Patrick Kenney

Patrick Kenney

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8 years 6 months ago

For city, county, and state governments, the question is one of determining what to do in response to higher gas prices that are likely coming to the U.S. during the summer months.   $4 a gallon gas prices should of course motivate all citizens to look into alternative forms of transportation like taking public transit.  However, what might prevent someone from taking public transit is fee hikes, which seem to be going up annually in light of the poor state of...


8 years 6 months ago

Colleges and universities must have the right leadership that sets the tone for going green in their transportation practices.  The Rochester Institute for Technology is a leader in green transportation technology by setting the right tone.  To set the right tone, they have named Matt Fronk, a leader of General Motors' Fuel Cell Technology as Director of their Center for Sustainable Mobility.

This sets the...


8 years 7 months ago

Going forward, how do localities move forward in the 21st Century? While a lot of metro areas depend largely on the traditional mode of transportation--cars to get to and from their destinations.  However, what separates traditional metro areas from those of the 21st Century is one of commitment to green and alternative transportation.  While some metro localities continue with the status, some are progressing into the 21st Century in terms of their commitment to green and...


8 years 7 months ago

When choosing a college and university to attend, one of the first things that may not cross anyone's mind is:  How transportation friendly is the particular school in terms of alternative transportation?  Does the school have bike paths whereby students, faculty, staff, etc. can get around the campus with relative ease on a bicycle as opposed to a car, bus, or some other traditional form of transportation?  In other words, the question should be:  Is your campus an innovative transportation...


8 years 7 months ago

Green transportation may not be as easy as it appears on paper.  In particular, for companies of the 21st Century, to compete they must find innovative and creative ways to go green and maintain as well as increase their bottom line.  However, the question is:  How do companies make green part of their transportation culture and initiatives?  In other words, companies may have the question of:  Is it possible to have a green transportation...


8 years 7 months ago

Does the green transportation sector exist?  Are there really jobs within it?  On one side of the debate, those who are environmentalists, business-people, and others argue how the green sector does exist and has created jobs especially in this poor economy.  In other words, the recession has not adversely impacted this sector like has others.  On the other side of the argument, there are those that argue whether the green transportation sector exists at all.

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8 years 7 months ago

Reducing the amount of oil consumed and still being able to drive--sounds like one of those too good to be true commercials.  When first thinking about green and driving a car, the first thought that many people have is one of pollution and the seeming incompatability of driving a car with today's movement to go green.  Nevertheless, the city of Austin, Texas has shown that...


8 years 7 months ago

Going from green to gold requires new and innovative ways of thinking.  In particular, it requires making the commitment up front, applying for grants, looking for all available technologies that promote a sustainable green transportation future, and most importantly thinking outside the box.  In today's 21st Century green revolution, old, traditional, and conventional modes of transportation are no longer viable.  Even "green transportation"...


8 years 7 months ago

High speed rail--what can possible be wrong with it?  It creates jobs which are sorely needed especially in today's fragile economy.  It is great for the environment in terms of taking drivers off the road.  Finally, high speed rail is part of the wave of the 21st Century's green revolution.

So, it comes as a rather interesting and perplexing surprise that the Governor of Florida Rick Scott...


8 years 7 months ago

Many commuters in large metropolitan areas and in big cities both here in the U.S. and globally rely on public transportation for getting to and from places.  After all, it is often a hassle to sit in traffic and can be quite inconvenient in a densely packed area to drive a car, not to mention the environmental problems with air pollution associated with driving.  So, naturally anyone who lives in or near a city always want to find out who well their city happens to be...


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