Are Metrolink stations in the middle of nowhere? (More than Red Cars)
A fascinating post tackles the question whether stations for commuter rail are too far from other amenities or housing so that people don’t have to drive to get to the train. The blog analyzed the stations through Walk Score — the website that rates a place’s so-called “walkability” — and found that system-wide, Metrolink stations rate “somewhat walkable.” Fourteen stations rated as “car dependent” and four rated as being in a “walker’s paradise,” with Claremont’s station almost getting a perfect score.
Casting oil upon the waters: the House’s drilling bills (NRDC Switchboard blog)
The headline should provide a hint to where the NRDC stands on the three drilling bills before the House of Representatives this week. The environmental group argues that the bills, in sum, would expand drilling to virtually all American waters and would make regulations more lax than they were before the Deepwater Horizon exploded and then spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months last year. “Under these bills, the U.S. would truly be acting like an addict, willing to sell out any principle, dispense with any caution, endanger any asset to get its next fix. Again, these bills ought to be seen as irresponsible even by supporters of increased drilling,” writes the NRDC’s David Goldston.
Volt owners get 1,000 miles between fill-ups (General Motors press release)
This is the car’s manufacturer talking, so that’s the obvious caveat. The key to the statistic is that the Volt can be recharged via electricity and run 25 to 50 miles per charge — meaning on a lot of trips, owners never have to use the vehicle’s gas engine. Owners also tell GM that they visit the gas station once a month, which can’t be good news to the big oil firms — if, indeed, the Volt is the wave of the future.