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    ...Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alike—all built in the last 30 years. "We have little streetcars here that carry a thousand people a day. They have lines that carry a hundred thousand people a day," says Gregory Thompson, chair of the light rail committee for the Transportation Research Board and retired urban planning scholar at Florida State. "What's the difference?"

    CityLab
  •  For the first time, two SMART-NUS enhanced driverless buggies to ferry passengers, free-of-charge, around Chinese and Japanese Gardens, as part of the Smart and Connected Jurong Lake District Pilots and Trials initiative.

    Science Daily
  • An increasing number of assistance systems are being designed to facilitate driving. Things are heading towards automated driving. What role does the person behind the steering wheel play? Scientists have now developed “pieDrive”, an interactive operating concept for vehicles of the future.

    Science Daily
  • Women who are exposed to traffic pollution while pregnant are increasing the chances of damaging the lungs of their unborn children, concludes a study. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a widely used marker of traffic-related air pollution, and benzene levels can reflect industrial activities and are considered as a surrogate for a mixture of predominantly traffic-driven pollutants.

    Science Daily
  • State-backed China CNR Corporation is making a pitch to sell its high-speed trains to California, signaling China's growing export ambitions for such technology after building the world's longest network in just seven years. It marks the first concrete attempt by China to sell high-speed locomotives abroad and establish itself as a credible rival to sector leaders such as Germany's Siemens, Canada's Bombardier and Japan's Kawasaki.

    Reuters
  • U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 a round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to FareCompare.com CEO Rick Seaney and J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker.

    AP
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    At the start of the year, Therese McMillan was named acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She joined FTA as deputy administrator in July 2009. As deputy, McMillan assisted the administrator in leading a staff of more than 500 in the Washington D.C. headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the U.S., and implementing an annual budget approximating $10 billion. We spoke with Acting Administrator McMillan to discuss her new role and how she is working to forward the agency’s agenda.

    METRO
  • Ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft will soon be able to legally pick up and drop off passengers at San Francisco International Airport. Airport Director John L. Martin said in a statement Monday that SFO is the first U.S. airport to strike such a deal with both companies. 

    AP/Contra Costa Times
  • ...On Monday the district released a 45-point plan to keep the agency solvent in the next five to 10 years as it grapples with a five-year, $33 million deficit. Each initiative would come to the board for discussion and be voted on individually. The bridge board will review the plan as a whole on Friday.

    Marin Independent Journal
  • ...Caltrans engineers and contractors regrouped in a daylong meeting on Monday to come up with a new plan. Dan McElhinney, Caltrans chief deputy district director, said that the preferred fix would add an inch or inch and a half of a polyester paving material to the deck, making it level with the steel plates.

    SF Chronicle