Greyhound steps up

“The Dog” has a bad reputation of being the intercity tranportation mode of last resort. That’s a shame. Many countries enjoy inexpensive, efficient (if not fancy) bus transportation. And that’s an efficient use of depleting petroleum. And oil jumped above $120 a barrel on Friday. But Greyhound’s service stinks. Hubby was shocked that you didn’t… Continue reading Greyhound steps up

Life at $4 a gallon

Within a three day period, I have spoken with two persons in completely unrelated situation (and different locales) who have made statements starting “when gas hits $4 a gallon we’ll have to . . . .” with something not-nice following. You, dear readers, know how much I like dense urban development and reliable, efficient public… Continue reading Life at $4 a gallon

My apartment’s real cost

Hubby and I live in a mid-grade rental apartment in a newly-nice neighborhood very close to downtown D.C. We both walk to work. (Washington, D.C. has one of the highest rates of pedestrian commuters in the country.) We don’t own a car. Most people who don’t live in New York or Los Angeles think we… Continue reading My apartment’s real cost

Atlanta people! Freedom from the car!

Few friends come as good as K. (for Katharine, who’s identified herself with her blog, so I’m glad to do the same) who writes at pointedview. So I think she’ll forgive me for cribbing her whole post, addressed to metro Atlanta residents. But leave her the comments; it’s how you show the love. Metro Atlanta… Continue reading Atlanta people! Freedom from the car!

Shared bike comes to DC

Self-service shared bicycle stations, featured in European cities, comes to the United States first in Washington, D.C. (Or perhaps not; there seems to have been programs elsewhere. So it must be the automated, self-service piece.) A good idea, I think given our strong transit use and relatively flat terrain. The stations locations, plainly, couldn’t be… Continue reading Shared bike comes to DC

Megabus enters northeastern corridor

Back in 2006, I first wrote about the UK-based Megabus entering the US market, and giving riders an option between the hard-worn Greyhound and the under-regulated (“is that antifreeze?”) “Chinatown” buses. (Link, to give you an idea of schedules and fares.) They’ve since moved to locations in California and Nevada, and have now announced a… Continue reading Megabus enters northeastern corridor

Ethical consumption update

The pressure on world grain production — crop failures, diversion of biofuel production — has created huge price increases and I have a hard time imagining how millions of the world’s poorest people will manage to eat when they get priced out of the cheapest food available. Point one: Cyclone and storm damage leaves Bangladesh’s… Continue reading Ethical consumption update

Oil touches $100

Well, after a few week of sliding prices, the forecast of a cold winter and crisis-threatened supply briefly pushed the New York price for crude oil to $100 a barrel. Ouch. Here’s a place for you to comment about your feelings: hope, worry, anger, what have you. For what it’s worth, Hubby and I try… Continue reading Oil touches $100

Car sharing services merge: will it matter?

The news today (link, link, link) among the car-free sort is Zipcar is buying out Flexcar. There’s some rumor that Flexcar has been troubled financially, but I read it as a loss of choice, value and quality for those in Washington, D.C. moving away from car ownership. Especially if you’re under 25, and without a… Continue reading Car sharing services merge: will it matter?