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The US government is using road signs showing drivers how fast they’re going to capture license plate data — Quartz
“License plate readers are inherently a form of mass surveillance,” investigative researcher Dave Maass of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation told Quartz. “You look at something like a wiretap and most of the time it’s looking for a specific person and capturing specific conversations with that person. But here they are collecting information on everybody, not all of whom have been accused of a crime, in case they may one day commit a crime. This is un-American.”
privacy  surveillance  police  law  traffic  cars  cities 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Living by 580 « Airial's Blog
In the morning the sounds get more dense. The swooshing sound stops. The cars aren’t flowing, their jammed together trying to get into the city. Individual clunky engines and tires rolling slowly tug at my ear, as I too, should be waking. I find comfort in that as well. Rush hour congestion proves normalcy. Our urban centers are alive. People are going to work in the morning. In the evening it’s the sound of the whooshing that replaces the sound of gridlock, that again, is comforting. All is well, people are leaving. Night falls. Whoosh… Whoosh… Whoosh…
transportation  transit  cities  driving  cars  oakland  interstate580  traffic  eastbay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
TED: Future of Mobile With Henry Tirri, Head of Nokia Research [INTERVIEW]
The things people don’t usually think about with location-based systems are aggregate things like traffic information, and collective information about air pollution and other environmental data. In growth economies there’s a need for health-related and epidemic information collection. Mobile devices are key to monitoring things like this because they are globally prevalent and always where we are. They will enable us to aggregate data and get information that would otherwise be very difficult to get — I call these aggregate services.

The pollution example is a very good one. You can start to get real-time information about the environment — your exposure to pollution in LA for example. We did this in traffic already, so think about generalizing it to weather, pollution, and others. The platform allows people’s position combined with something measured, and that gives us a new world.
nokia  environment  social  traffic  transportation  weather  mobile  online  technology 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A New Risk of Middle-Age: Dying on a Motorcycle - Well - Tara Parker-Pope - Health - New York Times Blog
"Motorcyclists account for about 2 percent of vehicles on the road but 10 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to federal statistics."
transportation  transit  travel  traffic  death  aging 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Adventures in Dreamland - New York Times
"[I]ts ubiquity on screen creates a strange sense of familiarity [...] juxtaposed in ways forbidden by traffic and geography, and and framed and filtered by more evocative lenses than the ones on my glasses."
losangeles  california  travel  aesthetics  identity  geography  cities  leisure  traffic  television  film  cinema 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits: Mapping the Bay Bridge Traffic Snarl
"One of the cool things that happened Sunday was seeing readers jump in to help each other. Check out the comments at the bottom of this article from commuters who suggested alternative travel routes."
contracostatimes  interstate580  interstate80  interstate880  traffic  transit  newspapers  media  online 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New York may ban iPods while crossing street | U.S. | Reuters
"I'm not trying to intrude on that. But what's happening is when they're tuning into their iPod or Blackberry or cell phone or video game, they're walking into speeding buses and moving automobiles. It's becoming a nationwide problem."
apple  mac  nyc  traffic  transportation  public  technology 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 09/25/2006 | Antioch Bridge lanes clear; alert in effect
"Right now, traffic southbound on the bridge is at a dead stop. It looks like it was originally a solo vehicle that spun out with a second two-car accident that happened behind it."
antioch  sacramentocounty  contracosta  eastcontracosta  transit  traffic  highway4  highway160 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 09/05/2006 | Bay Bridge's lower deck reopens
"'It opened, on time or earlier,' Land said. 'I told my [co-worker] 'Is it open? 'Cause if it's not, you have to stay [ at the office].'"
bayarea  sanfrancisco  alamedacounty  contracostatimes  chp  caltrans  traffic  transportation 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 08/31/2006 | Crashes, one fatal, slow I-580 traffic
"Two Interstate 580 accidents, one of which has claimed a life, have affected the morning commute in the East Bay, the Highway Patrol said."
interstate580  altamont  emeryville  alamedacounty  contracostatimes  traffic  chp 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 08/14/2006 | Four killed in Vasco crash are from Hayward; road still closed
"Alternate routes include Camino Diablo to Byron Highway toward San Joaquin County for southbound commuters and Grant Line Road from Interstate 580 to Mountain House Parkway to Byron Highway, the CHP said."
