Tucked into the testimony of Amtrak President Joesph Boardman at last week’s Senate hearing on the future of the Northeast Corridor is this graphic demonstrating the number of daily train movements by operator at different locations along the spine of the Northeast Corridor:
One interesting thing to note is the difference in the volume
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Acela – CC image from wiki
Last month, the New York Times Magazine featured a story on the “Empire of the in-between,” the places along the tracks traveled by Amtrak’s Acela Express. Decaying post-industrial landscapes, battered and half-abandoned residential neighborhoods, and so on. The train serves as a metaphor for the changing nature of the
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Frankfurt Airport long-distance rail station – CC image from Heidas on Wiki
Alon Levy has a post up about the potential for high speed rail to fulfill the goals of ‘decongesting’ US airports. Alon looks at origin/destination pairs and compares the flight time to comparable HSR ranges where the technology has a chance to offer
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Pittsburgh International Airport – CC image from Fred
Philip Longman and Lina Khan make the case for re-regulating America’s airlines, claiming that deregulation is killing air travel and taking de-hubbed cities like St. Louis with it (hat tip to Matt Yglesias). The authors do indeed present compelling evidence that airline deregulation has indeed shifted the
Continue reading The difficulty of unintended consequences – airlines, HSR, and deregulation
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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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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CC image from marcmo
Several weeks ago, Colorado released an ambitious high speed rail plan. The $21 billion plan would feature two trunk lines: one running north-south connecting the cities along the Front Range, and the other running east-west along the I-70 corridor connecting Denver International to the state’s mountain ski resorts. Colorado’s ski resorts
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Image from Dean Terry on flickr
There’s been a great back and forth across the blogosphere in the past few days on sprawl, zoning, land use regulation, and market forces. A brief synopsis and chronology:
3/18, 8:47 am – Randal O’Toole – complete with terms like ‘poppycock’ that completely fit the mental image I have of
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Moving boxes by carlaarena on Flickr
Posting’s been light the last couple of days because I’ve been moving from one house to another. No matter how many times I do it, I still forget what a pain it can be. Now that I’m finally settling into the new digs, there’s been a whole lot of
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With apologies to Lyle Lanley, it’s worth reporting that Disney’s genuine, bonafide, electrified, six car monorail! crashed. Is there a chance the track could bend?
The Transport Politic notes the damage this kind of fantasy has on useful transit advocacy. The Simpsons really does the same thing, when you think about it.
But the fact that more
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