Amtrak to launch next-gen high-speed trains in US in five years

August 29, 2016 by  
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In a big leap forward for American railroad transportation, Amtrak is accepting a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to improve its technology . The project will span over the next several years and include the addition of 28 next-generation high-speed trains, major upgrades to four major Northeastern stations, and tons of amenities to draw in more passengers. When Amtrak ’s new trains hit the tracks in 2021, travelers will have a high-tech transportation option unmatched by any other in the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH-3FsmU6KQ Vice President Joe Biden made the historic announcement at the station that bears his name in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, noting that the bulk of the loan—around $2 billion—is earmarked for the new high-tech train cars . Once they are put into service, the new cars will increase the Acela fleet by 40 percent. The new additions will be decidedly next-generation in nature, with one-third more rider capacity, additional outlets and USB connections, better Wi-Fi, and the ability to travel as fast as 186 miles per hour. Related: Amtrak teams with Google to create a real-time train locator map “This is a serious, serious upgrade,” Biden said during his announcement. “One out of every three jobs (in the country) are here, along this corridor… you’d need seven more lanes on I-95 to accommodate the traffic if Amtrak shut down.” Amtrak’s new cars are promised to be 95 percent USA-made, built primarily in New York by Alstom. The 28 new cars will service the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington D.C., and are expected to reduce energy usage by 20 percent. The increased passenger capacity combined with higher speed and lower energy consumption could represent a major win for travelers and commuters, as well as the surrounding environment. The remaining $450 million of the federal loan will be used to upgrade four major Northeast Amtrak stations, including Union Station in Washington DC and Penn Station in New York City. The railroad infrastructure between Boston and D.C. will also get a long-awaited sprucing up. All work is expected to be completed by 2021. Via Engadget Images via Amtrak and Wikipedia

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SEEMO aims to revolutionize public transportation

February 23, 2016 by  
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A team of scientists and engineers led by Dr. Dennis Weyland and Peter Detzner is proposing a new approach for urban mobility that aims to revolutionize public transportation . In short, itis a shared on-demand transportation service using electric vehicles. The whole concept is based on state-of-the art research and technologies. It can be seen as a replacement for conventional public transportation services, but in the long run it would also make private vehicles obsolete. According to scientific studies this approach is able to reduce emissions by up to 91%, traffic by 73% and cost by 44%, while providing full mobility at the same time. The team is currently working on the realization of SEEMO as a pilot project. To fund this project, SEEMO has started a crowdfunding campaign. It is possible to support the project until March 16. + Support SEEMO on Indiegogo

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Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

February 27, 2015 by  
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Just two years ago, Elon Musk proposed a new 700mph mass transit solution called the Hyperloop , and now it has taken a big step closer to becoming a reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies , a company inspired by Musk’s idea has just signed a deal to build a five mile test track in central California. The track will be built at a cost of $100 million, and is expected to be operational in 2019. Read the rest of Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , fifth mode , green transportation , Hyperloop , Hyperloop Transportation Technologies , Interstate 5 , mass transit , quay valley , self-powering , Solar Power , test track

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

February 27, 2015 by  
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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

February 27, 2015 by  
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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

May 23, 2014 by  
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Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city’s public transit system. Called Waterway 365 , their project follows the principle that “across is always closer than around.” They propose incorporating water buses into the existing public transport service, and their system design involves a water bus unlike any other you have seen before. Read the rest of New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boats , ferries , Karl Garme , KTH , KTH Royal Institute of Technology , mass transit , public transit , public transport , Stockholm , Sweden , system design , transport , water buses , water taxis

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Teepee-Inspired Home Office ‘Nooks’ Double as a Personal Raft

May 23, 2014 by  
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Huckletree: First SKA-certified co-working space

May 23, 2014 by  
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Huckletree office space, which opened its doors last month (April 2014) in Clerkenwell London (UK) is purported to be the only commercial place, thus far, to be SKA-certified; that is the official benchmark for ‘good practice’ measures within the built environment. Outfits must satisfactorily demonstrate efficiency in design – from low emissions, waste and water usage to the promotion of physical well-being through eco materials and intelligent design in order to qualify for this strict accreditation. Huckletree came about because its creators identified a need within the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial scene for an inspiring, eco-friendly and creative workspace. Thus, the materials used in its carpentry are 100% recycled; the paint used to decorate the interior is non-toxic; everything within the building itself has been innovatively designed to reduce waste to landfill and conserve energy. Businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs housed within Huckletree will themselves naturally operate in a way that is cleaner and greener – there are recycling deposit bins located on every floor of the workspace; paperless billing is mandatory with all documents stored and shared via the Cloud; electrical goods and hardware installed in the building are Energy Star rated or EDT compliant and this is expected to help reduce energy consumption by up to 75%. Printing is also discouraged but, if necessary on occasion, the paper provided for the task is chlorine-free and of a high recycled content. Furthermore, for each print made, Huckletree pledges a donation to Trees for Cities, its charity partner. Huckletree’s interior design speaks volumes on its dedication to eco and sustainable living. Inside, brick, glass and reclaimed wood offset by lashings of natural daylight creates a spacious contemporary environment that gives a respectful nod to nature. Office furniture is supplied by Ahrend , recent recipients of the Cradle-to-Cradle Company Award for outstanding performance in sustainability while light installations have been provided by E-Side , the eco and sustainable design retailer for commercial and residential spaces. Here, they have provided Graypants Scrap Lights – pedant lamps fashioned from salvaged corrugated cardboard sculpted to immaculate precision using lasers to create perfect, planet-lie orbs and drums for a visually striking effect.  The installation of Graypants’ Scrap Light is testimony to the product’s impeccable green credentials and cool aesthetics – ultimately showing how the humble cardboard box can be reclaimed from the streets and worked into a beautiful yet practical piece of art.   Huckletree signals a new era for workspaces – one that adamantly stands apart from the cramped, battery farm-style cubicles of mainstream work environments. The very fabric of the business, right down to its physical foundations, has been innovatively built with sustainability in mind. The result achieved is a Zen-like work environment that is comfortable, efficient and crucially promotes both performance and well-being. Ultimately, the best workspaces bring as much of the outdoors, in – incorporating the vital elements of light, air and open space into interior design and using natural, eco and low-toxic materials to compliment this mix. Here, in London, at the very heart of Tech-city, Huckletree seems to be leading a quiet revolution of sorts – one that is set to eventually change the way work environments are built and operate, for the better. http://www.huckletree.com/         Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

June 13, 2013 by  
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The layout of a train is a lot like an airplane or a bus in terms of packing a lot of people into a tube to move them somewhere else. So why not just load people into a train and then slap some wings on it to get it to its destination? That’s the idea behind École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ‘s Clip-Air, which proposes to revolutionize air travel with a series of modular aircraft. The system does away with wasteful round-trip flights to get planes where they need to be and eliminates the need to wait at a central airport . Read the rest of Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air travel , Alternative Fuel , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , Clip Air modular system , Clip Air plane , Clip-Air system , Clip-Air travel , epfl , mass transit , mass travel , Modular airplane , train travel , transport systems        

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Chicago’s New Morgan Station is the First CTA Transit Stop in 15 Years

June 28, 2012 by  
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