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A billion dollars per day

The United States spends almost one billion dollars every day on imported crude oil and petroleum products. I disabled the Energy Use widget shortly after the New Year — after seeing 10 digit values on the 2nd day I figured I had an arithmetic error of some kind in the code. I couldn’t imagine that read more »

About that $2 Billion for Cash for Clunkers

Last week, the US House of Representatives approved an additional $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program, in which consumers can receive a rebate up to $4,500 when they trade their old(er) car in for a brand new car. The U.S. Senate must still approve the bill. Over the past decade, Amtrak has had read more »

A new paradigm in transportation planning?

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans for future BART currently include an extension to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. Is this an appropriate use of transportation dollars?

40 years after the OPEC embargo

Oil was once so plentiful it came out of the ground like artesian wells, like the bubbling crude made famous by Jed Clampett fame and the dangerous gushers from fields in Texas, California and Oklahoma. The heyday of easy oil began to fade when U.S. oil production peaked in 1970. Big oil could collect petroleum read more »

VTA budget notes

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) are working on their biennial budget for fiscal 2014 and 2015. VTA’s fiscal year begins on July 1. Here are my quick observations from selections of the draft budget.

The Cockroaches of Transportation in Disasters: The Book

According to Bike Portland, 2012 has been the year of using bicycles in disaster response. Elly Blue’s next edition of Taking the Lane features True Life Stories where a bicycle was instrumental in saving people during disasters large and small. One of the stories comes from my dad, who was among the first outside responders read more »