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Sep 17
Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles : Tomorrow, the Cato Institue will release a new paper on the policy implications of self-driving cars. Antiplanner readers can download a preview of the paper today....
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Sep 16
What Happened to Progressives? : “Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley was the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement,” intones Robert Reich....
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Sep 15
Facts vs. Insults and Innuendo : Rail transit is excessively expensive, inflexible, and incapable of moving as many people as buses....
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Sep 12
More Light-Rail Critiques : Sorry about the light postings this week, but I’ve been pretty busy talking with people about light rail. Here is my presentation about light rail in Pinellas County (St....
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Sep 11
Left-Wing Streetcar Skeptics Don’t Get It : More left-wing writers are expressing skepticism of the streetcars that have been infecting so many American cities. They aren’t anti-rail transit, they say, just anti-bad rail transit....
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Sep 9
Cadillac vs. Mercedes : Cadillac has announced that in 2017 it will begin selling truly “hands-free” cars that can steer themselves and control their own speeds to avoid collisions....
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Sep 8
Light Rail and Streetcars : The Antiplanner (along with co-author Jeff Judson) has an op ed in the San Antonio Express News on what San Antonio should do now that it has given up on the streetcar....
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Sep 5
Green Line Claims First Fatality : Last Sunday, a pedestrian was struck and killed by the Twin Cities new Green light-rail line, which opened for operation in June....
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Sep 3
Back in the Air Again : The Antiplanner is flying to San Antonio today for the first leg of a three-city trip to talk about smart growth and rail transit. Early next week will find me in St....
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Aug 29
Affordable Housing Is a Symptom of Sound Urban Policy : Paul Krugman argues that housing costs, not taxes, are what is drawing people to Georgia and Texas and away from California and New York. He’s partly right, but he’s mostly wrong....
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Aug 28
Making the Poor Subsidize the Rich : Utah Transit Authority executives are overcompensated, the agency has underfunded its high rail maintenance costs, its bus service has suffered due to financial constraints, concludes the Utah State L...
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Aug 27
No One’s Riding Light Rail, So Reduce Fares and Build More : Planners predicted that Norfolk’s Tide light-rail line, which opened in 2011 60 percent over budget and 16 months behind schedule, would stimulate economic development along its route....
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Aug 26
Pinellas Transit in Trouble : The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) has been illegally using FEMA money to illegally advertise in favor of a ballot measure to build light rail in St. Petersburg, Florida....
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Aug 25
Another Inane Low-Capacity Rail Plan : Some people in Durham, NC, want to build a $1.4-billion, 17-mile light-rail line, and the region has been spending millions of dollars planning it....
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