Monthly Archives: May 2012

Destination Centralization

It’s by now a commonplace that jobs are more centralized than residences, in terms of CBD concentration. But what I think is worse-known is that destinations in general are incredibly centralized, both across and within metro areas. In other words, … Continue reading

Posted in Development, High-Speed Rail, Transportation, Urbanism | 47 Comments

Bus and Rail Mantras

Bus is cheaper than rail. Paint is cheap. Rail only made sense a hundred years ago when construction costs were lower. Trains have no inherent advantage over buses. It doesn’t cost more to operate a bus than to operate a … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, New York, Transportation, Urban Transit | 61 Comments

High- and Low-Speed Rail Coordination

The debate about what kind intercity rail to build tends to be either/or. On one side, there’s HSR-only advocacy: this represents the attitude of SNCF, especially in the earlier years of the TGV, and such American HSR proponents as John … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Transportation | 83 Comments

The Cost of Heavy Freight Trains

Over at Pennsylvania HSR, Samuel Walker reminds us that the dominance of coal for US freight traffic slows down passenger trains, and this has a social cost in addition to the direct costs of coal mining and burning. But another … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Issues, Freight, High-Speed Rail, Politics and Society, Regional Rail, Transportation | 83 Comments