Category Archives: Transportation

Urban Businesses and Parking

Too often, when people propose removing parking spaces in cities, often to add infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, businesses will argue that losing that parking costs them customers. Well, thanks to a months long shutdown of multiple stations along D.C.’s … Continue reading

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You Are the Traffic: The Boston Red Line Breakdown Edition

Recently, in an effort to make D.C.’s WMATA feel good about itself, Boston’s T, specifically the Red Line, was pretty much broken due to a derailed train that wiped out much of the signaling infrastructure. As with so many unplanned … Continue reading

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Mass Transit Is Not Pity Charity

It’s the only way cities can work. Last week, Montgomery County officials (Maryland) spent a week using mass transit instead of driving. That’s a good start, but, if they were to use for months, they would probably get a better … Continue reading

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Libertarians Still Don’t Understand Geometry

At least when it comes to transportation. Over at Reason, there is a pean to privatized transportation (boldface mine): An article in last week’s New York Times joins others in asking us to sympathize with the beleaguered transit industry, whose … Continue reading

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You Are the Traffic: The Blue/Yellow Line Closure Edition

Even if you never set foot on the Metro (because my fellow passengers and I will MURDER-DEATH-KILL YOU), it serves a very important purpose: it keeps other people out of their cars. Given that there’s very little slack in our … Continue reading

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Cars and Suburbia: Why I Am Pessimistic About a Green New Deal

Let me preface this with noting that, as an organizing principle, the Green New Deal (GND) is pretty good. But I’ve had doubts about the GND doing much to significantly curb U.S. CO2 emissions, and this excellent column by Gordon … Continue reading

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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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