Gauging Thomas

Thomases and friends:


Very useful indeed

– dml

My wallet

Shouldn’t transit fare payment systems be standard and interchangeable by now.


– dml

Linklist: March 12, 2012

Modeled Behavior: Smart Speed Limits :

“Variable speed limits, in contrast, present a more flexible, even Hayekian, way of setting the speed limit. One example is Interestate 80 in Wyoming, where sensors detect driver speeds, which are then used in an algorithm, along with weather conditions and other factors, to set speed limits that vary. An interesting article, via Radley Balko, provides more information on this road”

Av Stop: Airline Passenger Travel To Nearly Double In Two Decades:

“FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2012-2032 projects RPMs will nearly double over the next two decades, from 815 billion in 2011 to 1.57 trillion in 2032, with an average increase of 3.2 percent per year. The number of commercial operations at FAA and contract towers is expected to increase by more than 45 percent from current levels.”

[Is this with or without High-speed rail? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t matter.
Anyway, for some really interesting analysis of Airline data, see this presentation by Prof. R. John Hansman.]

Smithsonian: The Great New York-to-Paris Auto Race of 1908

Hennepin County Library on Tumbler (via AO) Twin City Lines Ad, March 1967 :

“Who knew that they would be headed for public ownership in less than 4 years?  The Fares vs. Wages chart looks especially unsustainable.”

Brookings Institution: Transformative Investments in Infrastructure, Chicago Style:

“The CIT hits on most of the important elements of past infrastructure bank proposals. It’s a market-oriented institution that attracts private capital interested in steady returns and makes investment decisions based on merit and evidence rather than politics. Like California’s I-Bank it cuts across different types of infrastructure such as transportation and telecommunications, and like Connecticut’s Green Bank it emphasizes the generation, transmission, and adoption of alternative energy. The CIT also embraces advanced technologies to support next generation place-making by wiring low-income neighborhoods with broadband and developing high-tech research campuses.”