As airlines seek to combat growing fuel prices by charging passengers for everything from sodas to luggage, Boeing (in what is slightly old news) tested the first hydrogen fuel cell powered aircraft in April. Given how much fuel the industry uses, this could be a significant development. Even if commercial airplanes cannot operate on fuel cells alone, the fuel cells could perform important auxiliary functions or help with smaller planes. For those of you like me who barely understand internal combustion, here is the Dept. of Energy’s explanation of fuel cells.

The Transit Pass probably will not have much opportunity to discuss rickshaw policy. However, the work at the Institute for Transportation Policy & Development regarding rickshaw and bicycle promotion is certain innovative. Of course in order to encourage wider human-powered transportation, cities must build bicycle lanes into their roads.

Congress has recently appropriated $45 million to research building a MagLev train running between Disneyland and Las Vegas. At the same time, middle class residents in Shanghai are protesting the development of a new MagLev line that they fear would ruin property values amongst other detrimental effects.

Courtesy of Dinty, I want to update my last post regarding the Chicago Olympics to note that there is the possibility the transportation development for the project could affect Wisconsin as well. Hopefully high speed lines in the Midwest encounter better success than the mediocre Acela line in the Northeast.

Lastly, The Transit Pass encourages interest in transportation, but keep your interest at a healthy level, not at the level of criminal obsession.