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  • ...San Francisco transportation officials are considering reviving a tactic last used 27 years ago to get traffic moving during the evening commute. The campaign, which would target particularly troublesome intersections - most likely downtown and South of Market - is known as "Don't Block the Box."

    SF Chronicle
  • There's no fast and easy way to get 70,799 people in and out of any stadium, but the 49ers gave it their best try Sunday night for their first regular-season game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

    SF Chronicle
  • Bay Area Bike Share, the ubiquitous big blue bikes that are visible all over The City, has a problem. When its hardware and software provider, PBSC Urban Solutions, filed for bankruptcy protection late last year, the bike share's expansion plans to bring more bikes to new neighborhoods and surrounding areas were frozen. Furthermore, Alta Bicycle Share, which under the contract handles business with PBSC Urban Solutions operations and maintenance for the program, is also up for sale, adding to the turmoil.

    SF Examiner
  • This afternoon, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will announce the latest round of TIGER grantsawarding $600 million among 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia. You can see all TIGER grants to date or just the latest round — TIGER VI — in this map from Transportation for America.

    USA Streetsblog
  • Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced an 18-month campaign to improve road safety across the country. One of the things DOT plans to do is create a guide to "road diets" that it will distribute to communities and local governments. DOT says that road diets can reduce traffic crashes by an average of 29 percent, and that in some smaller towns the design approach can cut crashes nearly in half.

  • The California Energy Commission has issued two solicitations for a combined $13.3 million to further advanced ZEV and advanced vehicle technologies in the state. The first, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Readiness (PON-14-603), will award about $3.3 million to support planning efforts for plug-in and fuel cell vehicles.

    Green Car Congress
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    A smart headlight enables drivers to take full advantage of their high beams without fear of blinding oncoming drivers or suffering from the glare that can occur when driving in snow or rain at night.

    Science Daily
  • BART discovered flaws in 23 train wheels after a metal wheel fell off a moving train in Pleasant Hill late last month, shutting down part of the line during the height of the afternoon rush hour.

    Contra Costa Times
  • California drivers pay a staggering $44 billion a year in extra car costs because of traffic jams that seemingly grow worse by the day, spreading potholes and outdated roads and bridges, according to a national highway advocacy group.

    Mercury News
  • Colin and Rachel Britton have a failure to communicate when they slip into their $95,000 Mercedes GL500. Not with each other, with their car. Its voice recognition system is dumbfounded by their British accents, especially Rachel’s...Driving the desire for the car talk is the surge in use of smartphones that are pretty good at obeying voice commands. Here’s the rub: Cars aren’t as smart. Voice-control failures are new-car owners’ top complaint, according to J.D. Power & Associates, which just gave a failing grade to companies’ attempts to make vehicles talk — and listen.