Welcome to the September 2018 issue of The Transportist, especially to our new readers. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter.
- A Political Economy of Access – Reviewers Wanted
- Does bike sharing have a future in Australia?
- Dr. Chelsey Palmateer: The Distribution of Access
- To make better streets, we must first measure them
- On the Four Paths
- Save the date for the World Symposium on Transportation & Land Use Research #WSTLUR in Portland, OR July 13-15, 2020
- Waymo topped 9 million miles in August 2018. They are doing a million miles a month in automated mode.
- Waymo just laid out its vision for a driverless future Plus, there’s a way it can actually make money. – qz.com
Shared Vehicles/Ride-sharing/Ride-hailing/Taxis/Car Sharing
- China’s Didi suspends carpooling service after another female passenger is mudered – TechCrunch
- Uber gears up for shift to bikes on short trips – FT
- Toyota Investing $500 Million in Uber in Driverless Car Pact – WSJ
- Mike Munger on non-ownership – Arnold Kling
- McFeely: West Fargo man victim of ‘vomit fraud,’ – wday
- Uber Hit With Cap as New York City Takes Lead in Crackdown – NY Times
Electric Vehicles [and Renewable Energy]
- There are now more than 1 million EVs in Europe after sales soared by + 40% in the first half of the year.
- Using a crane and concrete blocks to store energy for later retrieval – Kottke
Human Powered Vehicles/Bikes/Pedestrians/Scooters/eBikes/etc
- In Charlotte: For July:
- Shared Bikes: 27,453 trips, 19,430 miles, 0.7 mile average
- Electric scooters: 100,273 trips and a 139,215 miles, 1.4 mile average
- Horace Dediu (asymco) has a new podcast: Micromobility
- Cycle, walk, drive or train? Weighing up the healthiest (and safest) ways to get around the city – The Coversation
- To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians – Bloomberg [This is perhaps the worst idea. And there are many bad ideas]
- To make streets walkable, empower pedestrians to cross anywhere – Ben Ross
- Push for pedestrian crossings to always be green – couriermail.com.au
- CityCycle initiative has turned around, with a 35 per cent increase in patronage – Brisbane Times
Human Driven Vehicles, Signs, Signals, Sensors, and Markings, and Roads
- After 60 Years, I-95 Is Complete – Bloomberg
- Transurban gets green light from regulator to bid for WestConnex – smh
- Our new PM wants to ‘bust congestion’ – here are four ways he could do that – The Conversation
- We hardly ever trust big transport announcements – here’s how politicians get it right – The Conversation
- Are Australian bridges safe, and can we do better? – The Conversation
- What Brought Down This Bridge in Genoa? – citylab
- ‘Immense tragedy’: Motorway bridge collapse in Italy leaves dozens dead – smh
- End to traffic congestion predicted but we may have to give up control of our cars to achieve it – news.com.au . [Centralized control is a bad idea]
- Melbourne orbital rail proposal – Daniel Bowen
- Sydney’s Airport Line operator seeks greater share of revenue pie – smh [It’s a privately built and run subway line. The fares were initially set absurdly high, til the government subsidized them at non-airport stations. Evidence that profit maximizing ≠ welfare maximizing.
- Inside the train chaos and how a balloon shut parts of the system down [Narrator: It was software.] – SMH
- The Dynamics of Bus Bunching – Alon Levy
- Bus Pollution Is a Blast From the Past [It’s down 90% 2000-2018] – Streetsblog
- This Town – SMBC (comic)
- U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question – WaPo
- Parents fined for letting kids walk to school unsupervised [Queensland] – SBS
- Undeterred by violence, students close Dhaka’s roads to demand justice [For traffic deaths!] – smh
Kerbs and Sidewalks
Retail, Freight, Waste, and Logistics
- Rio Tinto delivers first iron ore with autonomous train – Logistics Magazine
- Driverless Grocery Delivery in Phoenix Could Start This Fall – Phoenix New Times
- Food delivery service Foodora to exit Australia – smh
- Google map of all trolley lines in US c. 1957.
- Analysis | How 2,000-year-old roads predict modern-day prosperity – WaPo
- What Can and Cannot Be Planned – Mike Munger
Isochrones and Maps
- New York City in Timespace – Gradient Metrics
- Atlas of Urban Expansion – Sydney
- 25 Years of Urban Growth and Density Change in 66 Cities – Reddit
- All hail the flying taxi Some of the world’s biggest companies are scrabbling to develop flying cars. Tom Vanderbilt asks whether they are likely to take off – 1843magazine.com
Research & Data
- ‘Beware Fake Econometrics‘ by Rob Bain in Infrastructure Investor (pdf)
- Metropolitan Transport and Land Use: Planning for Place and Plexus (2018) by David M. Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek.
- Elements of Access: Transport Planning for Engineers, Transport Engineering for Planners. (2018) By David M. Levinson, Wes Marshall, Kay Axhausen.
- Spontaneous Access: Reflexions on Designing Cities and Transport (2016) by David Levinson.
- The End of Traffic and the Future of Access: A Roadmap to the New Transport Landscape. (2017) By David M. Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek.
- The Transportation Experience: Second Edition Garrison, William and Levinson, David (2014)