A new bus line in a town near Buenos Aires, Argentina, has made a unique decision to improve service: they’ve decided to only hire female drivers. Why? The macho behavior of male drivers (“screeching stops and careening turns”) didn’t mesh well with the family-friendly vision of the bus line.
Amtrak seeking Florida’s rail funds (Wall Street Journal)
Amtrak is lobbying for $1.3 billion of the $2 billion in federal high-speed rail funding that Florida Governor Rick Scott refused. Amtrak would use the money to upgrade its rail service in the Northeast Corridor, bringing high-speed rail between Boston and Washington. California (among other states) is also lobbying for Florida’s funds.
The U.S. consumes 377 million gallons of gasoline each day, and as gas approaches $5 a gallon in some regions, it’s becoming apparent that the costs required for the single passenger automobile lifestyle are simply becoming too high. This article is a plea for another lifestyle, one that doesn’t require any gasoline because its mode – bicycles – are powered by the human body. One interesting fact brought up: 40 percent of driving trips span less than 2 miles, a distance that is not overwhelming for most people to bike. One a related side note, a blogger I follow on Twitter (@thisbigcity) tweeted this today: “96% of people in North America and Europe can walk, and 75% can ride a bike. Sustainable cities should be designed around these people.”
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