Monthly Archives: November 2011

An HSR Country is a Centralized Country

1950s’ Japan was a fairly monocentric country, in which everything was in Tokyo. When it built the Shinkansen, the expectation was that fast travel nationwide would make it easier to do business in the other cities, reducing centralization. Instead, the … Continue reading

Posted in Development, High-Speed Rail, Transportation, Urbanism | 19 Comments

Consensus and Policing

The recent spate of mass arrests and brutality at various Occupy demonstrations is not a matter of bad cops like John Pike or even bad politicians like Michael Bloomberg. Tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets have occurred throughout the … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Politics and Society | 16 Comments

Different Kinds of Centralization (Hoisted from Comments)

As an addendum to my post about transit cities and centralization, let me explain that the term centralized city really means two different things. One is diffuse centralization throughout the core, typical of pedestrian cities and bus cities and of … Continue reading

Posted in Development, Transportation, Urban Design, Urban Transit, Urbanism | 5 Comments

A Transit City is a Centralized City

In New York, a large fraction of employment clusters in a rectangle bounded roughly by 59th Street, 2nd Avenue, 42nd Street, and 9th Avenue. Although it’s a commonplace that New York employment is centralized around Manhattan, in reality most of … Continue reading

Posted in Development, New York, Transportation, Urban Design, Urban Transit, Urbanism | 36 Comments

New York-New Rochelle Metro-North-HSR Compatibility

Let me preface this post by saying that there should not be any high-speed trains between New York and New Rochelle, except perhaps right at the northern end of the segment. However, to provide reasonable speeds from New York to … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, Good Transit, High-Speed Rail, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation | 19 Comments

New Rochelle-Penn Station Regional Rail

Last week, the MTA again floated proposals for connecting Metro-North to Penn Station once East Side Access comes online and frees track space currently used by the LIRR. The New Haven Line is to be connected to Penn Station via … Continue reading

Posted in Good Transit, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation | 26 Comments

More Track Maps

A kind reader sent me the two maps on Rich E Green’s now-offline website that I did not have, namely maps of all of Connecticut and Rhode Island. These join earlier maps I’d posted of the Northeast Corridor in Maryland, … Continue reading

Posted in Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation | 6 Comments

Compromising with Agency Turf

Daniel Krause added his two cents to the politicals vs. technicals issue; his contention is that technical advocates are perfectionists and refuse to compromise. Writing about the Transbay Terminal design, which is slightly less wretched than originally planned but still … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, Politics and Society, Transportation | 41 Comments

Trust (Hoisted from Comments)

Robert Cruickshank’s much-anticipated reply to my posts about political versus technical transit supporters and their activism says that high-speed rail is a political issue, and therefore what’s important is to just get it done. To me, the problem comes from … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Construction Costs, High-Speed Rail, Politics and Society, Transportation | 30 Comments

Do Not Compare NEC with HSR Ridership

One common claim doubting high ridership estimates for American high-speed rail lines is that the Northeast Corridor gets little ridership. For example, commenter Gelboak says, How plausible is a 51-77 million px / year ridership? I believe the NE corridor … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, Transportation | 68 Comments