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    ...Maybe traffic engineers in U.S. cities happen to know exactly the right amount of roads to build to satisfy driving demand. But Turner and Duranton think that’s unlikely.  The modern interstate network mostly follows the plan originally conceived by the federal government in 1947, and it seems incredibly coincidental that road engineers at the time could have successfully predicted driving demand more than half a century in the future. A more likely explanation, Turner and Duranton argue, is what they call the fundamental law of road congestion: new roads will create new drivers, resulting in the intensity of traffic staying the same.

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    Automatic is a $100 Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your car and relays real-time driving information to a separate iPhone app. The goal? Make people better, more fuel efficient drivers through a combination of gentle coaching and actionable data. Today, it gains even more useful features via an iOS app update.

  • On the high end, agents in SFGate’s informal survey said the parking spot attached to a condo or home could be worth 100K or more, particularly in notoriously hard-to-park areas with older buildings that are less likely to have parking, like Telegraph Hill, Nob Hill or North Beach. The price for a parking spot in lower density areas like Excelsior or the Sunset could be 30-50K.

    SF Chronicle
  • Can new train service between Miami and Orlando be a model for the rest of the country?...It's a big project by any standard, but it looms even larger in historical context. No private intercity passenger rail line has operated in the United States in 30 years — and it has been longer still since a new service was introduced. "You'd have to go back over 100 years to find a significant investment in private intercity rail in the U.S.," says David Levinson, a transportation analyst at the University of Minnesota. 

  • Gov. Jerry Brown scored a big win for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project by persuading fellow Democrats to dedicate a steady future funding source for it in the state budget. The $108 billion, 2014-15 general fund budget approved Sunday includes $250 million this year from the state's cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emissions fund.

    AP/Mercury News
  • Parking fees at many BART stations will increase 50 cents next month as part of a district program that evaluates prices every six months and adjusts them up or down according to whether a station's lot is full or below 95 percent of capacity.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Amyris Inc. and French oil giant Total S.A. plan to begin selling a renewable jet fuel. The fuel, which contains up to 10 percent of the renewable ingredient farnesene and will reduce pollution from jet aircraft, Emeryville-based Amyris (NASDAQ: AMRS) said. It also meets regulatory standards for commercial jet fuel.

    SF Business Times
  • ...Streetsblog covered the negotiations on the cap-and-trade revenue portion of the budget, which resulted in a deal yesterday. TransForm has a detailed analysis of what the agreement means for sustainable streets and bicycle and pedestrian planning on its blogRegulating online driver services: A.B. 612 from Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) would require Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft to follow the same regulations as taxi services, such as background checks and submitting fingerprints...Yellow Alert for Hit-and-Run: Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced A.B. 47, which would create an emergency alert system to help find hit-and-run drivers, system similar to the “Amber Alert” system...

    Streetsblog LA
  • While the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge is carrying traffic, major highway projects are still underway. Most notably, the $1.3 billion transportation corridor which will revolutionize traffic on Highway 4.  

  • Singapore’s Changi airport is the best in the world and an awesome place to spend a long layover. So it’s kind of a bummer that it’s getting a real-time data system that will cut delays by rethinking its operations and streamlining how its moves planes, people, and personnel.