High-Speed Rail Expands from 14 to 24 Countries

On November 9, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

By Worldwatch Institute (11/8/11) The number of countries running high-speed rail is expected to double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States, up from only 14 countries today. […]

What If…?

On May 2, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

…someone invents an economically-competitive energy storage technology that could be deployed at any electricity substation at megawatt-hour scale? …the power grid were brought up to 21st Century standards to match the true power quality needs of our increasingly digital society? …high-speed rail was not the exclusive province of Europe and Asia? …customers had real choice […]

California’s Electric Transit Ride

On September 28, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison People take hundreds of million electric rides each year in California. The big news is not the electric car drivers or those happily screaming on Disneyland rides; the larger story is network of connected electric rail, buses with cutting edge electric drive systems, and electric cars. No LA and SF are not […]

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China Invested $88 billion in High Speed Rail in 2009

On March 26, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Clean Edge’s 2010 Clean Energy Trends forecasts growth for high-speed rail and renewablesClean Edge included high-speed rail (HSR) for the first time in its annual Clean Energy Trends report which tracks key developments in clean-energy markets. China is leading the surge in HSR according to Clean Edge: China’s Ministry of Railways spent $88 billion on […]

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High-Speed Rail Unlocks Intermodal Potential

On April 8, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Intermodal solutions allow people to effectively navigate major cities such as New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo. Subway and light-rail are especially effective, but expensive to build. As cities grow, change, and morph, not every potential route can be served with subway and light-rail. Bus rapid transit is a cost […]

Voters Approve High-Speed Rail for California

On November 11, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (11/11/08). California is moving ahead with an 800-mile high-speed train system serving Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, the Central Valley, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego. High-speed trains will be capable of maximum speeds of 220 miles per hour, covering San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 […]

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Voters and Congress Decide the Fate of Public Transportation

On October 31, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (10/31/08). A record number of Americans are saving thousands per year by using public transportation from one day per week to living car free. In 2007, a 50-year record was set of 10.3 billion transit trips per year, saving over 4 billion gallons of car gasoline use. 2008 will set a new […]

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Keeping America Moving

On October 12, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (10/11/08). A record number of Americans are saving thousands per year by using public transportation from one day per week to living car free. In 2007, a 50-year record of 10.3 billion trips per year, saving over 4 billion gallons of car gasoline use. 2008 will set a new record that may […]

California High-Speed Rail

On April 23, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (Earth Day 2008). Fiona Ma was nervous about getting on a train that was about to set a world speed record. Just before Easter 2007 in the countryside outside Paris, she saw the people lining the green and flowered route. The French were flying flags, waving, and cheering. Less reassuring were those […]