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  • Gentrification “has become shorthand for an urban neighborhood where muggings are down and espresso is roasted,” wrote Times reporter Andrea Elliot...However one might feel about the topic, most everyone would agree that the process benefits the wealthy more than the poor, and tends to erase socioeconomic diversity. Are there ways to curb its effects? Seven responses.

    New York Times
  • Some of the most vulnerable and integral cable sections and rods on the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting... a Sacramento Bee investigation found that inside one of the chambers, where the suspension cable is attached, the cable strands and rods show rust. Lab tests confirm the rust, alarming independent engineering experts who warn of severe long-term implications...Experts said that if corrosion worsens, it will lead to structural damage well ahead of the planned 150-year service life of the bridge.

    Sacramento Bee
  •  The firm that designed the new Bay Bridge eastern span warned Caltrans as the bridge neared completion that some of its welds could crack prematurely under the constant pounding of cars and trucks, The Chronicle has learned. The potential for cracking was created after the span was designed, said engineers with the firm T.Y. Lin International. It happened when Caltrans suspended its rules and allowed the bridge builder to weld together Chinese-manufactured sections of steel road deck that didn't fit together correctly.

    SF Chronicle
  • Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday hat the findings have alarmed engineering experts who say the rust could have long-term implications for the new span.

    AP/Oakland Tribune
  • As the California Department of Transportation prepares to close several lanes of U.S. Highway 50 through downtown Sacramento, the head of the regional transit agency said Thursday that the state isn’t providing enough money to pay for the increased public transit needed to serve commuters trying to avoid lengthy traffic jams.

    Sacramento Bee
  • With a crisis looming for transportation funding this year, a bipartisan quartet of U.S. Senate leaders emerged Thursday to say they had outlined a long-term proposal to replace funding that expires Oct. 1... the agreement is a significant sign of progress in a year when little action had been expected until after the November elections.

    Washington Post
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    ... "Someone getting off the train was screaming 'RAT on the train!' but by the time everyone realized what was happening, the doors closed and the train entered the tunnel."

    Atlantic Cities
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    Five U.S. metros (Buffalo, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose) opened light rail systems in the 1980s to great fanfare. The mode offered many of the benefits of subway systems for far less public money...Yet it doesn't take much digging to find that over the past thirty years, these initial five systems in themselves neither rescued the center cities of their respective regions nor resulted in higher transit use — the dual goals of those first-generation lines.

    Atlantic Cities
  • A cloud of doubt lingering over Tesla Motors parted on March 26, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation of the Model S begun in response to two cars that were destroyed by fires after striking objects on the highway.

    New York Times
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    The authorities on Friday were investigating what caused the driver of a FedEx tractor-trailer to cross a grassy center divide and slam into a chartered bus carrying high school students on a trip to a Northern California university. The accident, which killed 10 people and left dozens injured, occurred Thursday evening on Interstate 5 in Orland, a town about 100 miles north of Sacramento. Both the FedEx truck and bus burst into flames, shutting down traffic on both sides of the highway.

    New York Times