This week the public were finally able to walk on the beautifully renovated disused railway line that is the Highline in New York. On the other side of the pond abandoned railway tracks were also making headlines due to the Tube strike in London. As Bonnie Alter has reported, London has seen many novice bikers taking to the roads in an attempt to get to work on time. With these events in mind we travel around the blogosphere this week looking for green rail transport stories...Good Clean Tech: City of Bilbao Now Running Subway Entirely On Renewable Energy by Jamie Lendino. "Metro de Bilbao, the company that oversees the subway system for the city of Bilbao, Spain, has announced that all of the energy the system used last year was obtained from renewable sources, according to AutoblogGreen, adding that it's a first for a citywide subway anywhere in the world."
Inhabitat: New York's High Line Park in the Sky Opens Today! by Yuka Yoneda and Jill Fehrenbacher. "An elevated park in the sky built on top of the skeleton of an old rail system? It may have sounded impossible only five years ago, but today, the eagerly awaited High Line elevated urban park officially opens for thousands of New Yorkers looking to escape the hubbub of the city below!"
The Infrastructurist: The Choo-Choo Diaries: A 'Salon In Motion' On The California Zephyr by Matt Dellinger
"If you can urgently discuss population pressures and the wastefulness of low-density sprawl while riding through the moonscaped great basin of Utah and the primitive canyons of Colorado, you must really mean it."
The New York Times: A Public Space Elevated - Highline Opening Slideshow "The High Line, once a railway line for delivering cattle, is now a newly renovated promenade that is ready for strolling. City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn described it as "a miracle of perserverance," and said "the idea could easily have gone into a file, 'great ideas that will never happen."
Worldchanging: Nancy Kete on the Future of the American Transportation System by Sarah Kuck. "Nancy Kete, a program director at the World Resources Institute, knows that in order to create the bright green cities of tomorrow, we must reimagine how we move about and in between them today."