Archive for the “Transportation” Category

Is this a traffic problem? Sadly, we read about how A popular California high school coach died after being impaled by a car-park barrier The article and accompanying newsfeed describe how he biked straight into a pipe making up the top of a gate, hitting his stomach. He died after surgery.

It seems Texas will be experimenting to see whether it would be safe to post the state’s first 85 mph speed limit, setting it on a path to have the highest posted speed limit in the U.S. A few questions come to mind, not the least of which is: how can they sleep at night? […]

Mapnificent covers 17 cities in the US, and some overseas. It Shows you areas you can reach with public transport in a given time. Knowing how long it will take to get somewhere takes the guesswork out of using public transportation. You can learn whether to bring a lunch or a book, for example.

Various energy experts have been propounding the relative merits of natural gas, in light of nuclear energy’s dimming future. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can radically reduce our dependence on all forms of energy, including natural gas, through investments in public transportation, tied to appropriate types of land-use planning. This approach will […]

Great news that Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion investment in high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation. … An initial $8 billion investment will be part of the budget plan Now, if he’d also tie this to serious national efforts to get land-use planning in sync […]

It’s astounding to think about what $1 Billion dollars (and counting) in clean-up costs could build in terms of infrastructure for trains, buses, trams, and the like. BP transit? Off-shore production accounts for a very small percentage of our oil consumption (see quote, below). Given that fact, funds spent on off-shore production would be better […]

Here’s more evidence that proper public transportation tied to appropriate land-use planning can have have a major impact on climate change. NASA Goddard reports on new research in an article entitled, “Road Transportation Emerges as Key Driver of Warming.” In the analysis, motor vehicles emerged as the greatest contributor to atmospheric warming now and in […]

Here we have another critique of US biofuels policy, piling on criticism, in particular, of ethanol production from corn. In my view, these critiques must be viewed through the lens of the need for a full-bore paradigm shift away from the automobile, and toward appropriate land-use planning tied to effective public transportation networks, as I […]

Exxon’s purchase of natural gas firm XTO is in the news, and while they are currently removing gas from Texas shales, they may port their drills up to the Marcellus shale area, as well. As detailed here in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram: Exxon’s impending purchase of Fort Worth-based XTO — a leading U.S. gas […]