* "Carmakers worldwide have been
suffering amid slowing global growth, high raw material costs and fierce
competition." This could be an early sign of the long term decline of the car (we can only hope)
* In Chicago, trains are starting to help clog traffic. And $240 million in new funds "won't end its traffic nightmares," says a recent AP article. Each day about 1,200 trains pass through Chicago, and apparently make a lot of cars stop and watch. Rail traffic is predicted to double over the next 20 years, they say. (We say more than double - try 1,000%)
* BTW, if you ever are driving on Chicago toll ways, notice those restaurants stretching across the highway. In 1960s when they were built, we actually sat in them and watched traffic. Traffic was pretty exciting back then....
* Finally, and I know you're interested in how many light rail systems I've ridden, I get to add St. Louis to my light-rail adventures. St. Louis gets an "A" rating from me. Did a seminar there this month, and 25% of the participants took light rail instead of driving (well, ah, o.k. 3 out of 12, but it's Still 25%). What's your thoughts on Cars vs. Trains? Driving more, less....?