Significant Transit & Rail Stories, May 14, 2014

BART Safety Rules Could Impact Service in Future

Why Bus Rapid Transit Has Stalled In Bay Area

Estimated Cost of Key Bullet Train Segment Rises $1 Billion

Long Rails Arrive In Novato As SMART Work Continues

Hudson River Tunnels Have Up To 30 Years Life Left, Says Amtrak

Los Angeles Union Station Celebrates 75 Years

Feds Give Sacramento Streetcar A Green Light

We’ll Believe It When We See It Dept: Optimistic Report On New Bay Bridge Maintenance

Dollars, Dollars, Dollars Dept: US Congress Faces Highway [and Transit] Funding Battle; Deadlock Looms

San Francisco Leaders $1.5 Billion Push For Muni Funding

Don’t Mess With This Guy Dept:  Undercover Cops At New Jersey Transit

10,000 Pack Orlando SunRail On Opening Day, Causing Big Delays

Heads Roll On Long Island Dept: LIRR President Fired

SF Muni T-Third Street Line “Sardine City” On Giants’ Game Days

Tut, Tut How So British Dept: Amtrak Launches Pilot Program Allowing Cats And Dogs

Muni Better Late Than Never Dept: SF Muni Installs Between Car Barriers On LRVs

Well, Only $108 Million Dept: Morgantown To Modernize Its PRT System
 [Well, this could buy a 4-5 mile modern streetcar system so they’re not stuck with one-of-a-kind proprietary PRT gadgets and doodads, but we digress…]

Well, BRT IS Popular With Academics & Bureaucrats Dept: Protesters Decry San Bernadino LNG-Powered BRT

Doh! Homer! Dept: You May Be Addicted To Your Car

Disability Activists Rally For Accessibility Changes To Future BART Cars

TRANSDEF Analysis Critiques HSR Greenhouse Emissions Analysis

TRANSDEF released its analysis on April 23, 2014 of the CHSRA’s Contribution of the High-Speed Rail Program to Reducing California’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels (June 2013). In short, the construction of HSR would generate more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than it would reduce, for at least 2 decades. Because of this, it would be illegal to use cap and trade funds, which are intended to reduce GHGs, to build HSR.

What’s especially surprising about the CHSRA’s report is its overtly deceitful manner of hiding its construction emissions, and its failure to provide comprehensive emissions numbers, despite being tasked by the Legislature with identifying the project’s net GHG benefits. Perhaps not so surprising are the two high-level Administration officials that gave their unqualified endorsements to the report.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has announced a new plan to allocate cap and trade funds to support SB 375 Sustainable Communities. That plan proposes to devote 20% of revenues to HSR. The proposal is troubling above and beyond its inclusion of HSR in the grab bag. It politicizes the use of cap and trade funds, departing from ARB’s strict approach of maximally reducing GHGs with the funds. The proposal would encourage the gaming of the evaluation of project GHG emissions, which could gravely harm the state’s climate change efforts.

Used with permission from TRANSDEF. Original post at TRANSDEF Analysis of HSR Greenhouse Emissions Analysis.

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