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    Using gas to power cars is like "burning Picassos" for heat

    Our dependency on oil for transportation is as futile as burning Picasso paintings for heat, according to Christian Science Monitor guest blogger Kurt Cobb. The point Cobb makes is that oil molecules can be used for valuable resources by being transformed into substances with true value – ...

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    Some cars to be as clean as electric train travel by 2020

    Ex-Ford engineer Richard Parry-Jones is now chairman-designate of the UK's Network Rail. Having looked into the futures of both car and train development, he believes that by the end of this decade the most Earth-friendly internal-combustion engine cars will be about as polluting, on a ...

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    DOT announces $104.1-million clean-fuel transit initiative

    U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that transit authorities can duke it out for a share of $101.4 million in federal funds by proposing innovative projects that promote the use of "clean fuels" for public transit. Says Secretary LaHood:

    This money supports ...

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    With gas prices spiking, transit riders could save up to $14,376 a year (some, anyway)

    With gasoline prices soaring, commuters who rely upon public transportation can now save even more cash than before, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). On March 8th, U.S. gas prices hit an average of $3.50 a gallon, but individuals who travel by bus or commuter ...

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    Los Angeles County MTA retires last diesel bus; CNG, hybrids, electrics take over

    It has taken nearly two decades for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA MTA) to replace its entire fleet of diesel buses with coaches that operate on alternative-fuel technologies, but on Wednesday, the MTA completed the transition when it retired its final diesel ...

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    Proterra sells electric buses, fast-chargers to Foothill Transit [w/video]

    Proterra BE35 all-electric bus – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Mass transit can be a great way to get around a city, allowing you to either leave your car parked or forgo vehicle ownership altogether (David Suzuki would approve). Now, Proterra is removing the nasty diesel smoke ...

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    UK funds Low-Carbon Buses with £30 million

    The British Department of Transport has announced a new £30 million fund to help bus operators purchase low-carbon vehicles, like the new GM-Allison Two-mode hybrid system (pictured). A Low Carbon Emission Bus (LCEB) is defined as one that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent ...

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    Bilbao claims to have the first subway in the world using only renewable energy

    Bilbao, Spain, has a subway system that is famous for having its stations designed by Sir Norman Foster. There's now another reason that people might be interested in riding the underground rails. Metro de Bilbao, the company that manages the railway system, has announced that all the energy they ...

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    How can I live without a car?

    Overall, the trend for the upcoming years will be more and more cars, maybe up to 3.5 billion around the world (there are about 800 million on the roads today). Cars like the ultra-cheap Tata Nano are opening the door for more and more people to own their own car, and a lot of people are eager to ...

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    Paris tests a new hybrid bus that uses ultracapacitors

    RATP, the public-owned company that manages most of Paris' public transport system, is currently performing tests using a hybrid bus outfitted with ultracapacitors. For now, the test buses are passenger-free. The model, called Lion's City Hybrid, is supplied by German manufacturer MAN and the ...

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    Metrocable: solar-power assisted cable car as public transportation

    Now that winter is coming, some people are getting ready for cable cars rides at ski resorts. But what if a city used cable cars as for public transportation? Such is the case in Medellín, in Colombia, and its Metrocable system. There are currently two aerial cable car lines which are fully ...

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    Blade Runner concept combines a bus with a train

    Click above for more pics of the Blade Runner concept
    Mass transit is a concept that holds significant promise in the U.S. as it is currently very under-utilized. Train travel has become more popular now that the price of gas has rocketed upwards, but rails only go in certain directions and there ...

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    Mass transit going greener: Urban tramway to work with solar power

    I've had the pleasure to visit the beautiful island of Tenerife a few times, which is the largest of the Canary Islands. Being a very mountainous island, it's a difficult place to build a railway system, but they're catching up with a new tramway line which serves the island's capital, Santa Cruz ...

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    Toyota recommends driving less to save gas

    Since Toyota, like other automakers doing business in the U.S., is currently unable to supply enough hybrids and other small fuel efficient cars to meet consumer demand, they are offering up other suggestions on how to conserve gas. Over on the Open Road blog, they have talked about hypermiling ...

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    Riding the bus

    In all the time I've been writing for AutoblogGreen I've driven a great many different cars and trucks. Whether it's for ABG, Autoblog or my day job at Green Fuels Forecast, I drive most of these different vehicles to review them on one or more of the sites. From time to time, schedules work out in ...

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    Lawsuit filed in hybrid bus hullabaloo

    The 2004 decision by the city of Elk Grove to purchase refurbished buses with gasoline/electric hybrid drivetrains from ISE and Complete Coach Works sure hasn't panned out as well as had been hoped. With the noble intention of being the first U.S. city with an all-hybrid bus fleet, Elk Grove ...

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    London chooses American buses for hydrogen fleet

    London was one of the first cities to use fuel-cell buses provided by Daimler, as consequence of the CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe) pilot program a few years ago. Ken Livingstone, London's mayor, has decided that the program was satisfactory enough and has ordered the purchase of new ...

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    Hybrid trains around the world, from 1986 to the present

    It seems that the latest trend in train technology is hybrid powertrains. For a long time, diesel trains have used electric motors for smoother power but as battery improvements arrive, the powertrains are becoming more sophisticated and handle features such as regenerative braking.Let's start with ...

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    Tramways are making a comeback

    The last city to ressurect tramways has been Buenos Aires, Argentina (with an Alstom Citadis model in the picture). Tramways (streetcars in North America) have made a huge comeback in recent years. During the '50s, trams was replaced by diesel buses, which offered greater flexibility at that moment ...

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    Personal Finance Advisor gives 10 straightforward reasons to "ditch your car"

    Saving money often has the side effect of being what many would consider green. Not the money being green thing, either... as Personal Finance Advice points out here, ditching your car can save emissions and put extra cash in your pocket. Here are the top ten reasons to ditch your car, according to ...


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