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NYPD Oops! PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 November 2011 17:39
New York police handcuff, cite magazine editor for photographing subway train

Well, we thought when “Anthony Bologna” aka “Tony Baloney,” an NYPD Assistant Inspector pepper-sprayed an Occupy Wall Street protestor, we were seeing a character out of a bad gangster movie. Alas, he was and still is quite real. Which leads us to this 2010 NYPD episode--out of a cartoon--or a really bad noir cop movie:

We are tempted to add a subtitle, after a famous movie tagline:

Just when you thought it was safe to take out your camera ...

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White Paper 2011-02: Organization before Electronics before Concrete PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 October 2011 13:23
Ever since the U.S. first landed on the Moon in 1969, a popular parlor game has been: “We put a man on the moon, so why can’t we easily solve __________?” Fill in the blank.

The “moonshot analogy”is faulty because “down to earth” problems are very complex and intractable compared to moon travel. Cultural and social problems present rapidly growing, idiosyncratic complexities as more humans become involved. But with Apollo, brute force (e.g., $98 billion in 2008 dollars and 100,000+ scientists) was easy, and the technical performance needed was simple to predict.

The moonshot analogy also leads to the belief that simply applying new, allegedly “revolutionary” technology to difficult transportation problems necessarily leads to easy solutions...

For the rest of White Paper 2011-2, use this link: www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/whitepapers/OrganizationbeforeElectronicsbeforeConcrete.pdf.
 
"Peak Streetcar" - A Retrospective - 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:41
A respected colleague coined the phrase "peak streetcar" to describe the maximum extent of the electric railway industry in a given country. Here in the U.S., the era of "peak streetcar" occurred about the year 1917.

We present the following statistics, compiled by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, for the year 1917, to give an idea of the "dimensions" of "peak streetcar."

The full article is posted at http://www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/Peak_Streetcar_3.htm.
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Private-Sector Subsidies to U.S. Transit - The Tip of the Iceberg? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 June 2011 17:19
By Leroy W. Demery, Jr.

Received wisdom in some circles holds that, prior to the era of public ownership, U.S. transit systems were “self-supporting” – that is, no subsidies required.

The historic record indicates this belief is incorrect.

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"Peak Streetcar" - A Retrospective - 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:36
A respected colleague coined the phrase "peak streetcar" to describe the maximum extent of the electric railway industry in a given country. Here in the U.S., the era of "peak streetcar" occurred about the year 1917.

We present the following statistics, compiled by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, for the year 1917, to give an idea of the "dimensions" of "peak streetcar."

The full article is posted at http://www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/Peak_Streetcar_2.htm.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 19:27
 
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