Monthly Archives: September 2012

Relative Costs of Transit Construction

The relative costs of different technologies of transit are not fixed. Although there are some rules of thumb for the ratio of tunneling cost to above-ground transit cost, the actual ratio depends on the city and project, and this would … Continue reading

Posted in Construction Costs, Good/Interesting Studies, Studies, Transportation, Urban Transit, Vancouver | 10 Comments

Immigration Choice

Houston booster and blogger Tory Gattis has a theory of what he calls opportunity urbanism, i.e. a focus on upward mobility as the primary goal of urban policy. Responding to a post of his on The Urbanophile, in which the … Continue reading

Posted in Personal/Admin, Politics and Society | 11 Comments

Nobody Likes Riding North American Commuter Rail

In New York, two neighborhoods at the edge of the city have both subway and commuter rail service: Wakefield and Far Rockaway. Wakefield has 392 inbound weekday Metro-North boardings, and 4,955 weekday subway boardings. Far Rockaway has 158 riders (an … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit, Vancouver | 170 Comments

Capital-Centric Countries and Regions

Here is a table of various developed countries, as well as some regions of the US, based on how dominated they are by their largest respective cities. The table includes the percentage of the population in the top metro area, … Continue reading

Posted in Urbanism | 13 Comments

Sanity Checks on HSR Ridership

If you multiply the populations of the metro areas served as a proxy for HSR ridership, then by comparison to Shinkansen lines as well as┬áthe AVE, New York-Washington traffic should be about 15-20 million passengers per year. It’s even higher … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Transportation | 71 Comments

Carolyn Maloney’s International HSR Proposal

Carolyn Maloney, the Congresswoman representing Manhattan’s East Side, gave an interview to the Globe and Mail in which she called for high-speed rail between New York and Canadian cities. She did not specify which cities, but presumably those are Montreal … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Transportation | 81 Comments

Quick Note: Are Freeways Safer?

Freeways are, in principle, much safer than roads with at-grade crossings. With postwar design standards, they eliminate the frictions that are responsible to a vast majority of accidents: grade crossings, left turns, opposite traffic (since they have medians by design), … Continue reading

Posted in Cars, Transportation | 69 Comments