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

Clean Air Day, good; clean-air year, best!

October 3, 2018 marks the observance of California Clean Air Day. To learn more, visit the California Clean Air Day Web site here. This, by the way, is the very first year this event is to take place. Here’s to many more such events to follow. Businesses, educational institutions, individuals, industrial concerns, health facilities, utilities, … Read more

Where the highway’s cleaner, greener future lies?

If you’ve driven the gamut of highways like I have – everything from those having multilayered or multi-tiered interchanges to those less traveled (combination 50/6 in Nevada and Utah would exemplify such) – then you, like I, highway-wise, have seen it all. Along with this I’ve seen a variety of technology applied or adapted to the … 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

All of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2045

Great news! Via the signing of California Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) by Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 10th California is now charged with getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California is an energy leader and this particular move in the Golden State substantiates that. But, the move goes beyond … 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

The ups and downs, ins and outs of modern rail rapid transit or MRRT

Rail rapid transit: What is it? Definition: Rail rapid transit can be thought of as any of the rail-based systems designed to convey, move, transport high numbers of passengers from points A to B pretty much insulated (isolated, separated) from other transportation modes using their own (dedicated) rights-of-way incorporating a guideway of one kind or … Read more

SMART celebrates one year of service; in it for the long haul

On 43 miles of track linking Marin and Sonoma counties, California’s newest passenger rail commuter system is about to celebrate its first full year of operation on Aug. 25th. Marking the occasion there was an event at the Novato Hamilton Station on Aug. 18th while train rides were free all weekend, according to SMART in … Read more

Air pollution from U.S. manufacturing lower; regulations among other factors credited

You have to wonder why after two million years’ time, humans are still being exposed to and breathing bad air. It’s mind-boggling, if not more than a little disconcerting, to say the least. Through document searches I look for hope, encouraging words. Take, for instance, the following from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control … Read more