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One-Man Effort to Bring High-Speed Rail to a Stop

WE HAVE received more than four dozen e-mails from Martin Engel since the beginning of March, sometimes two in a day. He is as predictable as sunrise and as tireless as a plow horse in dispensing commentary on the California High Speed Rail Authority....It's not exactly what the 80-year-old Menlo Park resident had in mind for his golden years, but this has become personal. The projected route will run within 200 feet of his house...."This is not a field of study by choice," he said. "I don't even want to know what I know now. But I don't have a choice.

Vehicle Tax a Key to Marin Senior Transit

Plans under review by the Transportation Authority of Marin could result in a ballot measure this fall calling for a $10 hike in vehicle fees, and county transit officials informally agreed Monday that some of that money should be used to increase transportation services for seniors. A "senior mobility program" covering a wide range of improvements benefiting transit for the elderly is even more important than providing area shuttle service, said Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who also serves as head of the Transportat

Regional Transit Clinging to Life

 Despite doubling the cost of riding public transportation since 1997, the Bay Area’s 28 transit systems collectively face a $25 billion projected shortfall in the next quarter-century, leaving the future of nearly every agency in question. Unpredictable revenue sources, unsustainable cost structures and underpriced auto alternatives are the driving forces behind the dismal outlook for public transit, according to the latest annual report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transit planning group. 

MTC Report Shows Dismal Future for Transit Operators

The report rightly points to endemic land-use and auto-centric development problems in the Bay Area that make transit less attractive for many than driving: "The Bay Area's transit system operates under the difficult combination of unpredictable revenue sources and unsustainable cost structure on the one hand, and underpriced auto alternatives and insufficiently transit-supportive land uses on the other."

New Ash Cloud Appears Headed Toward Britain

A new ash clouded appeared headed toward the United Kingdom, increasing the uncertainty about the return of air traffic to certain parts of the British Isles on Tuesday, the organization that controls air traffic in the area said....The traffic control body had said at 3:30 p.m. London time that Scottish airspace would reopen Tuesday morning and that restrictions over England and Wales, including the London area, might be lifted later in the day.

Airspace over Northern Europe to open Tuesday

Europe's ash-filled skies have cracked open slightly to allow more stranded travelers to fly home, but aviation authorities warned Monday that the reprieve could prove temporary with the Icelandic volcano still erupting....British officials said enough grit and dust had dispersed over Northern Ireland, Scotland and north England for airspace over that region to reopen Tuesday morning, after five days of almost continuous shutdown. 

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