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Toyota CEO Apologizes for Recall, Accidents

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda came to Washington Wednesday to publicly apologize to Congress for safety lapses that led to the recall of 8.5 million cars. A House committee chairman said blame must be shared by both Toyota and U.S. safety regulators. Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to follow through aggressively on thousands of complaints dating back a decade about sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

Bay Area Public Transit May Take Another Budget Hit

Now, transit leaders say they worry about a state budget bill that would eliminate the state sales tax on gasoline — a longtime source of transit money — in favor of an increase in the per-gallon excise tax on gasoline....The bill, which the Assembly approved Monday and sent on to the Senate, also would give local governments the authority to make up any revenue losses by seeking voter approval for a local per-gallon fee on gasoline.

Bay Area High-Speed Rail Track Alignment Details Delayed Again

The planners responsible for the Bay Area section of the high-speed rail line have again delayed the release of a report detailing whether the bullet train could rocket along the Caltrain route underground or on raised tracks...In a Sept. 30 report, planners said the track alignments they would study to accommodate Caltrain and a high-speed rail included underground tunnels and trenches, street level and raised structures.

Our Own Bridge to Nowhere

Imagine you live in Oakland. It's a beautiful day and you have plans to do something with a friend who lives in San Francisco. You hop on your bike and ride over the new Bay Bridge: The 7-mile trip is easy, and offers beautiful views of the bay...Except that your bike lane ends suddenly at Yerba Buena Island, leaving you no choice but to turn around, go home and take BART — for $7 — or pay a $5 toll and add your car to the traffic grinding across the bridge.

DUI Checkpoints Meet Rising Skepticism

DAVID RAGLAND, professor, University of California, Berkeley: It's a common perception that driving without a license is a victimless crime. And, in fact, it's not.... In 20 percent of traffic fatalities, there's at least one unlicensed driver involved. And the risk of being in a hit-and-run crash is even higher. Therefore, it is extremely important that we find a way to get people without licenses off the road.

Companies to Build High-speed Rail Cars in the US

With a high-speed passenger rail network proposed for the US, companies are gearing up to build the equipment on American soil....High-speed rail is arriving at a critical "tipping point" that could radically spur growth of passenger rail manufacturing, says Art Guzzetti, vice president of policy for the American Public Transportation Association, a Washington-based association of public transportation providers nationwide.

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