Gherardo Corsini, director of electric vehicle implementation at General Motors’ Opel/Vauxhall unit, made his way Sunday to Geneva from Germany more quietly than most. He was at the wheel of a prototype of the Opel Ampera....The hybrid car, which will be put on display this week at the Geneva International Auto Show, is designed to run on batteries for about 60 kilometers, or 35 miles, before a gasoline-powered generator kicks in for longer trips.
Gabe Klein is selling an urban lifestyle that depends less than ever on cars and more on trains, buses, bicycles and walking. He is following the credo of like-minded transportation planners in Portland, Seattle and New York that public transit can revive ailing cities. Klein is expanding the city's red, dollar-a-ride Circulator bus system beyond tourist destinations and into more neighborhoods. He's promoting car sharing and, with Tregoning's office, said he hopes to build on a bike-sharing pilot program with 1,000 new bicycles and 100 stations. The changes have rankled drivers.
The 200 horsepower dual-propeller packs are the brainchild of inventor Glenn Martin who unveiled his machine for the first time in July last year...Martin Aircraft Company, in Christchurch, New Zealand, aims to make 500 packs a year which will sell for around £50,000.
When the Department of Transportation doled out $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants last week, one of the largest checks went to a rail overhaul in the Chicago area...."When there's delays at O'Hare, it impacts the whole nation's air transportation," said Joseph DiJohn, a freight analyst for the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Likewise, if there's delays in freight here, it can impact the rest of the nation, backing up trains.
Senate leaders said Wednesday they would bring up the long-stalled FAA reauthorization legislation in the next five weeks. Majority Leader Harry Reid characterized the legislation as a bill that would "create thousands and thousands of jobs and it will make our air travel and our surface transportation travel safer."
General Motors' tank-like Hummer is known in China as Han MaHan Ma, which translates as "fierce horse." This week, the brand was put out to pasture by the Chinese company Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery, which withdrew its bid to buy the unit after the Chinese government refused to approve the deal.
Over the next 3 1/2 months, BART directors will consider how to close that gap while trying to keep the system reliable, clean, safe and affordable, while also setting aside money for future capital needs such as a needed fleet of new rail cars. The transit agency will consider service reductions, fare and parking fee increases, and cutting labor and other expenses.
During a budget hearing Tuesday night, Burlingame council members said they fear the bullet train could "ruin" the community, particularly the downtown. Officials said they were willing to dip into the city's depleted reserves to fund the lobbying bid, saying it would be needed for just one year. Early estimates were that the extra staff needed for the effort would cost $200,000.
The BART board today awarded a $5.2 million contact to spruce up the Pleasant Hill station with new lighting, signs, paint, bicycle storage area and two new staircases for emergency exits.
The California Transportation Commission allocated $69.4 million today to repave the deteriorating road surface on Interstate 680 in the San Ramon Valley....Some of the $185 million approved for 43 projects statewide today comes from a $19.9 billion transportation bond measure that California voters approved in 2006.