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  • UCLA Prof. Brian Taylor doesn't have a stake in the battle over Oahu's transit future. However, the transportation policy and planning expert does offer a unique perspective on what would be best for the island's transit needs – the city's proposed $5.3 billion rail project, or a bus rapid transit system.

  • Mitt Romney isn’t talking much about roads, runways or bridges — but behind the scenes he’s engaged a brain trust of transportation advisers who are. The people advising him — though Romney’s campaign stresses that the team is informal — read like a who’s who of senior policymakers from President George W. Bush’s Department of Transportation. The agency at that time was heavily focused on privatization and maximum involvement of the private sector.

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     Margot Ocañas, LA's new pedestrian coordinator, is a Mandarin-speaking Fulbright scholar and one-time Wall Street analyst whose resume also includes running an independent film company with her husband and developing “streets for people” projects at the county Department of Public Health—is jumping feet first into a brand new role with major ramifications for how L.A. moves into the future.

    Zev's Blog
  • A small group of opponents to a three-decade transportation sales tax extension on next month's ballot huddled this week for their first news conference, a thinly attended event in a Hyde Park parking lot.

    LA Times
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    When graphic designer Aris Venetikidis arrived in Dublin a little more than a decade ago, the first thing he did was look for a mass transit map to help him explore the city. Instead he found a transit mess. Dublin's public transportation system consisted mainly of local bus lines, layered one beside the other, each running from the outskirts into the city center. The city's maps didn't have route lines or even station names.

    Atlantic Cities
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    A major city street with parked cars and no bike lanes is just about the most dangerous place you could ride a bike. All the big threats are there: open car doors, bad parallel parkers, passing cabs and public transit. This is not a particularly novel scientific revelation, although research has found it to be true.

    Atlantic Cities
  •  Your Oct. 13 editorial “Another Fare Increase?” reflects the frustration of many transit riders in the New York City area and the hope that somehow the state can step in and reduce the problem. But there are several realities that should be considered as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority holds public hearings on proposed fare increases.

    New york Times
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    Although electric vehicles have not taken off as some had hoped, there are now enough of them on the road that some behavioral differences between drivers of all-electric models and plug-in hybrids have become evident, in addition to those between E.V. users and owners of conventional models. Data on drivers’ habits has been harvested by ECOtality, a start-up that is struggling to help build the nation’s charging infrastructure.

    New York Times
  • Anyone who’s nailed a deer – or worse, a moose – knows that cute quadrupeds can crush fenders and shatter windshields. Even worse, vehicle-on-animal collisions account for hundreds of deaths and $1 billion in damages each year. But a new system has proven to effectively and cheaply prevent animal-related accidents by triggering the creatures’ survival instincts. Here’s how it works...

  • Caltrans officials canceled a second closure of the San Mateo Bridge scheduled for next weekend after deciding Sunday that construction crews could complete all of their repairs by early Monday morning. The 7-mile-long bridge between Foster City and Hayward, which carries about 92,000 vehicles each weekday, was expected to reopen on schedule at 5 a.m. Monday in time for the morning commute.

    SF Chronicle