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Bullet Train Meeting Explores Tunnel Options in San Jose

High-speed rail leaders presented potential aerial and underground routes through San Jose to roughly 150 residents at the Gardner Community Center on March 2....The meeting was the first time high-speed rail leaders included tunnel expert Juan Duran, and he said technology exists to dig a potential station 140 feet underground at Diridon station and the planned BART station....Duran cautioned that only 2 percent of the engineering work had been done on a tunnel, and it could cost up to $3 billion....If built

Going Green vs. Going Broke (Editorial)

Will cutting carbon kill jobs in California? That's the premise of a November ballot initiative proposed by Republican lawmakers, whose cause got a boost this week from a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office that concluded the state's landmark global warming law might hurt employment. The report made headlines because it contrasts sharply with an earlier analysis by the California Air Resources Board, which concluded that the law, AB 32, would actually create 120,000 jobs by 2020.

Commuters Put Brakes on Program

In the past five years, a nonprofit has paid for more than 6,000 people to carpool and split the bill for more than 275 bike racks and lockers in San Mateo County. But in some cases, fewer people have been using the resources. It wasn’t a significant drop, but in 2008, Commute.org — a nonprofit funded by major transportation agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District — paid for half of 77 bike lockers.

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