Transportation news roundup: Mexico City subway fee hike enrages, Ex-Google engineer reveals Maps secrets

Here are your transportation headlines for Jan. 2, 2014. Want to submit a headline or have a question, comment, or concern? E-mail me.

On this day in transportation history:
2009 – A rare 1937 Bugatti is found in British garage. A month later it sells for $4.4 million at auction.

Feds May Require Cars to Talk to Each Other to Avoid Crashes [ABC News]

A recent study by the Government Accountability Office determined that if the gizmos were widely deployed, “V2V technologies could provide warnings to drivers in as much as 76 percent of potential multi-vehicle collisions.”

Mexico City subway rate increase enrages commuters [LA Times]

A recent increase in subway fares in Mexico City has touched off a protest movement of civil disobedience — with infuriated young commuters jumping over turnstiles to make their point — and has ignited a new round of political trouble for the capital’s besieged mayor.

NYC transit hubs handle flood of lost items [Washington Post]

For the handful of New York transit officials who dutifully collect and catalog more than 50,000 items a year lost on commuter trains, subways and buses, the monotonous flood of wallets, handbags, eyeglasses and smartphones is occasionally broken by tales of some of the crazier things left behind.

Ex-Google Engineer Reveals How Google Maps Figures Out Destination Times [Business Insider]

In a post on Quora recently spotted by 9to5Mac, ex-Google engineer Richard Russell reveals more of what that is:

“Like in similar products, Google maps ETAs are based on a variety of things, depending on the data available in a particular area.

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