Posts Tagged “train”

China makes its own magnetic train

Originally published on Beijing: A Chinese locomotive company has rolled out the country’s first home-made magnetically levitated (maglev) train that creates less pollution than the conventional ones and ideal for transport in the urban and ecologically fragile tourist areas. The low-cost three-carriage train is designed to run at a maximum speed of 100 km […]

Cap-and-trade program could provide funds for high-speed rail

Originally published on By Tim Sheehan A new financing strategy is a centerpiece of a revised business plan that state leaders will unveil Monday in Fresno for the proposed high-speed train system. Rather than rely on uncertain future federal transportation funds, money from the auction of air-pollution credits — the state’s “cap-and-trade” program — […]

Group focuses on train pollution Idling locomotives in the Eugene rail yard raise health concerns

Originally published by the Register-Guard. BY DIANE DIETZ To Trainsong Neighborhood resident Jim Tiley, the difference is stark. It’s one shiny new locomotive on the Eugene rail yard tracks sitting next to another locomotive that’s half-blackened, he said. New locomotives are fitted with pollution control devices and anti-idling equipment. But an old puffer may sit idling […]

California Railroad Pollution: Two US Railroads Face Unique Lawsuit

Originally posted at     By NOAKI SCHWARTZ LOS ANGELES — When the lump on her toddler’s tummy turned out to be a rare cancer, Carla Hernandez wondered if living just a half-mile from two rail yards emitting a constant veil of near-invisible pollution was somehow responsible. “When she was diagnosed they kept asking […]

Metra will clear the air in its train cars

Railroad to install high-efficiency filters to reduce soot after Tribune investigation. Originally published in the Chicago Tribune. By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter Metra appears to have found a way to dramatically cleanup the air inside its stainless-steel cars, but spikes of lung- and heart-damaging diesel pollution will remain a lingering problem on the platforms at Chicago’s […]