Monthly Archives: October 2011

Transfer Penalty Followup

My previous post‘s invocation of Reinhard Clever’s lit review of transfer penalties was roundly criticized on Skyscraper City Page for failing to take into account special factors of the case study. Some of the criticism is just plain mad (people … Continue reading

Posted in Good/Interesting Studies, Regional Rail, Studies, Transportation, Urban Transit | 14 Comments

Why the 7 to Secaucus Won’t Work

Bloomberg’s expressed support for the now $10-billion proposal to send the subway to Secaucus is generating buzz and speculation about the ability to secure funds. Missing from this discussion is any concern for whether more people would actually transfer at … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit | 42 Comments

Electrification and Carbon Emissions

Railvolution reports FTA numbers that say the average CO2 emissions of the New York City Subway are 0.17 pounds per passenger-mile (48 grams per passenger-km). That’s the equivalent of 114.6 passenger-mpg of gas, if you prefer to think in those … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Environmental Issues, Transportation, Urban Transit | 44 Comments

Highways and Cost Control

I’ve been reading Earl Swift’s The Big Roads, and the early biography of Thomas MacDonald had passages that jumped at me. Unlike Owen Gutfreund, who focuses on MacDonald’s industry ties and use of astroturf, Swift portrays MacDonald as a Progressive … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Construction Costs, Good Transit, Transportation | 4 Comments

Making Elevated Rail Work

Everybody hates els. They’re ugly and noisy and cities will even move their train station away from downtown to tear them down. The hypocritical treatment of els versus much wider and noisier elevated highways is fortunately the subject of another … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Transportation, Urban Transit | 24 Comments

Managed Diversity

Putin’s Russia is described as a managed democracy: a country that holds elections and maintains a democratic facade, but is in reality autocratic and brutal toward dissenters. On the same principle, the trend in gentrified first-world cities can be described … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Society, Urbanism | 2 Comments

Cities and Multiple Equilibria

A growing idea among emergent urbanists is that there’s a natural form to the city, one that maximizes activity and that thrives in the absence of regulation. In this view, any sort of urban planning, from postwar suburbia to the … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Politics and Society, Urban Design, Urbanism | 27 Comments