Before recently leaving on my 'off-the-grid' treks, I put a couple of news items in my inbox to return to later. Here is one of them, from Worldchanging - a post titled 'Transportation Innovations from American Cities' that looks at some innovations in Utah, Arizone, Seattle:
I spent a morning and afternoon last week attending the American Public Transportation Association's Sustainability and Public Transportation Workshop: What struck me most throughout the day was how much approaches to sustainability varied from one transit system to another. The differences, of course, are all about context: geographical, historical, and political. Some cities that were represented on the panels have well-established, heavily subsidized public transportation systems (New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority); others (such as Denver's Regional Transportation District) are just now starting to make the kind of investments they'll need to get people out of their cars and reduce global warming in the next 10, 20, and 50 years.