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  • ITS dual-degree students David Weinzimmer and Danielle Dai appeared on NBC local news to talk about their study on Bay Area shuttles.

    NBC Bay Area
  • Tyler Frisbee is the SF Bicycle Coalition’s new policy director, filling the shoes of Deputy Director Kit Hodge. Hodge left SFBC this month to start a company that will lease family-friendly cargo bikes....For the last five years, Tyler worked as an aide to Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, serving as one of Congress’ key bike and pedestrian advocates… In her new role at the SF Bicycle Coalition, Tyler will be overseeing our terrific Program, Outreach and Education teams, helping to craft our strategy for big and small campaigns alike, and working on Connecting the City with protected, crosstown bikeways. 

    Streetsblog SF
  • The SFMTA has released a proposed map of Muni stops where commuter shuttles would be permitted to load passengers, part of the agency’s 18-month pilot program to test private-bus regulation. Shuttles currently use many of these stops, and the resulting conflicts between shuttles and Muni buses has led to transit delays. SFMTA says it hopes to reduce bus conflicts by replacing car parking with new loading zones, marked with white curbs, where shuttles can load passengers out of Muni’s way.

    Streetsblog SF
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    New Yorkers had better get used to riding in vans. A Manhattan judge ruled this week that the City can go ahead with its plan to require all taxi drivers to select the Nissan NV200, dubbed the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” as their next new car. In May 2011, Nissan won an exclusive 10-year contract to supply taxis to the city, worth around $1 billion. Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed the sole provider plan as a way to leverage the industry’s purchasing power–there are over 13,000 cabs on NYC streets–to get better vehicles for better prices.

    Wired
  •  Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that by openly sharing its patent portfolio with the rest of the world, his company will help expand the market for electric cars. His stance underscores the sentiment–widely held in Silicon Valley–that today’s technology moves too fast for the U.S. patent system. But the attention Tesla’s move is getting turns it into something bigger: a boost to the larger patent reform movement, which aims to reduce patent litigation across the tech world.

    Wired
  •  ...In a letter dated Tuesday, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey warned that the ridesharing companies' permits are in jeopardy over the violations, which have occurred at SFO and other major airports in California including Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.

    Contra Costa Times
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    Two students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have raised the bar high for train data visualizations. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority and its Developer Relations program, Michael Barry and Brian Card got their hands on information like train schedules, real-time train locations in the Boston metro area (only available for the Red, Blue, and Orange lines), and per-minute entry and exit counts at each station based on turnstile measurements. The pair pulled all the data from the month of February 2014. And then, taking cues from information visualization pioneers like Edward Tufte, they crafted the data into a stunning set of interactive visualizations. 

    CityLab
  •  f you feel like you've been paying more for fuller flights lately, that's only because you've been paying more for fuller flights. But rest assured the airline industry appreciates your pocketbooks and your patience. Since doing a nose-dive during the recession, the industry has corrected course and reached new heights (so to speak); U.S. passenger airline revenues grew 29 percent between 2009 and 2012, to $156 billion:

    CityLab
  • San Francisco is on track to implement 40 highly visible pedestrian safety projects by January 2016 as it strives to eliminate traffic fatalities within the decade under a Vision Zero policy recently adopted by city officials...A focus on roadway safety comes as fatalities on city streets have increased in recent years — with 21 pedestrian and four bicyclist deaths in 2013.

    SF Examiner
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     Citing the need to test the Fleet of the Future design in a “real-world environment,” BART’s board of directors, which had the opportunity to approve a new model Thursday, instead voted on a prototype trial that will hit the rail for testing. The board discussion on the new design lasted about four hours and was packed with public comments from seniors and people with balance issues who favored new floor-to-ceiling poles, wheelchair users and blind riders concerned the poles would block access, and bicyclists advocating for racks in every car.

    SF Examiner