January 7, 1996
I was struck by a phrase in "Sluggish Pace Will Bring Social Conflict" (Jan. 1) referring to France's "money-losing" railway lines, and by its similarity to numerous references in the media to partially subsidized public transport systems that try to characterize such systems as monstrous leeches on society. Let me ask you this: How much money do the streets and highways bring in, then? According to figures I have seen, fuel taxes, registration fees and even tolls amount to such a minuscule proportion of the cost of building, maintaining and policing roadways that it becomes evident that the private automobile is the most heavily tax-subsidized form of transportation on Earth, as well as the most destructive to the community, the environment and, quite often, to physical life itself.
March 30, 2003 |
If your path to enlightenment leads through London, there's transportation on a higher celestial plane than one of the city's traditional black taxi cabs. These days the nirvana of car services is Karma Kars, a five-car fleet of classic Ambassador cars imported from India and individually decorated--or "karma-ized"--by Heather Allan, wife of proprietor Tobias Moss.
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December 31, 2008 |
California officials are counting on Washington to inject billions of dollars in transportation money to help revive the state economy. But a public advocacy group said the state's wish list of projects would undermine efforts to repair and modernize the state's crumbling infrastructure and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.
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November 18, 2004 |
In a move to tighten the nation's security, federal officials announced the launch Wednesday of a worker identification program that would eventually require background checks and identification cards for 6 million truck drivers, dock workers and cargo handlers at U.S. ports, airports and railways.
August 9, 2002 |
Some Mexico City subway workers staged a wildcat strike against what they called unsafe conditions, shutting down two of the metro system's 11 lines and forcing about 500,000 people to seek other transportation. City authorities offered free buses at some subway stations, but crowds formed at others.
February 13, 1998 |
Masao Kurenuma and his staff may be setting a record for Olympic endurance, even in a country that prides itself on grinning and bearing up under pressure. Kurenuma is the bus man of Nagano, the person responsible for dispatching about 950 buses for athletes, media and spectators to the far-flung venues and remote mountaintops of the Nagano Winter Olympics.
March 30, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
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December 12, 2003 |
The new administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed canceling state support for $5.4 billion worth of highway and transit projects and shifting $1 billion worth of transportation money to the general fund, imperiling hundreds of projects meant to relieve congestion and improve air quality. The governor's plan, which had was unveiled publicly Thursday at a meeting of the California Transportation Commission, would kill the ambitious anti-congestion program set up by former Gov.
March 11, 2005 |
The House on Thursday approved a long-stalled $284-billion transportation bill loaded with thousands of projects for lawmakers' home districts, despite President Bush's call for Congress to apply the brakes to earmarking funds for pet programs. The bill would provide funds for more than 4,000 projects -- mostly aimed at repairing roads and easing traffic congestion. But it also provides money for bike trails, sidewalk improvements, transportation museums and a snowmobile trail in Vermont.
July 28, 2010 |
The families of students who compete in athletics for City Section schools this fall will be asked to make a one-time $24 "contribution" that will be used to offset an estimated $650,000 cut in transportation funding. The plan is explained in a letter the City Section has begun sending to its schools for distribution. Athletic directors will be in charge of collecting the donations from football players, cheerleaders, band members or anyone who rides a school bus to a sporting event.