Restoring unity, order, smarts, meaning, saneness and balance in the space we call travel

Most everyone and their brother it seems, views the world of travel through rose-colored glasses. I couldn’t be more serious. The realm is as unsustainable as it is unhinged – nary is there any doubt. To help lend credence, in 2016, for instance, for pollutant-emissions output transportation had reclaimed the lead; that position held by the … Read more

A 1.5°C vs 2°C world-temp rise could mean fewer health, ecosystem effects, new report finds

There is a new report out from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The in-depth report’s title: Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat … Read more

Brightline acquires XpressWest: Plans to offer Vegas-to-Victorville electrified train service in 2022

One-hundred and eighty-five miles is the distance by road, presumably, from Las Vegas in Nevada to Victorville in California. We know for sure that that is the railway mileage between those two southwestern U.S. communities. This, according to Brightline in its Sept. 18, 2018 “Brightline to Build Express Intercity Passenger Rail Connecting Southern California and … Read more

In downtowns, a wealth of solutions in reducing pollution

So, let’s begin this journey with something as basic as one-way streets. With one-way streets, the entire roadway width, besides eliminating opposite-direction travel on part of the street, same-direction (or current-of-traffic) vehicle movement enables same-direction parking on both sides of the street. Such a provision can make locating a parking space somewhat less encumbered and … Read more

Decision issued against Grapevine development – a near billion-a-year extra travel miles avoided

Separating – and situated between – Los Angeles and Bakersfield are the Tehachapi Mountains. Proposed for the region between was an 8,000-acre development known as Grapevine. The development, to have been sited completely within Kern County borders but very near to the Kern County-Los Angeles County Line, would have enabled what is referred to as … Read more

California transport-sector emissions climb despite GHG’s overall decline

Once more, California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) gives the Golden State a “cleaner” bill of health. That’s fantastic news! The economy is strong, the ranks of the unemployed have dwindled and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are falling. From a high of 489 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) units in 2004 to 2016’s … Read more

Being on ‘broad way’ maybe not such an air-smart move after all

Broadway. The term originally had to do with the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s 4-track-wide right-of-way (hence the term “broad way”) between Chicago and New York City. The term has since come to take on and be associated with a different meaning. It’s now tied in with the performing arts world. That’s enough history for right now. … Read more

Growing pains: Dispersed or concentrated cities: Which is better?

There are cities big and small. And, then there is what’s referred to as “mega cities,” those with populations above 10 million. From earlier reporting it was related that in 2050, city populations the world over will house two-thirds of world population, up from 50 percent today. That’s a fairly sizable increase. So, the question … Read more

Earth Day 2018: Air, airways, lungs, etc. no places for pollution

It’s a known fact the pollution continually being poured into our atmosphere is detrimental to health and wellbeing when breathed in. The fact of the matter is, as reported in The Guardian newspaper recently, in the world, greater than 9.5 in 10 people are exposed to unhealthy air, a thorough air-pollution study has found. Put … Read more

San Diego regional-transportation-plan-dispute outcome sets precedent for California cities

Going back to an earlier time and as reported on Dec. 9, 2012 in “To meet prescribed emissions-reduction targets, San Diego must get transportation plan right,” I related: “San Diego … has been in the spotlight. It isn’t just that the southern California community was the very first in the state (and America) to have … Read more