If electric cars have any future in the United States, this may be the city where they arrive first. The San Francisco building code will soon be revised to require that new structures be wired for car chargers. Across the street from City Hall, some drivers are already plugging converted hybrids into a row of charging stations.
Starting Wednesday, an offramp that connects motorists from Park Presidio Boulevard to Doyle Drive will be shut down for three years, the second long-term street closure in a month involving the $1.1 billion project to rebuild the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The sails, made of carbon composite materials, would more closely resemble aircraft wings than the canvas rigging of standard sailboats. They wouldn't eliminate the need for an engine.
In some corridors, 'high-speed' rail won't be much faster than trains in the 1930s. On Thursday the Obama administration awarded $8 billion in stimulus funds to plan and build high-speed rail projects in California and Florida, and for other routine passenger-rail projects masquerading as high-speed rail. This is a political plum to the states that will receive the money.
The Northern California Rail and Port Truckers Association had called for the work stoppage after hundreds of drivers were prevented from entering the port's marine terminals Tuesday, the deadline to comply with new state air-quality rules.
Most Americans Have No Clue.... Here’s a startling fact we came across in a poll done last year by Building America’s Future, Public Opinion Strategies, and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research: There is widespread agreement, among people of all demographics and political parties, that the federal gas tax goes up every year (unrelated to state gas taxes, which vary)....