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  • ...On Thursday, Obama will sign a presidential memorandum to launch the “Build America Investment Initiative,” which aims to increase infrastructure investment nationwide. In addition to establishing the Build America Transportation Investment Center at DOT, the memo will charge Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with overseeing a task force to reduce barriers to private investment in areas such as municipal water, ports, harbors, broadband and the electrical grid. The new center will provide technical assistance to both state and local governments seeking to raise funds for infrastructure projects.

    Washington Post
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    Bicycling in Changwon is equivalent to soccer in Brazil (too soon?) or bull fighting in Madrid. There is even a case to be made that cycling is more important to Changwon's population than the Red Sox are to Boston. Colin Marshall of The Guardian is currently on a quest through South Korea to find the world’s best bike-sharing service, but he might as well just end the trip now. About 115 miles south of Seoul in a city of one million people is what appears to be the Holy Grail of bike-sharing. Roughly 3,000 residents of Changwon use their bike-share service, called Nubija, each day, according to Marshall. And for good reason: it’s dirt cheap.

  • ..."The state pays contractors to do the work on the state highway and then we're reimbursed from the federal government. If that reimbursement drops or stops all together, then Caltrans and the State of California needs to make up that difference. However $3.2 billion is a lot of money to make up," says Caltrans' Matt Rocco.

    Capitol Public Radio
  • About 10,000 motorists die each year because of inadequate road conditions, and millions of other Americans waste large portions of their lives stuck in traffic or stalled trains. The enormous cost to society of poor infrastructure grows every year, and most of the blame can be placed directly on a Congress that refuses to collect and spend enough money to fix it. On Tuesday the House made the situation worse with a sad excuse for a highway funding bill: A 10-month measure that keeps spending at an inadequate level and does not address the dwindling revenues that keep producing all-too-familiar cliffhanging crises. 

    News York Times
  • ...On Tuesday, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen will introduce legislation that would require developers constructing or retrofitting buildings in certain areas to install ventilation systems that reduce the amount of particulate matter that can get inside.

    SF Chronicle
  •  With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term. The action cobbles together $10.8 billion by using pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for transportation programs nationwide, solvent through May 2015. 

    AP/SF Chronicle
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    The Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved a $1.2 billion contract withSiemens Corp. to replace and expand the 155-car fleet of light-rail vehicles that ply the Muni Metro lines - the backbone of San Francisco's transit system. The deal, which also needs approval from theBoard of Supervisors, will bring more elbow room and reliability to long-suffering Muni Metro passengers, accustomed to cramming onto crowded trains that often creep through the subways and show up late.

    SF Chronicle
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    For all the monorail enthusiasts out there just now learning that New York once had its own single-track wonder, put your excitement on hold. For on this date in 1910, during its inaugural journey, the monorail lurched over, sending scores of people to the hospital.

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    n 1975, largely in response to OPEC's oil embargo against the United States, Congress enacted a new energy law that included provisions to increase "Corporate Average Fuel Economy." These CAFE standards, as they're known, led to a remarkable jump in the fuel efficiency for the U.S. auto fleet, with a near doubling of fuel economy and a 50 percent jump for light trucks in just a decade. But federal policymakers coddled the auto industry in the 1970s, and by the 1980s the fuel-efficiency curve had plateaued.

  • Jeffrey Gettleman rides on the unregulated minibuses that are fighting a move toward electronic payments.

    New York Times