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How will High-Speed Rail Affect Your City? (Part 1 of 2)

A day after the California High-Speed Rail Authority released its most detailed engineering report for the Bay Area, Peninsula residents are beginning to figure out how the bullet train is likely to zip through their communities. The following is a city-by-city breakdown, from northern to central San Mateo County, detailing how engineers are trying to put together the puzzle of fitting four tracks along the existing two-track Caltrain corridor. An analysis of southern San Mateo County will follow next week.

Port of Oakland Sees Surge in Passenger, Cargo Volume

Both the port’s maritime and airport divisions are turning in higher numbers, suggesting that cargo shipping and airline passenger volumes are on the rebound. For two consecutive years, the Port of Oakland laid off workers and slowed capital expenses at its airport and maritime operations. In the latest round of cuts last year, the port cut about 6 percent of its workforce, affecting workers represented by the SEIU and IBEW at the port and airport.

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European Airports Redouble Efforts to Reduce Carbon Emissions

In the world rankings of big polluters, airports occupy a very respectable position near the foot of the table...But European airports are keen to tackle their greenhouse gas emissions – several individual airport operators having already committed to becoming carbon neutral in the past few years with some having already achieved this," says Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which represents more than 400 airports in 46 European countries.

Panel Revives Plan to Run Fast Trains on Shared Track Between Anaheim and L.A.

A high-speed rail configuration that backers say could save up to $2 billion and greatly reduce demolition of homes and businesses across the heart of Southern California was revived Thursday by project officials. In the 6-1 vote at a meeting in San Jose, the California High-Speed Rail Authority agreed to revisit a plan, discarded in 2008, to share existing rail where feasible with commuter and freight services operating along a 34-mile route between Anaheim and downtown's Union Station....The action came in response to local officials' concerns that hundreds of private properties would hav

BART Riders Might get Short-Term Fare Discount

BART fares won't go up and might even go down temporarily, judging by the discussion at the agency's board of directors meeting Thursday....The amount of the proposed fare rollback wasn't pinpointed at the meeting, and sentiments leaned toward limiting the amount of time it would be effective. The board's finance committee will weigh various ideas on how to reward riders at its Monday meeting.

Air District OKs $1.2 Million for Vehicle Buy Back Plan

To reduce harmful air pollution from vehicle tailpipes, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s board of directors has authorized $1.2 million to pay for the extension of the Vehicle Buyback Program for Bay Area residents...Among the air pollutants reduced by the program are fine particulates and ozone precursors — the main ingredients in smog. These pollutants contribute to respiratory diseases and increased mortality rates.

More Enforcement Planned Against Distracted Driving

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday he would escalate efforts to stop motorists from texting or talking on mobile phones, funding pilot programs to ticket distracted drivers in New York and Connecticut and urging auto makers to rethink hands-free communications systems in cars... The distracted driving crackdown's slogan: "Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other."...Mr.

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