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  • A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of morning rush hour. At least 20 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 150 more were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.

    AP/SF Chronicle
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    It wasn’t the puking protesters and the blocked buses that brought this on, but the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board on Tuesday will consider tripling per-stop fees for corporate shuttles that have collectively become known as “the Googlebus” to use Muni bus stops.

    SF Chronicle
  •  Most people view parking meters as a necessary evil, or perhaps not even necessary. Although parking meters manage curb parking and provide public revenue, they are a tough sell to voters. A new type of meter, however, can change the politics of parking by allowing cities to give their own residents discounted prices for curb parking.

    SF Chronicle
  • Motorists frustrated with parking meters incapable of taking various forms of payment -- credit cards, debit cards, transit agency parking cards, pay-by-phone and coins -- will be pleased to hear that an upgrade is being rolled out.

    SF Examiner
  • Under new rules seeking to reduce diamond lane cheating, carpoolers in much of the Bay Area will likely be required to get a FasTrak transponder to drive in toll lanes. Legislation implementing this rule for Alameda County was signed into law Tuesday, making FasTrak mandatory for anyone wanting to use the toll lane on southbound I-680 or on upcoming toll lanes on I-580.

    Mercury News
  • Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete.

    The Guardian
  • Low transit fares have a long tradition in American cities. In his 1921 reelection campaign, Mayor John F. Hylan called the nickel fare a "property right" of New Yorkers, even though inflation during World War I had raised wages, and turned what had been a profitable fare for the transit companies into a fare that guaranteed ongoing losses, eventually requiring a government takeover...Shifting away from subsidized fares offers the promise of several benefits in return: improved and expanding services, more creative management, and the ability of even lower fares for certain riders who need them. 

  • Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel -- a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. A new technology based on carbon nanotubes promises commercially viable hydrogen production from water.

    Science Daily
  • CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—At offices, parks, intersections and a pedestrian bridge across the Tennessee River, people here can rent bicycles from solar-powered stations to zip around, using extra-low gears on steep streets....Bike-sharing programs are spreading across the U.S., with more than 21,000 shared bikes in at least 36 urgan areas...up ffrom just six programs in 2010...Susan Shaheen, a researcher of bike-share programs at the University of California, Berkeley, adds: "The business model is still under development. Some of it is trial and error."



    Wall Street Journal
  • According to a report released Thursday by transportation nonprofit TRIP, rural communities across the country face a backlog of deficient roads and bridges, higher vehicle crash rates, and connectivity and capacity issues. TRIP's report, "Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America's Heartland," said rural roadways experience traffic crash and fatality rates nearly three times higher than all other roadways. For example, in 2012, non-Interstate rural roads had a traffic fatality rate of 2.21 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel. That number was .78 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel on all other roads.

    AASHTO Journal