A streetcar speeds by in Toronto. CC image from Matthew Burpee.
Jarrett Walker has a wrap-up post on his debate with Patrick Condon on the need for speed in urban transit. Condon is a professor of sustainability, not a transportation planner or engineer, and his view is that we need to improve the experience of
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Courtesy of Infrastructurist, Rachel Maddow takes a tour of New York’s Second Ave Subway construction site, seeing a tunnel boring machine and other fun stuff:
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NoMA Development. CC image from bankbryan.
Jarrett Walker’s weekend links post directed me to this article in The Atlantic by Chris Leinberger, asking if we might return to the days when private interests invested in transit as a means to facilitate real estate development. Our own urban history is one of linked transportation and
Continue reading Value capture & private transit financing
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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For a nice Saturday morning post, David over at Greater Greater Washington points to a great video from San Francisco, circa 1905. The video is shot from a cable car traveling down Market Street, San Francisco’s great axial street. The clock tower of the Ferry Building terminates the view, all while pedestrians, horses, cars, streetcars,
Continue reading Street spaces over 100 years
Metro’s definitely seen better days. The Washington Post had a lengthy piece in Sunday’s edition documenting the massive problems facing the system: aging infrastructure, missing leadership, a broken safety culture, amongst others. Metro’s been trimming the fat to balance budgets for a while, and it now looks like they’ve been cutting into the bone and
Continue reading A day in the life of Metro
CC image from AMagill on Flickr
Given Metro’s current and future budgetary issues (and the plethora of ideas to fix them amongst various comment threads at GGW and other places), discussions of profits and priorities are certainly topical. With that in mind, Jarrett Walker has an excellent post up on the fundamental goals of transit
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Second Ave Sagas has a great subway-style map of Lost’s fictional universe – in advance of tonight’s season premiere.
This is the creation of John Cabrera, who explains it further here.
Two animal/transit notes:
Russian dogs riding the trains: There have long been packs of stray dogs in Moscow’s Metro, but a couple of them have learned to ride the trains – and do so for fun, apparently. (hat tip – Human Transit, Andrew Sullivan)
Neuronov says there are some 500 strays that live in the metro
Continue reading Dogs and Cats living together…
Minneapolis LRV, a project built with New Starts before the total focus on the CEI. CC image from joelplutchak on flickr.
Following up from previous discussions of precision and accuracy, Elana Schor at Streetsblog delves deeper into the subject.
While addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, assistant transport secretary for policy Polly Trottenberg was asked
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