User: flenvcenter Topic: Transportation-National
Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: General
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Milwaukee County bus drivers strike, scrambling commute 1.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hundreds of Milwaukee County union bus drivers went on strike early Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of commuters scrambling to make alternative plans to get to work and elsewhere.
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Inslee drops objection to ‘poison pill’ language in transportation package 29.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The major obstacle to reaching agreement on a statewide transportation package appears to have disappeared, as Gov. Jay Inslee Sunday morning announced he would accept language in the bill intended to hinder one of his environmental priorities.
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John Mendel plans to keep Honda on top in California 27.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
An admitted car geek, John Mendel is executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., overseeing the Japanese carmaker's North American auto operations.
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"An Age of the Statistically Unlikely": Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Announces Presidential Run 25.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Jill Stein speaks at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Bowling Green, New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Paul Stein ) Green Party candidate Jill Stein officially announced she is running in the 2016 presidential race Monday, June 22. Truthout sat down with Stein at the University of North Texas when she passed through for an environmental justice conference earlier this year. Jill Stein speaks at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Bowling Green, New York, September 17, 2012. (Photo: Paul Stein ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. Green Party candidate Jill Stein officially announced she is running in the 2016 presidential race on June 22, during an interview on Democracy Now! . She held a campaign kickoff event the following day at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where antiwar activist Medea Benjamin and racial justice activist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo introduced and endorsed her ...
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California's "Grand Experiment" in Climate Policy is Working 22.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Senate leader Kevin De Leon kicks off free low-income solar installations in Sacramento CA. Photo credit: GRID Alternatives) Sometimes we need to look back in order to see the road forward. Whenever I reflect on the success of California's climate policies, I like to hop in my time machine and dial it all the way back to ancient history - circa 2010 - when I was a young staffer in Washington D.C. fresh out of grad school with big policy dreams and an even bigger student debt. For climate advocates, they were the best of times, which quickly became the worst of times. In 2010 the Senate was considering a federal climate bill to finally reign in the carbon pollution driving climate change, while jump-starting a clean energy economy to help pull us out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Visions of hope and change ran high. But as history goes, the bill failed. Despite different accounts of how the story went down , all agree those were some dark days for the climate movement. I was ...
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Commuters: Traffic stinks, but we’d rather drive alone 22.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
A recent survey shows that nearly half of commuters who drive to work alone cannot be swayed from their daily drive time.
On Alternative Ways of Living Sustainably: Lessons From Solidarity & Social Economy in Madrid 17.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
View from Matadero, Madrid The majority of times we think we are not free to think of the world as a unity of people all working towards human development, evolution and res-publica, which- as the Greeks taught us- means contributing to the development of the society's state of the art. I think the Greeks (along with the Romans) became the pioneers and the propellers of the management of "res publica". Democracy for them meant taking care of the people and of the res-of the things- that the citizens created for the good and the progress of society's hustle and bustle. Just think of horses and carriages, and of metro and cars. Two alternative and revolutionary ways, for the times, to facilitate transport and to allow people to freely move around the city and to get business and trade done, providing food and shelter to family and kids. In modern times, I perceive and I see on a day to day basis that if we stand by the ideals of social justice, solidarity economy, participatory economics, the work of ...
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Boulder 'right-sizing' bike-lane project moves forward on 3 of 4 streets 16.6.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
A controversial plan to remove vehicle lanes to allow for wider bike lanes on four major streets in Boulder will move forward on three of them: Folsom Street, Iris Avenue and 63rd Street.
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This Oil Industry “Recycling” is bad for the Environment 15.6.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tim O'Connor Earlier this year in Oregon, as they did in California several years ago, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), together with American Trucking Alliance (ATA) and Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), filed a federal lawsuit to try and derail a cutting-edge, scientifically-based, and legally sound clean fuel standard. Not discouraged by their recent losses challenging California’s clean fuels program (the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, or LCFS) in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court , the plaintiffs have proceeded with nearly identical constitutional law arguments – simply recycling issues and claims that were rejected many months ago. Like the California LCFS, the Oregon Clean Fuels Program reduces the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by requiring fuel sold in state to have reduced lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Compliance is based on the schedule developed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Protection and designed to spur ...
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The battle between Uber, Lyft and taxis has moved to airports 15.6.2015 Washington Post
Uber driver Rick Davis spends his nights cruising around Dulles International Airport in his 2012 Toyota Camry, waiting for travelers arriving on late flights. To avoid any conflicts on airport property, he often waits along nearby Route 28. On a good night, he picks up maybe three passengers.Read full article ...
