Transport Manifestos

The London Mayor’s race is “hotting up” (not heating up, as in American English). Each of the candidates, current mayor Ken Livingston (labour) and Boris Johnson (conservative) have issued “transport manifestos”.
While Ken Livingstone may now be somewhat well-known to Americans interested in congestion pricing, Boris Johnson is himself a celebrity of sorts in the UK, a British version of a young William F. Buckley perhaps? He manages to attract publicity for whatever he does.
An article on Ken Livingstone’s campaign and manifesto are linked to from here:
London: Mayor & More: Livingstone’s Transport Policy Launch
Boris Johnson’s Manifesto can be found here:
Transport : Back Boris for Mayor of London
One of the major issues is “Bendy Buses” (Articulated Buses), which have in recent years been introduced to London’s streets, and are not terribly popular, especially with cyclists.
Johnson has also called for reconsideration of the western extension of the congestion charging region implement in 2007.

Zero-Carbon City

From Fat Knowledge: World’s First Zero-Carbon City.
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE, recently broke ground, employing a design by noted architect Norman Foster. The aim in addition to being carbon neutral is to be zero-waste, applying advanced technologies in every infrastructure system.
Official Press Release:
The Masdar Initiative
And from the Inhabit Blog
Plans for Foster’s Masdar Carbon Neutral City Debut
The wikipedia article:
Masdar City
And finally: A Youtube

Transportation apartheid

From the New York Times Palestinians Fear Two-Tier Road System .
This is a classic problem exacerbated by Middle East conflict: the road serves different people than it burdens. It is further complicated because those it serves has been reduced as Palestinians were banned from the road in response to stone-throwing and drive by shootings. It is also complicated because the road was built under the guise of serving local Palestinian areas. The most recent solution is to build a different road for Palestinians.

Heathrow Terminal 5

From the Guardian: Heathrow’s Terminal 5 launch not so good: T5 launch marred by delays and cancellations . Problems included a failed baggage handling system (a software problem), and flash mob protestors. The cost of the terminal was £4.3 billion ($8.6 b), which is pretty amazing, I mean, you could build 10 stadiums.
From the Times:
Cancelled flights and baggage chaos mar Terminal 5 opening
And from the Telegraph:
Heathrow Terminal 5 flights cancelled amid luggage chaos
From the Independent:
Disastrous opening day for Terminal 5
This has been controversial, and issues remain about runways, but clearly some of the terminals at Heathrow were obsolete; the question of “what is to be done” included encouraging traffic at other London airports, though Heathrow was the most convenient by far, with a stop on the Piccadilly Line.

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