Japanese-style bullet train in Texas on track for late 2017 groundbreaking

June 22, 2016 by  
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Japanese-style bullet trains zipping passengers between Houston and Dallas in less than 90 minutes at a top speed of 205 mph? While much attention has been paid to California’s high-speed rail project currently under construction , Texas could become the first state to begin running 200 mph-plus fast trains. Texas could possibly beat the Golden State by two years by breaking ground at the end of next year and opening to the public in 2020. California’s initial operating segment (IOS) from Madera to Bakersfield is expected to go online in 2022, while phase one from San Francisco to Los Angeles is expected to open in 2029 with a top speed of 220 mph and travel time of two hours and 38 minutes. Texas Central Railway , the private company that is developing the high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth, is planning to use trains based on the  N700 Series Shinkansen , the rolling stock that has operated in Japan since 2007. The train series was developed by JR Central and JR West with tilting capability. Related: World’s longest, deepest rail tunnel opens after almost 20 years of construction The multi-billion dollar project is projected to employ around 10,000 people per year during the design and construction phases and create 1,000 new jobs once the rail line is operational. Studies have shown that the project would pour $4.3 billion into the region during the construction phases and $352.4 million each year once operation begins. In a letter sent to the Surface Transportation Board last month, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) expressed its support for the project, stating that “the Texas Central initiative is an important demonstration of the role private capital can and must play in building our new transportation economy, and is thus an important private project of national significance, introducing a new high-speed rail option between the two largest metropolitan regions in Texas. Connecting these two regions by passenger rail for the first time will have a significant, positive effect on the entire interstate rail network.” + Texas Central Railway Via Cypress Creek Mirror Images via Texas Central Railway

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How a city in Bangladesh famously won its war on air pollution

June 22, 2016 by  
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Rajshahi, a city in Bangladesh , used to be known for was air pollution . Locals battled dust and smog, often leaving windows closed on stifling summer days to avoid gathering a layer of dirt inside. It was ranked as one of the ” world’s most polluted cities “. Then they turned things around. In a surprise success story, Rajshahi cut more air pollution than any other place on Earth. Efforts to address pollution in Rajshahi began over 15 years ago with a drive to plant trees . About 12 years ago, the city addressed transportation pollution by purchasing rickshaws from China that are battery-powered, cutting down on fumes expelled by diesel- and petrol-powered vehicles. Large trucks were banned from entering the city center during the day. Brick kilns were outfitted with different chimneys and fuel to reduce pollution. Related: 6 brilliant smog-eating designs ridding cities of air pollution Inspired by visits to London, China and Japan, Rajshahi’s chief engineer Ashrafel Haque started building new, better pavements in the town. These not only encourage people to walk, but also help keep dust levels down. So far the city has built around nine miles of pavement, with plans to build an additional 21 miles. Haque is also working to install Bangladesh’s first bicycle lane which will further reduce the need to use cars and other polluting vehicles. Concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5, measurements of coarse and fine particle pollution, show the difference in air pollution levels. Between 2014 and 2016, PM10 levels plunged from 195 micrograms per cubic meters to 63.9, nearly a two-third reduction. PM2.5 levels dropped from 70 micrograms per cubic meter to 37. Residents now express pride in Rajshai, and residents with asthma report life is particularly better for them now. According to The Guardian, now that the city has been cleaned up, locals work harder to keep it clean. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

May 8, 2014 by  
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A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglev loop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest passenger-carrying train, Shanghai Maglev Train, only reaches a high speed of just 268 mph. By using a vacuum tube, the researcher eliminated speed limitations imposed by air resistance on regular maglev trains . Read the rest of Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet trains , Chinese research maglev , green technology , green transportation , maglev design , maglev loop , maglev trains , maglev vehicles , super fast trains , super-maglev loop line , super-maglev train

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California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States

October 21, 2013 by  
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Construction on America’s first high-speed rail system just officially began in Fresno, California! The nation’s most expensive public infrastructure project (estimated to cost $68 billion) is predicted to cut pollution, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to jobs – but not all California business owners and residents are supportive. Although the new bullet trains will transport passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in only two hours and 40 minutes (compared to six hours by car), critics warn that the costs outweigh the benefits. Read the rest of California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet trains , California bullet trains , California High-Speed Rail Line funding , California High-Speed Rail Line inhabitat , Fresno high-speed rail , green transportation , high-speed rail California , US green infrastructure , us high speed rail , US infrastructure project        

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Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution

October 21, 2013 by  
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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog particles from the air. Roosegaarde is already in talks with the mayor of Beijing, who could employ the innovative solution to address the city’s air pollution issues . Read the rest of Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air purifier , Beijing smog , chinese smog vacuum , Daan Roosegaarde , dutch vacuum cleaner cleans up china’s smog , eco design , electronic air vacuum cleaner , green design , sustainable design , vacuum cleaner sucks up chinese smog        

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Myriam Dion’s Delicate Newsprint Artwork Comments on the Fragility of the Newspaper Industry

October 21, 2013 by  
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Green-Roofed Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility Uses its Own Wastewater for Irrigation in California

October 21, 2013 by  
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