Transportation

Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Transportation

Faster Trains Versus SUPERTRAINS

I agree with Atrios–while high-speed trains would be technologically groovy, trains that actually got somewhere quickly would be a major, albeit unsexy, improvement (italics mine): As for inter-city rail, I certainly support it too on the grounds that driving long distances and flying really suck. Flying sucks more than it used to for various reasons,…

By way of Atrios, we find that Massachusetts is the second safest state for drivers. No, really: The safest places to drive in the USA are Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. Among the most dangerous: Montana, Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi. Those conclusions are based on federal data of traffic fatalities per 100,000 population and per 100…

How We Became the Can’t-Do Nation

Chris Matthews makes a very good point (no, really) about our complete failure to upgrade our infrastructure: We used to build trains and subways and airplanes for the world. Now we read about trains running three hundred miles an hour in France and China and we piddle along on Amtrak like we’re on a buckboard.…

Boston of the Future Viewed from 1908

The Boston Public Library has a really cool exhibit about postcards related to Boston. Here’s one I thought was funny from 1908 (based on the postage, I think it’s 1908): I want my own unidirigible! Too bad Boston doesn’t really look like this…. If you can’t get to the library, the postcards are online here.

Bestest City Council Resolution EVAH!

Gotta love Cambridge, MA: Policy Order Resolution O-32 IN CITY COUNCIL August 2, 2010 VICE MAYOR DAVIS COUNCILLOR CHEUNG COUNCILLOR DECKER COUNCILLOR KELLEY MAYOR MAHER COUNCILLOR REEVES COUNCILLOR SEIDEL COUNCILLOR SIMMONS COUNCILLOR TOOMEY ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to investigate with the MBTA the possibility of installing a long flat…

Bob Herbert echoes the frustration many have felt with Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s decision to scuttle the plan to build a much-needed tunnel connecting New Jersey to New York City: The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It’s losing its soul. It’s speeding down an increasingly rubble-strewn…

The Health Cost of Traffic Congestion

By way of The Angry Bear, we come across this interesting abstract about the benefits of reducing congestion at toll plazas by using E-ZPass: We find that reductions in traffic congestion generated by E-ZPass reduced the incidence of prematurity and low birth weight among mothers within 2km of a toll plaza by 6.7-9.1% and 8.5-11.3%…

Two Exhibits Worth Seeing

One is in Boston, the other in D.C. In Boston, the Boston Public Library has an amazing collection of travel posters from the 1920s to the 1950s. Here’s one: If you can’t visit it, there’s an online gallery. In D.C., the Smithsonian Natural History Museum has an exhibit about how the Natural History Museum has…

Fred Clark, at Slacktivist, fires off a essential rejoinder to deficit reductionists and austerians, with bridge reconstruction as the particular example (italics mine): Let’s consider again the objection of deficit spending. The so-called deficit hawks object to repairing structurally deficient bridges because they say the government cannot afford to borrow money to do so —…

Having parasitized private industry, our economic betters are now turning their sights on the public sector: The most popular deals in the works are metered municipal street and garage parking spaces. One of the first was in Chicago where the city received $1.16 billion in 2008 to allow a consortium led by Morgan Stanley to…