California’s three largest utilities have filed proposals with the state’s public utilities commission that would allocate up to $1 billion in new spending to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification” to reduce dependence on oil, improve air quality, increase access to vehicles with no tailpipe emissions, and slash carbon pollution from within the state. by Steve Hanley, NRDC The proposals […]
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By Meteor Blades “This is the 21st century, but our transportation systems are stuck in the 20th. One of four bridges in the U.S. is structurally deficient or obsolete, more than half the miles we drive on federal highways are on roads in less than good condition and our transit systems are stretched beyond capacity. […]
By BruceMcF There is an ongoing general discussion about variable renewable energy – which is how to balance sustainable energy like solar and wind that don’t carry the risk of total destruction of our society, and riskier forms such as nuclear energy. Renewable energy includes a range of low or no carbon sources of energy – but […]
By BruceMcF Note: This post is a central junction ~ the entire post is contained in the locations linked to below. All that is reposted here is the above the fold “teaser”. Comment at the community blogs posted below or directly on twitter to @BruceMcF This is the year that the funding authorization for the Federal […]
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 […]
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 […]
How are the GOP governors who rejected high-speed rail projects doing? Buyer’s remorse has set in spectacularly swiftly – from Wisconsin to Florida, their approval ratings have a trajectory like locomotive plunging off a trestle.
The bad news: Those states handed the GOP the car keys and said “YOU drive for the next four years”. Now they’re stuck with the results.
The pandering and posturing continue on high-speed rail. In Florida, Tea Party-backed governor Rick Scott ended weeks of dithering Wednesday and outright rejected the $2.4 billion in Federal funding for the Orlando to Tampa line, calling it a “boondoggle” the state couldn’t afford in these tough times. He follows in the footsteps of GOP anti-rail […]
After kissing a high-speed rail line goodbye, Wisconsin’s new GOP/Tea Party Governor, Scott Walker, can kiss a bunch of jobs goodbye. Talgo, a Spanish-owned rail car company, had located a factory in Milwaukee, in anticipation of the high-speed rail line between that city and Madison. As part of an $8 billion federal initiative to stimulate business and […]
When members of Congress sat down to hammer out the final details on the economic stimulus package, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel greatly upped the ante for high-speed rail, asking House-Senate negotiators for $10 billion — far more than either bill had allotted.
Now is the time for an increase in our national gas tax to fund improvements in our transportation infrastructure and save a dieing manufacturing base.
Although Amtrak may be a greener choice for travel, some questions still remain about the company’s overall environmental policies. Trains are not money-makers and Amtrak is no exception. From the sounds of it, they are cutting some of their greener practices to shave a little off their expenses, but at what cost to the environment?
Florida authorities have announced bold plans to begin running many of the state’s trains on biodiesel. The switch will result in a significant reduction in carbon emissons and drastically reduce the chances of soil pollution in the event of a fuel spill.
The Senate is poised to clear legislation to reauthorize Amtrak for the first time since 1997 and renew rail safety programs.