The high speed rail quandry

The future of high speed rail in America continues to be uncertain. Before a last minute vote by a senate committee to restore $100 million for the program, Congress was ready to vote in September to cut all funding for high speed rail programs. But this is only a fraction of the $2 billion a

High tech hitchhiking as an alternative to transit

Zimride, a Silicon Valley start-up, allows people that need rides and people with cars traveling the same route to find each other. The New York Times reports that, as an alternative to transit or intercity buses and trains, ride sharing is becoming more popular and easier as more people carry

Can congestion create kilowatts? Good vibrations from California

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto recently introduced a bill that would require the California Energy Commission to explore the possibility of generating electricity from the rumble of traffic on highways in the state. Piezoelectric technology, which converts vibrations into energy, is currently

California dreaming of better prognostications

Time, money and gas are wasted in traffic jams. Citing figures of 28 gallons of gas and $808 lost each year because of traffic, a new project to develop ways to avoid these losses was announced: “With private-sector backing, California’s state government and the state’s flagship public

TRB webinar on climate change adaptation features California and Michigan DOTs

“State departments of transportation are modifying their planning efforts and practices to adapt to the effects of climate change on facilities and operations. Transportation providers are seeking to learn what other states and regions are doing to address these issues. This webinar is the

California’s Green Trade Corridor project underway

Construction of California’s Green Trade Corridor, a TIGER grant funded project to increase the share of freight moving on inland waterways between the Port of Oakland and California’s Central Valley, began last fall.  The project is sponsored by a partnership between the Port of Oakland,