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Progressives push for high-speed rail funding in infrastructure deal

Clean transportation supporters in Congress joined with environmental and labor advocates for a Wednesday rally to demand funding for high-speed rail, a call that was echoed in a new letter from five Democratic lawmakers amid ongoing infrastructure talks. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The letter is spearheaded by Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as well as […]

June 18th

Public Transit is a public service – support it even if you don’t personally use it

I owe my college education to a lot of things, but two come especially to mind. One was a scholarship. The other was public transit. By Samantha Garcia Otherwords I can still remember my commute on those early winter days. Not five minutes since I’d walked from my car to the train station, I could […]

April 19th

High speed rail is back! Secretary Buttigieg gives the thumbs up.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeig says, “We’ve been asked to settle for less in this country, and I just don’t know why people in other countries ought to have better train service and more investment in high-speed train service than Americans do.” By Meteor Blades The same day acting Federal Railroad Administration chief, Amit Bose, praised […]

February 18th

Amid a Pandemic, Transit Authorities Turn to Technology

During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, some city buses and trains have run empty, while others have been packed. In Los Angeles, for instance, ridership on the LA Metro has dropped from about 1.2 million to around 400,000 a weekday. Meanwhile, Detroit’s number 17 bus route and various lines in New York City have run at […]

After the Coronavirus pandemic, cities must reimagine public transit with safety, access, and racial justice in mind

Across the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting communities of color the hardest. Here in greater Boston, it’s no different. There are high rates of infection in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park—the heart of Black Boston. In fact, Black people account for more than 40% of COVID-19 cases in Boston, but only 25% of the city’s population. Other […]

Safer, more-sustainable transportation in a post- Coronavirus world

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, public transport has become a service not just for some people but for all urban residents. By Ben Welle and Sergio Avelleda  World Resources Institute But coronavirus pandemic […]

April 28th

Tesla Semis will reshape the shipping industry – they’re cheaper than rail!

Later this year, the first Tesla Semis will be rolling out of a gigafactory. As with many of Musk’s plans, schedule is the least firm thing about them, as the trucks were originally going to be rolling in 2019. But the question that this article deals with is: “What dynamics will shift in the rail […]

February 18th

Sunday Train: The world’s first solar-powered railroad

The Byron Bay Railroad Company’s charming 100% solar-powered train has been featured in a Fully Charged video, showcasing the possibility of zero-emission public transport. The train is super efficient, requiring 8.33 watt-hours per passenger kilometer, even with frequent stop–starting. With a 6.5 kW rooftop solar array and a lithium-ion battery on board, in peak solar […]

Rail travel is cleaner than driving or flying, but will Americans buy in?

Transportation represents a large portion – about 29 percent – of U.S. emissions, and the share has been rising in recent years. Rail proponents often argue that investment in trains and public transportation is a key part of making transportation cleaner, and indeed, the Green New Deal calls for greatly expanding high-speed rail. I’m a […]

April 14th

Eight charts show how ‘aggressive’ railway expansion could cut emissions

Global transport emissions could peak in the 2030s if railways are “aggressively” expanded, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). Rail is among the most efficient and lowest emitting modes of transport, according to the IEA’s new report focusing on the opportunities it offers for energy and the environment. In particular, urban and high-speed rail hold […]

February 10th

Sunday Train: Hydrogen may have a future on the rails

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis was refueling his hydrogen fuel-cell car at one of the 50-plus refueling stations scattered around Germany when a Tesla driver, who was recharging his own car, approached. The man was excited to see a hydrogen-powered car in action, and was brimming with questions. Chatzimarkakis, who is secretary general of Hydrogen Europe, was happy to answer them, and […]

January 6th

2018 Year in Review: This year, hydrogen-powered trains started competing with standard rail

In September of 2018, two hydrogen passenger trains started operating on a 100-kilometer (62 mile) stretch of track between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde, and Buxtehude in northern Germany. The bright blue trains manufactured by the French company Alstom warmed the hearts of hydrogen die-hards globally. It’s the first commercial hydrogen-powered train in […]

December 30th

Can we cut US transportation energy in half (in 30 years)?

Audi of America President Scott Keogh and National Grid US President Dean Seavers are the chairs of the Alliance to Save Energy’s 50×50 Commission, a campaign to cut US transportation energy use by 50% by 2050. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto (D) and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (R) are members of a diverse coalition including manufacturers, consumer […]

November 9th

How Tesla will help save the world (and fix a broken capitalist system)

This article is a followup to another CleanTechnica article: Tesla’s Secret Weapon. The title of this one contains an asterisk, because a more accurate (but too long) title would be “How Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company Will Help Save the World and Reform Capitalism in the Process.” Apologies if the title is clickbaity or bombastic. This article actually began with a […]

October 31st

Electric infrastructure – US could create green jobs and clean up the climate with EVs, electric high-speed rail

“This week the National Renewable Energy Lab issued a report on the factors that will affect the country’s electricity demand through 2050,” writes Dan Gearino. “Most of the major categories of electricity consumption are projected to have modest but steady growth. Then there is transportation, the ultimate wild card. The report shows that EVs would become 11 […]

July 13th