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  • ..."Airplanes are configured for rage," says Margaret King, director for The Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis, a consumer-research organization based in Philadelphia. "Designers just didn't do the math on the personal space as part of the human factors involved on board." So let's run a few numbers. There are two that could stop the madness: 34 and 18.

    USA Today
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    ...The risk of cancer from airborne pollutants has dropped by more than 50 percent on average since 2005, according to a study released Thursday by the region's air quality regulators. Concerted efforts to reduce emissions from diesel trucks and other vehicles account for much of the drop....Still, risks persist from toxic pollutants such as diesel particulate matter and benzene.

    AP/SF Chronicle
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    States and counties believe that winder lanes are safer. And in this belief, they are dead wrong...They are wrong because of a fundamental error that underlies the practice of traffic engineering—and many other disciplines—an outright refusal to acknowledge that human behavior is impacted by its environment. This error applies to traffic planning, as state DOTs widen highways to reduce congestion, in compete ignorance of all the data proving that new lanes will be clogged by the new drivers that they invite. And it applies to safety planning, as traffic engineers, designing for the drunk who's texting at midnight, widen our city streets so that the things that drivers might hit are further away.

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    They shuttle highly paid Facebook employees to and from the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, yet many say their pay is so low that they can’t afford to live in the area. Moreover, many complain that they start work around 6 a.m. and do not finish until 9 p.m., 15 hours later. Now, some of these shuttle bus drivers, who get Facebook employees to work, are seeking representation by the Teamsters union.

    New York Times
  • A disproportionate number of highway fatalities involve large trucks, yet current federal standards are grievously lax...The need for strong rules was apparent in 1991. That year, Congress passed a law directing the Transportation Department to set standards for the training of entry-level commercial truck drivers by 1993. When the department finally issued rules in 2004, those rules were declared inadequate...

    New York Times
  • The lead Caltrans official on the Bay Bridge project mishandled engineers’ complaints about work done in China for the new eastern span, but there is no evidence he illegally retaliated against them, state investigators said Friday.

    SF Chronicle
  • ... On Tuesday night, Santa Clara police, the 49ers and the Valley Transportation Authority will hold a public meeting regarding traffic at the stadium. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Don Callejon School, 4176 Lick Mill Blvd. in Santa Clara. This is your chance to be heard. No RSVP is necessary.

    Mercury News
  • For more than a century, California has relied on assurances from railroad companies that thousands of rail bridges across the state, from spindly trestles in remote canyons to iron workhorses in urban areas, are safe and well-maintained to handle often heavy freight traffic. That era of trust is over.

    Sacramento Bee
  • With world population growing and moving to cities, we're going to need far beter rail design than exists today. From driverless trains to ticketless travel, here's a glimpse of how it could look...

  • ...Opbrid, a Spanish firm specializing in automatic charging systems for urban commercial vehicles, has designed the Busbaar V3, a new design for charging electric or hybrid buses for just a few minutes at a time, at a rate way beyond what Tesla’s Superchargers produce. And now, they’re being sent to Sweden for a test run.