Los Angeles county’s public transportation agency has signed an agreement with BYD for 60 electrric buses as part of the area’s commitment to lower carbon emissions.
Funding for the Peninsular Electrification Project for rail lines between San Francisco and San Jose has been included in the proposed budget agreed to by Congress this week. The project is expected to add 9,600 construction jobs for local residents.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has cancelled $643 million in federal funds designed to pay for electrification of rail service on the San Francisco peninsular and continue work on a high speed rail link between LA and SF.
The internet has been abuzz with Elon Musk’s recent proclamation that he will dig a tunnel under the 405 (the busiest freeway in the US) to ease his brutal commute from Bel Air to Hawthorne. While most writers, even ours, are as knowledgable about boring tunnels as Elon is, there are some folks in LA who know all there […]
Unlike the United States, rail travel in Europe is the first choice of many people. The Continent is crisscrossed with excellent rail networks that connect all major cities. The trains run on time. They are quiet and comfortable, and at the end of the journey you arrive downtown without needing to take an expenisive taxi […]
Going from San Francisco to LA? Now you can sleep on the way aboard the SleepBus, a wifi enabled transportation idea that has been an instant success.
Proterra has received orders for 33 more of its Catalyst electric bus vehicles thanks to grants from the Federal Transportation Agency. The buses will be used in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Los Angeles
Reuters.com recently reported that Altamonte Springs, Florida, will be the first U.S. city to subsidize Uber services in an attempt to reduce traffic and increase transit ridership. The Orlando suburb has currently allocated $500,000 to cover 20% of Uber trips within city limits and 25% of trips to or from a SunRail station. The program, […]
Two European groups are working to make autonomous driving vehicles to become part of public transportation systems.
Over the last few years, raising gas taxes has been a trendy answer to improving transportation infrastructure across the United States. When raising funds for improving transit, it has often been suggested that states raise the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. This year, there are at least 9 states, according to taxjusticeblog.org, that are […]
Overall, the only way to increase public transport ridership while decreasing drivers is to eliminate parking benefits.
In a $2.2 billion proposal, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio looks to begin installation of a 16 mile streetcar line connecting Brooklyn and Queens via the East River. The idea is to facilitate transportation for some of New York’s growing, yet still transit-deficient, areas. Imagine a trolley system lining the East River and delivering a long-awaited public transit […]
The number of US public transit riders took a dip at the beginning of 2015 according to the American Public Transportation Association. Approximately 5.3 billion trips were taken on public transportation during the first 6 months of last year — a decrease of roughly 50 million as opposed to 2014. Certain public transit systems actually recorded […]
With the new year of 2016 well underway, how well have you kept your new year’s resolution? Whether it be to lose a few pounds, save a few dollars or do your part creating a better future, public transportation is a great way to knock out all three. It’s easy to understand why billions of people […]
BYD buses have won the largest electric bus contract in US history in the State of Washington. The contract may be good for up to 800 buses in total.
Via Bikocity: We are all aware of the financial argument for using public transportation — it is way, way cheaper. Weighing out the costs and benefits is tricky, but the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) monthly Transit Savings Reports have made it beautifully clear. Ranking the savings for the 20 cities with the highest rates of public transportation […]
Via Bikocity: Three urban planning scholars of Arizona State University and MIT have published a study critiquing the American Planning Association’s selection of “Great Neighborhoods.” The study’s writers take issue with the fact that these “great neighborhood” rankings fail to take into account affordability or social diversity, while being lauded as a definitive voice in […]
The San Francisco Bay Area saw the greatest shift from solo auto commuting to “alternative” forms of transportation in the whole of the country for the years of 2006 through 2013, according to new figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In 2012, the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, metropolitan statistical area even had the third-lowest […]
Originally published on CleanTechnica. Third in my series on the Renewable Cities “Trends, innovations, and barriers in electrifying transportation” panel that I moderated, this article is about Gil Friend’s wonderful presentation. (See my intro and Brian Hansen’s presentation on Copenhagen electrification and clean transport for the prequels.) Gil is Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto, and is […]
Following up on my intro for the “Electrifying Transport” panel at the recent Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver, Canada, his piece shares and summarizes the presentation given by Brian Hansen, Head of Department Citywide Strategies for the City of Copenhagen. While the panel was generally about the electrification of transportation, some of the panelists noted the importance of a […]