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Hyper Chariot Aims To Go Faster, Further, & Cheaper Than Hyperloop

June 24th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The concept of low- to no-pressure travel through tubes has been around for a few hundred years, but it's clearly facing a revival of inspiration lately. It continues to capture imaginations as a promising future mode of transport, but also now investment dollars. Today, the idea of achieving high-velocity travel in a controlled tube environment may have made a step forward, thanks to the startup Hyper Chariot Network


Trump’s 2018 Budget = Severe Cuts To Federal Funding For Transit, Bicycling, & Walking — Is Not Pro-Life, Not Pro-Child

May 30th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Study after study after study after study shows exhaust from gas cars and diesel engines to be a major factor of disease in our world, and — tragically — in our children. With such a large amount of information on air pollution out there, why on earth would an administration claiming to care for children cut funding for clean transport (not to mention the EPA)? Is the party and its president simply disrobing its pro-child guise, its pro-life guise with the understanding that voters won't pay attention or care


California Rail Electrification Funding Trump’s Transportation Secretary Wanted To Kill Gets Funded In New Budget Deal

May 4th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

A proposed new budget deal in Congress would preserve funding to electrify rail lines between San Jose and San Francisco. That corridor is one of the busiest in the nation as it serves the tech community on the San Francisco peninsular known as Silicon Valley. Bringing electrification to the rail transport system would have a significant effect on carbon emissions in the region and reduce the area's well known traffic congestion


Hyperloop One’s “Plan For America”

April 8th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

On April 6, Hyperloop One hosted a conference on American infrastructure in Washington, DC, where it released details about the role it intends to play in bringing rapid, low-cost transportation to the nation. President Trump is proposing to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure during the next several years and those who want to participate in that plan are flocking to Washington to present their ideas. Elon Musk last week told administration officials that he can bore tunnels from coast to coast to help solve America's congestion problems


Transit Users & Jobs Need Our Support: A Call To Action Against Horrific Budget Cuts

April 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Day after day, we witness backtracking in our country. Looking at the big picture, after nudging tenaciously year after year, the hurdles some of us thought we had energy to overcome are set up once more like barricades to common sense and dignity. Some of the hurdles that we thought determined environmentally and socially compassionate forces had overcome slip through our grasp metaphorically like water — or worse, dehydrate from the flames of oppression


Donald Trump Keeps Rolling Backwards: Cuts US Commitment To Transit That’s Already Underfunded

March 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The US government’s commitment to urban transit is instrumental for smart growth as well as socioeconomic stability. Travel by metro, train, Amtrak, and other options that work to make us a multimodal society improve quality of life and health of >100 million people. These are also the means by which many people arrive at work, at home, at the daycare to pick up a child, or elsewhere


Vancouver’s World-Renowned & Comfortable Multi-Modal Infrastructure (Film)

February 6th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Infrastructure that supports multi-modal travel makes it possible to live comfortably without a car. Vancouver is perhaps North America’s #1 city in this way. How unusual is the city of Vancouver? Well, for one thing, in the 1960s, Vancouver's citizens refused to allow freeways in the city. That may seem like an obviously smart move today, but it was radical back then



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