    SF Examiner
  • When you use a smartphone app like Uber, Sidecar or Lyft, you're probably thinking about the convenience of summoning a quick ride to get you where you're going, not about who'll be behind the wheel or what kind of insurance they have...The battle grew nastier in recent weeks as Uber sent mailers to voters in a state Senate district where Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, is expected to run next year, accusing her of caving in to the insurance industry at consumers' expense. 

    Contra Costa Times
  • California's environmental leaders have struggled for many years to make environmental issues more relevant to California's working poor. Assembly Bill 69 gives leaders an opportunity to do just that.

    SF Chronicle
  • The Supreme Court has the chance to redeem its spotty record of late by making the trains run on time. Yes, it’s in their power.

    Streetsblog USA
  • Los Angeles Metro recently moved to eliminate the charge for transferring from one transit line to another. Eliminating transfer charges is becoming more widespread among transit agencies, and at Human Transit, Jarrett Walker explains why that’s a very good thing...

    Streetsblog Network
  • The California Transportation Commission recommended 145 bicycle and pedestrian programs for funding from the new Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP is a new statewide grant program that funds bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout California. The list is expected to be approved by the full CTC at its August 20 meeting.

    Streetsblog LA
  • Motives for transportation projects are a complex mix of economic and development priorities, congestion relief and travel choices.

    Washington Post
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    ...Over the course of three years, Nadya Fouad, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, surveyed 5,300 women who earned engineering degrees within the past six decades in order to figure out why so few stayed in engineering. Fouad reported that only 62 percent of respondents were currently working in engineering. Those who left the field provided their reasons for doing so in the survey. The answer, Fouad said, was simple:

    NPR
  • ...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