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Talking Transit Vol. 4 Issue 1
  • 1/7/2011
  • Talking Transit
German researchers test-drove the world’s first automatic vehicle. The Future of Transportation Germany’s Technische Universität Braunschweig has developed a research vehicle that can drive automatically along a given route, in everyday city traffic, at speeds up…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 16
  • 12/3/2010
  • Talking Transit
In one hour, the earth receives more energy from the sun than the entire world uses in one year. Boston rail station soaks up the sun Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick recently participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of the…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 15
  • 11/12/2010
  • Talking Transit
Electric buses increased Santa Barbara bus ridership by 1,000% Bussing our way to a breathable tomorrow When Santa Barbara, Calif., introduced battery-powered electric buses back in 1991, it became one of the first U.S. cities to use zero-emission, high-performance transit vehicles. …
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 14
  • 10/22/2010
  • Talking Transit
DID YOU KNOW? On an average weekday, 1.7 million rides are taken on the CTA. Minding their Gap On an average day, 23.8 million trips are made in, to, or from London on public transportation. Transport for London (TfL), an integrated body, manages this strong ridership. Since 2000,…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 13
  • 10/1/2010
  • Talking Transit
In a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle, the average commuter could drive to and from work using only electricity. Plug it in, plug it in The average commuter in the United States travels under 30 miles roundtrip every day. Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) go beyond commercial hybrid cars that…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 12
  • 9/10/2010
  • Talking Transit
Trucks deliver nearly 70% of all freight transported annually in the U.S. Goods in Motion In the top 10 highway bottlenecks in the country (three of which are in Chicago), congestion has caused more than 18 million hours of truck delay every year. However, trucks deliver the goods we…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 11
  • 8/20/2010
  • Talking Transit
The 500 freight trains moving through Chicago every day have to share tracks with 700 daily commuter trains. Shared Track With ridership averaging 320,000 trips on weekdays, Metra is North America’s second-largest commuter railroad. Metra operates throughout the six-county…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 10
  • 7/30/2010
  • Talking Transit
In 2005, Chicago had 315 miles of bicycle lanes in the city – the same as Portland, Ore. in 2010. Bike commuting in Chicago Bike commuting is on the rise in cities across the nation and Chicago is no different. Last month, 478 companies in the Chicagoland area participated in…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 09
  • 7/9/2010
  • Talking Transit
American loses nearly $87.2 billion every year to congestion. Minnesota Battles Congestion In 2005, nine miles of underutilized carpool lanes along Minnesota’s I-394 corridor were converted into toll lanes. Since then, the lanes have accommodated more than 940,000 vehicles every…
Talking Transit Vol. 3 Issue 08
  • 6/18/2010
  • Talking Transit
An estimated 28.8 percent of Detroit, Mich. is vacant – that’s more land than the entire city of Miami, Fla. Reinventing Detroit In the first half of the twentieth century, Detroit was a transit city. In 1922, it became home to the largest municipally-owned transit system…

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