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A second BART transbay tube? Discuss.

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | March 10, 2016

BART under the San Francisco Bay is crowded and a major choke point for regional transportation. Monday night I guest hosted a discussion on City Visions on KALW radio on the prospects of building a second rail tube. The audio is now available here. Some big picture points that emerged: The exact route is undefined and … Continue reading »

Postcard from Barcelona: Looking at the Catalonian path to sustainability

Steven Weissman, associate director, Center for Law, Energy and the Environment | October 29, 2013

Flying into Barcelona, it becomes immediately obvious that this is a city with its eye on a sustainable future. Right along the waterfront is a large photovoltaic array, perched on four giant supports. It is emblematic of a broader set of initiatives that, for a short time, placed Spain at the forefront of renewable energy … Continue reading »

BART turns 40: Some history lessons

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | September 12, 2012

BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, turns 40-years-old on the unfortunate anniversary of 9/11.  Some historical and financial tidbits: — The original system was supposed to serve Marin and San Mateo Counties, along with San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties.  According to Stephen Zwerling, San Mateo dropped out due to concern that neighboring … Continue reading »