Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Gov 2.0, crossroads Houston, HSR, TOD, and more

A busy holiday season week with a business trip to Austin thrown in, so just a few small misc items to pass along:
"In fact, the U.S. is well situated to be the crossroads nation. It is well situated to be the center of global networks and to nurture the right kinds of networks. Building that America means doing everything possible to thicken connections: finance research to attract scientists; improve infrastructure to ease travel; fix immigration to funnel talent; reform taxes to attract superstars; make study abroad a rite of passage for college students; take advantage of the millions of veterans who have served overseas. 

The nation with the thickest and most expansive networks will define the age. There’s no reason to be pessimistic about that."

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At 9:47 PM, December 07, 2010, Blogger Peter Wang said...

We need to do much more to figure out how to grow the mode share of vanpooling and carpooling. People who have tried it really like it and continue doing it where possible, the problem is habit and inertia. This inertia reduces the population of willing ridesharers below critical mass. I'd love to carpool to work, but can't find anyone to do it with, and I've been searching in NuRide and METRO.

At 10:11 PM, December 07, 2010, Blogger Jardinero1 said...

If you want to increase vanpooling and carpooling the solution is simple: Stop widening roads with tax dollars and start tolling them.

At 2:35 PM, December 08, 2010, Blogger Alon Levy said...

Transit can be very energy-efficient in places that don't have the FRA.

Speaking of which, has Cox ever retracted the false statement he made to the press that New York City Transit has higher carbon emissions than the Toyota Prius?

At 9:52 AM, December 13, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Antiplanner's metric is not the best one if he inclues return trips. Transit trips in the non-peak direction don't matter as much for congestion. Energy efficiency? Yeah, you gotta count that.
But I think think there's a huge difference between a 15% occupancy on most of of Metro's routes vs. 80-100% full on the commuter buses from The Woodlands.


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