Trains & Engineers! Smarter Energy Use Through Forward-Thinking Transportation

Trains & Engineers! Smarter Energy Use Through Forward-Thinking Transportation

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A few of our Silver Spring team members go green for Energy Awareness Month.

It may be Halloween today, but we’re also wrapping up Energy Awareness Month here at Wells + Associates, where we have a particular taste for improving transportation sustainability and efficiency.

One transportation project we feel compelled to point out is a cool one in Vermont. With the support of local authorities, AllEarth Rail is aiming to bring commuter rail service to numerous Vermont cities using mint condition 1950s-era diesel locomotives purchased from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system.

wells + associates manassas office energy awareness month
The W+A Manassas office doing their thing for Energy Awareness Month.

Having taken delivery of the rails cars this year, AllEarth hopes to have a demonstration in place by next month. The service has numerous goals and features, including:

  • The use of rail coaches that don’t require a locomotive (as Amtrak’s do) and can use bio-diesel
  • Connections between Burlington, Montpelier, St Albans, Middlebury, and Rutland
  • Use of routes used by Vermont Rail System and the Connecticut-based New England Central Railroad
  • Bicycles allowed on board!

To learn more, check out Vermont Business Magazine’s video:

W+A Supports Engineers Without Borders

Earlier this month, our offices held an Energy Awareness Month dress-down day (and some of us “wearing” green!) to raise some cash for Engineers Without Borders USA. EWB-USA helps to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs. We are fans of their work and encourage you to visit their web site: