Cleaner Ships and Trains Coming Your Way

January 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

On January 1, 2015, two sets of regulations became effective to help reduce air pollution: one involving large oceangoing ships and another involving US locomotives. The shipping regulations come from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a body under the United Nations.[read more]

With Help From Supercapacitors, Trains Are Providing New Services to the Grid

February 12, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Even in the best public transportation locales, such as New York, it’s a wonder that any project gets completed, let alone expanded upon. The Second Avenue subway, finally under construction, has been in some sort of planning phase since 1929.[read more]

Hybrid Locomotives + The Batteries They Need

August 15, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Senior analyst Dave Hurst believes that we shall see growth in world use of hybrid locomotives due to “new diesel locomotive emissions regulations scheduled to go into effect in the European Union in 2014 and in North America in 2015″. New regulations will result in real change: exhaust treatments and retiring the most polluting engines...[read more]

energyNOW! Interview: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

April 25, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

energyNOW! anchor Thalia Assuras sits down for a one-on-one meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The Obama Administration has put forward ambitious proposals to upgrade America’s planes, trains, and automobiles: high-speed railways, a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, and the expansion of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) fuel efficiency standards.[read more]

Unconventional Energy and Transportation Wisdom

April 8, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation asked me to speak on a panel yesterday -- the entire thing was recorded and is available here -- along with Jed Kolko of the Public Policy Institute of California and Shin-Pei Tsay of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The topic was "unconventional wisdom" and we were looking at...[read more]

Is High-Speed Rail Worth Its Cost?

February 18, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

The editors of the Washington Post have expressed serious reservations concerning the administration's plans for investing up to $53 billion in new high-speed rail systems, with the goal of linking 80% of the US population by a new fast rail network. If the facts they cite concerning the ongoing subsidies such systems require in other...[read more]

Low-carbon Copenhagen

December 11, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Just arrived in Copenhagen, and it was immediately evident why annual carbon dioxide emissions per capita in Denmark (9.9 metric tons) are just about half of those in the United States (19 metric tons). First I took train from the airport to downtown Copenhagen. You can’t do that from Dulles Airport to D.C. Then I hopped into a tax where...[read more]

Fuel Cell Trains

September 14, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

I often use my gym time to catch up on interesting podcasts, and NPR's excellent Science Friday series is one of my favorite sources. I just caught up with a recent segment on the development of hydrogen-powered trains, which seem like a particularly clever application of a promising technology that must still overcome serious obstacles...[read more]

The Week in Cleantech News

May 23, 2008 by Tim Hurst

For those of you who are bettin' folks, traders on the Chicago Climate Exchange view the Democrats as more bullish on cap-and-trade systems. So if you're betting on a Democratic victory, you'll want to buy those contracts now, in anticipation of a price spike on Nov. 5 (Politico). Toyota Prius sales have topped 1 million and dealers in...[read more]

Mistakes Were Made

May 22, 2008 by RyanAvent

Sometimes I wonder why rail and transit have such poor reputations in this country. I know that all systems have some weaknesses, but folks are always going on about how rail is totally unreliable and a black hole for money, when in fact transit and rail in this country provide remarkably good service given the constraints imposed upon...[read more]

Prospects for High Speed Rail in California

May 20, 2008 by Jonathan Smith

“High-speed rail is generally defined as passenger rail running at speeds in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h).” As previously noted, Asian and European high-speed rail networks are currently the world’s most advanced. However, Russia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are planning to build their own high-speed networks in the near future. There is...[read more]

Rail Comeback?

May 10, 2008 by Glen Estill

Ridership on the Go system in the Greater Toronto Area rose by 7.5% from a year ago.  Is it back to the future for transportation? The Go system is struggling to keep up.  Rail platforms are being extended to accommodate more cars.  New locomotives are on order, to increase the number of trains.  New track is being...[read more]

Gas/car substitutes

May 10, 2008 by Tim Haab

When the price of gas gets to a certain level consumers will find substitutes for driving: With the price of gas approaching $4 a gallon, more commuters are abandoning their cars and taking the train or bus instead. Mass transit systems around the country are seeing standing-room-only crowds on bus lines where seats were once easy to...[read more]

Grumpy’s News Flashes

February 12, 2008 by Eddy De Clercq

Some little but interesting news items I’ve read and wanted to share: The public transport company in Brussels (Belgium) will lower the maximum speed of one of their subway lines. Instead of 72 km/h, the trains will drive at a maximum speed of 50 km/h in order to save energy. This will result in a [...]Link to original post[read more]