From WaPo The Car of the Future — but at What Cost? on the economics, or lack thereof, of hybrid electric vehicles. The article essentially argues that the Volt etc. are “fluff” and not what will save GM because they are too expensive to generate sufficient demand to be profitable.
Also a story in the Strib on independent enthusiasts and their EVs: Electric cars: Plug ‘n’ go

Access cut off to Rock Island Swing Bridge

From the Strib: Access cut off to Rock Island Swing Bridge
A bridge once connecting Dakota and Washington Counties in Minnesota was closed to pedestrian traffic. “the double-decker structure was closed to trains in 1980 and vehicle traffic in 1999. The bridge was built in 1894.” after part of it fell down. It was planned to be removed in 2010.
“Washington and Dakota counties inherited the bridge when it went into tax forfeiture after several years of private ownership.”

The End of Daylight Savings Time

From Green Daily Obama Should Axe Daylight Time
If it doesn’t save energy, and may cost lives according to “The effects of daylight saving time on vehicle crashes in Minnesota” ( a recent working paper by Arthur Huang and myself), we should end this charade once and for all.
If you want more useful daylight at the end of the work day, don’t change the clock, just go to work earlier!

International Transport Economics Conference: Submission Deadline Nov. 21

International Transport Economics Conference
Incorporating the International Conference on Funding Transport Infrastructure
The International Transport Economics Conference (ITrEC) brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers interested in questions of transport economics. Topics include economic questions relating to revenue and finance; congestion, pricing, and investment; production function and cost estimation; transport demand; energy and environment; safety; institutions and industrial organization; and transport and land use. The conference is designed to appeal to participants from varied backgrounds, including economists and transport professionals in particular.
The conference has previously been held in Banff, Canada(2006); Leuven, Belgium (2007); and Paris, France (2008).
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts will be categorized and ranked by peer reviewers. Theoretical, empirical, case-study, and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. Abstracts of up to 1,000 words must be submitted electronically at http://www.transporteconomics.org by November 21, 2008 for consideration.
Key Dates
Abstracts Due: November 21, 2008
Abstracts Selected and Submitters Notified: January 2009
Final Papers Due (subject to acceptance): April 3, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2009
Conference: June 15-16, 2009
More Information
David Levinson
RP Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation
University of Minnesota
dlevinson {at} umn.edu
Sara Van Essendelft
Conference Coordinator
University of Minnesota
The conference is hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.