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Watch China’s 1,000 High-Speed Trains in Action

China continues to invest billions in its transportation infrastructure, making it possible for people to travel around the country at unprecedented speeds.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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A Little Closer to Hydrogen Fuel

Hopes that the production of commercial quantities of hydrogen might be possible by mid-century have risen after French scientists discovered how to make small amounts of the gas quickly and easily.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



Elon Musk/Tesla

Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Billionaire Entrepreneur Promises to Get You From L.A. to San Francisco in 30 Minutes

Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, says he will reveal the “fifth form” of transportation (after boats, trains, cars and planes) on Aug. 12.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Sweatshops on Wheels

Exploitation of bus drivers is just one part of the corporate disemboweling of the U.S. public transportation system. As the destruction of city and state bus and subway services enters its final phase, their unions have either disappeared or lost clout.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE


Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need New Roads

Instead of beefing up public transit, cities build neighborhood-destroying highways, cars fill up those highways, cities then build more highways to alleviate traffic, and then yet more cars flood the roads, creating even more traffic.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Federal Agency Wants to Ban Texting, Talking While Driving

You there, with the surreptitious driving-while-texting action and also you, with the hands-free gadgetry on your head—take heed. The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent agency that traffics in such matters, wants you both to hang it up.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



Andrew . Walsh (CC-BY)

A Major Bump in the Road

Much rides on America’s highways, vital arteries in the movement of people and goods. The problem is, the roads are crumbling at a time when money to fix them is hard to come by. (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


Driving Phone-Toxicated

I am, as of this writing, 144 days away from never again being able to sleep soundly. That is when my 15-year-old daughter, as she delights in constantly reminding me, will receive her learner’s permit.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



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BART Officer’s Murder Trial Nears a Climax

Oscar Grant was killed on New Year’s Day 2009 in Oakland by a white transit police officer in a case that has drawn comparisons to the notorious Rodney King case in Los Angeles. The trial of the BART officer on a murder charge was moved to L.A., where the jury could start deliberations this week.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE



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U.S. Slaps Toyota With Record Fine

U.S. auto regulators have decided to fine Toyota a maximum $16.375 million, having determined that the car company waited “at least four months” to recall its troubled vehicles. Toyota can contest the fine, which, although a record, amounts to a tiny fraction of the total financial impact of recalling some 8 million vehicles worldwide. (continued)

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



Modified from a NASA image

Red Alert: NASA Launches Toyota Probe

It seems like everyone is investigating Toyota these days. There’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Academy of Sciences and even the automaker itself. Why not NASA? Apparently Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was thinking the same thing. (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Thom Watson

Toyota’s Issues May Drive Change in U.S. Brake Standards

February wasn’t a good month for Toyota, what with the fallout from the automaker’s recent recall, but Toyota’s pain may lead to a gain for U.S. drivers, in the form of a potential requirement for automobiles to include a brake override system.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Mexican Truckz
washingtontimes.com

Bill Puts Brakes on Mexican Trucks

President Obama’s $410 billion spending bill may paradoxically end funding for a cross-border trucking program between Mexico and the U.S. Critics of the program cite safety issues around Mexican trucks, while Mexican officials decry protectionism as policies surrounding the NAFTA trade agreement continue to fall apart.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Review of Bridges Ordered After Collapse

As divers continue their search for bodies in the Mississippi River after Wednesday’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis, federal transportation officials are calling for a review of some 700 similar structures.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


Gridlock
From enterstageright.com

A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE


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