vascoroad  brentwood  livermore  contracosta  traffic  chp  contracostatimes 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 07/07/2006 | Track fix solves BART-delay woes
"A BART dispatcher said 58 trains were on time this morning after a malfunctioning sensor that had delayed some San Francisco- and Peninsula-bound East Bay riders' trips this week was repaired, a BART spokesman said."
bart  transit  sanfrancisco  eastbay  traffic 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 07/06/2006 | BART Fremont line sees S.F. delay
"Until the failure is fixed, BART trains traveling through the affected 1.5-mile track section will operate in 'manual' mode, piloted by operators at speeds no faster than 25 mph. That will relieve train congestion in the area. [...]"
bart  transit  traffic  dalycity  sanfrancisco  fremont  contracostatimes 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 07/06/2006 | Canal plunge kills Bay Point man
"A big-rig tow truck lifted the vehicle out of the canal, where the man was found in the driver's seat and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing his seat belt."
baypoint  hummer  contracosta  contracostatimes  traffic 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 07/05/2006 | BART delays to S.F. ease after earlier delays
"We have a switching problem outside the Daly City station. We do not know how long this is going to last."
bart  transit  traffic  sanfrancisco  dalycity 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 07/05/2006 | Caldecott Tunnel reopens after head-on crash
"At 3:58 a.m., the driver of a blue Honda Fit with no plates began driving eastbound against the tunnel's westbound traffic flow when she reportedly passed out behind the wheel, CHP Officer Scott Cakebread said."
chp  caldecotttunnel  alamedacounty  contracosta  contracostatimes  traffic  highway24 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/20/2006 | San Pablo police seek hit-and-run driver
"The man was found at the intersection of San Pablo and Lovegrove avenues at 6:10 p.m. Monday. He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and listed in critical condition."
sanpablo  traffic  police  westcontracosta  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/19/2006 | Vasco Road grass fire singes dozens of acres
"Some of our observing stations in that area have been registering sustained winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. That's pretty strong. It's definitely going to be affecting the containment effort."
contracosta  alamedacounty  vascoroad  fire  traffic 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/16/2006 | EAST BAY ROUNDUP
James Hughes of Fairfield was riding his scooter north on Port Chicago Highway about 8:45 p.m., Lt. Andrew Gartner said. As he began to make a left turn onto High School Avenue, Hughes' scooter collided with a Jaguar going south on Port Chicago Highway.
concord  traffic  chp  contracosta  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/15/2006 | A's pitcher arrested for suspicion of DUI
"[o]officers noticed a Ferrari driving on west on Interstate 580 toward Castro Valley at speeds of over 100 mph around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday. The officers pursued the Ferrari and stopped it on westbound Highway 238 in San Lorenzo."
interstate580  castrovalley  sanlorenzo  highway238  alamedacounty  traffic  chp  dui  baseball  oakland  mlb  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/13/2006 | BART near normal after outage report
"The problem began at 7:10 a.m. when a contractor working aboveground in Oakland hit a water line, flooding part of a communications facility, BART spokesman Jim Allison said."
bart  oakland  alamedacounty  transit  traffic  sanfrancisco  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/08/2006 | I-580 lanes clear after collision
"CHP Officer Kevin Kroncke said emergency crews are taking one person with reportedly moderate injuries out of the vehicle, an overturned Toyota Tercel."
interstate580  chp  traffic  alamedacounty  pleasanton  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/06/2006 | Westward Bay Bridge morning commute eases
"It's been quite a bit better than yesterday. It's been moving across at 25 to 35 (mph) most of the morning. It looks much cleaner than it did yesterday."
bridge  alamedacounty  traffic  transit  chp 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/05/2006 | New Bay Bridge lanes debut for drivers
"As far as incidents go, there's nothing working but there's just heavy traffic."
bridge  traffic  transit  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 06/05/2006 | Tell us about the Monday commute
"Reporter George Kelly will be providing live traffic and public transit updates with information from readers." ;-)
traffic  transit  eastbay  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 05/23/2006 | Man hit by truck dies on I-580 off-ramp
"Just before 3:30 a.m., a 29-year-old Tracy man was driving a 2006 Chevy pickup onto the El Charro Road off-ramp when the Porterville man -- who had pulled his big-rig truck off to the freeway shoulder -- walked into a traffic lane."
