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Sustainability Council to host panel about alternative transportation in the Yampa Valley 21.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
On Tuesday night, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host a three-person panel to explore what alternative transportation may look like in Steamboat Springs in the near and distant future. The council also will hold a green car show, showcasing the latest in environmentally friendly vehicles on the market today. Sustainability Council Program and Marketing Director Andy Kennedy said the premier topic the panel will pore over during the one-hour discussion involves the Colorado Department of Transportation’s high-speed rail project, which is set to break ground in 2016. On hand to give statewide insight on the project, as well as other topics during the panel discussion, will be state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, as well as CDOT Project Manager David Krutsinger and Steamboat Springs Transit Manager Jonathan Flint, who carries extensive rail experience from his time working in Alaska, Kennedy said. As a resort town in Northwest Colorado, Kennedy said, the mode of transportation in ...
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Steamboat briefs: 14,000 visitors expected in Steamboat on Saturday 17.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
About 14,188 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday. The figure represents 99 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 100 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 91 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 86 percent full. Lodging is expected to dip to 7,581 visitors by Wednesday. The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings. Volunteers are needed for Enduro X race this weekend Volunteers still are needed to help with the Enduro-X Mountain Bike Race this weekend. People are needed to help with the athlete check-in and late registration from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare’s ...
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For mental health patients, an unmarked ride to psychiatric care 17.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Local authorities and companies across Minnesota are testing ways to transport mental health patients without stigma of flashing lights.
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The MassDOT Audit Will Probably Infuriate You 17.7.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation was the subject of a recent scathing audit by the state Inspector General that accused the agency of mismanaging its fleet, misusing tax dollars and violating state ...
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A New Gameplan for Taking Down Privatizers 16.7.2014 Truthout.com
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The complete city: why density and amenities are essential to everyday urban living 16.7.2014 MinnPost
Courtesy of Steve Date The Lunds across the street from Chute Square in Minneapolis Downtown areas are on the rebound. With that comeback, they're bringing new development, including a surge in downtown retail that's unlike anything we've seen in the past 30 years. As U.S. Census data confirms, we’re a nation that’s increasingly migrating from rural and suburban areas back into cities. Our urban population increased by 12.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, and it continues to grow. “The percentage of our nation’s population living in a metropolitan area ticked up from 85.3 percent in 2012 to 85.4 percent in 2013,” wrote  Marc Perry on the U.S. Census Bureau’s blog  in March. That might not seem impressive, but population in “micropolitan statistical areas” (“the kid sister of sorts to metro areas,” Perry explains) increased only 8,000, and the number of people in rural areas dropped by more than 35,000. “So metro areas were responsible for virtually all of our nation’s population growth,” he adds. The reasons ...
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How Minneapolis accepted Southwest Corridor light-rail deal 12.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Prodded by a mediator, Minneapolis officials agree to light-rail route with promises of money for improvements.
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Gateway Corridor will get buses, not light rail 12.7.2014 Twincities.com: Local

Bus rapid transit has been officially selected as the preferred option for the Gateway Corridor, knocking light-rail trains out of the running.

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Bloomington seeks ideas for a more biker, walker-friendly city plan 8.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The city emerged when motoring was king, but is now working to accommodate more bikers, walkers and transit users.
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Why Tiny Barbados Is Beating Us on the Road to Green Energy 3.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Oil prices are soaring again -- this time due to uncertainty over the fate of major producers like Russia and Iraq. Expect to pay more at the gas pump and the grocery store in the months ahead, since everything from transportation to manufacturing to our petroleum-intensive agricultural system is a puppet flailing upon the strings of this volatile commodity. Haven't we been through this drill before? A crisis -- usually in the Middle East-- causes oil prices to rise. Inflation increases and economic growth shrinks. At which point, we hear renewed calls for energy independence. The recent boom in natural gas has glutted the market with cheap energy, somewhat muting these calls of late. But the U.S. remains far from achieving energy independence. Because energy independence is not just temporarily producing enough of our own fossil fuels to get by. Real energy independence is freeing ourselves from the addiction to the fossil fuels which are destroying our environment and leaving our economy a hostage to ...
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Towards Full Employment and the Democratic Prospect 2.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
John Buell

(Photo: flickr / cc / Rawle C. Jackman)Despite all the talk about economic recovery, the US remains mired in slow growth and persistent unemployment. That we are far from full employment becomes clear if we recall recent history. During the final months of the Clinton Administration, unemployment dipped below 4% Those on the bottom of the income distribution began to make modest gains.

