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Electric Cars Moving From Prototype to Showroom

 Gherardo Corsini, director of electric vehicle implementation at General Motors’ Opel/Vauxhall unit, made his way Sunday to Geneva from Germany more quietly than most. He was at the wheel of a prototype of the Opel Ampera....The hybrid car, which will be put on display this week at the Geneva International Auto Show, is designed to run on batteries for about 60 kilometers, or 35 miles, before a gasoline-powered generator kicks in for longer trips.

Transportation Chief says Bikes, Buses are Way to Go in D.C.

Gabe Klein is selling an urban lifestyle that depends less than ever on cars and more on trains, buses, bicycles and walking. He is following the credo of like-minded transportation planners in Portland, Seattle and New York that public transit can revive ailing cities. Klein is expanding the city's red, dollar-a-ride Circulator bus system beyond tourist destinations and into more neighborhoods. He's promoting car sharing and, with Tregoning's office, said he hopes to build on a bike-sharing pilot program with 1,000 new bicycles and 100 stations. The changes have rankled drivers.

Decongesting Rail Traffic Is a Major Step to Raise Fuel Efficiency

When the Department of Transportation doled out $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants last week, one of the largest checks went to a rail overhaul in the Chicago area...."When there's delays at O'Hare, it impacts the whole nation's air transportation," said Joseph DiJohn, a freight analyst for the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Likewise, if there's delays in freight here, it can impact the rest of the nation, backing up trains.

Burlingame Funds High-Speed Rail Lobbying, Still Faces Deep Deficit

During a budget hearing Tuesday night, Burlingame council members said they fear the bullet train could "ruin" the community, particularly the downtown. Officials said they were willing to dip into the city's depleted reserves to fund the lobbying bid, saying it would be needed for just one year. Early estimates were that the extra staff needed for the effort would cost $200,000.

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