Category Archives: Transportation

Will Self-Driving Cars Have Less Than 1,000 Accidents Per Year?

This week, the self-driving car contingent has rallied, this time behind the argument that driverless cars will be safer than what we currently have. The event that kicked this off was a self-driving car that killed a pedestrian in Arizona. … Continue reading

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Democrats Unveil A Good Infrastructure Plan

And they didn’t half-ass it either (boldface mine): The proposal unveiled by Democratic leaders Wednesday would plow just over $1 trillion into a wide range of infrastructure needs, including $140 billion for roads and bridges, $115 billion for water and … Continue reading

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Since 2009, Weekend Metro Travel Has Dropped 26 Percent

One theme we often return to here is that a mass transit system can’t be successful if it’s only used an alternative commuter route. The system needs off-hour and weekend use. Not only does that help pay the bills, but … Continue reading

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Geometry And Ride-Sharing

-add that, unlike taxis, you don’t know it’s an Uber or Lyft until they stop, screwing up traffic even worse And by ‘ride-sharing’, I mean another form of taxis, but with a shiny app and no medallions. This isn’t good … Continue reading

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D.C. Metrorail Ridership Is Plunging

A comparison of ridership on the D.C. Metro between October 2014 and October 2016 is ugly (boldface mine): You’ll notice D.C. Metro is at the bottom. When I broke it out by region, there was really no difference: across the … Continue reading

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Self-Driving Cars, Geometry, And Priority

Oh my. There’s an excellent interview with Jarrett Walker about mass transit and self-driving cars. While there’s a lot in there, he notes that geography is really crucial (boldface mine): But we now have enough experience to know what we … Continue reading

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You Don’t Really Want An Efficient Mass Transit System

This story about possible changes to D.C.’s MetroBus system is disturbing (boldface mine): It’s an approach that has been taken around the country by other transit agencies facing similar declines in ridership — specifically Houston, which garnered headlines two years … Continue reading

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