21 Most Popular Transportist Posts of 2017 Spectacular.

 

Every year for four years now, I have done a top posts article:

These are the most popular posts for 2017. Those published in earlier years marked with an *.

  1. 21 Strategies to Solve Congestion *
  2. On Why Bike Lanes Might Appear Underutilized *
  3. What Do We Know About the “First Mile/Last Mile” Problem for Transit? * (by David King)
  4. On Elon Musk
  5. Congratulations America, Achievement Unlocked (more or less by Ahmed El-Geneidy’s Group at McGill)
  6. On the Differences between Autonomous, Automated, Self-Driving and Driverless Cars
  7. On the I-85 Bridge Collapse in Atlanta
  8. On the Predictability of the Decline of Transit Ridership in the US
  9. Why is the Walking Man White?*
  10. Rules for Researchers
  11. Post-Doc Wanted
  12. Streets Wide Shut – A Principle for Urban Streets
  13. On `Smart Cities’ and `Smart Growth’ *
  14. Elements of Access: Induced Demand* (by Wes Marshall)
  15. On Resistance
  16. Minnesota planners begin to envision driverless future | Star Tribune
  17. On a new Infrastructure Bill
  18. Recruiting Students
  19. Forgetting Faster Than We Learn* (by David King)
  20. More on Declining Transit Ridership
  21. Transit Riders’ Perception of Waiting Time and Stops’ Surrounding Environments.

Comments:

#1 was a numbered list with paragraphs. The number of hits on #1 was 60 times more widely read than #21 (even more winner-takes-all virality than usual). This was the largest year by far, in most part because of the viral popularity of #1 and #2 (Otherwise it would be the largest by a small amount). Only 1 scientific piece (#21) made the list this year.

Twitter, Facebook, Reddit (Bike Lanes), Tinyletter (my newsletter), LinkedIn, Streetsblog, and Curbed (the I-85 piece) are the largest sources of traffic.

Goals For next year.

  1. Write more numbered lists.

 

 

 

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The Transportationist’s most popular posts of 2014

The Transportationist 13 Most Popular Posts written in 2014 (note some 2013 posts were still popular):

  1. WE DON’T PAY ENOUGH FOR TRANSPORTATION August
  2. HIGHWAYS’ HIDDEN SUBSIDIES November
  3. ACCESS ACROSS AMERICA: TRANSIT 2014 October
  4. DEATH BY CAR: ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM A CRASH OR BREATHING ITS TOXIC EMISSIONS? November
  5. DOGFOODING: WHY TRANSIT EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS SHOULD USE TRANSIT August
  6. IT’S “ONLY” 5 MINUTES, OR GREEN LINE DELAY MONETIZED July
  7. EXTRAPOLATIONS IN TRAFFIC VS. REALITY December
  8. WHEN WILL WE REACH PEAK ROAD? January
  9. IT’S A SMALL MARKET, AFTER ALL. ES GIBT EINEN KLEINEN MARKT, UBER ALLES. December
  10. ALWAYS GREEN TRAFFIC CONTROL April
  11. THE hITE OF ABSURDITY: MINIMUM PARKING IN AN ERA OF DECLINING TRAFFIC January
  12. MOUNT TRANSIT, MOUNT AUTO, MOUNT NEXT February
  13. PEAK SHOPPING AND THE DECLINE OF TRADITIONAL RETAIL February

There is really two types of posts that seemed to be especially popular. One I will call “car subsidized” (1, 2, 4), the other “car over/future of transportation” (6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13). The car is of course neither all bad nor all good, it is a technology and is used and misused all the time, like anything. The car is not quite over yet either, but its trajectory in the US has mostly flatlined. Also some “transit should be better” (3, 5, 6, 10)

This is out of about 300 posts . Of course you should not just be a dedicated follower of fashion and read the top 13, you should read them all.

David King also started posting in the Fall, so I expect to see his posts in this list next year.

The Transportationist’s most popular posts of 2013 may also be of interest. (I did 39 on last year list, so I am 67% more discerning this year). Note, my biggest posts last year were much bigger than my biggest posts in 2013.

Streets.mn also has a list of popular posts; all my posts for streets.mn are cross-listed here, but tend to get views over there.

A Great Migration: The Transportationist.org is Moving to WordPress

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The Transportationist.org blog is moving (for some of the reasons described in No Comment).

Does this matter to you?

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If you use Transportationist.org to read it: No

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If you use an RSS feed of http://blog.umn.edu/levin031 from Google Reader or any other RSS Reader: YES … Subscribe to http://transportationist.org/feed/. Also note that Google Reader will be disappearing.

(I use FeedBin and Reeder now).

The old site will be there for a long time to preserve existing links in, but it will not be updated.

Thanks for your patience. Let me know if you spot problems.