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Daily News Brief for November 23, 2015

VDOT Rolls Out I-395 HOT Lanes Expansion Plan, Wins Key Backers Governor Cuomo's Scofflaw Crackdown Gains Traction NY City Comptroller Takes on Rental Car Companies and E-ZPass Fees MA Lawmaker Gets...

Australia and Tasmania spend $85m on revitalising freight rail

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have jointly awarded the single largest tender of the A$119.6m ($85m) Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Project to VEC Civil Engineering for track works on the Melba and Western line.

Saft to deliver MRX battery systems for SNCF's trains in France

French industrial battery manufacturer Saft has secured a €4m on-board battery system replacement contract from rail operator SNCF.

#Freetransit would literally take millions of cars off the road, but you won't hear about it at #cop21, here's why.

Oh you might hear about:green carsgas-powered busesbike lanesbike hi-ways (!)complete streetsblah blahBut free public transport actually aims the arrow straight at the problem. Subsidized Sprawl. With sprawl, homes, schools, businesses, must be individually heated and cooled. Show More Summary

Qantas walk for points scheme walks all over the media

Qantas really took the media for mugs today with its ‘earn points walking’ media release, not that the scheme isn’t without some compelling merits for investors. First, the frivolous bits. It all began with this press release, about how users of wearable physical activity monitoring devices could under a new Qantas scheme, earn points for […]

Two, maybe three things may now help MH370 search

There are a number of reasons to think the search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 may be taking a turn for the better. The JACC or Joint Agency Coordination Centre has confirmation that the sea bed search is now in the area predicted for the point of impact, if not controlled ditching, by a […]

I am Monoculture, Destroyer of Worlds

There's an idea going around that "gentrification" imposes a monoculture on the neighborhoods it touches. In a whirlwind of destruction it sweeps away the indigenous diversity that existed since the dawn of time, tearing up unique old buildings, tossing aging deli owners as for away as Florida and scattering younger ones to the Five Towns. Show More Summary

Renewables vs Degrowth

Yes, it is true that using current energy from the sun is better than burning concentrated ancient energy from the sun. But is that benefit delivered by renewables?As long as there is growth, by population or development, energy saved...Show More Summary

Portland Transportation Political Contemplations

I’m sitting in San Francisco right now. Thankful that Portland doesn’t have these political problems or transportation nightmares to deal with. However we have other things that are just as important and dear to our Portland hearts as any of San Francisco’s great political issues. Warning: There is a free use of language and there are […]

Australia joins Antarctica’s heavy jet club at last

It’s taken an eternity as far as Antarctic exploration is concerned, but Australia today joined the south polar continent’s heavy jet club with a cargo delivery flight from Hobart to its Wilkins Blue Ice Runway using an RAAF C-17. Wilkins started very limited wheeled jet operations in January 2008 using an Airbus A319 flown under […]

Podcast: Political Costs

Martin and Frank discuss Madison BRT, open vs. closed bus systems, BRT creep, rail bias, bus branding, and Sound Transit’s new CEO.

Service Diversions 11-21-15

I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week. Make sure to follow @TransitBlogger on Twitter by clicking the button in the sidebar as I am using it more often. Also if you are into indie music make sure to follow @IndMusicReview & @SurgeFM! xoxo Transit Blogger

Famous NZ glacier sight seeing flight turns deadly on Fox Glacier

The helicopter crash that killed six tourists (two Australian) and their pilot on New Zealand’s Fox Glacier today was making a world famous scenic flight similar to many that take hundreds of people close to the peaks and passes of the country’s southern alps on any fine day. But today wasn’t a fine day on […]

A Quick Concert Photography Tip

I saw Styx here in Winnipeg this past Tuesday night, and they rocked. I've been a Styx fan since Paradise Theatre but I had never seen them in concert until now. Even though it's not quite the original line-up (since Dennis deYoung has been gone for over 15 years), the addition of Gowan as lead singer was a great choice. Show More Summary

ST Board Confirms New CEO and Fares

You can plan for growth, or you can be overwhelmed by it. This community is planning for it. — Peter M. Rogoff, next CEO of Sound Transit The Sound Transit Board held its monthly meeting Thursday, featuring a hotly-debated fare change on ST Express and Sounder and the confirmation of Peter M. Rogoff as the […]

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