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    ...Many drivers who have had cyclists zoom past them mere inches away say it’s one of the scariest hazards on the freeway. But many motorcyclists say that lane-splitting protects them from being rear-ended in heavy traffic. A new, first-of-its-kind study isn’t likely to settle the argument. And that makes it even more important for the California Highway Patrol to restore some common-sense rules of the road to protect motorists and motorcyclists alike.

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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    Today, the city of Vinge, Denmark, is nothing more than a grassy field with two railroad tracks running through it. By 2033, it’ll be a full-fledged town. The 350,000 hectares of land will be home to an estimate 20,000 residents, many of whom will likely use Vinge’s train station to commute to and from Denmark’s larger cities.

  • A 25-year-old woman died early Sunday in a rollover minivan wreck on the Fifth Street off-ramp of Interstate 80 in San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol said.

    SF Chronicle
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    In a move that could eventually take tech workers off the controversial corporate shuttle buses and put them on fast electric commuter trains, big Peninsula employers — including tech giant Google — and business groups will announce a joint effort to speed modernization of Caltrain. The Caltrain Commuter Coalition also includes the 49ers, Oracle, LinkedIn, Stanford University, HP and other firms yet to be named. The effort is being coordinated by the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and San Mateo County Economic Development Association.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Young startup UrbanEngines hopes to solve traffic jams by applying the lessons learned from keeping the internet up and running...Their idea is to watch real world traffic so cities can make changes on the fly when they see traffic problems coming, much the same as big internet companies like Google watches their websites.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...“Everyone at this point knows that using a phone behind the wheel will kill them,” Richtel says. “And yet you see it everywhere. People say one thing and do another. I couldn’t understand why the lure of this thing is that powerful.”

    SF Chronicle
  • ...The teen, who was not immediately identified, was riding westbound on busy McClellan Road just after 8 a.m. when he was hit at Bubb Road, said Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

    SF Chronicle
  • A nationwide roll-out of high-speed rail may never materialize in the United States, but that hasn't stopped local plans from moving forward at their own pace. The past few weeks have brought intriguing—and in some cases, very encouraging—updates on bullet train projects in California, Texas, and the Northeast. Let's check in on the latest.

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    ...On October 27, 1904, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company debuted nine miles running through 28 stations to the public. For five cents a ride, travelers could skip from City Hall in lower Manhattan to Grand Central Terminal in midtown, head west along 42nd Street to Times Square, or hop north all the way to 145th Street and Broadway in Harlem.

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    Over the weekend, in No. 13 from the Ulysses-scale saga* of California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, a reader from the Silicon Valley tech industry said that his state should just forget about railroads—normal, high-speed, maglev, or whatever. Instead it should embrace the future represented by self-driving cars...Almost no one who's written in since then agrees. Here is a sampling of the case made, in dozens of messages, against self-driving cars as a realistic transport hope.

    The Atlantic