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  • Robert Poole, co-founder of the Reason Foundation, has worked on transportation policy for more than three decades and is an influential voice on tolling, congestion pricing and infrastructure finance...Poole’s skepticism about this technology, which he explains in his monthly newsletter published this week, is worth reading. Here’s some of what Poole said.

    Roll Call
  • Oakland has dropped protected bike lanes from its draft proposals to redesign Telegraph Avenue, and the buffered bike lanes that are included would disappear at the most dangerous section, throwing people on bikes into mixed traffic with motor vehicles. The city will hold two open houses this week where the public can weigh in on the draft plan [PDF], on Thursday evening and Saturday morning.

    SF Streetsblog
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    California transit agencies are now allowed greater use of bus-mounted bike racks that hold three bicycles. Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 2707 Tuesday, a bill authored Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) to allows 40-foot-long buses to be equipped with folding bike racks that can carry up to three bikes.

    Streetsblog LA
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    ...Tesla on Wednesday tweeted a map showing its expansion plans for its ‘Supercharger” network through 2015. The electric car maker started delivering Model S cars in Japan on Monday, and started delivering in China earlier this year. It started offering a right-hand drive Model S in Hong Kong in July.

  • A Berkeley councilman has asked the city to require ride-sharing companies to have business licenses and safety standards, and wants protection for disabled access to be part of those new rules...Berkeley Councilman Kriss Worthington wants to require ride-sharing companies to get business licenses, which would bring more money, via fees, into city coffers. He said it’s also a safety issue.

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    ...According to new research that draws on credit and debit card transactions by 3.8 million Americans, Uber’s revenue was about 12 times that of its rival between May 2013 and May 2014. Across the U.S., it provided more than seven times the number of car rides, the report indicates, and it charged much higher rates for its service: $21 per ride on average, compared to Lyft’s $13.

  • Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle knows the importance of an accurate map. While Steudle traversed the rural roads of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on his way to an airport, his confused GPS system had other plans as he ended up in someone’s driveway.

    Automotive News
  • ...Few people know more about urban mobility than Susan Shaheen. The Cal-Berkeley professor of transportation engineering is one of the nation’s preeminent researchers of bike sharing, car sharing, and smart parking. Real Business caught up with Shaheen at ITS to chat about how modern cities are evolving.

    Real Business
  • Imagine this future scenario: Self-driving cars form an orderly procession down a highway, traveling at precisely the right following distance and speed. All the on-board computers cooperate and all the vehicles travel reach their destinations safely. But what if one person jailbreaks her car, and tells her AI driver to go just a little faster than the other cars? As the aggressive car moves up on the other vehicles, their safety mechanisms kick in and they change lanes to get out of the way. It might make the overall efficiency of the transportation lower, but this one person would get ahead.

  • ...The problem is familiar to transit leadership across the country. In August, a San Francisco Examiner op-ed challenged the people who run Muni to "actually ride Muni." Last year, an analysis of Chicago's CTA found that the board chair rode the system only 18 times in 2012, and a Washington Post survey found many D.C. Metro board members either couldn't or wouldn't "name the exact bus lines or rail stops they used regularly." In 2008, the vice chair of New York's MTA boardfamously asked: "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?"