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    Every time a commuter in London swipes an Oyster card when boarding a bus or exiting the Tube, that transaction is recorded as one of millions of points of data on a given day tracking the choreography of the city....How do you make some useful sense of the patterns in a dataset that large? For one thing, you visualize it. The below animation comes from transportation planner Jay Gordon, who has turned 16 million transactions on London public transit from a typical Wednesday in 2011 into a one-minute time-lapse of the city:

    Atlantic Cities
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    Finally, somebody made a scooter for the die-hard Transformers fans.... Conceived by Antro Group, a Hungarian nonprofit that designs alternative vehicles, the sleek scooter folds up into what looks like a hard-shell suitcase; riders can carry the personal-transportation device/adult toy onto the bus, lug it up to their third-floor apartments or let baggage handlers misroute it on cross-country flights, just like a real piece of luggage.

    Atlantic Cities
  • Researchers at UC Davis have established, for the first time, a link between toxic substances that pollute the air and what causes them. The research, announced Monday by the California Air Resources Board and the Electric Power Research Institute, holds the potential to better regulate sources of air pollution – an issue of great import to the asthma-plagued Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

    Sacramento Bee
  • There are already a number of laws on the books in various states designed to thwart so-called distracted driving and teens and texting. But one California lawmaker thinks those laws must change to keep up with technological developments.

    LA Times
  • Motorists without passengers would be able to use the car pool lanes on the 134 Freeway in Southern California during non-peak hours under legislation introduced to address the growing gridlock on state freeways. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) said his AB 405 will create a test program that could be expanded to other congested freeways in Southern California that do not open up car pool lanes to all traffic after rush hour. 

    LA Times
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    ...Dodge, roll, brake, roll. Shattered windshield glass. An opening car door. A downed branch of a palm tree. Sun in my eyes, I pedal my way downtown, glancing with schadenfreude at the traffic backed up on the freeways. I moved to L.A. in early December from Milwaukee, where I had been bicycling to work for years, even through the frigid winter months. I figured I would never bike again. 

    LA Times
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    ...In an effort to get those 787s flying sooner, Boeing is expected to propose a short-term fix for the battery problem as early as this week, according to The Seattle Times. It is expected to focus on a heavy-duty containment box to replace the relatively simple box now used to hold the lithium-ion cells in each of two electrical bays in the airplane. 

    Wired
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    ...(W)hat if airport garages were the backdrop for an exchange that offered free parking, a free car wash, and free gas? What if instead of the price gouging we endure parking at an expensive airport garage, or the schlep to those cheaper lots so far away they practically require another flight, a smartly dressed valet waiting at near-term parking whisks your car away while you amble to your flight? 

    Wired
  • Start saving those quarters - metered evening parking near AT&T Park will take effect on March 4, with weekday rates set at 25 cents per hour from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m....The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has added hundreds of meters around AT&T Park in recent months, all part of the agency's experimental SFPark program. The program's theory is that charging more for parking spots in high-demand places will deter people from driving in the area and reduce congestion.

    SF Chronicle
  • The passenger seats for Sonoma and Marin counties' commute rail system failed a crash-worthiness test last week, officials said Tuesday. The manufacturer and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District officials said the seats will be redesigned, but that should not delay delivery of the first two-car set by the end of this year.

    Santa Rosa Press-Democrat