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  • ...The money is part of a total of $221 million that the California State Commission awarded to 145 projects across California.

    Oakland Tribune
  • After a setback in San Francisco, MonkeyParking, the mobile app that lets drivers auction off filled parking spaces, has announced plans for a relaunch next week in Southern California...In June, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist order to MonkeyParking and two other parking apps based on suspicions the apps would incite potential illegal business schemes and stir parking conflicts on city property. 

    Government Technology
  • Commuters heading into and out of BART stations in downtown San Francisco - particularly the Civic Center Station - are often forced to hold their noses on the stairs and navigate a minefield of garbage and much, much worse...A reporter who visited the Civic Center Station one afternoon this week saw what appeared to be feces on the steps and on nearby walls. On a return visit the next morning, the steps had not yet been cleared of the waste.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Most cities and states that want to maintain safe bridges have essentially two choices: patch up existing problems or build entirely new structures. Both come with significant costs and divert money from other areas of the transportation network. But technology has given rise to a new tool that doesn't require gambling on the structural integrity of dated bridges or blowing budgets on repairs or construction: real-time data.

  •  The clear liquid flowing from a collection of pipes and wires in a Hayward industrial park smells just like gasoline, and for all practical purposes, it is...Siluria's process doesn't require intense pressure and heat. It uses a chemical catalyst to take methane molecules from natural gas and combine them into ethylene, a hydrocarbon widely used in the chemical industry..."My view is, it'll make some people some money, but it's not much of a solution, because you're still burning fuel and creating emissions," said Daniel Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley. "It's a good business deal."

    SF Chronicle
  • ... as more than 23 million trips on these bikes have been taken in that time, all of that pedaling has been great for the climate because each mile someone rides on a bike-share bike instead of driving a car means about 1 pound of carbon dioxide is kept out of the atmosphere, said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California-Berkeley.

    Scientific American
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    ...Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides—but no cars. If the bridge looks elegant in its slenderness, that may be because the omission of private automobiles keeps it from taking on a more gargantuan array of lanes and entry/exit ramps.

  • ...Many view the free shuttles as the reason why housing prices are jumping -- highly paid tech workers can live in San Francisco but work in Silicon Valley. The University of California, Berkeley, discovered there's some truth to the protesters' claims. A study by the school found 40 percent of tech bus commuters said they'd move closer to their jobs if their free shuttles were discontinued. And 10 percent said they'd quit their jobs if the shuttles were canceled.

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     The California Fuel Cell Partnership has just published a report detailing how hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles affect air, climate, energy, water and security.

    California Fuel Cell Partnership
  •  Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport..."People just think of it as a horrible weed and ask how can you get enough material for tires from just a small root," she said.