Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cost of parking, more traffic

A surprising amount of traffic isn’t caused by people who are on their way somewhere. Rather it is caused by people who have already arrived. Our streets are congested, in part, by people who have gotten where they want to be but are cruising around looking for a place to park.



Donald Shoup is professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (shoup@ucla.edu).

http://shoup.bol.ucla.edu/CruisingForParkingAccess.pdf

Friday, April 11, 2014

No money for #freetransit? Arctic warming will cost USD 60Trillion

U.S. Coast Guard
Arctic Warming Could Cost Upwards of $60 Trillion | Climate Central: "The new study focuses on one potential impact of Arctic warming in particular — the release of methane gas, which is a potent global warming agent, from frozen deposits known as “methane hydrates,” located beneath the East Siberian Sea. Studies have projected that as the ocean temperatures warm in response to the loss of sea ice, some of the methane will be released into the atmosphere. Methane is a more potent, but shorter-acting, global warming gas when compared to carbon dioxide (CO2)."


Monday, April 7, 2014

Cost of #autosprawl, your life!

Planetizen : "The ten smartest growth counties have about a quarter of the per capita annual traffic fatality rates of the most sprawled counties. Yet, smart growth is usually advocated primarily for its infrastructure saving and environmental benefits, we fail to communicate its very large safety benefits."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Costs of #autosprawl, regulating corporate cheating

NBC News.com: " As Attorney General Eric Holder announced a record $1.2 billion penalty on Toyota for misleading the public and regulators about issues involving unintended acceleration in its vehicles, questions were raised about another automaker potentially in the cross hairs of the Justice Department: General Motors."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Transportation funding: cars get socialism, others get the sharp pencil

Blog — Kevin Klinkenberg: "Want that $1 billion roadway improvement? Fine, put it to a vote and let's show how it will be paid for over time. An inherent flaw of the current method of transportation funding is that all roadway-based expenses are socialized, but most transit/bike/pedestrian improvements have to justify themselves on a per-project basis. A change in that basic approach can do wonders, without going the routes of heavy sticks."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Electric cars another excuse to subsidize sprawl

Norway Takes The Lead In Electric Cars (With Generous Subsidies) | Delmarva Public Radio: "Holtsmark has crunched the numbers and figures that Norway is currently subsidizing each Nissan Leaf — about half the EV population — to the tune of $8,000 per year."

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Government uses false data to justify autosprawl welfare

The Latest - APTA - Advocate: "These inaccuracies need to be addressed, because the forecasts inform lawmakers’ level of ”needed spending,” and could spur overbuilding of infrastructure to support car travel, draining funds from other investments like public transportation, where ridership actually increased in 2013. While funding public roads and highways remains crucial for all forms of transportation, the rising ridership of public transit should trigger increased investments."