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  • The woman accused of driving through San Francisco with a city worker on the hood of her car for a mile made her first court appearance Wednesday. 33-year-old Bo Mounsombath is facing three felony charges.

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    We don’t know how much self-driving cars will cost when they finally hit the market, but our best guess is, a lot. The technology needed to take the wheel out of your hands is frightfully expensive. Now, we can revise that estimate down a bit with the debut of a laser system that’s roughly the size and shape of a hockey puck and costs just eight grand.

  • ...The streetcar will return to city roadways more than a half-century after Washington’s last streetcar stopped rolling. The new system has been years in the planning, and a start day will come after many months of delays. City officials had said passengers would be riding the new line in spring 2014.

    Washington Post
  • In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, India’s new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris.

    New York Times
  • Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study, texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a traffic incident.

    Science Daily
  • Bay Area Bike Share's hefty, powder-blue cruisers have been rolling through S.F. since August 2013, and Heath Maddox, manager of SFMTA's bikeshare program, is eager to see more of them...But S.F. can't get a bigger system, not because it can't afford the additional bikes (the money for 15 new stations in S.F. and 15 more on the Peninsula has been in place for a year), but because the companies contracted to produce the bikes are in turmoil — one is bankrupt and the other is up for sale.

    SF Weekly
  • Golden Gate Bridge District officials are warning the public of a potential strike on Friday that could affect thousands of ferry commuters. Union leaders have called a press conference for 11 a.m. Thursday near the San Francisco Ferry Building to announce a likely strike that will "impact commuters."

    Marin Independent Journal
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    San Francisco could be left with a very expensive bus station or a new skyline minus a few towers depending on how threatened lawsuits over the city’s plan to fund a new downtown transit hub billed as the “Grand Central station of the West” play out.

    SF Chronicle
  •  Before the end of this year, the Federal Highway Administration will release its own guidance on designing protected bike lanes. The agency’s positions on bicycling infrastructure has matured in recent years. Until recently, U.S. DOT’s policy was simple adherence to outdated and stodgy manuals like AASHTO’s Green Book and FHWA’s own Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) — neither of which included protected bike lanes.

    Streetsblog USA
  • ...Simply put, has legroom—and knee room—decreased in recent years? Have seats gotten smaller back in economy class where most of us fly? Have cabins gotten fuller? The unequivocal answers are yes, yes and yes. And you'll have to deal with what appear to be irreversible trends....Pitch—or the distance in inches from a given point on one seat to the same point on the seat in the next row—has indeed changed dramatically in economy class at the nation's four largest carriers over the last 30 years.

    USA Today