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  • Nikola Tesla would be proud. In May, Croatia will host its first electric car rally that winds from the northern coast to the capital Zagreb through some of the country's most scenic spots. The route includes a visit to electricity pioneer Tesla's hometown too...But how far can electric vehicles go? Specially designed fast-charging stations, ones that charge a car in about an hour and a half, will be installed every 40 miles along the way...

    LA Times
  • ...At a Senate Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday, a long line of public advocacy groups spoke up for reshuffling the cap and trade funds, mostly in the direction of the respective group’s preferred emissions-reduction strategy (better transit, for example, or forest fire prevention given this dry year). But only a few speakers questioned why so much money was being given to high speed rail. The Legislative Analyst’s report questioned the GHG benefits of California’s planned high speed rail, which would not have any effect on emissions until 2022 at the earliest, and would at best provide a modest contribution to GHG reductions. “We need to fund GHG reductions in the near term,” said Catherine Phillips of the Sierra Club. “It doesn’t warrant spending 31 percent of the money on high speed rail. Many other programs will get you reductions sooner than will high speed rail.”

    Streetsblog LA
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     Brand new trains were delivered to Iraq for use on a popular railway route, another sign that the country is rebuilding the public transportation network that had fallen into disrepair over decades of neglect and war. The 10 new trains will roll on the Baghdad-Basra line, between Iraq’s capital and one of its key cities. It’s a line that’s been of strategic importance since it was built as part of the Baghdad Railway in the years surrounding World War I, and now it’s getting trains capable of 100 mph. That’s a big step for a country that only had two passenger trains as of this summer.

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    There is little evidence to support the view that “behavior detection officers” have done much beyond inconveniencing tens of thousands of passengers a year.

    New York Times
  • Marin County is narrowing in on trends behind recent traffic buildups on the county’s highways and bridges, contemplating ways that current, future and potential projects may ease congestion and smooth commutes.

    North Bay Business Journal
  •  The Bay Area Toll Authority spent $9.4 million to build a temporary entrance so the Bay Bridge's bike path could be ready when the new eastern span opened to traffic in September. And now - after less than seven months - the half-mile-long connector is being torn down to make way for a new, permanent gateway. That puts the cost to provide temporary bike and pedestrian access to the bridge at about $47,000 a day.

    SF Chronicle
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    ...During the early 20th century, Key System ferries and trains provided fast, cheap transportation for burgeoning East Bay cities, including Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont and Albany. By offering a mass-transit connection to San Francisco - highlighted by a 16,000-foot-long pier that ran from the Oakland waterfront almost to Yerba Buena Island - the Key System played a major role in the growth of what it promoted as "the Eastshore Empire."

    SF Chronicle
  •  The city's downtown is booming -- or just about to -- with a convention center, art museum, hotel and new apartments for thousands of residents either shovel-ready or on the drawing boards. But will development cost downtown its historic character?

    Oakland Tribune
  •  The sweeping curves and glass walls of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport's planned new terminal building have defined that project since the design was released last month, but the futuristic architecture is not the only forward-looking aspect of the project...The solar proposal is still in its early stages but is included in the official cost projections for the $826 million airport revamp, which includes the new $650 million terminal on the north side of the property, a hotel and a new Interstate 10 flyover ramp. If it happens, it would apparently make Armstrong the only airport in the country capable of running on self-generated solar power.

    USA Today
  • At least 32 people were injured, none seriously, when an eight-car train crashed through a barrier at the end of the platform and jumped up an escalator at O'Hare International Airport on Monday, according to Chicago's Transit Authority. Six people were listed in fair condition and 26 in good condition at three area hospitals, according to fire officials. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

    USA Today