‘Public Transit’ Archive

Declining Hubs: A Good Location for Experimenting with High Speed Rail May 17, 2014 No Comments

I stumbled recently on a page in Therichest.com listing seven airports in America that are declining in their status as hubs, and it is interesting that they seem to be concentrated in one region: the area between the Great Plains and the Appalachians.  Three of them are in Ohio [actually the Cincinnati airport is in […]

China’s High-Speed Rail April 3, 2014 No Comments

Yeah!!!  I admit there are a lot of problems with California”s high speed rail, and it was probably a mistake, but if high speed rail could replace a lot of airplanes I would be very very happy. In Response To: “China”s High-Speed Rail Is So Popular, It”s Hurting the Domestic Airline Industry” by Heather Tommons […]

‘Streetcars’ vs. Light Rail September 13, 2012 No Comments

Samuel L. Scheib, editor of Trip Planner magazine, argues here that so-called ‘streetcars’, trams which actually run in the street with the cars, are not so much ‘public transit’ in the manner of light rail as a tourist amenity and should be funded privately. Two private short ‘streetcar’ lines in Los Angeles [the one at […]

Obama’s Dilemma, High Speed Rail, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Other Miscellaneous Observations February 1, 2012 No Comments

Joel Kotkin, director of one of our favorite sites, Newgeography.com, has exposed how Obama has alienated people on all sides, even though he will probably win the election.  I notice, now that I think about it, that while the Occupy Movement has not spent a lot of time denouncing Obama, they have not greeted him […]

The Poor and Cars November 8, 2011 No Comments

I am as much in favor of a good public transport system as anyone, but it will, for the foreseeable future, be only a partial solution to our transportation needs.  In particular, neither the poor nor the rest of us want to be confined to the job opportunities conveniently accessible to us within walking distance […]

Bakersfield Freeway July 13, 2011 No Comments

I think they ought to move Route 58 to Stockdale Highway and not Rosedale.  Stockdale comes in where 58 meets 99, and it goes straight to the I-5.  Rosedale, the current numbered route, takes a pronounced jog. Related: “Future Freeway Route Through Bakersfield Gets Update” by Gretchen Wenner at Bakersfield.com

Dear Urban Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic April 7, 2011 No Comments

P. J. O’Rourke has taken off on the absurdity of bicycles.  However, there are some people that really need and use them, and I’m thinking of “Los Midnight Riders” from my earlier post.  There does need to be some safe place for bicycles, and cars do need to recognize the bicycles are ‘vehicles.’  However, I […]

New Urbanism: Not Suitable for Large Families November 1, 2010 No Comments

Jonathan V. Last has written an excellent article on natality in America and why we have few large families now, whereas 50 years ago they were very common.  (I can testify, being of a certain age myself, that I as an only child was very unusual in my own childhood.)  While I do not have […]

Urban Bicycling – Or, Another Bicycling Tribe? October 26, 2010 No Comments

Right after I did my post about bicycling cultures, the LA times came out with an article about urban bicycling and designing clothes for it. Trying to use a bicycle for transportation! Imagine that! Well, in the early ‘70s, when I taught myself to ride a bicycle, that is exactly what we were doing. We […]

The Various Tribes Of Bicyclists – And Will Bicycles Ever Become Mass Transit? October 20, 2010 No Comments

The attached inspired me to set down what I notice about bicycles and bicyclists. On the first day of our San Andreas fault tour which I took with some friends – and there will be some posts on that soon, hopefully with pictures! – we passed large numbers of people riding back and forth on […]

In Which I Make Pompous Suggestions Concerning Transit in Los Angeles February 22, 2010 1 Comment

Source: LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority Anyone looking at a map of the LA Metro notices that it is an East Side phenomenon – the westernmost point it reaches on the coastal side of the hills is Hollywood and Highland.  It is kind of as if BART did not go under the bay to San Francisco! […]

Padding? Or Something Reality? February 20, 2010 1 Comment

There was a recent discussion in the Wall Street Journal about why a flight from Los Angeles to New York, which takes six hours under ideal conditions, should be scheduled at seven hours.  Some wonder whether this practice is ethical. I say it’s quite ethical.  If anything, I wonder whether they’ve padded enough.  What is […]