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Lag In Intelligent Transportation Could Hurt Economy

 The United States lags years behind countries like Japan, Singapore and South Korea in implementing sophisticated intelligent transportation systems that make moving goods and people more efficient, and it could hurt the economy, according to a new report....The technology can range from synchronizing traffic lights for optimal traffic flow to providing real-time information on traffic conditions and accidents to minimize traffic congestion. In Singapore, for example, all traffic lights are programmed for optimal traffic flow but just 40 percent of traffic lights in the United States are.

Bound for New York? Pity About Those Airports

Consumers gave some of the weakest scores to the area's three main airports -- John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia International -- for everything from baggage handling to security checkpoints in J.D. Power & Associates' North America Airport Satisfaction Study for 2010. The three ranked low across the board as consumers complained that getting in and out of the airports was as much of a hassle as waiting for their bags.

A Paper Trail to BART

How the deal fell through: An annotated guide to the Oakland Airport connector from November 2000 when Alameda County voters approved a sales tax for a list of transportation improvements--to February 10, 2010 when the project was found to be not in compliance with the Civil Rights Act.

SMART Board: Look Everywhere for Money for Rail

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board members on Wednesday urged a multipronged attack as it continues to search for $155 million to complete a Marin-to-Sonoma commuter train project....Some of the ideas kicked around at the meeting included finding federal money for the bike path portion of the rail project, which would allow sales tax money to go to the train. Another possibility is using money intended for other Bay Area projects that are not ready to be built.

New Try for Rail Funding

A controversial proposal to start building the Sonoma-Marin commute rail system in Marin County first while looking for federal funds to bridge a $155 million financial gap was discarded by rail authorities Wednesday. Instead, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials said they'll work closely with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which is trying to find regional funds to pay for opening the entire line in 2014.

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