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    More than 2,000 bolts and rods on the new Bay Bridge eastern span are likely to be more corrosion-resistant than the 32 steel fasteners that failed last year and do not have to be replaced, the bridge's chief designer said Thursday.

    SF Chronicle
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     Packed with pedestrians, sightseers, bicyclists, joggers, skaters, pedicabs, strollers and, of course, cars, the Embarcadero is both popular and hazardous. And as city officials, residents and visitors turn more of their attention to the waterfront, transportation planners want to help the Embarcadero accommodate the growing crowds more safely by creating a physically separated bikeway or bikeways.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...For the first half of 2014, over 54,000 vehicles moved (quietly) off the lot, compared with almost 41,000 for the first six months of 2013.   While the winter and early spring remained relatively calm, sales soared in May and June, and showed over a 50% gain (almost 24,000 vs. under 16,000) over last year...The most interesting trends for the first six months are the strength of the Leaf...

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    Last week, Toronto mayoral candidate David Soknacki made a bold suggestion to improve the morning transit commute: offer free rides to anyone traveling before rush-hour. The idea is that by encouraging more early bird riders (in this case, those traveling between 6 and 7 a.m.), city subways and buses will be less crowded at the peak of the morning peak...Singapore's transport authority has been running a similar pre-peak program for more than a year.

  • research team led by group leader Yung-Eun Sung has announced that they have developed cost-effective technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied as high performance electrodes for secondary batteries and fuel cells.

    Science Daily
  • One of the most debated and least understood maneuvers by motorcycle riders - zipping between lanes of stalled traffic, or "lane-splitting" - got a little dicier when the California Highway Patrol acknowledged Wednesday that it had removed safety guidelines for the practice from its website and tossed all printed materials.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Come January 2015, gasoline and other fuels will for the first time fall under the state's cap-and-trade system for reining in greenhouse gas emissions. Prices at the pump could rise as a result...A poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 76 percent of Californians back the idea of forcing fuel producers to cut emissions. Support plunges to 39 percent, however, if the move would lead to higher gas prices.

    SF Chronicle
  • The largest chunk of cash toward the landmark suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission board Wednesday. The board will send $27 million toward the $76 million project. Caltrans will contribute $22 million, the state $7 million from Mental Health Services Act funds and the Golden Gate Bridge district $20 million in addition to the MTC money.

    Marin Independent Journal
  • In four previous installments, we've heard: some of the rationale for the plan; some of the most frequent criticisms; and some of the responses from the man Jerry Brown chose to oversee the project. For reference they are No. 1No. 2No. 3, and No. 4Today, 10 views from 10 readers. Actually, there are a lot more than 10 views in what you'll see below! 

    The Atlantic
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     ...Work is now underway on a $1.8 billion upgrade that includes a new terminal that will give fliers sweeping views of the nearby Wasatch mountain range. Local and airport officials predict the transformation of the airport will make SLC one of the nation's most-efficient airports... (T)he overhaul was desperately needed at the 50-year facility that planners never anticipated becoming one of the USA's major airline hubs. The airport is now the chief western hub for Delta, the nation's third-biggest carrier. Southwest and – more recently – Alaska Airlines also have a significant presence there.

    USA Today