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Oakland Endorses Rapid Bus Route

AC Transit's $234 million plan for a bus rapid transit service in three cities cleared a hurdle Tuesday when the Oakland City Council approved a preliminary route for within its city limits..... the Berkeley and San Leandro councils also endorse the local preferred route, the project will advance to final environmental and cost studies.

One Winner in the Aviation Crisis: Europe’s Railways

If there’s any winner in the crisis that began when a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted over the continent, it’s Europe’s railways. They have operated with few disruptions at the same time air flight was grounded by authorities over safety concerns. Since trains handle a large portion of commercial traffic between many cities, the average European has not been hurt by the “transportation tsunami” breathlessly described by CNN and other media outlets.

As British Airports Open, Huge Backlog Remains

Airlines around the world began to confront a huge backlog of passengers on Wednesday after six days of European airspace restrictions had forced the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights and cost the airline industry an estimated $1.7 billion....Eurocontrol, the agency that coordinates regional air-traffic management, said three-quarters of the 28,000 flights scheduled for European airspace were expected to fly o

TomTom's Latest Traffic Study Reveals Most Polluting Roads in the United States

California roads have long been considered some of the most scenic, and congested, in the United States. A new study by location and navigation solutions leader TomTom gives them another distinction: the nation's most polluting. The TomTom study shows the segments of roads on which vehicles produce the most carbon emissions, based on the length and time of average weekday traffic jams and the estimated number of vehicles in those jams.

L.A. Bus, Rail Fares May Increase

Amid the worst economic downturn since World War II, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to increase fares for the first time in two years to help offset a $204-million gap in its operating budget for buses and rail systems. The proposed fare hike, which will go into effect July 1, is opposed by the Bus Riders Union, which protested the planned increase Tuesday morning outside the MTA headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. "The monthly pass is going up by $13. That's a meal on the table.

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