Today’s Headlines

  • Chain Stores, Gas Stations Reaping Benefits From City Tax Break (NYT, News)
  • West Coast Cities Are Less Carbon-Intensive Than Others in U.S. (NYT)
  • Bloomberg Criticizes Corn Ethanol Subsidies, Gas Tax Holiday (Sun)
  • New York-DC High-Speed Train Proposal Gets a Boost (Sun, NY1)
  • New Yorkers Well-Positioned to Handle Rising Gas Prices (Post)
  • MTA Defends Giving Board Members Free E-ZPasses for Life (AMNY, City Room)
  • Checking in on Park Slope a Week After Suspension of Parking Rules (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Sheldon Silver Challenger Luke Henry Opens Campaign Office (Politicker)
  • Introducing the Dual-Mode Vehicle: It Runs On Rails and Off (Autopia)
  • Wisconsin Man Swears Off Gas for a Month (Yahoo)
  • Larry Littlefield

    (Introducing the Dual-Mode Vehicle)

    Sounds like a maintenance nightmare, and the transition from road to rail might be a problem too.

    But if it could be made to work on a vehicle with the capacity of an articulated bus, it might be great for the Staten Island Railway, because vehicles running down the streets could hop up on the railway and roll, and perhaps hop off and run to Manhattan.

    I thought that instead of spending big bucks rehabbing the railway, which was just finished, it should have been converted to Bus Rapid Transit. This could be an alternative.

  • Hilary

    So might that Pontoon-to-Bus thing for tourists that we see in midtown and on the river now.

  • jmc

    Portland and Seattle are blessed with abundant hydropower, even though they use more electricity per capita by far. Chicago is low thanks to nuclear power, and New York (and suburbs!!) is low thanks to high efficiency and a decent mix of non-carbon sources.


  • jmc

    With LA though, it’s fascinating that moderate density and lack of coal power can really help as well. I’m sure they’re also aided by their relatively benign climate.

  • jmc

    BTW, give NY some credit — it has the least mild climate of all the rest of the cities in the top 10! The west coast may be blessed by weather but they’re not the most efficient.

  • Josh

    The guy in the linked article who’s swearing off gas for the month plans to donate his savings to charity rather than pocket them. That’s good stuff.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (With LA though, it’s fascinating that moderate density and lack of coal power can really help as well.)

    The thing to remember about LA is that its metro area density is higher than NY’s. While there is nowhere in Los Angeles like New York City, the New York suburbs are much lower density than those around the City of Los Angeles.

    The reason is that in much of the West land use regulations are much less restrictive than in the Northeast.

    The general perception is the result is a particular hell — everywhere is not dense enough for transit, but too dense to drive without massive traffic. But perhaps it isn’t that bad.

  • gecko

    Hybrid human-electric dual-mode vehicles on and off rails would be even better.

    ref: Introducing the Dual-Mode Vehicle: It Runs On Rails and Off (Autopia)

  • J. Mork

    Curious to see where NYC falls on this chart if it doesn’t have to run with LI and N. NJ.

  • david

    LA isn’t really surprising if you’re knowledgeable about the reason why LA suffers more from smog than other cities. It isn’t that it produces more than other cities it’s size. It’s that the city is bowl-shaped and by the ocean, so the breeze blows the smog eastward and it gets trapped in the city by the surrounding mountains. If you consider LA in the 60s and LA now, the improvement in air quality is astonishing.