Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bombardier Receives Orders from CTA for 300 Additional Rapid Transit Cars

Rail Network. Rail industry news, events, forum and networking - George's article - Bombardier Receives Orders from Chicago Transit Authority for 300 Additional Rapid Transit Cars: "These next-generation rapid transit cars (known as the 5000-Series) will be the first in CTA’s fleet to utilize alternating current (AC) propulsion, a technology that permits dynamic braking regeneration, lower energy and maintenance costs, and improved reliability. The new fleet of cars also will be equipped with an active suspension system to ensure that the car floor is level with the station platform during boarding, allowing passengers to board the train more easily. Other features of the new cars include greater capacity, better communications systems, increased security and real-time diagnostics to improve reliability. The 5000-Series cars are being built at Bombardier’s manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh, New York."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Climate Justice Now

Chicago Public Transit: "Public transit is a solution for climate justice – meaning it advances a stable climate for all, especially those who are the least responsible and most affected by climate change.
We reject false solutions such as electric cars, which are likely to increase global emissions and dependence on toxic coal and will do nothing to reduce traffic or accidents."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Financial Benefits of Living in Transit-Friendly, Walkable Areas - Richard Florida - Business - The Atlantic

The Financial Benefits of Living in Transit-Friendly, Walkable Areas - Richard Florida - Business - The Atlantic: "The neighborhood you live in can have a huge effect on your ability to spend or save, do the kind of things you really want to, and navigate the ongoing economic crisis. The chart below, from a new report by The House Democratic Livable Communities Task Force (via Grist) shows the real financial consequences for American families that stem from living in three different kinds of neighborhoods."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kansas City, Missouri, economy hamstrung by sprawl

Tough to move forward with backward-thinking leaders - "According to Brookings, a Washington, D.C., think tank, only 18 percent of area jobs are within a 90-minute bus ride, compared to the national average of 30 percent. Only half of local residents are within three-fourths of a mile of a bus stop; nationally it’s 69 percent."