Author Archives: Alon Levy

Homeowner’s Bill of Rights to Preempt State and Local Zoning Laws

After weeks of fraught negotiation, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that both houses of Congress had reached agreement on passing the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights (HOBOR), which uses the preemption doctrine to abolish most local planning restrictions. … Continue reading

Posted in Development, Politics and Society, Urbanism | 11 Comments

Metro Systems by Ridership Per Kilometer

Last post, I brought up the fact that the Cairo Metro is by a large margin the world’s busiest per unit of length, to explain why the government should prioritize investing in more subway lines. In comments, some people asked, … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation, Urban Transit | 34 Comments

The Ultimate Authoritarian Anti-Urbanism

Cairo is a dense megacity, without the infrastructure such cities require for high living standards. The city proper, according to Wikipedia, has 10 million people, living at a density approaching 20,000 per km^2, and the metro area has 20 million. … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Issues, Politics and Society, Urban Design, Urban Transit, Urbanism | 22 Comments

What Happened to the RPA?

Last month, New York’s Regional Plan Association published a report, Overlooked Boroughs, proposing various transit improvements in New York outside the Manhattan core to complement the existing Manhattan-centric subway network. I’ve been thinking for a while what to say about … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Regional Rail, Shoddy Studies, Studies, Transportation, Urban Transit | 22 Comments

Ferries

Last week, Bill de Blasio proposed a citywide ferry system in his otherwise perfectly boilerplate State of the City speech. Ferries, as Ben Kabak notes, are a tried and failed solution in New York, with a $30 per passenger subsidy … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, New York, Politics and Society, Transportation, Urban Transit, Vancouver | 18 Comments

The Wrong Kind of Branching

Transit lines branch. Core routes have more demand than outlying ones, so naturally trains and buses run on trunk lines in the core and then branch farther out, to match frequency to demand. I gave an overview of this years … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit | 93 Comments

North-South Rail Link Diagram

In my post about large-diameter TBMs, I proposed using them to bore Boston’s North-South Rail Link. Like the official plan, this calls for two pairs of tracks, one feeding Back Bay and thence the Providence and Worcester Line and the … Continue reading

Posted in Regional Rail, Transportation | 21 Comments