The Steel Interstate is a proposal to pursue dramatic gains in the energy efficiency of long haul freight transport in the United States.
|By: Crane-Station Wednesday September 18, 2013 11:25 am|
After receiving 70 billion dollars in funds approval from the government for a high speed rail track, not one bulldozer or shovel has touched the ground. There is yet another delay, due to some legal hyper-technicality involving the additional land that the new track will take, if you read the mainstream news. In plain English, the delay means that deals are being made, while government contractors lick their chops at the prospect of even more money for nothing.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 29, 2012 12:22 pm|
Joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revised his estimate upward in asking for disaster relief funds to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seeking $36.8 billion.
It remains a longshot, which is really stunning.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 31, 2012 3:09 pm|
The New York City subway system will return to partial service tomorrow above 34th Street and in some of the outer boroughs, with connecting bus service from Brooklyn. The Long Island Railroad and Metro North resumed limited service today. And the NBA cancelled a scheduled game in Brooklyn between the Knicks and Nets, which cuts down on additional non-essential travel. This will definitely improve the horrific transportation situation in Manhattan, but still does not approach a full solution.
So the Mayor’s Office has mandated a new policy for car travel. All cars coming into Manhattan from almost all bridges – Transportation Department-manage Harlem River bridges and the George Washington Bridge are currently exempt – or the Lincoln Tunnel (and that’s practically all vehicles, as the Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn/Battery Tunnel remain closed) must contain three or more riders.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:15 am|
The time for talking in isolation about preventing the effects of climate change have ended. We’re in the era of adaptation.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 19, 2012 1:55 pm|
The hopes for high speed rail in America have downshifted somewhat into a hope for “higher speed rail.” Many of the tentpole high speed rail plans were scrapped, particularly in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, where Republican governors returned the money. The California plan, really the only survivor, has enough funds to build the first segment, but the funding gets really sketchy from there. We don’t really know the future of a national HSR network, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for one.
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday September 30, 2012 8:01 pm|
I’m a city boy now; if I need a car for a big Safeway run, I ZipCar. If I need to go to IKEA, I ZipTruck it. And if go to Seattle to see friends or spend the day at the Seattle Art Museum (reciprocal members’ privileges for the Portland art Museum, yay!) I take a BoltBus (fare between $1 and $25) or the train.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:40 pm|
The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as the emitting of greenhouse gas emissions.
|By: David Dayen Sunday June 24, 2012 7:03 pm|
I’ve been tracking the two deadlines for Congress coming up in just over a week. If no action is taken, new federal student loans will see an interest rate of 6.8%, double the current 3.4%. And there will be no surface transportation bill, meaning that highway projects with federal participation will grind to a halt and the 18-cent-per-gallon federal gas tax would go uncollected (heck, at this point, that might be the only stimulus we see this year).
|By: RFShunt Saturday April 28, 2012 12:20 pm|
Citizens of the City of Pittsburgh who make a habit of traveling from place to place are about to discover some of the benefits of small government conservatism recently installed in the state capitol. Barring an increase in funding from Pennsylvania’s Republican legislature or Governor, getting around in Pittsburgh will become harder this September.
A lot harder.