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High speed rail coming to California?

By Bruce McF Hey, long time no see! The Sunday Train was on hiatus during the Chinese Fall Semester, as I had four sections to teach four hours a week with two new preps and one repeat prep, plus two weekend sections of an eight week intro to macro class for the  International MBA (all […]

February 21st

Unlike their damnfool parents, millennials WANT government to work

By Meteor Blades While some politicians want to keep starving government, including money for repairing, restoring and innovating our decaying infrastructure…. Tom Shoop at Government Executive writes: Millennials—More Government, Please: Much has been written about the disgust of the millennial generation with the state of the U.S. political system and about how federal agencies haven’t been able to […]

August 16th

Sunday Train: New Orleans to Orlando

By Bruce McF In this September’s Trains magazine{+}, Bob Johnston looks at the history and current state of play of the eastern section of the Sunset Limited route, running from New Orleans through to, most of the time, Orlando Florida. This is a live topic since both houses have passed Amtrak funding bills, which are currently […]

August 9th

Electric Cars Under Attack Ahead Of 2016 Presidential Campaigns

Originally posted on GAS2 Though Barack Obama’s presidency still has almost two full years left to work through, the political machines of both the right and left are already gearing up for the 2016 campaign season. There will be plenty of social and fiscal issues to discuss during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and government support […]

February 25th

Sunday Train – Mobilizing for climate war

By BruceMcF Earlier this month, Micheal Hoexter offered “A Pedal-to-the-Metal Plan” to respond to the challenge of Climate Chaos at New Economic Perspectives, also crossposted to Naked Capitalism (part 1, part 2 and part 3). His plan is an overarching plan for a 15-20 year equivalent-to-world war mobilization of our economy for the purpose of reducing the degree of […]

September 15th

Sunday Train: Who the heck hates bicycles?

By BruceMcF New York City gave me Bikeshare for my birthday (June 2): Citi Bike officially launched to annual members on Monday, May 27. As of 5 p.m., members had made more than 6,000 bike trips, and traveled over 13,000 miles – greater than half the Earth’s circumference! Visit Citi Bike’s blog for more stats, facts and tips.Membership opens to […]

June 16th

Climate change, saving civilization, and railroads

By BruceMcF When one first thinks about it, one  would think the politics of not destroying civilization should be simple. It seems that Not destroy civilization, Yes/No? would get a very high Yes vote. In the immediate future in US political, however, its far more complicated than that, given that one party’s position is No, and […]

October 1st

Is California screwing up its high-speed rail?

By BruceMcF The big news on the High Speed Rail front this week is the effort by the California Legislative Analyst to prevent the High Speed Rail project in California from breaking ground. This is in two of their recommendations: Fund Only Needed Administrative Tasks for Now. … only appropriate at this time the $7 million in […]

September 23rd

A fiscal conservative calls suburban sprawl a Ponzi scheme

By Kaid Benfield, NRDC While my concern with sprawling growth patterns is rooted in their effect on the landscape, on the environment, and on severely compromised populations left behind, Chuck Marohn is all about the money. As his book Thoughts on Building Strong Towns makes quite clear, Chuck believes that sprawl is a Ponzi scheme and […]

September 18th