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Cable-Propelled Transit

Via Houston Strategies, I found this article about modern cable-propelled transit systems very interesting. Say the words “cable car” and most people think of trolleys being towed up and down San Francisco’s hilly terrain. Most view them as a charmingly antiquated heritage system for the tourists, not as modern mass transit. But cable cars are [...]

Asnychronous Travel

People often talk about the value of transit in reducing congestion, or in reducing commute times by providing an alternative to congested freeways. This is all fine, but there’s another benefit to efficient regional transit service that I personally find much more valuable. Transit provides travel redundancy – an additional option for people to get [...]

An interesting take on Congestion Pricing

While most environmental advocates believe that congestion-pricing of roads is a good way to reduce congestion and increase use of transit systems, David Owen of the Wall Street Journal essentially argues that, because this would make the automobile network more efficient, environmentalists should be opposed to it.

The Tour of Houston took my advice

… sort of. As you may recall, last year I observed that the Tour of Houston needed a user-friendly route map, and that it needed to go on Memorial Drive. Well, looks like the City got the message! This year’s Tour of Houston is coming up in about a month, and sure enough they’ve routed it [...]

Obama administration announces major policy shift

In a dramatic change from existing policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today proposed that new funding guidelines for major transit projects be based on livability issues such as economic development opportunities and environmental benefits, in addition to cost and time saved, which are currently the primary criteria.

Perception vs. Reality

General perceptions often don’t match the reality on the ground. Consider a recent study in San Francisco – they found that over 80% of downtown shoppers arrived without a car, but most business owners believed that all of their customers arrived by car. How do misperceptions like this impact Houston?

Metro and FTA disagree about cost of Light Rail

This, from the River Oaks Examiner, is pretty interesting… Letters to the Metropolitan Transit Authority from the Federal Transit Administration place the baseline price of building both the North and Southeast light rail lines at almost $1.58 billion. Based on the correspondence, dated Aug. 17, that would place the cost of the 11.84 miles of [...]

The Mini Triangle

Today we’re going to wrap up our look at a hypothetical Texas-High Speed Rail system. We’ve already looked at the how a privately operated high-speed system could start as a regional rail service in the major cities, now we’re going to see how these regional lines can interconnect and form a more complete system.

The North Texas Corridor

Today let’s take a look at how High-Speed Rail service could connect to North Texas. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is one of the more interesting places to consider rail deployment, because they’ve got by far the most existing rail service. How can a new regional rail line lay the foundation for future statewide high-speed service?

The Capital Corridor

Today let’s look at the next branch of the Texas High-Speed Rail main lines: the Capital Corridor. This connection, running from San Antonio to Austin, offers one of the best opportunities for regional rail as a precursor to a state-wide high-speed system.