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General Information on Transportation


Taconite Harbor on Lake Superior (Minnesota) loading iron ore
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The links below are excellent resources for a general introduction to transportation issues.


2006 Fuel Economy Guide

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued the 2006 Fuel Economy Guide. The document contains the average miles per gallon obtained by various makes and models of vehicles, as well as the associated annual fuel cost.

Smart Communities Network

The Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy that examines the basic principles underlying a sustainable community. The Smart Communities Network site contains information and case studies on sustainability issues like green buildings and transportation. Specifically, the Network offers a comprehensive look into the problems associated with our current transportation system, as well as information on alternative transportation systems.

The Sierra Club

The Sierra Club site explains why contructing new roads is not usually the appropriate solution to traffic congestion. Rather, the web site offers more effective long term answers to sprawl and traffic jams problems.


This is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that works with the public and private sectors to develop advanced transportation technologies and foster companies that will help clean the air, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, reduce global warming, and create jobs. Among other resources, the site provides very interesting daily news updates on the advanced transportation industry.

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