The high-speed train proposed by Texas Central Partners would run on tracks elevated on berms or concrete supports, as seen in these renderings the company released on Feb. 5, 2018. The high-speed train proposed by Texas Central Partners would run on tracks elevated on berms or concrete supports, as seen in these renderings the company released on Feb. 5, 2018. Photo: Texas Central Partners / Texas Central Partners Photo: Texas Central Partners / Texas Central Partners Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 The high-speed train proposed by Texas Central Partners would run on tracks elevated on berms or concrete supports, as seen in these renderings the company released on Feb. 5, 2018. The high-speed train proposed by Texas Central Partners would run on tracks elevated on berms or … [Read more...] about Opponents of Houston-Dallas bullet train trumpet ruling that company is not a railroad
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London (CNN Business)A handful of influential UK news outlets are showing their disgust with the state of politics by choosing not to endorse any political party ahead of a general election that could have profound implications for the country. Both the Financial Times and the New Statesman have declined to name a preferred candidate ahead of the December 12 vote. The Economist has endorsed a smaller party that has virtually no chance of winning. While tabloids and broadsheets that tend to be loyal to one party such as The Sun (Conservatives) and the Daily Mirror (Labour) are expected to deliver the usual endorsements, others are issuing blistering editorials assailing both major parties. US pharma companies really do want Britain to pay more for drugs The decisions by newspapers to withhold endorsements reflects public weariness with both parties following three years of uncertainty over Brexit, and a growing divide between Labour and the Conservatives on a host of issues. … [Read more...] about UK media outlets can’t find candidates worth endorsing in crucial election
LOS ANGELES - Elizabeth Dickson recently decided to skip a luxury gas-guzzling vehicle, instead purchasing a Tesla Model 3. While the Tesla carried a more expensive monthly payment, the 25-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, said the gas savings and anticipated lack of maintenance offset the added cost. Plus, she wanted to be surrounded by cutting-edge technology. "There's things that Tesla is doing that other brands aren't even considering right now," said Dickson, an operations manager for a large airline. "It just makes more sense." The rapid embrace of upscale electric cars by aspirational consumers like Dickson shows how battery-powered vehicles are primed to become a major force in the auto industry, with broad implications for mechanics, autoworkers, oil companies and environmentalists. While many have long predicted an electric car revolution, Tesla's quick success in the luxury market - which often sets the direction for the entire automotive industry - shows that the … [Read more...] about OK Beemer: Why European luxury sedans are becoming relics and electric SUVs are on the rise
San Francisco’s battle with companies that rent electric scooters kicked into high gear Monday as City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued cease-and-desist orders to the businesses even as the Board of Supervisors was considering a proposal to regulate the divisive transportation devices. The board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee unanimously endorsed the proposed ordinance, sending it to the Board of Supervisors, which will take it up Tuesday. Before the committee’s action, Herrera sent letters Monday to Bird, LimeBike and Spin, the companies running the scooter operations, ordering them to stop doing business until they take stronger efforts to keep users from riding them on sidewalks, parking them so they block sidewalks, ramps and transits stops and using them without helmets or drivers licenses. All of those are violations of either city or state law, but in the three weeks since the scooters hit the streets and sidewalks of San Francisco, they’ve become … [Read more...] about SF’s scooter conflict: City attorney issues cease-and-desist orders to companies
The black dust that caked Margaret Gordon’s Venetian blinds was the first bad omen. Her West Oakland neighborhood, criss-crossed by freeways and nestled close to a busy port, was gradually poisoning her lungs, she says. When Gordon moved to an affordable housing complex on 7th and Willow Streets in 1992, she could hear trucks rumbling by throughout the day, shipping goods from the port, crawling along the Interstate 880 underpass and rolling out of the post office parking lot. Gordon was diagnosed with asthma, as were her two grandchildren, who lived in the same building. Respiratory ailments were so widespread among children in the neighborhood that the nurse at Prescott Elementary School carried a shoebox full of inhalers. Two decades later, air pollution still looms near ports and freeways. The transportation sector accounts for 41% of greenhouse gas emissions in California, and 10% derives from heavy trucks, which comprise only 4% of all vehicles on the road. The California … [Read more...] about Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?