Amtrak at 50

Train travel – there is nothing else on Earth quite like it! I experienced such beginning at an early age, at either 11 or 12, more than likely 11, traveling on the then Pennsylvania Railroad between my at-the-time hometown of Baltimore, Maryland and New York City in 1964 or 1965, more than likely 1964, to … Read more

Central Valley air: Are you seeing this?

In April, presumably, when the American Lung Association releases its annual “State of the Air” report (the first one issued in 2000), my expectation is that for fine particulate matter pollution (PM 2.5) averaged over 24 hours and PM 2.5 recorded on an annual basis, the major cities in California’s heartland, the expansive, sprawling San … Read more

IQAir and Greenpeace report 2020 air pollution deaths

Jakarta, Indonesia, 18 February – PM2.5 air pollution was behind approximately 160,000 deaths in the world’s five most populous cities in 2020, according to a Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis of IQAir data from a live Cost Estimator.1,2 While some cities saw small improvements in air quality as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, the devastating impact of air pollution underscores … Read more

How good is BRT at removing cars from city streets?

So often, the question comes up in cities looking to make improvements in their public transit service offerings and systems regarding what type of service and system is best suited to meet the majority or mass-public need. Services and systems suggested often run the gamut, after which a thorough review and narrowing of selections are … Read more

Unacceptably high levels of carcinogens likely being inhaled by Calif. commuters

The below Feb. 15, 2021 news release is from the University of California, Riverside. A new study finds that California’s commuters are likely inhaling chemicals at levels that increase the risk for cancer and birth defects. As with most chemicals, the poison is in the amount. Under a certain threshold of exposure, even known carcinogens … Read more

Changes at Air Quality Matters blog explained

If you’ve read the “Air Quality Matters” blog for a long-enough time, you have no doubt noticed some or all of the changes. Site evolution and improvement has been ongoing. It may not have all the bells and whistles that many other sites have, but I believe it has exactly the right mix of user-friendly … Read more