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  • Nineteen public transit operators are in line to get a portion of $70 million in economic stimulus grants to buy, fix or upgrade buses, rail cars and other equipment after last week's federal decision to deny BART the funds for a rail extension to Oakland International Airport...AC Transit is getting more than $6 million for preventive maintenance on buses. The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority is getting $12.2 million toward replacing 107 hybrid buses. Caltrain gets $2.7 million for seismic upgrades on four railroad bridges in San Mateo County.

    Mercury News
  • Just a reminder: not only did Muni operators refuse to offer any concessions at all, but they will also be getting at least $8 million in raises next year. That's on top of the $3,000 check that each Muni operator receives annually, supposedly for dependent health care. Sixty percent of Muni operators don't have dependents. 

    SF Chronicle (Editorial)
  • "The reality is there is cause and effect," Mayor Gavin Newsom said. The Muni union's decision Tuesday to reject negotiated concessions "will have the effect of hurting the riding public, and I find that wrong on every level when you are accepting a wage increase in this environment." Muni operators are set to receive raises totaling $8 million in the next fiscal year.

    SF Chronicle
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    The cameras went up across the state's highways in November 2008. Since then, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says drivers have been slowing down and paying attention.

    NPR
  • Despite a pledge to freeze total non-defense, non-homeland security discretionary spending in his fiscal 2011 budget request, President Obama proposed to increase the Department of Transportation's budget nearly $2 billion to $79 billion. Here's what transportation experts think.

    National Journal Transportation Blog
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    The UC, which stands for Urban Commuter, is a custom built electric car. From the outside, it looks similar in form to other two seat city cars. Its performance stats aren't particularly impressive either, with a top speed of 75 mph, torque at 96 pound-feet, and a range of only 65 miles...But the car is only part of a larger transportation scheme. It is designed to be easily loaded on special rail transport cars for long trips. Your typical European could drive the few miles it would take to get to the nearest rail station, sit in the restaurant car while the train crosses a few countries, then drive off the train and go about business.

    cnet
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    Just passed unanimously by the City Council, the plan will spend $600 million over 20 years to build more than 700 miles of new bikeways, with the goal of increasing the share of bicycling trips to 25 percent of total trips by 2030. Mayor Sam Adams is currently working on a plan to raise $20 million to kick start the initiative...What many cities in Europe have found out, is that pedestrians and cyclists are better shoppers than those who arrive in automobiles. They are more able to stop on a whim, browse casually…. Many major shopping districts in European cities are car-free, and they thrive.

    DC.Streetsblog
  • Researchers looked at mortgage defaults in three cities and found something curious -- the chance of foreclosure is higher in neighborhoods more dependent on cars, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which included data from Chicago's Center for Neighborhood Technology. The report examined 40,000 mortgages in Chicago, Jacksonville and San Francisco.

    Chicago Sun Times
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    By halving its top cruising speed over the last two years, Maersk cut fuel consumption on major routes by as much as 30 percent, greatly reducing costs. But the company also achieved an equal cut in the ships’ emissions of greenhouse gases.

    New York Times
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    A court decision in New York City that may create strict restrictions on the Critical Mass bicycle event raises questions as to whether San Francisco could do the same. A judge ruled Tuesday that New York City can force groups of 50 people or more on bicycles to get a parade permit, a process known to be cumbersome.

    SF Examiner