Amtrak and Union Pacific trains pass each other. Photo by SP8254.
While American passenger rail often leaves much to be desired, our freight rail network is second to none. This privately owned and operated network often finds itself at odds with desires for increased passenger service and high speed operations.
Hauling the Freight: Freight rail companies
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"we are all witnesses" – partie traumatic
I’m back from a summer blogging vacation. It’s still damn hot in DC.
“I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” The inescapable news in the sports world last week was LeBron James’ decision on where to play professional basketball. James spurned his current (and hometown) team, the
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Soccer in the Circle, from M.V. Jantzen
The World Cup is underway.
England in Roo-ins: The cup means large gatherings of fans and sweet commercials (even the older ones).
Infrastructure: Jarrett Walker takes a look at some of the transit improvements for South Africa, building off the notion that large scale events like the World Cup can
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Excuse my timing on this, as this doesn’t leave much weekend to play with – but here are some items worth noting from the previous week or so:
Streetcars bridge the gaps: Yonah Freemark has an excellent post on DC’s evolving streetcar network and its ability to fill the gaps in Metro’s network. Yonah’s excellent visuals
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Some suburban items to share today:
Design: Infrastructurist takes a look at the problem of culs-de-sac (which I believe is the proper plural of cul de sac).
Commenters take note of some serious issues with this particular study, but the general point still stands – culs de sac remove key links from the street network, requiring longer
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Some items of note today:
Matt Johnson (GGW, Track Twenty-Nine) takes a closer look at Metro’s new 7000 series railcars. The ‘America’s Metro’ logo seems to have disappeared, and there are opportunities for a longitudinal seating arrangement.
Ed Glaeser looks at the role of historic preservation in limiting development in New York, and looks at the degree
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CC image from sabeth718
There’s a whole host of good stuff out there this weekend, covering the economy, smart growth, transit, high speed rail, and more:
Smart growth is nothing to fear: Roger Lewis aims to quiet the fears of Washington Post readers:
In fact, as new long-range plans are implemented in the coming decades, your
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The New York Times has a couple interesting pieces on transportation, one dealing with volcanoes and the other with booze.
First, the obligatory volcano story: Seth Stevenson thinks the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull and the subsequent shutdown of air travel across the continent offers an opportunity to really enjoy travel,
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WaPo infographic on NATM for Dulles Metro
Curious about the tunnel progress for the Dulles Metro line? I ran across a WaPo infographic on the Dulles Metro line’s tunnel under the intersection of Routes 123 and 7 in Tysons Corner. This tunnel is being completed via the New Austrian Tunneling Method – the graphic explains
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Image from Wayan Vota on Flickr
Some more pleas for realistic expectations: Ryan Avent chimes in on the economics of it all, and Jon Chait notes the basic, physical problem with dealing with so much snow in such a short period of time:
In my neighborhood, like much of Washington, people park along the street. When
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