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All Aboard: Rail-Centric Construction Gets Back on Track

All Aboard: Rail-Centric Construction Gets Back on Track | green streets | Scoop.it
With train travel regaining ­popularity and high-speed passenger rail projects or improvements under construction in California, Michigan, and the Northeast Corridor, another era of railroad station construction is dawning.


In the last decades of the 20th century, many of the projects undertaken during the golden era of railroad station restorations across the country involved anything except trains. Today, with train travel regaining ­popularity- Amtrak ridership has jumped 49 percent since 2000-  nearly every station project includes intercity train service, and most incorporate other forms of transit, too.

In this era, train service is returning to some stations that had abandoned it, and rail hubs once again are seen as magnets for real estate activity and opportunity...

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How Public Transit Celebrates the Holidays

How Public Transit Celebrates the Holidays | green streets | Scoop.it

A roundup of the best train lights and subway car decorations...Continuing a bit of a tradition on this blog, here are some really fun photos of holiday festivity on public transit and rail systems. You'll notice some themes, including the Chicago Transit Authority's famous Holiday Train, and the amazingly photogenic holiday train from Canadian Pacific railroad, which not only crosses the length of Canada but also dips into America at times. Both the CTA and CP trains support those enterprises' work to collect and distribute food to the needy.

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Riding Sunlight: Solar Power for Public Transportation

Riding Sunlight: Solar Power for Public Transportation | green streets | Scoop.it
For those concerned about the environmental impact of their daily commute, taking public transportation may be a way to be nicer to the planet. According to statistics highlighted by the Sustainable Cities Collective, taking public transportation over driving can save 340 million gallons of fuel from being used, preventing the release of 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Now, public transportation is becoming even better for the environment thanks to the benefits of solar power. From California to Massachusetts, public transportation agencies are increasingly turning to photovoltaic energy to keep their operations running smoothly.

While trains are not (yet) propelled by photovoltaic energy, some public transportation agencies do use solar panels to help power their rail fleets. For example, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority announced in September that it would be putting up solar modules on an 18-acre rail yard and on a garage. The installations, paid for through a power purchase agreement, are expected to save the MBTA close to $49,000 a year by providing an estimated 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, Boston.com reported.

On the other side of the country, L.A. Metro has announced its intentions to install a combined 2 megawatts of PV energy capacity on all of its bus and rail facilities in Los Angeles County, according to Clean Fleet Report...

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