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Bullet train runs into rising opposition over Southern California routes 10.6.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Over the last decade, the California bullet train has been largely confined to futuristic renderings and promised trips of about 2 1/2 hours from Los Angeles to San Francisco. But as its effects on urban areas come more sharply into focus, opposition is intensifying among people along its path.
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Let's consider alternatives to the dysfunctional TSA 5.6.2015 LA Times: Top News
It's a train! It's a bus! It's the Cambridge guided busway! (video) 5.6.2015 TreeHugger
A strange hybrid that could work in many places to improve mass transit.
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Are Minnesota United's owners looking at alternative stadium sites — outside Minneapolis? 28.5.2015 MinnPost
The comment was delivered in an almost off-handed manner, at the end of a two-hour panel discussion on the future of professional soccer in the Twin Cities. Nick Rogers, the president of Minnesota United, the organization awarded an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, was summarizing the reasons why Minneapolis would benefit from having the team and a stadium in the city when he touched on what would happen if the owners failed to make their case. “Minneapolis might say to us, ‘We don’t want you here.’ And then we’ll have to assess our options and figure out where is there a community that wants us,” Rogers said. “That’s important. It’s important that the community wants us to be there.” Those who have been witness to previous stadium/arena wars both locally and nationally know the threat to go elsewhere — to deny teams for cities that balk at tax breaks and other subsidies a team they might love — is a common tactic. But in this case, the owners have limited options. They have franchise rights ...
10 Steps to Achieve the US Emissions-Reduction Target 27.5.2015 WRI Stories
The United States is the largest economy and the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so the world can’t avoid the worst impacts of climate change without U.S. leadership. The Obama administration stepped up to this challenge by setting a goal to reduce U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. So is this target achievable? Our new study finds that it’s possible for the country to meet this target even without Congressional action, but only if it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Hidden Costs From Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels 25.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If you have ever visited Santa Barbara, it is absolutely beautiful -- except for the oil rigs visible offshore. In 1969 one of those rigs had a blowout that caused 4.2 million gallons of oil to spill. At the time it was the biggest disaster in U.S. waters. Subsequently, the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 put it in third place. It killed an estimated 3,500 sea birds and an incalculable number of marine animals and fouled the undersea vegetation, which in turn caused untold damage to the food chain for many years. The Latest Spill Just last week, on May 19, a pipeline rupture caused over 100,000 gallons to spill into Santa Barbara waters. The channel where the spill occurred is where warm water from the south mixes with cold water from the north, creating one of most bio-diverse habitats in the world, with over 800 species of sea creatures, from crabs and snails to sea lions and otters, and a forest of kelp and other undersea plants; it's also a place through which ...
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U.S. SEC charges Atlanta firm over public pension funds 21.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday announced fraud charges against an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm and two of its executives for their handling of the city's pension funds for police, firefighters, transit workers and other employees. An SEC statement said Gray Financial Group steered public pension fund clients into an investment fund that did not comply with state law and collected more than $1.7 million as a result. The group, its founder and president, Laurence Gray, and co-CEO Robert Hubbard IV breached their responsibilities to act in the pension funds’ best interest by recommending investments in an alternative fund called GrayCo Alternative Partners II LP to Atlanta's pension funds for its ...
The Luxury Bus for Techies Is Shutting Down (For Now) 21.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Luxury private-bus service Leap has halted its service to comply with regulations. Because it knows it ...
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Leap Transit shut down by the state for operating illegally 21.5.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
The state has forced Leap Transit to halt operations for running its luxury bus line without a permit. [...] the CPUC said that Leap technically falls under city regulation pending the approval of its state permit, while the city said that it had already handed over regulatory authority to CPUC. Leap rides cost $6 and an app controls every aspect of the experience — from displaying schedules to ordering $7 cold-pressed juice on-board. The city recently approved a study to determine how to regulate such services, but Leap instead chose to follow the path of startups like Uber by seeking state regulation, which has the potential for less oversight than city regulation. According to the notice, Leap also failed to comply with safety regulations including mandated California Highway Patrol bus inspections and a Department of Motor Vehicles program monitoring driver safety. In order to receive its permit, the notice said that Leap must comply with several state requirements, including filing proof of ...
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Mass transit plans take shape for Roosevelt Blvd. 19.5.2015 Philly.com News
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