traffic  interstate580  livermore  tracy  porterville  chp  death  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge
ContraCostaTimes.com | 05/09/2006 | CHP issues I-80 commuter alert
"The trigger for this morning's backup came when a white Chrysler LeBaron was reported fully engulfed around 6:50 a.m. on I-80 just east of Pinole Valley Road, CHP Officer Brian Land said. A Contra Costa Fire District dispatcher said county fire units res
fire  pinole  interstate80  transit  caltrans  chp  traffic  westcontracosta  contracosta  contracostatimes 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Lane fixes may slow midday trips
"Further north, the California Highway Patrol has closed northbound lanes of I-5 after a tanker truck loaded with 4,600 gallons of diesel fuel collided with a big-rig and overturned south of J Street in Sacramento just before 8 a.m."
traffic  sanfrancisco  fairfield  sacramento  orinda  vacaville  solanocounty  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Coroner names solo fatal crash victim
"Officers said they believe the driver's car veered sharply to the right and left the road. It hit a sign, went briefly airborne, bounced twice on a dirt embankment while rolling over. After that, it cleared a 5-foot chain-link fence and hit the ground tw
martinez  contracosta  contracostatimes  traffic  interstate680  chp 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Ygnacio Valley lane is closed
"Public works crews closed the right lane of eastbound Ygnacio Valley Road just south of Cowell Road this afternoon and through the month because of unstable land beneath it. Crews had been watching the area since last week [...]"
transit  traffic  contracosta  walnutcreek  concord  rain  weather  eastbay  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Slide closes San Ramon-area road
"The closure of Norris Canyon Road was confined to one lane 'due to a very large section of the hillside slipping towards the road and lifting the westbound lane,' the Alameda County Public Works Agency said."
alamedacounty  sanramon  traffic  weather  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Drenching rain poses danger
On this version, Kelli Phillips led; Dogen Hannah, Sophia Kazmi, Eric Kurhi, Mike Taugher and the Associated Press followed and I got out of the way.
rain  weather  contracostatimes  bayarea  traffic  transit  transportation  chp  caltrans  concord 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Rain causes flood of problems
On this version, Kelli Phillips led, Mike Taugher and the Associated Press followed and I got out of the way.
rain  weather  contracostatimes  bayarea  traffic  transit  transportation  chp  caltrans  concord 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: No discounts for delayed BART patrons
"Our immediate focus is on providing reliable service. We have four people looking through hundreds of e-mails sent to us."
bart  transportation  bayarea  traffic  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Water main bust, crash snarl traffic
Kelli Phillips took the lead on this; Danielle McNamara and I pitched in
brentwood  antioch  clayton  traffic  eastcounty  contracosta  contracostatimes 
march 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Wet afternoon commute ahead
"It'll be fine for this morning. I would expect the afternoon evening commute to have roads wet, but not any big flooding thing."
weather  eastbay  bayarea  traffic  transportation 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Oakland airport road, S.F. on-ramp close
Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes until then.
sanfrancisco  contracosta  transportation  airport  oakland  traffic 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Antioch drivers hurt in Hwy. 4 crash
"A black 1997 Lexus driven by Jameka Javier, 25, and a grey 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Librado Virtusio, 53, were involved in the crash about 3:20 a.m. on eastbound Highway 4 just west of Lone Tree Way, said CHP Officer Scott Yox."
antioch  highway4  chp  traffic  injury 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Accident, road work slow morning commute
"The roadway was cleared by 7:08 a.m., but the damage was done; already-heavy traffic was backed up to the Macarthur Maze and Interstate 880 approaches."
traffic  bayarea  eastbay 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Lane work slows East Bay traffic
"Lane closures on local roads this afternoon may raise drivers' blood pressure around the region, according to Traffic Management Center reports."
martinez  contracosta  traffic  eastbay 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Traffic slow on Richmond-San Rafael bridge
Short and sweet. Now folks'll avoid driving east until Caltrans fixes that hole where the rain got in.
bridge  richmond  traffic  caltrans 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Rainy day incidents tie up traffic around East Bay
It's hard to go where you want to go when you just can't, you know?
traffic  contracosta  eastbay 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Traffic collisions mar morning commute
Wet and messy; you can go as slow as you want, but if the other fellow is rushing, well ...
traffic  contracosta  weather 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
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