Hyperloops and circular runways

I will appear on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) RN (Radio National) show Future Tense Sunday 7 May 2017 10:30AM. They also have a podcast. In Japan they’re constructing a passenger train system that will travel at speeds in excess of 600 kilometres an hour. Now that’s fast, but it’s not fast enough for some. New […]

With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future | Quartz

  Ananya Bhattacharya at Quartz India writes: “With Hyperloop, India eyes an unrealistic future.” I remain puzzled by the popularity of Hyperloop. I am quoted. … “I don’t think it’s (Hyperloop) practical any time soon,” David Levinson, a professor of civil engineering at the […] University of Minnesota, said. “Tunneling remains expensive. We have no idea how […]

On the Deployment of Hyperloop

I appeared briefly at 13:oo CDT today on CNBC to talk about Hyperloop, which is in the news because one of the Hyperloop companies (Hyperloop One) had a press release yesterday, changed their name, raised a lot of money, and had a seemingly successful test run today. They asked me some things on the interview, […]

The Hyperloop Boarding and Alighting problem

It has been noted that there is a very short time between Hyperloop capsules arriving at the Hyperloop station. This potentially makes boarding and alighting difficult, since there is no guarantee everyone will take their seats and be strapped in before the next capsule arrives. This requires either the following capsule to deploy its emergency […]

Transportist: July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 issue of The Transportist, especially to our new readers. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Posts Why is Public Transport Use Higher in Australia than America Road Rent – On the Opportunity Cost of Land Used for Roads Are Australian Vehicles Getting Bigger? Signalling inequity – How traffic signals distribute time […]

The Transportist: May 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 issue of The Transportist, especially to our new readers. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Thank you to all who purchased Elements of Access and Metropolitan Transport and Land Use: Planning for Place and Plexus in recent months. Copies are still available. Transportist Posts Cage the Automobile USA vs. AUS They’re Closing […]

The Transportist: May 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 issue of The Transportist, especially to our new readers. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Thank you to all who purchased Elements of Access and Metropolitan Transport and Land Use in recent months. Copies are still available. Transportist Posts Cage the Automobile USA vs. AUS They’re Closing Inspiration Point (Happy Days on Freeway building) see also: Aunt […]

The end of traffic … a podcast with Jim Pethokoukis

I did the Political Economy podcast with Jim Pethokoukis about transport.   Transcript Podcast The Book (I write much more legibly than I speak.) The end of traffic? A long-read Q&A with David Levinson Economics, Pethokoukis, Technology and Innovation The world is on its way to ending traffic, and that’s in part thanks to the pioneering […]

Interview with Evan Ellis

Interview with Evan Ellis, 9th grader at Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas:   Hi Mr. Levinson, Thank you for helping out! My questions are composed below: What do you see transportation looking like in a hundred years? Will cars have been replaced by other technologies, or will they have just evolved? Let’s just […]

The Transportist: October 2017

Welcome to the October 2017 issue of The Transportist. As always you can follow along at the blog or on Twitter. Announcements The End of Traffic and the Future of Access, Third Edition We are pleased to announce the print publication of our latest book The End of Traffic and the Future of Access: A Roadmap to the New […]