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California Gets Wisconsin and Ohio's Rail Money

Wisconsin and Ohio don't want their money for fast, efficient transportation? Maybe that's better for the future of high-speed rail anyway.


As part of the stimulus package, Wisconsin got $810 million for high-speed rail and Ohio got $385 million. But then those states elected anti-big-government governors who didn't want the money. John Kasich, of Ohio, said "this train is dead" after being elected.

Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California asked if maybe other states that do want fast, efficient transportation could split that money and today, the Department of Transportation said yes:

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Amtrak As Subway Map

See Amtrak's entire passenger rail system laid out like a subway map.

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Chinese Train Hits 302 MPH, Breaks Commercial Speed Record

If we had trains this fast, one could get from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, in five or six hours.


While California's high-speed rail network is just barely getting started (and won't even have trains for the foreseeable future) the aerodynamic beauty above just hit a new speed record for a commercial train—302 mph—on China's Beijing to Shanghai line.

If we had trains that fast in America, one could get from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, in five or six hours.

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GOOD Design Daily: An Airport Both TSA and Travelers Can Love

SFO's new T2 is designed by San Francisco-based Gensler to calm travelers during what has become a high-stress, high-security period.

With the first wave of holiday travel behind us, and everyone up in arms about the TSA's mini-massage parlors, what better time to reveal details about a smart, sustainable new terminal for San Francisco's International Airport? SFO's T2, which will serve as a hub for American Airlines and Virgin Airlines, is designed by San Francisco-based Gensler to calm travelers during these now high-stress, high-security periods.

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Onya Cycles: Saul Griffiths' New Urban Electric Bike

The designer and inventor Saul Griffith is working on a new electric-assisted bike that will be able to haul stuff up the hills of San Francisco.

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Walk Score Ambles into 2,500 New Cities

The Walk Score website expands its excellent walkability rankings to cover 2,500 new cities. See how pedestrian-friendly your neighborhood is.


Walking. It's a way of getting around that doesn't pollute, improves your health, saves you money, and, unlike driving, might even result in nice, spontaneous interactions with your neighbors.

In 2007, to promote walkable neighborhoods, Matt Lerner and Mike Mathieu, two former Microsoft employees, came up with Walk Score. Using a novel 100-point scale, the Walk Score website gives neighborhoods a walkability rating based on the nearby availability of grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and other important everyday needs. It allows renters, realtors, community activists, and curious citizens to compare how pedestrian-friendly a neighborhood is.

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