Iceland’s Bárðarbunga Volcano Eruption Begins

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 1:42 pm

The National Icelandic Broadcasting Service, Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV), is reporting that a small eruption has begun in Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano. The Icelandic Meteorilogic Office (IMO) has raised the civil aviation alert color code from orange to red, and airspace over the volcano is now restricted. IMO defines this alert: “RED: Eruption is imminent or in progress – significant emission of ash into atmosphere likely.”


Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

By: Monday July 7, 2014 7:05 pm

On July 3, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) released June 2014 data showing oil-by-rail and petroleum products at-large are moving at record levels throughout North America.

The release of the data comes on the heels of the ongoing oil-by-rail nationwide week of action launched by environmental groups.

Transport Cycling and Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan

By: Monday April 14, 2014 6:30 pm

I came across a post at People for Bike, called Four Simple Lessons from Austin’s Brilliant Bike Plan Update … and after reading the post, I clicked on through to the overview of the Bike Plan Update that they were referring to, and it was even better than they said. Once I saw that, I know that Sunday Train was going to talk about both Austin’s Awesome Bike Plan and the Four Key Lessons that People for Bikes draw from it.

Sunday Train: Car Subsidies & Ebbing Vehicle Miles Travelled

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 6:40 pm

There had been a string of articles over the past year on Millennials and their relationship to the automobile.

Steel Interstate Revolution

By: Monday October 28, 2013 1:20 pm

The Steel Interstate is a proposal to pursue dramatic gains in the energy efficiency of long haul freight transport in the United States.

California Delays High Speed Rail, and also Opposes SF to LA Hyperloop

By: 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.

Christie Ups Appropriation Request for Sandy Relief

By: 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.

New York City Goes to Mandatory Carpooling to Deal With Storm Shutdowns

By: 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.

Transit Closures Cause Transportation Nightmare in New York City

By: 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.

Intercity Transit Improvements: The Quest for “Higher Speed Rail”

By: 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.

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