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  • State-backed China CNR Corporation is making a pitch to sell its high-speed trains to California, signaling China's growing export ambitions for such technology after building the world's longest network in just seven years. It marks the first concrete attempt by China to sell high-speed locomotives abroad and establish itself as a credible rival to sector leaders such as Germany's Siemens, Canada's Bombardier and Japan's Kawasaki.

    Reuters
  • U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 a round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to FareCompare.com CEO Rick Seaney and J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker.

    AP
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    At the start of the year, Therese McMillan was named acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She joined FTA as deputy administrator in July 2009. As deputy, McMillan assisted the administrator in leading a staff of more than 500 in the Washington D.C. headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the U.S., and implementing an annual budget approximating $10 billion. We spoke with Acting Administrator McMillan to discuss her new role and how she is working to forward the agency’s agenda.

    METRO
  • Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft will soon be able to legally pick up and drop off passengers at San Francisco International Airport. Airport Director John L. Martin said in a statement Monday that SFO is the first U.S. airport to strike such a deal with both companies. 

    AP/Contra Costa Times
  • ...On Monday the district released a 45-point plan to keep the agency solvent in the next five to 10 years as it grapples with a five-year, $33 million deficit. Each initiative would come to the board for discussion and be voted on individually. The bridge board will review the plan as a whole on Friday.

    Marin Independent Journal
  • ...Caltrans engineers and contractors regrouped in a daylong meeting on Monday to come up with a new plan. Dan McElhinney, Caltrans chief deputy district director, said that the preferred fix would add an inch or inch and a half of a polyester paving material to the deck, making it level with the steel plates.

    SF Chronicle
  • Trinity Industries, the highway guardrail maker accused of selling systems that can malfunction during crashes and slice through cars, was found by a jury on Monday to have defrauded the federal government...At the heart of the legal dispute was a design change Trinity made to its rail head, the ET-Plus, in 2005, which could cause a guardrail system to jam up during a crash and transform the railing into a spear, according to some state regulators and the federal lawsuit. Those changes were not disclosed to the Federal Highway Administration for seven years, despite requirements that any such changes be immediately reported.

    New York Times
  • Three more installments to go! This is No. 13 in a series, started back in July, on the biggest infrastructure project underway in America, and either the most important one (if you're a supporter) or most misguided (if you are not). That's the proposal for a north-south California High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, which Governor Jerry Brown has embraced as his legacy project and is selling hard in his re-election campaign. 

    The Atlantic
  • There you are, standing on a street corner surrounded by a mob of people waiting for the walk signal. In front of you, a single car gets the green light. Again. For all the talk of smart cities, they can be infuriatingly dumb at times. But imagine if your city could monitor the flow of pedestrians and optimize its traffic signals for walkers, not drivers? That’s exactly what Chicago is looking to do.

    Wired
  • ..."Navigation is something that's so easy for people to do, but we have a really hard time talking about what we're actually doing," says Steven Marchette, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology. "You always know where you are until you suddenly don't."

    CityLab