Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday Wrap: 1/6/10

Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up is a feature looking back on transportation and planning news and opinions from the last week or so.

  • On Track: Make sure to check out the Transport Politic's look at transit projects on track to be completed, expanded, or started in 2010.
  • Beats Shoveling It: The Baltimore Streetcar Museum recently got to break out its snow sweeper to clear the tracks during the Blizzard of '09.
  • Harmony Express: China's new Harmony Express is the world's fastest train, reaching a top speed of 217 mph, making the journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou in under 3 hours.
  • Rethinking LRT: After initially rejecting plans for light rail, Virginia Beach is now planning TOD to provide a welcoming gateway for riders on the Tide Light Rail in adjacent Norfolk. Perhaps one day, the Tide will make it to the Beach.
  • 7000+: Vice President Joe Biden is estimated to have taken more than 7000 round trips on Amtrak in his career. He has penned another piece supporting passenger rail.
  • Clunkers for Junkyards: US car ownership saw its first major decline since the DOT first started keeping track in 1960. The fleet shrunk by about 4 million vehicles.

1 comment:

Amber said...

the snow sweeper was neat