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  • LOS ANGELES— Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Perhaps the most ambitious highway-conversion plan is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where hills and the namesake body of water are natural barriers to mobility.

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • LONDON, June 26- The initial consumption stimulus from lower oil prices may be fading, at least in the United States, according to the latest round of official data on traffic volumes and fuel sales. Average gasoline prices across the country have risen to $2.90 per gallon, still down from $3.78 last June but substantially higher than the recent low of $2.23 in...

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 25- Two self-driving prototype cars, one operated by Google Inc and the other by Delphi Automotive Plc, had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week, a Delphi executive told Reuters on Thursday. The incident occurred Tuesday on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, said John Absmeier, director of Delphi's Silicon Valley lab and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase. Last year, Google Inc. told reporters it hoped to have a 100 of the self-driving prototypes in its fleet by now, but the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 25- Google Inc said on Thursday it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, California roads, with safety drivers aboard. The prototypes will join Google's Lexus cars, which use the same self-driving software, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.. Google's self-driving Lexus RX450h sport...

  • June 25- Google Inc said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, California roads, with safety drivers aboard. The prototypes will join Google's Lexus cars, which use the same self-driving software, the company said in a blog post on Thursday. Google's self-driving Lexus RX450h sport utility vehicles have been in...

  • Anger over Uber in France Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    Anger over Uber in France

    France taxi drivers are furious over ride sharing service Uber, reports CNBC's Morgan Brennan.

  • Rough ride for railroad stocks Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 8:42 AM ET
    Rough ride for railroad stocks

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan takes a look at why investors are hitting the brakes on the railroad sector after cruising for many years.

  • PARIS— French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem. Travelers going to and from the airport were forced to walk alongside highways...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam's rubberstamp National Assembly on Thursday approved the construction of a new international airport by 2025 to accommodate growing tourism to the communist-ruled country. The assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution for the planned Long Thanh International Airport to be built just outside the southern commercial hub of Ho...

  • DHL: New China-Europe rail service is good news Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:46 AM ET
    DHL: New China-Europe rail service is good news

    Kelvin Leung, CEO, Asia Pacific at DHL Global Forwarding, says the company's third rail service from China to Europe offers customers with a cheaper and faster option.

  • How receptive is Asia to car-sharing? Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:24 AM ET
    How receptive is Asia to car-sharing?

    Tom Lokenvitz, founder and CEO of Smove, discusses the challenges of running a car-sharing business in Asia where automobiles are culturally seen as status symbols.

  • NEW YORK— A stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline will likely have Americans traveling in big numbers this Independence Day. Gas currently costs $2.78 a gallon, down 88 cents from the same time last year. The Federal Highway Administration this week announced that Americans drove 987.8 billion miles for the first four months of the...

  • Assessing the business of car-sharing Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 PM ET
    Assessing the business of car-sharing

    Tristan Sender, CEO of Australian-based car-sharing service GoGet, discusses Ford's decision to launch a car-share program.

  • Railroads some of biggest losers Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:38 PM ET
    Railroads some of biggest losers

    Transports are lagging on Wall Street. CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports the latest.

  • Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor. The governor included a photo of himself with his fellow Democratic leaders, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles. Atkins, in a statement, called the...

  • Railroad regulator vows to enforce Dec. 31 safety deadline Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:21 PM ET

    Sarah Feinberg, acting chief of the Federal Railroad Administration, told a House subcommittee that she sympathizes with railroad officials who have said they are unlikely to meet the congressionally mandated deadline. But Feinberg said that unless Congress acts to extend the deadline, she has no choice but to require railroads to install a technology...

  • New York University study projects single-contract savings Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A report from New York University on Wednesday projected major savings from combining contracts to design and build public works, citing savings from the approach already in use on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management said 41 states use so-called design-build for most public construction, while...

  • Ikea raises minimum wage for US workers 2nd year in a row Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    Starting Jan. 1, Ikea's average minimum hourly wage will increase to $11.87, which is $4.62 above the current federal wage and marks a $1.11 increase, or 10 percent, from this year's average minimum pay. The pay raise comes as several retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., have announced wage hikes and other incentives to attract workers and to stay...