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     China Southern Airlines is the latest Chinese airline topost miserable year-end 2013 results. Net profit dropped 24 percent to 1.99 billion yuan ($321 million), and operating profit fell 70 percent. China Southern Airlines joins Air China, where net profit dropped 32 percent in 2013, and China Eastern Airlines, where it fell by 25 percent.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Car-sharing services like Zipcar can reduce car ownership up to 25 percent, at least according toone recent survey, but they're most effective in dense cities. In suburban areas, the situation gets tougher, since a car-share user might park the car somewhere without a new user nearby to pick it up. The commuter rail station is a good example: it's easy to picture someone dropping off the and riding into work, but harder to see who would use it during the day.

    Atlantic Cities
  • BART's chief engineer has recommended the district hire 40 new track maintenance workers in response to new safety rules imposed by the state after last year's tragic death of two top track experts.

    SF Chronicle
  • Regularly scheduled service on California's bullet train system will not meet anticipated trip times of two hours and 40 minutes between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are likely to take nearly a half-hour longer, a state Senate committee was told Thursday...But Louis Thompson, chairman of the High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group, a state-sanctioned panel of outside experts, testified that "real world engineering issues" will cause schedules for regular service to exceed the target of two hours and 40 minutes.

    LA Times
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    If Citi Bike hopes to continue to be the only large bike-share in the U.S. without public funding, it should consider raising its annual membership fees and boosting ridership by tourists and other infrequent users, business and industry experts say...Citi Bike's numbers last summer indicate widespread adoption along the lines of similar systems in Paris and Barcelona, said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. "What I'm seeing in the numbers is a lot of potential," said Ms. Shaheen, an adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering who researches bike-share programs. Citi Bike's summer ridership appears "on par with some of the biggest systems in the world."

    Wall Street Journal
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    Dueling interests battling over the future of San Francisco will face off at City Hall on Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors will vote on an appeal of a commuter shuttle pilot program. While the decision will be based on a California environmental law, the vote on the fee program has broader significance and political ramifications in the ongoing debate over whether the booming technology industry is hurting San Francisco’s character or is a welcomed economic engine deserving praise. Under the fee pilot, commuter buses using Muni stops would pay $1 per stop per day.

    SF Examiner
  • Colorado will be the first state to issue statewide roadside and broadcast alerts for hit-and-run crashes under a bill signed into law Tuesday. The law creates an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crashes. The system includes quickly alerting the media and issuing bulletins on electronic highway signs that describe the fleeing vehicles. It will be implemented next year.

    ABC News
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    The Bay Area Bike Share program launched a contest earlier this week for designers and programmers to present data from bicycle trips in an informative and creative way. The Open Data Challenge is collaborating with San Francisco-based design studio Stamen Design, which specializes in maps and data graphics, to encourage users to come up with innovative ideas for sharing information about the nearly 150,000 bike trips completed since the program launched last year. 

    SF Examiner
  • When a dangerous product is on the market, like the GM Cobalt with a faulty ignition switch now linked to more than a dozen deaths, the manufacturer has primary responsibility to recall it. But when companies fail, as General Motors did so deplorably with the Cobalt, the public counts on federal watchdogs to do the job. This time, the watchdog — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — failed even to bark, a troubling measure of the agency's effectiveness.

    USA Today
  • Somewhere in a major American city, every Saturday night, a woman tells her friends that she's about to leave a party. Alone. Whether she's going to take the subway, or head to the bus stop, or simply walk, if it's after midnight a fellow partygoer will almost always pull out a phone and say, "No, no. Let me call you a cab."

    Atlantic Cities