TIFFS: Railroad crossings in the crosshairs

Number two in the Transport-in-a-Fine-Fix Series. Some may cry foul that I’m unfairly picking on transport when writing about negative-air-quality-impact-related matters. But, that’s the whole point, that not everything having to do with transport is positive in this or other regards. Take, for instance, America’s highways and roads. On them accidents claim about 30,000 lives … Read more

All aboard! California rail plan looks to cut pollution, driving miles

Saturday (July 20, 2013) I, like a wealth of other day trippers, set foot upon the land made famous by John Steinbeck – the Monterey Peninsula. I believe traffic there bore that out. Congestion was particularly heavy especially during the early evening hours as I was caught up in that crush heading home. As a side note, … Read more

Amtrak modernizing locomotive fleets on Northeast, Keystone Corridors

It was in the year 2000 that Amtrak’s Acela Express Northeast Corridor (NEC) services were first introduced. Thirteen years later, locomotives being built by Siemens at its Sacramento, Calif., plant are destined for NEC and Keystone Corridor services, Amtrak and Siemens jointly announced. “The first units of the $466 million order will be field tested this … Read more

SoCal making slow-but-steady progress on air-quality-improvement front

“According to [Natural Resources Defense Council staffer Kaid] Benfield, the six counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura and home to some 18 million residents in 191 cities, is dispersed over an area totaling 38,000 square miles.” (See: “Landmark California program could have huge emissions-reductions impact”). By contrast, the state’s San … Read more

Colorado forward-thinking regarding transportation, transportation policy

“A new state law that quietly moved through this year’s legislature gives cities and counties unprecedented freedom to spend tax dollars on transportation projects other than roads and bridges,” Monte Whaley wrote in the Denver Post. “This means communities for the first time can use their share of the $250 million pot of money made up of … Read more

Proposed short-haul freight rail line linking Central, Southern California has potential

“Diesel, used by most [heavy goods vehicles], causes more air pollution per kilometre than other fuels such as petrol.” This was a determination of the European Environment Agency (EEA), as brought to bear in the EEA’s Feb. 28, 2013 “Reducing the € 45 billion health cost of air pollution from lorries” press release – a … Read more

To alleviate road congestion, expand roads, provide alternatives or both?

In my last post I was pretty direct by suggesting, in effect, that American roadway infrastructure was heading in the wrong direction. As you know, roadways can only handle so many vehicles per given unit of time operating at a per given unit of speed. The proper term is “capacity.” Too little capacity and traffic flow becomes … Read more

Again, turning farmland into commercial, residential, etc. property benefits whom?!

One would think, in America, based on ongoing conversation, significant strides have been made in the effort to save farmland from non-agriculture-related development. Case in point. To quote Jeff Turrentine from his “Neighborhood Watch” article, “Sprawl destroys the defining character of suburbs by conferring upon them many problems associated with urban areas: crime, congestion, paved-over … Read more