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  • Two years ago, Alameda County voters rejected a transportation sales tax measure by the narrowest of margins. The $8 billion measure, which needed a two-thirds vote, fell about 700 votes short out of 350,000 cast.

    SF Chronicle
  • Rain that fell during construction of the new Bay Bridge eastern span was the likely source of water that pooled around 400 steel rods anchoring the signature tower to its foundation, a bridge project official said Wednesday.

    SF Chronicle
  • The question about transportation being posed to San Francisco voters this fall might be summed up this way: Do you want to get on the bus and be on your way, or do you want to stand there and keep waiting? Transportation, always a topic of complaint or debate in San Francisco, stands front and center on the November ballot. Voters are being asked to decide on three propositions that test the city’s commitment to transit, how it should be funded and the direction of its transportation planning.

    SF Chronicle
  • Nearly a year ago, city officials and pedestrian safety advocates began pushing Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024, and the latest related effort was unveiled this morning as part of the international Walk and Roll to School Day.

    SF Examiner
  • A German company plans to open by the end of this year the region's first retail hydrogen-cell fueling station at a Ramos Oil Co. facility in West Sacramento that supplies a variety of specialized fuels...Several automakers have introduced hydrogen cars and more are expected to begin selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the 2015 model year. Some are eligible for up to a $5,000 in electric vehicle rebates.

    Sacramento Business Journal
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    After a decade of false starts, smartphone-enabled cab-sharing has finally arrived. In an ongoing quest to drive down the cost of a ride, attract more customers, increase efficiency, and take over the personal travel market, Lyft and Uber have both rolled out beta services in San Francisco that match users going in the same direction: UberPool and Lyft Line. Building on their popular and easy to use e-hailing platforms and sizable networks of passengers and drivers, both services are betting they have the right formula to move more people at a lower price.

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    ...Susan Fine, who led the transformation of Grand Central Terminal in the 1990s, turning it into one of the most irresistible retail hubs in the city, says she is convinced that she can bring that same mini-mall magic to Columbus Circle — or rather four feet below Columbus Circle...“Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, all these cities we say we’re competing with in Asia — they’ve all got underground retail,” Ms. Fine said. “I see no reason it can’t be a success here. And then it’s on to the other stations, and the other cities. D.C., Madrid, Moscow..."

    New York Times
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    A flight, operated by the Brazilian low-fare airline GOL, has flown from Florida to São Paulo, Brazil, on a 10 percent blend of a clear liquid called farnesane mixed with regular jet fuel...This summer, farnesane became the third kind of renewable aviation fuel to earn approval from the standards agency ASTM International, in addition to the ones made from algae and oil seeds approved in recent years.

    New York Times
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    It has taken 50 years, but New York City is reducing the maximum speed on most of its streets to the limit that existed when Checker cabs were in vogue. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a bill that would reduce the maximum speed for cars, trucks and taxis on residential streets to 25 miles per hour, from 30 m.p.h. The change will be the subject of a three-week publicity campaign by city officials starting on Monday. The new speed limit will go into effect on Nov. 7.

    New York Times
  • Federal officials said Wednesday that they would begin temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa at five American airports, beginning with Kennedy International in New York as early as this weekend, as the United States races to respond to a deadly Ebola outbreak.

    New York Times