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Oct 21
Frequent Buses Yes; Dedicated Lanes No : In an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal, the Antiplanner argues that transit agencies in medium-sized cities such as Albuquerque should experiment with “bus-rapid transit lite”–meaning increasing bus f...
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Oct 20
Hal Salwasser R.I.P. : The Forest Service has historically been dominated by foresters and engineers, so a wildlife biologist who joined the agency in 1978 wouldn’t expect to advance very far. But after getting a Ph.D....
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Oct 17
How to Hoodwink the Public : Two years ago, Virginia Beach put a measure on the ballot to extend the Norfolk light rail (which stops at the border between the two cities) into Virginia Beach....
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Oct 16
Autonomous Vehicle Presentation : The Antiplanner’s presentation on autonomous vehicles, mass transit, and long-range transportation planning is now available for download. It’s about 20 MB....
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Oct 15
More Rail Fail : Two more rail transit lines are following in the tracks of so many others that have failed to live up to planners’ promises....
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Oct 14
Living in a Fantasy World : Here’s more evidence that rail transit advocates–in this case, streetcar supporters–are totally delusional: proponents of a 7.4-mile Columbia Pike streetcar in Arlington, Virginia, estimate that the s...
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Oct 13
Irrelevance Across America : Something calling itself the “Accessibility Observatory” at the University of Minnesota has mapped transit accessibility for most of the nation’s 50 largest urban areas (Jacksonville, Memphis, Oklahom...
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Oct 10
When Myron Met the Antiplanner : Some two weeks ago, the Antiplanner met regionalist Myron Orfield in a debate over the question, “What is the appropriate role of government in land-use regulation?” A member of the Sensible Land Use...
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Oct 9
The Death of the Auto Industry as We Know It? : Adam Jonas, head of auto research at Morgan Stanley, is predicting the end of the auto industry “as we know it.” Or, at least, that’s what Business Insider is reporting–Jonas’ actual article appears t...
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Oct 8
All Aboard Florida Goes Private : After going to the effort of writing an environmental impact statement in order to be eligible for a federal Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loan, All Aboard Florida has suddenly swi...
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Oct 7
The State of State Highways : A new Reason Foundation review of the condition of state highways (which includes interstates) finds that, in general, they are improving....
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Oct 6
Coping With Too Much Money : According to pro-rail transit Metro magazine, American cities face a dilemma: the demand for rail transit continues to grow, yet there is a scarcity of federal dollars to pay for it....
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Oct 3
A Model for the Rest of the Country? : Portland doesn’t need to apologize for spending more than $1.5 billion on a 7-mile light-rail line, says Secretary of Immobility Anthony Foxx....
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Oct 2
Senior Citizen : The Antiplanner turned 62 on October 1, and I celebrated by buying a “senior pass” from the National Park Service....
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Oct 1
“Equity” Is a Word We Want to Use in this Press Release : Advancing its “regional transit equity” plan, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council issued a press release last week announcing it has received a $3.26 million federal grant to build or “enhance” 140 b...
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Sep 29
Still on the Road : Tonight, the Antiplanner will be in Rochester, Minnesota to address a proposed high-speed train between Rochester and Minneapolis....
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Sep 25
Debate with Myron Orfield : The Antiplanner squared off against regionalist Myron Orfield in Minneapolis yesterday over the question of whether governments should try to regulate land uses....
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