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Ukraine looks to Europe for gas as Russia ups pressure 11.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Friday it would turn to Europe for gas and won a promise of help from Brussels after Russia warned it could cut supplies over Kiev's refusal to pay Moscow's "political, uneconomic price" for supplies. Presenting a united front a day after President Vladimir Putin wrote to the European Union warning that its supplies could be disrupted if Ukraine failed to cover its bills, European officials said they had little to fear and would help Ukraine pay. With Russia increasing the pressure on Ukraine's faltering economy, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan told parliament the EU would stand in solidarity with Kiev if Russia reduced supplies, making sure Moscow could not increase flows through alternative pipelines to bypass its neighbor.
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7 speakers in Woodbury oppose Gateway Corridor plans 11.4.2014 Twincities.com: News

During a final public meeting Wednesday at Woodbury City Hall, residents and business owners voiced their concerns about plans for transit along the Gateway Corridor.

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Exclusive: GM planning lower-priced version of 2016 Chevy Volt - sources 9.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Paul Lienert and Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Hoping to boost demand for its slow-selling Volt hybrid, Chevrolet is planning to sell two versions of the redesigned 2016 Volt, including a lower-priced model with a smaller battery pack and shorter driving range, supplier sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The second-generation Volt is slated to go into production in about 16 months at General Motors Co's Detroit Hamtramck plant, the sources said. Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano declined to comment on the brand's future plans but said: "Volt customers are the happiest customers in the world. We found a formula that works for them, and we're not going to deviate from that formula." Chevrolet has sold just 58,158 Volts since the car went on sale 39 months ago, despite price cuts and heavy ...
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Kazakhstan nervous of tougher Russia/Ukraine oil sanctions 8.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Raushan Nurshayeva and Alla Afanasyeva ASTANA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kazakhstan, which has backed close ally Russia's actions in Ukraine, is seeking alternative routes for its oil exports which may fall if the West decides to toughen sanctions against Russia, a major transit route of Kazakh crude to world markets. A vast steppe nation of 17 million, Kazakhstan is Central Asia's largest economy and the second-largest post-Soviet oil producer after Russia, with which it participates in a customs union and plans to form the Eurasian Economic Union this year. Russia's annexation of Crimea in neighboring Ukraine has so far only elicited targeted sanctions against certain Russian and Ukrainian individuals and many believe major crude producer Russia's key position in world energy markets makes heavier sanctions very unlikely.
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How did high-speed rail transform China’s regional transport sector? 7.4.2014 THE CITY FIX
In the past few years, China has made eye-catching achievements in building the world’s largest high-speed rail system, with a total length of over 9000 km (5,600 miles) in operation in 2012. In China, trains travelling at design speeds above ...
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Air Quality and Climate Impacts of Alternative Bus Technologies in Greater London (Cached) 7.4.2014 pubs.acs.org

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es4055274
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Betsy Hodges' LRT remarks: 'This is about a fundamental failure of fairness' 3.4.2014 MinnPost
The following are Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges' remarks before the  Southwest LRT Corridor Management Committee , which met on Wednesday and approved, 11-2, an endorsement of a shallow-tunnel and bridge plan for Southwest LRT in the Kenilworth Corridor. Thank you Madame Chair, thank you fellow committee members. I also want to echo, thank you to everybody who came out and spoke today. The public process here today I think has been valuable for everybody to hear what was said, and I do appreciate that. I do need to note that what the Met Council is proposing today in 2014 is very different than the reasons and what was being proposed by the Met Council even in 2013. What you asked in 2013 is very different than what was asked in 2014. In 2013 we were told, you can’t reroute the freight. There’s no way to do it safely, the physics have changed. Then a report came back, and then we were told, well, we didn’t plan for the railroads to say no, and we don’ t have time to go to the Surface Transportation ...
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Congress: This Year, Protect Our Mass Transit 2.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In 1980, an organization convened and voted to include the following in its platform: ...Many urban centers of our nation need dependable and affordable mass transit systems... The role of the federal government should be one of giving financial and technical support... a consistent and dependable source of revenue should be established. Mass transportation offers the prospect for significant energy conservation... it is vital that adequate public and private transportation facilities be provided. Is this the manifesto of a grassroots group like Transportation Alternatives? The Sierra Club? One of the transit worker labor unions? The Socialist Party? No, it is the 1980 Republican Party Platform . Conservative darling Ronald Reagan was elected president with public transportation funding among his campaign promises. In fact, Reagan arguably fulfilled this promise when in 1983 he spearheaded creation of the Mass Transit Account, which provides a lockbox of funds for public transit within the greater ...
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Tax Code of Honor: Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future 1.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Franz Matzner, Associate Director of Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy.  These...
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Big project means gridlock may be coming to I-15 in Davis County 28.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A huge project to add express lanes to Interstate 15 through south Davis County and rebuild key interchanges there is about to begin, and officials warn it could bring gridlock unless 20 percent of daily commuters find other alternatives. “We need to have a 20 percent reduction of traffic to avoid standstills,” said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders. “Legacy Parkway is an outstanding alternative to I-15, and we encourage people from the north to use it,” he said. Also, “We...
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New commuter benefit coming to Bay Area workers by Sept. 30 27.3.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Bay Area Air Quality Management District and Metropolitan Transportation Commission will require employers of 50 or more to offer financial assistance to transit riders or vanpool users
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Burlington Council meeting to address bus strike 26.3.2014 Boston Globe: Vermont
Burlington Council meeting to address bus strike
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21st-Century Span: New Tappan Zee Bridge Rises Amid Unanswered Questions Over Funding 25.3.2014 NY Times: NY Region
21st-Century Span: New Tappan Zee Bridge Rises Amid Unanswered Questions Over Funding
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Vt officials discussing alternative transportation 24.3.2014 Boston Globe: Vermont
Vt officials discussing alternative transportation
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US Rep. Welch to hear of Vt. alt transportation 23.3.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
US Rep. Welch to hear of Vt. alt transportation
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The political fight for Ontario's middle class 21.3.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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EU options on Russian energy stranglehold few and pricy 21.3.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Henning Gloystein LONDON (Reuters) - Russia's seizure of the Crimea and its threat to cut off gas to Ukraine, a transit route to the rest of Europe, have revived calls to reduce the EU's reliance on Moscow for energy, but the blocs options are limited and costly. The European Union made some progress in improving its energy security after rows over unpaid gas bills between Kiev and Moscow led to the disruption of supplies to western Europe in 2006 and 2009. By improving its pipeline network, the EU is better prepared for a new supply disruption, but it has not managed to reduce Russia's share of European energy supplies. Russia today is Europe's biggest supplier of oil, coal and natural gas, meeting around a third of demand for all those fuels, according to Eurostat data, and receiving in return a thumping $250 billion a year. ...
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Cupertino General Plan, housing element updates accepting comments 20.3.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
Cupertino residents are invited to comment on what should be studied an environmental impact report regarding the city's major General Plan amendment and housing element update.
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House takes up alternative to Sakonnet toll 19.3.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
House takes up alternative to Sakonnet toll
Can a multimodal Istanbul reverse the tide of car dependency? 18.3.2014 THE CITY FIX
Turkey has had good fortune in seeing the personal incomes of its citizens rise from US$ 6,800 in 2000 to US$ 14,700 in 2011. Yet with increasing incomes has come a trend towards personal motorization, with private vehicle ownership jumping from 889,000 to ...
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