Category Archives: transportation

Information and notes about transportation issues.

Forgetting minor things (like people and maintenance)

Müngstener Bridge over River Wupper is a beautiful old bridge built in 1894-1897. It has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance. The renovation will cost 30 million euros and only extend the bridge’s lifespan by 25 years. The bridge may have … Continue reading

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Open letter to Mountain View City Council about the HSR train station

I urge these issues to be addressed about the HSR station: PARKING Because parking: is negative-revenue land usage ( costs to build/maintain/ generates no revenues or taxes ) is NOT required for high-ridership. Palo Alto and Mountain View both have … Continue reading

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Britian cancels runways because of global warming concerns

Its time to give up “binge flying” says the Conservative government: “The emissions were a significant factor” in the decision to cancel the runway-building plans, Teresa Villiers, Britain’s minister of state for transport, said in an interview. “The 220,000 or … Continue reading

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Diverging Diamonds: A great pedestrian idea!

NPR has an article up about Diverging Diamonds. While the Missouri Department of transportation talks about how this is great for vehicles, it is also great for pedestrians: all crossings can be signalled for long crossing times because pedestrians are … Continue reading

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Stations do NOT affect train speed

Bullshit from an email thread and repeated constantly by the California High-Speed Rail Authority: “Other potential benefits are also intriguing: a probable economic windfall for several cities along the route . . .” and “There will be as many as … Continue reading

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The death of Taiwan airlines

Once again, trains are not obsolete, merely neglected: To many in western Taiwan, the commencement of the Taiwan High Speed Rail last January ushered in a new era of fast and convenient travel between the north and south of the … Continue reading

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privatize only what…

Over at dailykos.com they are talking about how bad Bush the Lesser has made the air traffic control system. One of the many “wonderful” ideas was privatization. In the argument about bigger government and private enterprise, people miss the key … Continue reading

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California High-Speed Rail go direct to SFO

Clem is talking about how hard Millbrae is thanks to Quentin Kopp’s mucked up “leadership” when the original BART-to-SFO disaster was “designed” and built. Now with California High-Speed Rail a real possibility, CHSRA should just do what should have been … Continue reading

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Fewer roads, less congestion

Selfish driving causes congestion The article also talks about Braess’ Paradox and Nash Equilibria but the math is beyond my abilities.

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Chris Anderson and the wrong tail of energy security

Chris Anderson is on such the wrong track about energy security. He does get the idea of reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled. Anything we can do to reduce the miles that need to be traveled to accomplish a task will lead … Continue reading

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