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Divest or Double Down? 1.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Thank goodness the graduation season is finally over. I witnessed pomp and circumstance at prep schools from Orlando to the Napa Valley and at colleges from Los Angeles to the Ivy League. The surprising topic at all of these cap-and-gown fests? Endowments divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies. Responding to growing demands by students, the president of Pitzer College proudly announced that her institution had voted to divest. Cheers erupted. Ditto at Stanford. And in the UK, 15,000 students signed a petition for the likes of Oxford and Imperial College in London to divest too. Given the mounting evidence of climate change and its cost on food production, public health, and from storm damage, it's not surprising that advocates would try to use the kind of tactics that brought attention to the tobacco industry and South Africa during apartheid. But are these unquestionably good intentions actually misguided? One investment professional told me that the rush to dump tobacco stocks in the 1990s ...
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Agencies overseeing Plan Bay Area settle lawsuit 1.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Bay Area regional agencies responsible for Plan Bay Area have settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that asserted the plan overstates its ability to reduce greenhouse gas production and fails to protect the health of vulnerable communities situated near transportation corridors.
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Region gets federal funds to provide alternatives to vehicle use 28.6.2014 Philly.com News
Southeastern Pennsylvania's recreational trail network - already the envy of many other metro areas - is getting a $7.5 million infusion through a federal program aimed at providing alternatives to vehicle-based transportation.
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Tar Sands on the Tracks: Railbit, Dilbit and U.S. Export Terminals 25.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last December the first full train carrying tar-sands crude left the Canexus Bruderheim terminal outside Edmonton, Alberta, bound for an unloading terminal somewhere in the United States. In previous years Canadian heavy crude, as the tar-sands crude is labeled for market purposes, had ridden the rails in very limited capacity, loaded into tank cars and bundled with other products as part of so-called "manifest" shipments. But to the best of industry analysts' knowledge, never before had a full 100-plus-car train (called a "unit train") been shipped entirely full of tar-sands crude. Because unit trains travel more quickly, carry higher volumes of crude and cost the shipper less per barrel to operate than the manifest alternative, this first shipment from the Canexus Bruderheim terminal signaled the start of yet another crude-by-rail era -- an echo of the sudden rise of oil train transport ushered in by the Bakken boom, on a much smaller scale (for now). This overall spike in North American crude-by-rail ...
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Air travel booking website offers rail alternatives 22.6.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Hop on a bike, take a walk or catch the bus 21.6.2014 Durango Herald
The fifth annual Clean Commute Week will kick off today with free tune-ups by Velorution Cycles and the opportunity to register your bike with the Durango Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon at Durango Farmers Market.“We are trying to do a big push for bike registrations this year,” said Amber Blake, Durango’s...
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Russian gas cut ticking time bomb, not immediate threat 18.6.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Russia's decision to cut gas supplies to Ukraine carries few immediate risks for European consumers, analysts say, with plenty of gas already in storage and little demand during summer. After two previous cut-offs, Europe has been seeking to diversify its energy sources and Kiev is already turning to Brussels for help with supplying gas. But analysts warn that could change when reserves start to run low amid the winter chill, forcing Europe to look for alternative energy sources and threatening Ukraine's fragile economy. Russia's state energy giant Gazprom says it will continue to supply Europe with gas via Ukraine's pipeline ...
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An Energy Conference You Don't Want to Miss 17.6.2014 Yahoo: Business

An Energy Conference You Don't Want to MissIt passed some time since this year's CERAWeek 2014 kicked off in Houston, Texas from March third to seventh. This conference is, in my opinion, one of the best energy conferences I have attended (and I attended many over the last couple of years.)


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SEPTA plans 'alternative service' in light of strike 14.6.2014 Philly.com News
How SEPTA will accomodate travelers with the loss of its Regional Rail.
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