Beyond High Speed Rail: California Networked Transit PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:01
Transportation networks are like plants: there must be a balance between the "trunks" and "branches" for both to be healthy and thrive. Unfortunately, as currently conceived, California's High Speed Rail (HSR) proposal is all trunk and no branches. Current HSR design philosophy imposes an entirely new, separate, extremely costly infrastructure that is not capable of passenger train “interoperability” to/from existing rail lines. Due to this and other problems, California’s HSR faces serious trouble.

To address this problem, has produced White Paper 2011-1, Beyond High Speed Rail: California Networked Transit. This White Paper proposes a radical change in design philosophy: "Networked Transit."

“Networked Transit” should become a major focus of state government, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the intercity rail and HSR programs. Networked Transit is a customer needs-driven approach rather than the current technology-centered agenda. The benefits of Networked Transit–where each and every transit mode is considered for its place in an overall network or system, not just its technological characteristics–is best illustrated by an example from Switzerland, where the transit network connects from minibuses serving the smallest Alpine village to the country’s largest train station in Zurich.

This paper is available in PDF format from
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Beijing Plans Curbs on Automobile Registration PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 December 2010 11:46
The government of Beijing municipality announced on December 23 that it would limit issuance of new license plates and impose traffic control measures to reduce road congestion.

This will slow down Beijing’s and China’s dramatically growing demand for oil, though this tiny slowdown won’t be noticeable.

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Wendell Cox and his population density daffiness - 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 December 2010 13:47
As stated in a previous post, se find it difficult to understand why Wendell Cox expends time and effort comparing the gross population densities of various cities and metropolitan areas - without reference to land area and other important factors. His approach might make sense if there was a point to make. However, the relationship between gross population density - nothing else considered - and transportation needs, traffic levels and so forth is less strong that Cox implies (albeit tacitly). Professionals and advocates know this well, and we think that Cox does, too. For balance of article, see
"Peak Streetcar" - A Retrospective - 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 December 2010 11:39
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."

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 19:27
Man Up, Antiplanner! - 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 December 2010 13:41
Leroy W. Demery, Jr.

The (self-styled) Antiplanner, a.k.a. our loyal “frenemy,” Randal O’Toole, pulled a remarkably careless - or callous - bit of sleight-of-hand in a recent blog post.

As described previously, O’Toole presented a statistic that was more than ten times greater than the actual value, stated by an authoritative source.

As we “numbers geeks” put it, O’Toole inflated the statistic by more than one order of magnitude. In other words, he shifted the decimal point one place to the right - and then some.

Inflating a statistic by one order of magnitude is a clever trick - if you can get away with it. If not, you might find yourself the object of ripostes such as the following classic:

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