Category Archives: Transportation

Mass Transit in Far-Flung Areas

Which is to say, the outer suburbs. I recently discussed an article about attitudes towards D.C.’s Metro. Leaving aside the psychotic break portion of the article, it did describe a pretty fundamental problem: He also said it’s often faster for … Continue reading

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Fear of Mass Transit As a Mass Communicable Psychotic Break

I’ll have more to say about this as a mass transit issue, but this, from an article about D.C.’s Metro, is bonkers (boldface mine): Johnny DiPasquale, a retired law enforcement officer who lives in Leesburg in Loudoun County, Va., said … Continue reading

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It Helps When Politicians Directly Experience Life Like The Rest Of Us

One of the more bothersome things about the politics of quality of life issues is that it usually takes a politician experiencing something inconvenient (or worse) directly to get anything changed. In Houston, TX, for instance, mass transit managers are … Continue reading

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Why I Am Pessimistic About Global Warming Progress

Maybe it’s the jumping forward due to Daylight Saving Time still kicking in, but the problem in combating global warming is that the ‘zipless fuck’ solutions aren’t enough. Weatherizing your house and driving an electric vehicle aren’t enough. We’ll outsource … Continue reading

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Mass Transit And A Failure Of Governance

I’ve written many times about how the failure of mass transit in the U.S. represents a failure of governance. Jacob Abinder makes that very clear (boldface mine): These criticisms are not wrong, per se, but they overlook a more fundamental … Continue reading

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My Lonely Quest For Good Weekend Metro Service Continues

While the powers that be in the D.C. area are fighting over late-night Metro rail service, it’s still worth noting, once again, that Metro weekend daytime service is still sucky. While I appreciate the importance and decent impulse behind keeping … Continue reading

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When Nice Things Do Cost Too Much

Jacob Bacharach makes an excellent observation about the cost of building mass transit (boldface mine): Hidden within all this no-nice-things nose-thumbing is a legitimate problem, however. Railroads that cost as much per mile as the entire annual operating budget of … Continue reading

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