Friday, December 24, 2010
By Kate Hinds
Fast rail, slow build out: "Only 20 miles of track on the 284-mile Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Louis will be upgraded to handle 110-mph trains by 2012, state officials said Thursday." (Chicago Tribune)
Want to build your own bamboo bike? You can, in Brooklyn. Video below! (via ABC News)
Turning solar energy into fuel: a new technique involves the element Cerium. (NPR)
An explosion of drivers in China has led to some hasty transportation planning in Beijing: The future will bring: "280,000 new parking spaces; 1,000 share-a-bike stations; 348 miles of new subway track; 125 miles of new downtown streets; 23 miles of tunnels; 9 new transportation hubs; 3 congestion zones; and 1 cure-all, “the use of modern technology.” (New York Times)
Toyota to launch family of Priuses. (Or is the plural Prii? Hmmm.) (AltTransport)
A new app helps you find on-street parking, of which Wired says: "Having access to real-time parking information could be the difference between finding a space and circling the wrong block endlessly, or seeing that parking is at a premium and deciding to leave the car at home."