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High-Speed Rail Impacts Detailed City by City

The California High-Speed Rail Authority released its most detailed engineering report for the Bay Area this month, providing the clearest picture yet of how the bullet train tracks are likely to change the landscape of cities along the Caltrain line. The following is a city-by-city breakdown of Santa Clara County that details how engineers are putting together a tricky puzzle. Their mission: Fit four tracks along the existing two-track Caltrain corridor without running out of money or angering local leaders and residents.

Assess Global Warming with Uncensored Science, Not Polemics (Editorial)

THE DEBATE over global warming has become more divisive with a large percentage of weather forecasters spreading doubt about its causes or even its existence. In a newly released survey by researchers at George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin, only 31 percent of weather forecasters believed that global warming is caused mostly by human activity. That is in sharp contrast with another survey showing that 97 percent of climatologists believe humans play a major role in warming.

SMART Trains Coming, Despite Some Budget Woes

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials say the commuter rail line is on the way, and although funding is not quite on track, the goal remains to open the entire line by 2014. “The most common misconception is that the economy has stopped the project or delayed the project. While we obviously have some challenges ahead of us financially, we plan to have trains running in 2014,” said SMART representative Chris Coursey.

Bus Rapid Transit Nears Route Decisions

Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro city councils are nearing key votes to shape plans for a $234 million proposed speedy bus service that supporters predict will revolutionize public transit in the East Bay. Starting with Oakland on Tuesday night, the three councils will consider designating a preliminary route through each city for AC Transit's bus rapid transit service.

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