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  • ...Re-Programming Mobility conceives four fictional-but-fact-based urban-mobility scenarios set in roughly 2030. The 15-year window is far enough away for mobility to be uprooted—the U.S. interstates were largely completed between 1955 and 1970, after all—but still close enough to be reshaped by public input.

  • ...Garcetti says the city is working with UCLA to develop a neighborhood for driverless vehicles, perhaps around the university in Westwood. He's also working on something secretive-sounding with the brains at Xerox—"kind of like the Skunk Works guys who brought us the mouse and everything else"—to manage such a driverless network, as well as more traditional manned vehicles from bus down to bicycle.

  • United Airlines has been reprising its old advertising slogan about the “friendly skies.” But some airports think the airline was a bit less than friendly when it formed a partnership with the ride-sharing company Uber without seeking airport input.

    New York Times
  • Biking from Lake Merritt to the San Francisco Bay Trail could get a lot easier, with the help of a new transportation grant that will enable the city to push forward with its plans to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge. City officials announced yesterday that the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional transit agency, has awarded Oakland a $3.2 million grant to go toward the design of a bridge that would connect Lake Merritt's bike and pedestrian paths to the Bay Trail path. 

    East By Express
  • Caltrans engineers have ordered that all of the 424 steel anchor rods at the base of new Bay Bridge eastern span’s tower be inspected after crews found more than three dozen of them had been sitting in pools of potentially corrosive water, agency officials say.

    SF Chronicle
  • Cute as they may appear, the double-crested cormorants and other birds that call the old Bay Bridge home are fast becoming a $30 million-plus headache...As crews demolish the 10,000-foot-long steel structure where the birds roost, they’ve had to navigate around broadly interpreted state and federal environmental laws designed to protect the feathered critters.

    SF Chronicle
  • In a remarkably candid interview in the Sept. 9 Sacramento Business Journal, California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Jeff Morales admits that a straight-shot line from San Francisco to Los Angeles could conceivably have been built privately.

    Sacramento Bee
  • Last week, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón sent a letter to Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar explaining that they are engaging in unlawful business practices. Should these practices not be changed, the letter explained, San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys’ offices were prepared to file for injunctive relief and civil penalties.

    SF Chronicle
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    Nathaniel Rothschild, whose ancestor helped bankroll Britain’s war against Napoleonic France 200 years ago, is backing London cabbies in their battle against Uber Technologies Inc...“Door-to-door shared rides are going to be like dining at the Ritz compared to TfL,” he posted on Sept. 20, referring to Transport for London which controls the city’s buses, metro and overland train network.

    Bloomberg News
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    Portland is importing a new kind of bike lane design from the Netherlands. “Advisory bike lanes” allow drivers to use the bike lane space if they have to — and if it’s safe. Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland reports that advisory bike lanes are intended for streets with high bike traffic but not a high volume of car traffic, where there otherwise wouldn’t be room for bike lanes...

    Streetsblog Network