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    Silicon Valley start-up Bloom Energy is unveiling a fuel-cell product Wednesday that can power a small office building. It expects to have home systems within a decade that are about the size of a loaf of bread, it says...Automakers have been working on fuel cells for vehicles for years. 

    USA Today
  • Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda came to Washington Wednesday to publicly apologize to Congress for safety lapses that led to the recall of 8.5 million cars. A House committee chairman said blame must be shared by both Toyota and U.S. safety regulators. Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to follow through aggressively on thousands of complaints dating back a decade about sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

    AP/Mercury News
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    Now, transit leaders say they worry about a state budget bill that would eliminate the state sales tax on gasoline — a longtime source of transit money — in favor of an increase in the per-gallon excise tax on gasoline....The bill, which the Assembly approved Monday and sent on to the Senate, also would give local governments the authority to make up any revenue losses by seeking voter approval for a local per-gallon fee on gasoline.

    Contra Costa Times
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    The planners responsible for the Bay Area section of the high-speed rail line have again delayed the release of a report detailing whether the bullet train could rocket along the Caltrain route underground or on raised tracks...In a Sept. 30 report, planners said the track alignments they would study to accommodate Caltrain and a high-speed rail included underground tunnels and trenches, street level and raised structures. Other more unorthodox ideas included stacking tracks two-by-two, running bullet trains belowground with Caltrain above, or shortening high-speed rail from Los Angeles to San Jose instead of San Francisco.

    San Mateo County Times
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    Imagine you live in Oakland. It's a beautiful day and you have plans to do something with a friend who lives in San Francisco. You hop on your bike and ride over the new Bay Bridge: The 7-mile trip is easy, and offers beautiful views of the bay...Except that your bike lane ends suddenly at Yerba Buena Island, leaving you no choice but to turn around, go home and take BART — for $7 — or pay a $5 toll and add your car to the traffic grinding across the bridge.

    SF Chronicle
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    DAVID RAGLAND, professor, University of California, Berkeley: It's a common perception that driving without a license is a victimless crime. And, in fact, it's not.... In 20 percent of traffic fatalities, there's at least one unlicensed driver involved. And the risk of being in a hit-and-run crash is even higher. Therefore, it is extremely important that we find a way to get people without licenses off the road.

    PBS NewsHour
  • With a high-speed passenger rail network proposed for the US, companies are gearing up to build the equipment on American soil....High-speed rail is arriving at a critical "tipping point" that could radically spur growth of passenger rail manufacturing, says Art Guzzetti, vice president of policy for the American Public Transportation Association, a Washington-based association of public transportation providers nationwide.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • As America struggles to make its cities more energy efficient and build mass transit, electric car charging stations, smart grids, sources of renewable energy, modern water systems and even schools and roads, we face financial challenges in every way. Travel through Europe or Asia and you will see high tech airports and state-of-the-art bullet trains; come to New York City and you see a run-down JFK Airport and the converted warehouse we call Penn Station. 

    Huffington Post
  • One of the first stand-out elements is that two of the major corridors--Florida and Wisconsin--don’t maintain air service between their target metropolitan areas. For these corridors, the states are going to need cars to come off the road instead of than planes off the tarmac....For the other six corridors, the flashing-light is just how much California is an outlier compared to the other four. The California numbers express just how dynamic a California corridor could be--and why the federal government should continue, if not expand, focus on the state.

    The New Republic
  •  There is nothing wrong if sobriety checkpoints find people who are “only” driving without a license....Compared with licensed drivers, unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash; 3.7 times more likely to drive while impaired; and 4.4 times more likely to be in hit-and-run crashes. (MR. RAGLAND is adjunct professor of public health and founder of the U.C. Berkeley Traffic Safety Center/Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), which administers the financing for the California sobriety and seatbelt checkpoint programs. Ms. Orrick is SafeTREC communications director.)

    New York Times