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THE MILLENNIAL TRAINS PROJECT

By | Monday, October 7, 2013|, |

Kairos. That’s ancient Greek for “suspended time” that allows participants to bond and collaborate without interruption. Which is exactly what 24 environmentally conscious millennials did this summer, mostly while moving in a 10-day coast-to-coast trek aboard three vintage Amtrak cars, to promote goodwill for various social causes. All photos courtesy the Millennial Train Project [...]

SAN DIEGO RANKS #20, IN SURVEY OF US ENERGY EFFICIENT CITIES

By | Monday, September 23, 2013|, , , , |

San Diego ranks #20 in a  report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, with an overall score of 38.25. The top five cities were Boston (76.76), Portland (70), San Francisco (69.75), New York (69.75), and Seattle (65.25). The report compared what America’s 34 largest cities are doing to save energy and costs in five [...]

SOLAR-POWERED TRAVEL TAKES OFF

By | Monday, September 2, 2013|, |

Across the sky, through the sea and traversing the countryside, solar powered travel is picking up speed. Although the commercial adoption of solar planes, boats and automobiles remains years away, the milestones achieved by these sun-powered transportation vehicles are encouraging nonetheless. Boeing 757s powered by solar energy remain a futuristic concept, but all innovations begin [...]

MID-COAST CORRIDOR TRANSIT PROJECT UPDATE

By | Sunday, August 18, 2013||

  The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project will extend Trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego to the University City community, serving major activity centers such as UCSD and Westfield UTC. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015, with service starting in 2018.   The route is proposed to travel in existing railroad [...]

BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY: WIRELESS EV’s CHARGE WHILE IN TRANSIT

By | Wednesday, August 14, 2013||

(Editor's note: This could make EV's a 100% viable replacement for gas powered vehicles) Improvements with the electric transit infrastructure unfold at light speed. Active wireless charging in transit with electric vehicles, in this case electric buses, is taking place. Korea has broken through with accelerated wireless power efficiency with the Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV). This technology [...]

INDIA’S SOLAR POWERED RAILWAY PROJECT

By | Wednesday, August 14, 2013|, |

The Indian Railways is not usually praised for any attributes one would associate with a rail network – cleanliness, punctuality, or general ease of travel – but its latest initiative may be welcomed by everyone, from environmentalists to passengers. For the first time in its 160 year history, the Indian Railways is set to tap [...]

HIGH SPEED RAIL TO PRODUCE ZERO NET ENERGY EMISSIONS

By | Saturday, July 13, 2013|, |

Construction on the first 65 miles of California's High speed rail project is about to begin. That is despite a new bill from Congress' transportation committee, which has blocked funding in 2014. The Republican controlled House was too slow, they already provided $3.5 and the money can not be taken back. Now the California’s High Speed [...]

SAN DIEGO AND THE HOPED FOR RESURGENCE OF PASSENGER TRAINS

By | Saturday, July 13, 2013|, |

An article in today’s New York Times states that high speed trains produce about 20% of the CO2 emissions, when measured on a per 100 passenger/mile basis, compared to the average gas powered automobiles. Trains are still a primary means of transportation in Europe, where some travel at speeds of over 200 mph are, but [...]

JAPAN DEBUTS NEW MAGLEV TRAIN

By | Saturday, June 15, 2013||

The following article was written by Andrew Meggison and originally published by  Gas2.org, we got it from Clean Technica) Central Japan Railway has tested the newest Maglev L0 Train, and the results are promising. The train is expected to carry 1,000 passengers and can travel up to 311 MPH, allowing the new train to travel over [...]