The government is recommending a route for a new line between London and Birmingham with a future extension to northern England and Scotland. Network Rail said high-speed rail "can drive economic growth and boost jobs".
Will cutting carbon kill jobs in California? That's the premise of a November ballot initiative proposed by Republican lawmakers, whose cause got a boost this week from a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office that concluded the state's landmark global warming law might hurt employment. The report made headlines because it contrasts sharply with an earlier analysis by the California Air Resources Board, which concluded that the law, AB 32, would actually create 120,000 jobs by 2020.
In the past five years, a nonprofit has paid for more than 6,000 people to carpool and split the bill for more than 275 bike racks and lockers in San Mateo County. But in some cases, fewer people have been using the resources. It wasn’t a significant drop, but in 2008, Commute.org — a nonprofit funded by major transportation agencies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District — paid for half of 77 bike lockers.
BART, Muni and Caltrain could be in line to collect more than $350 million for infrastructure improvements this year as part of a bond measure passed by voters in 2008 for the state’s high-speed rail project.
Major changes are in store for AC Transit riders starting March 28 as the bus agency rolls out new routes and schedules aimed at reducing costs...In central and southern Alameda County, more than a dozen bus lines will be discontinued and replaced — mostly with shorter routes, several of which will run less frequently.
Bridge officials are trying to speed fabrication of two critical pieces of the span in China - perhaps by offering more incentives - and are even looking at the possibility of opening the new span before it is completed....But whether the $6.3 billion bridge will open in 2013 hinges largely on the production of the final two steel deck segments, which link the suspension span with the completed skyway section of the new bridge and support the suspension cable on the east end.
One of my favorite planning-related hashtags is#transitFAIL.
A life spent stranded in Los Angeles traffic can nonetheless yield its epiphanies. One such moment came in November 2008, when L.A. County's beleaguered commuters voted to increase their sales tax by half a cent over the next 30 years to build an electric rail system that could speed their journeys and clean their air.
On Tuesday, the Department of Energy announced that it will give up to $154 million to NRG Energy, a Texas-based company, to create a facility that will capture coal's carbon and store it underground, thereby reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
The antique was built in 1934 by Frank Skroback and at the very minimum provides proof that people have long dreamed of cars that can be flown like airplanes. Or are they airplanes that can be driven like cars? No matter, because whatever you call it, it’s being auctioned this weekend in Atlanta.