Today’s Headlines

  • Oberstar: Midwest is ahead of California in high-speed rail planning (MinnPost)
  • D.C. Metro chief rejects proposal to phase out rail cars that are subject to tax-shelter leases; instead, the cars will be sandwiched between newer models (WJLA)
  • Illinois PIRG: We’ll wait as long as it takes for a worthy new transportation bill (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Gov’t reveals which communities are hosting high-hazard coal ash dumps (EPA)

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Department of Energy Gets Basic Math Wrong in its Rail Analysis

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When it comes to the carbon consumption of cars, trains, and buses, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Transportation Energy Data Book [PDF] is an indispensable resource. But this year’s Data Book contains an eyebrow-raising error in its analysis of rail’s energy use. (Image: DoE) Page 66 of the Data Book, reprinted on the DoE’s […]

32 Rail Companies Commit to Expanding in U.S. Under High-Speed Rail Plan

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As the Obama administration and Congress keep a close eye on jobless numbers and the shrinking American manufacturing base, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that 32 rail companies that have promised to expand U.S. operations if they are chosen to help states build high-speed train networks. Transportation Secretary LaHood, at left, toured the Spanish […]

Brit’s Liberal Dems Want to Ban Cars Fueled By Gasoline

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Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party unveiled a detailed plan to tackle climate change which includes a ban on fossil fuel powered cars by 2040. The Guardian reports: The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, and the party’s environment spokesman, Chris Huhne, unveiled the proposal today as part of a package of measures designed to make Britain […]

Michigan’s Looking Good in the High-Speed Rail Chase

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a powerful advocate for high-speed rail funding. (Photo: Listings Foreclosures) During an appearance in Michigan today to promote the Obama administration’s economic recovery efforts, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a potentially prescient prediction about the regions vying for federal help to build inter-city high-speed rail. Per the Detroit News, […]

Auto Insurance Break for Rail Commuters

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File this under the Duh category: New Jersey Skylands Insurance Companies has unveiled a promotion that highlights what it says is a first-of-a-kind discount for New Jersey drivers who regularly commute to work via mass transit — a rate discount of up to 10 percent. It is great to see that insurance companies are doing […]