Category Archives: Transportation

Local Transit, Why it’s so Bad

Excellent article from City Lab, with hat tip to Pike Oliver’s Urbanexus, http://www.urbanexus.com/ An excerpt. One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world. Today, outside a few major urban … Continue reading

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California’s High Speed Rail Project

I have been, and continue to be, supportive of the concept of high speed rail for California, but after reading this account from City Journal, will not be so for the California version until, and if, it becomes competently administered. … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Technology, Transportation

High Speed Rail

I still lean toward support of this project, which woud be a great enhancement of California tranportation options, but man, the costs are getting out of hand, as this article from the Modesto Bee reports. An excerpt. Jerry Brown did … Continue reading

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American Discovery Trail

Now this is a trail, as Wikipedia notes: An excerpt. The American Discovery Trail is a system of recreational trails and roads which collectively form a coast-to-coast hiking and biking trail across the mid-tier of the United States. Horses can … Continue reading

Posted in Golden Necklace, Transportation

Driverless Cars and the Future?

An interesting look at that from City Journal. An excerpt. Driverless cars and trucks—or autonomous vehicles (AV)—offer a tantalizing promise of safer and unclogged roadways. In 2017, 37,150 people died in accidents on America’s roads, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety … Continue reading

Posted in Technology, Transportation

Suburbs, Transportation & Why Cars Rule

New Geography nails it, again. An excerpt. Planners and journalists are often uneasy about suburban development, wondering how people will get to work in the center from more distant locations. They needn’t worry. Only a relatively small percentage of people … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Transportation

Cars Rule!

Mass transit cannot now, or probably ever, compete with cars, as this article from New Geography summarizing a large study concludes. The article: The Economist provides a useful perspective on the continuing decline of mass transit ridership in its current … Continue reading

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