The mayor of Indianapolis announced Wednesday that the city is taking a major step toward energy independence. It plans to replace its entire non-police fleet with electric or hybrid vehicles by 2025, the first major U.S. city to do so.
The city will buy about 30 to 50 energy efficient cars each year to replace its 470 sedans. It estimates it will save $12,000 per vehicle.
City spokesman Marc Lotter said the mayor, a retired Marine and Gulf War veteran, wants to change the national discussion on energy and foreign policy.
"Our dependence on foreign oil is putting our troops' lives in harm's way, it's costing our taxpayers billions of dollars each year in military expenditures, and it's something we no longer have to do because the technology is there," Lotter said.
The city hopes to replace its heavy trucks, like trash collectors and fire engines, to run on Compressed Natural Gas, Lotter said. It also wants to work with car manufacturers to develop plug-in hybrid police cars.
The Illinois General Assembly returns on Tuesday for the fall veto session, and one issue that lawmakers may consider is a measure to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
Superstorm Sandy is effecting several areas in Central Illinois, from transportation (gas prices & air travel), food expenses (the price of seafood), to the efforts of local agencies (relief crews from the Red Cross, and repair crews from Ameren).
An Amtrak passenger train reached a speed of 111 mph for the first time on Friday in Illinois.
Contractors, economic officials, and others involved in road construction are trying to bring attention to a lack of state transportation funding in Illinois.
Illinois has completed a draft layout for a proposed airport in the far southern Chicago suburb of Peotone and submitted it to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.
Pedestrians and cyclists will have an easier time crossing I-57 in southwest Champaign, once an overpass for Windsor Road is rebuilt.
A new policy put into effect due to drought conditions in Illinois means farmers will be able to transport hay loads on interstates.
The head of the Amtrak Board of Directors says the transportation service has benefited from stable funding over the last few years.
The 25-year-old driver who was at the wheel during a fatal Megabus crash in south-central Illinois says he did everything he could to control the double-decker after a tire blew out.