Category Archives: Mass Transit

North America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.

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$900 Million For BC’s Aging Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Good news for those concerned with the state of our province’s aging transportation system. The Federal, provincial and municipal governments are partnering to provide a total of $900 million for BC’s aging infrastructure.

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Seeing Seattle through Streetfilms.org

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Seeing Seattle through Streetfilms.org can mean bicycling to work with the city’s former mayor, taking a streetcar, light rail or using a pedestrian activated crosswalk that is foot activated.

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In Germany, public transit is often the preferred way to Travel

The ECOreport looks into why In Germany, public transit is often the preferred way to Travel  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1North American cities are primarily designed for automotive traffic. There has been more attention to bicycles, buses and trains, but most people still look upon them as a poor person’s transportation. There is a much different model in Europe. In Germany, public transit is often the preferred way to travel.

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Comparing Transit Across Canada

A Review of the Pembina Institute’s Report: Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe average Toronto resident uses rapid transit 133 times a year. That’s much higher than Calgary (74) or Vancouver (52), yet these two cities have spent more developing their infrastructure during the past two decades.  The most accessible transit system is in Montreal, which is within a 15 minute walk for 37% of the population. These are a few of the facts in the Pembina Institute’s new report “Fast Cities: Comparing transit across Canada.”

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A Call for Moderniztion of Metro Vancouver’s Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Mayors’ Council Vision for Regional Transportation is a call for action. With over a million people expected to move into the Metro Vancouver area, the existing infrastructure will not be adequate. The Mayors Council is composed of 23 mayors in the Metro Vancouver area. The video below is their call for modernization of Metro Vancouver’s infrastructure.
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BYD Electric Transit Bus Approved in Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMForget all the hassle in the United States, the BYD Electric Transit Bus has just earned Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) Certification and been placed on the “Vehicle Manufacturers Registry” with Transport Canada. According to their news release, this is supposed to include “several standards” that are “beyond the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.”
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Siemens to Build 32 next generation diesel-electric Locomotives in California

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Siemens obtained a $225 million contract, to build 32 “Charger” diesel-electric locomotives, in its Sacramento CA rail manufacturing facility.
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BYD sets a New European eBus Record; Resolves Issues in California

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMBYD’s ebuses have set a European record, travelling 325km (202 miles) on a single charge at the end of which they still had 8% of battery charge remaining.
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