Public transport ridership was down in the US in the first half of 2015. Passengers took nearly 5.3 billion trips last year - which is a lot, to be sure - but that's down 0.9 percent (or about 50 million trips) compared to the first six months of 2014. "With a significant drop in gas prices, some people may have returned to driving, but still, most people continued their trips on public transportation," says American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. "Considering the cost of owning and maintaining a car, public transit still offers a great way to save money." Six public transportation systems saw record ridership, including Caltrain, Seattle's Sound Transit, and Minneapolis's Metro Transit. Read more at Gas 2.0, or in the press release from APTA.
The sun visor in the Tesla Model X is no easy fix. After three week of ownership, one driver broke the visor when attempting to return it to its pillar housing, snapping the multi-directional hinge. Tesla told the owner a replacement would need to be ordered. The customer warns other owners to "be careful in handling your Tesla X visor as it seems to be very fragile and can break after few uses," while Teslarati compares the complicated piece to the car's falcon-wing doors. Read more at Teslarati.
Bruno Senna and Jerome D'Ambrosio travel to Balcarce ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix
BALCARCE, ARGENTINA (February 4 2016) - Formula E stars Bruno Senna and Jerome D'Ambrosio had a once in a lifetime experience as they visited the city of Balcarce - the birthplace of the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio - ahead of this weekend's Buenos Aires ePrix.
Senna and D'Ambrosio visited the El Casco ranch that was once Fangio's summer residence and is now a hotel and spa, drove four of his classic racing cars around the Autodromo Juan Manuel Fangio circuit that he designed, before having a guided tour of the museum where they met the local media and around 100 adoring fans.
Senna said: "It was a fantastic day, I had a great time learning about the man and what he represented to the people - that little town pretty much revolves around the Fangio history and legacy and the places that they've built and are trying to make work there are fantastic. The museum was very special. It's very hard to find a motor racing museum with as much history and as much content as that museum has and that's a museum almost dedicated to just one person. There was also a bit of Brazilian history there, there was one of Ayrton's cars and some of his relationship that he had with Fangio, and some of his priceless F1 machines and the cars that he won championships with."
D'Ambrosio said: "It was something very special. You touched the start of an era there with the beginnings of Formula 1, and we are also at the start of something different, a new era of motor racing - electric racing. So it's a nice contrast and a nice comparison point between the two. We are now standing where they were at that time. So it was very inspiring, but now Saturday is going to be something else for us and hopefully we'll enjoy that day as well and get some good points."
The Buenos Aires ePrix takes place around the streets of Puerto Madero on Saturday, February 6.