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  • The importance of transportation costs in this equation—and, more specifically, the role of transit in reducing these costs—comes into clear focus in a series of new reports on city affordability from the Citizens Budget Commission. 

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    Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report.

    New York Times
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    If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. 

    The Atlantic
  • Avoiding an election-year legislative debate over how California’s cap-and-trade program could affect gasoline prices, the leader of the state Senate has sidelined a bill that would have delayed a key aspect of California’s landmark emissions law...But transportation fuelssuch as gasoline have not yet come under the program. That is scheduled to change in January, prompting moderate Democrats and an oil industry-funded campaign to warn about a spike in prices and argue for a delay.

    Sacramento Bee
  • The bike-share system, which celebrates its one-year anniversary Friday, spans San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose. It was launched with 700 bikes and 70 stations, cut back from initial plans for 1,000 bikes regionally. Instead of 50 stations, The City ended up with 35.

    SF Examiner
  • Taxicabs are fighting tooth and nail against Uber, the company that enables car owners to drive part time or full time for pay, like cabbies...Ridesharing was supposed to be different. As described in an article in the journal Transport Reviews, the movement started as a way to conserve resources in the U.S. during World War II. It evolved over the decades into a green movement to get cars off the streets.

  • The new bus traveled along Jefferson Davis Highway last week free of traffic jams, delays and cars crisscrossing around it...The five-mile route is part of Metro’s newest service, Metroway...The service, which initially includes 22 bus stops between the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations, is the Washington region’s introduction to bus rapid transit, a system that uses dedicated transit lanes to more quickly and more efficiently move masses of people along a corridor. It’s being used in cities across the United States.

    Washington Post
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    To get high-speed rail from Palmdale to Burbank, planners have focused for years on two potential routes that parallel the 14 Freeway and course through the rural and growing communities of Acton, Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita — hostile territory for the bullet train project. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich thinks there's a better way to go.

    LA Times
  • Tesla Motors is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says...The Sierra Sun reported (http://tinyurl.com/o6rxxhx) Thursday that six charging bays with "Tesla" labels have been delivered to a cordoned off site in Truckee and construction equipment has been assembled behind a supermarket.

    Contra Costa Times
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    Earthquake damage to the Bay Area's transportation network seems to be limited to cracked and buckled pavement that heaved upward as much as two feet in the Napa area, CHP officials said...In the early morning darkness, CHP officers and Caltrans engineers inspected all Bay Area toll bridges, with particular attention to the Carquinez and Benicia-Martinez Bridges relatively close to the epicenter, and found no significant damage, said Officer Daniel Hill of the California Highway Patrol.

    SF Chronicle