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21st Century Transportation : Moving Off the ROad

A State-By-State (in the United States) Analysis of the National Decline in Driving After sixty years of almost constant increases in the annual number of miles Americans drive, since 2004 Americans have decreased their driving per-capita for eight years in a row. Driving miles per person are down especially sharply among Millennials, America’s largest generation […]

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News from the US: Republican Assault on Environment

House Republicans, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, are launching a massive assault on the environment.  Their latest five-year transportation bills would eliminate funding for mass transit, high-speed rail, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements, decrease funding for Amtrak, and expedite environmental reviews of proposed oil and gas drilling projects.  It would also permit drilling […]

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Obama and Transportation: Floundering at the Wheel?

In an age of environmental degradation, peaking supplies of oil, and global political upheaval, President Barack Obama’s rhetoric has not asked for the kind of changes that could help the nation move gracefully towards a low energy future.  However, he does seem to have at least one transportation legacy that he is working on: high-speed […]

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Expensive, Unhealthy, Destructive – But Still Here. Why?

There is now irrefutable evidence proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that cars place a huge cost on societies worldwide: loss of health and human lives, degradation of urban environment, a changing climate, and an economic burden that is shared by drivers and non-drivers alike. Yet, even though we are aware of all those […]

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Obama and Transportation

With collapsing urban transportation systems and an out-of-control oil spill (not to mention a stubborn 10% unemployment rate) recently battering President Barack Obama, to what degree is he leading a paradigm shift in transportation policy? Follow the Money… On February 1, president Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2011 US$3.8 trillion budget. Sustainable transportation activists saw some reason to celebrate: out […]

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Time to scrap the scrappage schemes?

This has been the year we all became familiar with the term “scrappage scheme”. It refers to governments subsidies (sometimes backed by the auto industry) given to consumers for buying a new car and scrapping their old one. Although some countries introduced these kinds of schemes long before the economic downturn, they spread around the […]

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Happy Motoring? New Deal for Transport in the US

US President Barack Obama has an unenviable task: helping reverse the current path of environmental destruction, and this involves transforming the way Americans travel. Obama’s Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, does a good job of talking the talk about bicycling and walking as parts of this transformation [...]

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Obama’s Era and His Plans for the US Transportation System

People the world over erupted with joy on January 20, when US president Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office. At the San Francisco, California Civic Center, thousands gathered to watch his swearing in on a turbo screen and cheered “O-ba-MA! O-ba-MA!” Nearby at a makeshift carnival booth, they threw old shoes at a […]