Transportation

12:51pm

Fri May 24, 2013
Transportation

California High-Speed Rail challenge will move forward

A sign protesting the high-speed rail in the Central Valley (via flickr user J. Stephen Conn)

The first stage of construction on California’s high-speed rail is set to begin this summer, but the legal challenges aren’t going away anytime soon. Last week, a judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by Central Valley residents of Kings County to block construction will move forward as planned.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority had been trying to get the Kings County lawsuit lumped together with a separate “validation” lawsuit, where anyone opposed to the project can sue the Authority in one giant case.

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2:56pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Transportation

Bay Area drivers face few consequences in pedestrian deaths

A crosswalk in San Francisco (via flickr user nathanpachal)

Most drivers who kill pedestrians in the Bay Area are never charged, even when they are found to be at fault, an analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals. And the drivers who are charged face light punishments at best.

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1:28pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Transportation

Officials recommend lifting bike restrictions on BART trains

A commuter with his bike on BART (photo by Isabel Angell)

After several pilot projects testing bike access on Bay Area BART trains, BART officials recommended that bikes be allowed on trains at all hours and in all stations. This would be a big change from the current rules, where riders can’t bring bikes on trains or into the cramped 12th and 19th Street stations during peak commute hours.

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12:52pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Transportation

Bay Bridge bolt fix could cost $10 million, opening date still unclear

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge (via flickr user tofuart)

California officials say they have a plan to stabilize bolts that failed earlier this year on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

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2:10pm

Tue May 7, 2013
City Visions: May 13, 2013

Driverless Cars in California

Driverless cars- brave new technology or scary future?
Credit http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/05/02/is-it-legal-to-take-a-nap-in-your-self-driving-car/

Recording of City Visions conversation May 13 about driverless cars in California.

Google's self-driving cars have been seen all over Bay Area roads for several years, but now that California has passed SB 1298, autonomous vehicles could become a reality here much faster than many people have predicted. Will these 'driverless' cars prevent some of the 5 million motor accidents in the United States by eliminating human error and distraction? How will manufacturers resolve the safety and liability issues related to autonomous vehicles? What about the privacy concerns about the data that self driving cars will collect?

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