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Traffic Jam
Transportation

 

 

"Before long, to go all the way across by yourself will be a fossil experience. A person or two. One car. Coast to coast. People do it now without thinking much about it. Yet it's a most unusual kind of personal freedom - particular to this time span, the one we happen to be in. It's an amazing, temporary phenomenon that will end. We have the best highway system in the world. It lets us do what people in no other country can do. And it is also an ecological disaster."

- Karen Kleinspehn Ph.D.,
from John McPhee's 1981 Basin and Range pp. 13 -14

 

"As RE-generated [Renewable Energery] electricity from the grid will cost only half as much as the hydrogen energy offered by filling station, electric cars - not hydrogen fuel cell vehicles - may become the preferred option for commuters. The power-plant-to-wheel efficiency of electric cars approaches 60 to 70 percent, compared to fuel cell vehicles, which have 'wind-to-wheel' efficiencies between 17 and 23 percent when energized with liquid or gaseous hydrogen derived from renewable sources."

In a sustainable energy future, millions of electric vehicles may be in daily use for local driving. Unlike the hydrogen infrastructure, which has yet to be developed, the energy infrastructure to support 'fueling' these vehicles already exists, or could be easily implemented."

- Ulf Bossel, The Myth of A Hydrogen Future,
Home Power Magazine 114, August & September 2006, p. 84
(I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Bossel, for my radio program, on 07-28-2006)

 

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Roger Wendell and the Corbin Sparrow at the Sierra Club Summit - San Francisco, September 2005 Transportation, especially in the United States, has become an expensive, polluting, crowded nightmare! Although I, personally, love my car (a 12 year old Toyota Tercel, at this writing) and the mobility it provides I recognize that this free-for-all can't go on forever. And, more than just my opinion, I've lived (drove!) through the 1973 Arab oil embargo and the skyrocketing gasoline prices of 2004 - it's clear to me that something needs to be done to not only consider transportation needs in the future, but to protect the world's environment too (global warming started rising, along with oil prices, in 2004, as well...).

Working from home, bicycle commuting, walking, and mass-transit are all realistic alternatives to the loan driver in a 4,000 pound SUV driving 20 miles each day for work. Some of these alternatives are not only good for the planet, but especially beneficial to our personal health and fitness - not to mention pocketbook as well!

- Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado '05

 

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In 2004 my family and I visited Japan and found their transportation system to be superb! Of course what really caught our interest was the Shinkansen, or "Bullet Train." The ones we were on made it up to 180 mph!! [The faster ones reach 240 mph but are a bit more expensive] While in Japan we also rode "regular" trains, buses, subways and anything else that's of mass transit in Japan. Their transportation system is clean, efficient, and reliable - certainly a model for the rest of the world! However, it's my understanding that much of the shinkansen is powered by nuclear energy - a whole nother web page in itself!
Bullet Train Moving
Moving train
BUllet Train Moving Out
Moving train
Bullet Train Parked
Front of train
Bullet Train Front Moving
Front of train
Bullet Train and Us
Waiting for the train
Diining on a Japanese Train
Dining on the train
Reading on the Train
Reading on the train
Our Guide Gives us the Thumbs Up on a Japanese Train!
We like the train!

 

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Hydrogen Fuel Folly:
Although I'd love to see some success with Hydrogen fuel cells
I'm really skeptical and believe there are some huge problems with it:

 

Eco Pass Bus Pass for Roger J. Wendell - 01-02-2008
My bus pass...
"What all this boils down to is that a hydrogen-powered automobile system and all its supporting infrastructure cannot be substituted for an oil-based system under any plausible equation currently understood."

- James Howard Kunstler
The Long Emergency Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change,
and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

 

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Other mass transit systems around the country and around the world!

Whenver I'm away from home I try to use that city's particular mass transit system if at all possible.
The following pix are from a few of my visits where we happened to remember to take a photo!

Roger Wendell and Mike Miller on the Moscow, Russia Subway - 09-05-2011
Me and Mike in Moscow, Russia
Tami and the London Tube by Roger Wendell - December 07, 2008
Tami in the London Tube
Tami and the London Tube by Roger Wendell - December 07, 2008
Tami enters the Piccadilly line
Bay Area Rapid Transit by Roger J. Wendell - April 2005
BART San Francisco
Bay Area Rapid Transit by Roger J. Wendell - April 2005
BART
Bay Area Rapid Transit by Roger J. Wendell - April 2005
BART

Munich, Germany transit by Roger J. Wendell - 08-31-2007
Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany transit by Roger J. Wendell - 08-31-2007
Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany transit by Roger J. Wendell - 08-31-2007
Munich, Germany
New Delhi Metro, India by Roger J. Wendell - 11-23-2008
New Delhi, India
New Delhi Metro, India by Roger J. Wendell - 11-23-2008
Delhi Metro
New Delhi Metro, India by Roger J. Wendell - 11-23-2008
Delhi Metro

YouTube Logo Click Here for my YouTube video on the Moscow, Russia subway!

 

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Links:
  1. American Public Transportation Association and their annul "Dump the Pump" day!
  2. CarBusters - Journal of the Carfree Movement
  3. Climate Change
  4. Cycling
  5. Drive Neutral - for a change!
  6. Flight Pledge Union - Make your pledge not to fly!
  7. Fossil Fuels and Peak Oil
  8. Fuel Economy
  9. Life After the Oil Crash
  10. Mountains to Plains Transportation Solutions
  11. Noise
  12. ORV - the Off-Road Vehicle menace
  13. Population
  14. Ride Arrangers by DRCOG
  15. Sail Transport Network
  16. Sustainability
  17. Solar Energy and Appropriate Technology
  18. Travel
  19. Voluntary Simplicity
  20. Wind Energy and Appropriate Technology
No Hummers

 

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