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Talking Headways Podcast: More Than Just a Box

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This week I'm joined by Matthew Heins, author of The Globalization of American Infrastructure: The Shipping Container and Freight Transportation. Matthew talks about how the American highway and rail systems created a global standard for shipping containers, containerization’s effects on labor and relevance to an automated trucking future, and the massive intermodal freight terminals in cities like Chicago.

Today’s Headlines

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  • SFMTA Reduces Speed Limit… What About Enforcement? (SFExaminer)
  • Bicyclist and Robot Car Bump (SFBay)
  • Yesterday’s Sunset Tunnel Delays (SFExaminer, Hoodline)
  • Could Waze Carpool Disrupt Uber/Lyft? (Curbed)
  • More on BART Seat Hog Rule (SFBay)
  • Hayward and BART to Pay Million Dollar Settlement (EastBayTimes)
  • SF Cancels Transbay Terminal Art Project (KQED)
  • Building Sculptures of San Francisco (Curbed)
  • Most California Voters Still Want Free Roads (KQED)
  • California’s Challenge of Reducing CO2 (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Bay Area’s Housing Woes Also Google’s Problem (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Suicidal Motorists Stopping on Tracks (MarinIJ)

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What's keeping cities from rolling out changes like this faster? NACTO wants to know. Photo: Nathan Roseberry (CDOT) via NACTO/Flickr

NACTO Wants to Find Out How Cities Can Design Better Streets, Faster

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The National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing more than 50 urban transportation departments across the United States, is known for street design guides that prioritize walking, bicycling, and transit. Now the organization is turning its attention to the nuts-and-bolts of how city bureaucracies can implement these designs in a timely manner, so meaningful change can happen within our lifetimes.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Valencia Street Bike Lane Gets Attention in City Hall (Human Streets)
  • Chariot Expansion (SFGate)
  • The Driverless Bus in the East Bay (KALW)
  • Calming Traffic Near Piedmont School (EastBayTimes)
  • More on Bike Gender Gap and Casual Carpool (Curbed)
  • Mountain Lake Park to Reopen (Hoodline)
  • More on Twin Peaks Tunnel Repairs (SFBay)
  • More on Rents Going Down (SFGate)
  • Arrest in Connection with Milpitas Hit and Run (EastBayTimes, Kron4)
  • Atherton NIMBYs Fight Caltrain Electrification (MercNews)
  • SMART Train Opening Date Still Unspecified (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Paying for Novato’s Downtown Station (MarinIJ)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

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The red areas mark close calls between drivers and pedestrians. Image via City of Bellevue

Can Algorithms Design Safer Intersections?

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Cities and tech firms are deploying new technology to gauge risks at dangerous intersections. These sensors, cameras, and machine-learning algorithms are promising, especially when it comes to measuring close calls that don't result in crashes - but cities are still figuring out how they can use this information. In the meantime, there's no reason to wait on designing safe streets.
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