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  • 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.

    Wired
  •  ...Volvo's “centralized Sensor Fusion framework” links onboard cameras, radar, lidar, GPS and more. The system, which is still at least five years from hitting showrooms, can detect potential accidents before they occur, even if they’re outside the driver’s line of sight. If an accident is imminent, the car can determine an “escape route” and auto-brake and even steer the car to avoid the accident. 

    Wired
  • The Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota has released the most useful transit commute rankings you're likely to see for some time. "Access Across America: Transit 2014" ranks 46 of the biggest U.S. metros based on how many jobs a resident can access by transit during the morning rush of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Let's jump right into the top 10 then step back and see how the rankings were done...

    CityLab
  • ...The promise of multi-modal streets hides the fact that such a dramatic shift away from the traditional American form of auto-oriented personal urban transportation is much more difficult than just accommodating drivers everywhere. Supporting many modes requires including multiple actors in the planning process, all with different priorities and preferences. 

    CityLab
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    ...As part of International Car Free Day on September 22, the Latvian branch of Russian cycling group Let's Bike It constructed car-sized wearables from what looks to be bamboo and twine. Cyclists then donned the skeletal sedans and went about their morning commute, adding noticeably to overall traffic congestion. 

    CityLab