Category Archives: Transportation

Public Transit & the Virus

What had been getting worse—use of public transit—has now gotten catastrophically bad, as this article from New Geography reports. An excerpt. “The Coronavirus public health emergency is an existentialist crisis for many sectors of the U.S. economy and government services. … Continue reading

Posted in Government, History, Politics, Transportation

Urban/Suburban Planning

It is going though a big change due to the Virus—with even more folks turning to the suburbs and transport by cars—as explained in this article from American Mind. An excerpt. “We can be far more efficient in our fight … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Transportation

Local Traffic & the Virus

Quite a change, as reported by Sacramento News & Review. An excerpt. “Because no one crashed or died, the California Highway Patrol was able to throw some shade on social media at the motorcyclist who didn’t care about other people. “On … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation

Oil & the Virus

Things could change, but not necessarily as expected, according to this article from City Journal. An excerpt. “China is about one month ahead of the United States in exiting the Covid-19 shutdown. That country’s rush-hour traffic jams now equal or exceeded pre-lockdown … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Environmentalism, Transportation

Transit Systems, So 19th Century

Yes, they are really obsolete and we see it even more profoundly during pandemics, as this story from The Federalist reports. An excerpt. “When most of the nation’s governors shut down nonessential businesses and directed people to stay at home, … Continue reading

Posted in History, Transportation

Sacramento Needs More Buses

Yes, and this article from Sacramento News & Review makes the case. An excerpt. “Not long ago, a region choked with traffic was uncertain about its future. Many compared it unfavorably with Portland. It was headed down the same road … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation

Public Transit, the Energy Hog

Cars are more energy efficient, as this story from New Geography reports, who knew! An excerpt. “Transit is often touted as a way to save energy. But since 2009 transit has used more energy, per passenger mile, than the average … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation

Transit Spending Up, Ridership Down

Of course this is no surprise. People just prefer riding in their cars rather than the uncertainty and unsafe experience of public transit, and it is another example—like that noted yesterday—of how often government increases money to fix something and … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Transportation

Planners Need New Plan

That’s the gist of this delightful article from New Geography reminding us of how often those folks planning certain aspects of our life—like improving transportation—probably need to talk to people involved in the aspects they are planning for before doing … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Government, Transportation

Homelessness & Transit Budget Waste?

Excellent article from California Globe. An excerpt. “Many cities in the United States are experiencing an overwhelming increase in the number of homeless people occupying the streets, leading many citizens to take action. Recently, in lower Manhattan, residents were so … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Homelessness, Transportation