If there’s any winner in the crisis that began when a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted over the continent, it’s Europe’s railways. They have operated with few disruptions at the same time air flight was grounded by authorities over safety concerns. Since trains handle a large portion of commercial traffic between many cities, the average European has not been hurt by the “transportation tsunami” breathlessly described by CNN and other media outlets.
Airlines around the world began to confront a huge backlog of passengers on Wednesday after six days of European airspace restrictions had forced the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights and cost the airline industry an estimated $1.7 billion....Eurocontrol, the agency that coordinates regional air-traffic management, said three-quarters of the 28,000 flights scheduled for European airspace were expected to fly o
California roads have long been considered some of the most scenic, and congested, in the United States. A new study by location and navigation solutions leader TomTom gives them another distinction: the nation's most polluting. The TomTom study shows the segments of roads on which vehicles produce the most carbon emissions, based on the length and time of average weekday traffic jams and the estimated number of vehicles in those jams.
Amid the worst economic downturn since World War II, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to increase fares for the first time in two years to help offset a $204-million gap in its operating budget for buses and rail systems. The proposed fare hike, which will go into effect July 1, is opposed by the Bus Riders Union, which protested the planned increase Tuesday morning outside the MTA headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. "The monthly pass is going up by $13. That's a meal on the table.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday in a federal lawsuit pitting the trucking industry against the nation's busiest port over a portion of the Clean Truck Program, which was launched in October 2008 to reduce diesel emissions by banning the dirtiest trucks from carrying port cargo.
Los Angeles transportation officials will decide Thursday whether to support the 30/10 Initiative, a bold financing strategy that could benefit the region’s environment, create much-needed jobs, and reduce crippling traffic congestion all in one broad stroke....Under the 30/10 Initiative, the Los Angel
It’s a Catch-22 in planning for rapid bus service along Geary Boulevard: have riders walk long distances from below-ground roads or lose parking spaces. The plan to speed up mass transit along the east-west corridor that handles roughly 23 million traffic trips per year has faced a number of roadblocks, including funding, community resistance and now, geographical hurdles.
SMART is building 14 stations along the 70-mile line, some utilizing existing and historic structures and others in areas where there is now nothing. The stations will commonly have some shelter from the wind, rain and sun, plus vending machines and racks, lockers and storage for bicycles.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has revised an environmental report after a court ruling last year, but Menlo Park still has serious concerns about the document and the overall plan to run bullet trains through the Peninsula, according to a letter the council agreed to send the agency Tuesday night....Resident Morris Brown, who filed a lawsuit against the authority last week, urged the council to mention "full abandonment of the Caltrain corridor."