It’s called “slugging”. No, I’m not talking about baseball. Slugging is casual carpooling with strangers. It might sound weird and scary but it works for commuters in Washington, D.C. and some other major cities.

Check out this interesting story about slugging:

Maybe if Austin ever gets HOV lanes, we could see slugging here. Would you do it?


2 thoughts on “Slugging?

  1. proteus

    Austin “Slugging” will be when hov lanes are built and the upper decks are expanded moving Union Pacific ROW rail lines from mopac for high speed rail to San Antonio, when tx dot syncronizes all of Austins stoplights
    Money falls from the sky and pigs are flying by as the new high speed Maglev monorail /subways are pushing through over and under town in a fast and efficient manner and hydrogen fuel cell cars,trucks and buses spew 0 emmisions into the air .

    Oh yea when speculated gas hits 2.10 a liter and diesel goes over 10 bucks globally during the summer driving season. And Cap metro board resigns to new thinking.
    Austin and Texas might have a chance over refiners petrochem lobbyists.

  2. proteus

    Do all Union Pacific engines rolling through austin all have catylyst emissions systems installed? i have witnessed soot and carbon all over everything in my yard on mopac.

    do locomotives use greener diesel in austin? ULSD or the newest G diesel alternative cleaner diesel or the old 500 ppm higher sulphur diesel fuel ?

    This g diesel fuel should be used in the austin corridor with the newest and cleanest engines available:

    G-diesel has a greener spec fewer byproducts cleaner exhaust but they dont use this fuel in austin tx yet? Why not?

    In August, GDiesel received formal certification as an “alternative fuel” from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

    The blend ratio is 2-1 — two gallons of diesel to one gallon of natural gas, blended using proprietary catalysts, which according to customers offers improvements in fuel economy, gains in emissions and is available at the same price as conventional diesel.

    That’s an emission gain at parity pricing, for a drop-in alternative to diesel fuel. It raises the question as to whether an answer to conventional diesel is on the way, or is already at hand? Is the race for a suitable, commercially viable alternative transportation fuel over? Is it a biofuel at all?

    Union Pacific trains spew hundreds of tons of carbon/ soot and other carcinigens and are using the oldest dirty filty engines on the austin san antonio sub emitting heavy carbons and hydrogen sulphides on residential areas all through the center of town and central texas 24/7.

    Daily Union Pacific Diesel Engines Spew hundreds of tons of Diesel fuel (Hydrogen Sulphide,Sulphur Dioxide and Formaldehyde) carcinigenic emissions along the populated Mopac and austin san antonio right of way

    Nonroad diesel engines contribute greatly to air pollution in many of our nation’s cities and towns. In recent years, EPA has set emission standards for the engines used in most locomotive,construction, agricultural, and industrial equipment. We have also adopted nonroad diesel fuel requirements to decrease the allowable levels of sulfur, which can damage advanced emission control technologies. The most recent nonroad engine and fuel regulations complement similarly stringent regulations for diesel highway trucks and buses and highway diesel fuel for 2007.

    G Diesel specs should be used in all railroad uses ASAP.

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