Transportation Links & Resources

The following links will get you started with a few sites covering surface transportation topics.

Alternative Fuels

Automated People Movers

Bicycle Commuting

Electric Autos

High-Speed Rail

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Kids and Transportation

Personal Rapid Transit

Railroads

School Buses

Transit Industry

Transportation Finance

Alternative Fuels

Fuel Economy - Find everything you want to know about evaluating and buying hybrids, alternative fuels, economy ratings, and other information for today´s conscientious driver.

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center - The site provides a wide range of information and resources to enable the use of alternative fuels, in addition to other petroleum reduction options such as advanced vehicles, fuel blends, idle reduction, and fuel economy. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities initiative.

K-12 Student Guide to Alternative Fuel - Helps young students learn about alternative fuels and green resources. Includes definitions, games and other materials for teaching about energy.

Students’ Guide to Alternative Fuels for Cars - Quick reference guide to alternative fuels for automobiles. Discusses electric cars, biodiesel, bioethanol, ethanol and LPG, and explains why they are better for the environment.

Automated People Movers

Innovative Transportation Technologies - Innovative Transportation Technologies focuses on unconventional transportation technologies, particularly automated people movers. This site includes information, pictures, and contact information for operational, conceptual, and historical technologies.

Bicycle Commuting

International Bicycle Fund - This organization supports sustainable transport and international understanding through its urban planning, economic development, safety education, and educational travel programs. The site includes information about interest areas, publications, grants, publications, bicycle organization contacts, events and conferences, tours, and bicycle technology news.

Bike Commuters - Information, resources and links for people who want to give up the gasoline habit.

Commute Bikes - Lists various commuter bikes available in the U.S. Includes accessories and other resources.

Electric Autos

Electric Auto Association - This is a source of information on the developments in electric automobile technology. This site includes links to EAA sites, a directory of EAA chapters, newsletter selections, and the EAA catalog.

EV World - Learn all about electric vehicles and their place in the alternative energy world. Explore sustainable transportation technologies, the energy that powers it and the people who are making it happen.

High-Speed Rail

California High-Speed Rail - With voter approval for a statewide high-speed rail (HSR), California has begun its planning. Eventually, the entire US maybe linked by HSR, with trains traveling at more than 200 mph.

Midwest High-Speed Rail - Chicago is already planning to become a hub for HSR in the US. The site includes links to other HSR sites, legislative issues, events, and more.

Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Line - The site offers a complete description of the Chinese HSR line, set to open in 2011.

The Student's Guide to Transit Systems of the Future - Urban planners are increasingly considering alternatives to cars, such as magnetic-based train systems.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

ITS America - The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is a forum for industry, government, and academia to develop and apply Intelligent Transportation Systems. The ITS America site contains information about intelligent transportation systems, meeting notices, a calendar of events, ITS-related web sites, and national ITS system and architecture information. ITS America members also have access to newsletters, abstracts, and a membership directory.

ITS Online - This site contains an abundance of information including transportation news, a reader forum, a calendar of events, and featured articles on people, perspectives, and politics.

Kids and Transportation

Freight Rail Works - The site has plenty of information understandable to the typical reader, including fact sheets, environmental issues, and highway congestion relief. Teachers can order free classroom materials.

GO! – Written especially for teens, this site features different transportation issues such as railroads, road-building materials, and alternative fuels.

Personal Rapid Transit

Personal Rapid Transit - Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is an alternative mode of transportation that could become the answer to urban traffic congestion and improved travel accessibility. This site includes information about the mode and how it works.

Citizens for PRT - This is a grassroots organization promoting PRT. The site includes information and renderings of PRT vehicles.

Railroads

Association of American Railroads - AAR is an organization representing the interests of freight railroads. Topics include safety, security, industry initiatives, operations, events and more.

Railway Technology - The site is intended primarily for professionals, but there´s plenty of information about legislation, industry news, jobs, white papers, industry projects, and more.

Trains Magazine - This site covers the broad spectrum of railroading with interesting content (including web cams), colorful photography, and a mix of topics for everyone from the casual enthusiast to the professional railroader.

School Buses

School Bus Fleet Online Magazine - School Bus Fleet online magazine provides information for transportation managers. The site includes news, resources and statistics, hotlinks, an event calendar, and much more.

Transit Industry

American Public Transit Association - The American Public Transit Association (APTA) is the international association of mass transit interests. It promotes public transportation and ensures the vitality of the transit industry. This site contains information about upcoming conferences, a "Washington Watch" (legislative reports, regulatory issues, etc.), Passenger Transport (transit news), publications ordering information, statistics, and a transit calendar. Metro Magazine - This site serves the public transit professional. It contains a business center (equipment, services, products), a calendar (trade shows, events, training), library resources, and classifieds (employment, services, equipment).

Transport Web - Transport Web is maintained by Transport Systems Consultants to provide a forum for commercial and research organizations to describe their activities. The site includes information about software, conferences, newsgroups, mailing lists, publications, road, rail, air, shipping, education/research, government, local transport, manufacturers, and companies.

Transportation Finance

MTI National Transportation Finance Information Clearinghouse - The Clearinghouse collects information to help transportation researchers, policymakers and the public find information and current news on specific transportation finance topics.