Two regional passenger rail proposals: Some comparisons

One could argue a proposed regional passenger-rail service between the South San Joaquin Valley community of Porterville and Huron located in southwestern Fresno County, for all intents and purposes running alongside California State Route 198 or SR 198 (see: “Valley could get regional passenger rail: Tulare County Association of Governments has plan” Air Quality Matters … Read more

Satellite data show retreat of nitrates, sulfates, fine particles in California air

Regarding sulfates, nitrates, organic and elemental carbon in California air, there is good news. According to information in a Jun. 5, 2018 California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) news release, those substances in Golden State air are becoming fewer and farther between. In the “NASA satellite helps collect 15 years of Southern California air … Read more

Valley could get regional passenger rail. Tulare County Association of Governments has plan

Before the construction of California high-speed rail got underway in mid-2015, as far as I am aware, there hadn’t been a new railroad of any kind built in California’s San Joaquin Valley since the 20th century’s early days. But, if all the stars align a new, additional passenger rail service in the Valley could be … 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

Public transit in the bigger mobility context: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

One of the reasons I so enjoy watching travel-type shows is because on the preferred ones watched, water, rail and roadway travel all get equal billing. Imagine if that was the norm, I mean, regarding everyday travel. That would be great! Now, the method relied on most heavily, of course, is the last – roadway … Read more

What turning 1 California into 3, could, (and most likely) would mean for air

What would happen to California air, should state voters in November – that is, after which, if backed by the state legislature, federal government and possibly the court(s) if need be – decide that it is okay to split the state in three? If this happens, not only what would emerge would be three new … Read more

San Francisco transit-bus fleet to be wholly electrified by 2035

San Francisco, the “City by the Bay,” is the public transit epicenter of California. S.F. is in a category all its own, truly exemplary where Golden State-based public transit is concerned. It is also headquarters for corporate car- or ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft. S.F. public transit runs the gamut. There is everything from BART … Read more

On global aviation emissions-reduction progress ‘we have lift-off!’ A follow-up

In its “Dramatic MBM Agreement and Solid Global Plan Endorsements Help Deliver Landmark ICAO 38th Assembly” Oct. 4, 2013 press release, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced: “ICAO’s States agreed to report back in 2016 with a proposal for a global MBM [Market-Based Measures] scheme capable of being implemented by 2020. Major efforts will … Read more

California on track to more emissions reduction with high-speed rail

In the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s 2018 Business Plan, released Jun. 1st, pointed out is that California, now home to 39.4 million people1, had a transportation system that, at one time, was “the envy of the world.”2 Another of the state’s hallmarks is its standing as a leader among world economies – it has been … Read more