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  • The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. hit a record high last year, rising 0.5 miles per gallon over 2012, federal officials announced on Wednesday. The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that model year 2013 vehicles averaged 24.1 mpg, nearly 5 mpg higher than 2004 levels.

    The Hill
  • ...Today, L.A. has just over 90 miles of operating rail lines—both subway and light rail—and another 42 miles of BRT lines. The majority of these lines (below) appeared on the first rail map nearly forty years ago. 

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    There’s been plenty of debate about cyclists speeding through New York’s Central Park lately, after two people on bikes hit and killed pedestrians there over a two-month period. It’s a contentious topic, although everyone agrees that there’s a general need for mutual respect and more clarity about the way people on bikes and people on foot interact.

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    Uber, the smartphone-based hail-a-ride service, often claims it is cheaper than a ride in a taxi. It looks as if some Uber customers do not agree. The company received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau on Thursday, the lowest possible rating given by the organization. The grade is based on, among other criteria, more than 90 Uber customer complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau over the last three years, most of them centering on Uber’s so-called surge pricing.

    New York Times
  • A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cell phone or to a passenger while driving affects one's performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving simulator and videophone to assess how a driver's conversation partner influences safety on the road.

    Science Daily
  • AC Transit is adding early morning weekend bus service on Saturday and Sunday mornings for night owls leaving San Francisco after BART stops running. The new services will begin in December from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. from Mission and 24th Streets in San Francisco and go to the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station with stops at other BART stations along the way.

    Contra Costa Times
  • The city's plans to build an eBART station near Highway 4 and Railroad Avenue received a boost Thursday morning, as BART's board of directors voted to earmark $2.5 million for construction of the station, expected to be open sometime in 2018.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Digging a trench for Caltrain through part of Palo Alto could cost more than $1 billion dollars, according to a new study. Last year, the City Council hired New Jersey-based Hatch Mott McDonald to evaluate a trench for the commuter rail service between San Antonio Road and Oregon Expressway, as well as submerged roadway crossings at Churchill Avenue, Meadow Drive and Charleston Road.

    Mercury News
  • Buses operated by the Golden Gate Transportation District will not be crossing the Bay Area’s most famous bridge next Friday as workers from the Teamsters Union Local 856 and 665, which represents dispatchers, supervisors and maintenance crews, announced a one-day strike. he Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents drivers, is expected to honor the picket line, effectively canceling bus service between Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco for the day. Ferry service and bridge traffic will not be affected.

    SF Chronicle
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    ...La Jamais Contente—French for “never satisfied”—was once the fastest car in the world, and the first to break the 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) barrier. It was built and driven by one of the most hot-headed men in motorsports history. That’s saying a lot considering his competition.