Category Archives: Transportation

An Uncomfortable Factoid About the Nash Deaths

Saturday, mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia were killed while taking a taxi. Depressingly, a little under one percent of U.S.-ians will be killed while driving or as passengers in motor vehicles. Think about how many people you know … Continue reading

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When Palinism Collides With Infrastructure

I suppose collides isn’t the best choice of words. Anyway, Adam Gopnik has an excellent piece in the New Yorker that points out what drives much of the opposition to mass transit infrastructure, including trains (boldface mine): “The reason we … Continue reading

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When Misunderstanding Money Kills

Regarding the horrific train crash in New Jersey, the NY Times reports (boldface mine): Amtrak has installed the technology, known as positive train control, on parts of its rail network in the Northeast Corridor. But the technology, designed to automatically … Continue reading

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Metrics Matter: The Road Congestion Edition

From the Commonwealth of Virginia, we read the following (boldface mine): But the Virginia General Assembly requires NVTA to prioritize projects that reduce road congestion. Before NVTA can fund any projects, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has to run … Continue reading

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Cost-Cutting Versus the Mad Biologist’s Fundamental Political Theorem: The D.C. Metro Edition

D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser (for whom I voted) is one of the most confusing politicians I’ve ever seen. While I’m a D.C. native, I spent much of my life in the Northeast where there was a very simple political deal: … Continue reading

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Why I Fear D.C.’s Leadership Is Not Up to the Task

First, some context: At least, when it comes to transportation, the kids are alright. At the same time in D.C., it looks like the city’s streetcar program is in trouble. It might not even happen, never mind expand and grow. … Continue reading

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When Do We Stop Calling This An ‘Accident’?

“Well, that right there seems to be the problem” (from here) Fortunately, no one was killed: An 18-year-old pedestrian was struck after a car crashed into a bus stop in Kensington, Md. Saturday, the Montgomery County Fire Department said. The … Continue reading

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