“4 Reasons to Remove Traffic Lights in the Era of Peak Driving”

Lights are on, but no one is driving home.

4 Reasons to Remove Traffic Lights in the Era of Peak Driving – CityLab.

All surely valid data … but it’s Detroit.  The one in Michigan.  The one that has lost 60-ish percent of its population in the last 60-ish years.  Removing signals there is a great idea.  Selling the recovered equipment will surely more than pay for the new stop signs they’ll need.  At some point they’ll need to consider closing and depaving streets – they just aren’t needed.

But did I mention this is Detroit?  I’m not sure what relevance this study has to any other city.  At least cities not named Cleveland, Buffalo, or Youngstown.  The authors make the point that vehicle-miles traveled have leveled off nationwide after growing every single year since the end of the Second World War and that this may be a guide.  Yes, it may be but in the developed part of the country (i.e. not Detroit) VMT has leveled but it’s not dropping.

“Is a subway from Brooklyn to Queens in NYC’s future?”

Triboro RX – http://ourmta.org

Is a subway from Brooklyn to Queens in NYC’s future? | Crain’s New York Business.

Chicago (Metra) is desperately trying to come up with a way to use the EJ&E’s “Outer Belt” route as a commuter line.  Probably not going to happen.  They (CTA) have another plan for a “Circle Line” connecting all the radial lines that will run under the two major train stations.  That probably won’t get built either.  The CTA has a BRT plan to run a line along Ashland Ave that would do the same (without connecting to the train stations).  That one might happen.

This line, the Regional Plan Association’s Regional Express (Triboro RX), is another circumferential line that would connect a lot of radial lines.  Will it get built?  Will any of the MTA’s capital projects get built?  Well, probably, for the second question but I don’t know if this will be one of them.

“The U.S. Set a Mass Transit Ridership Record in 2014 Despite Declines in Bus Ridership”

The U.S. Set a Mass Transit Ridership Record in 2014 Despite Declines in Bus Ridership – CityLab.

APTA figures show 101.1 million new transit trips across the country from 2013 to 2014. We tally 98.2 million new trips from metropolitan New York alone—or 97 percent of the total. 

Yep.  I’ve hit upon this same theme here, here, and here.  When it comes to public transit in the US, using NYC as an example is meaningless.  It’s just too much of an outlier.

Attitude adjustment: İETT – Tünel

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İETT – Tünel.

There is a tendency, I think, to assume that anything not in North America, eastern Asia/Australia, or western Europe is “third world”.  That’s probably never been really true and it’s certainly not true today.  Example: I had no idea that Istanbul (not Constantinople) had a subway, much less that it had the 2nd oldest in the world (1871).  And that it was initially cable-hauled.  The Tünel is still in use but not directly connected to the rest of the modern system

Or that Metro Istanbul had 14,000,000 people.

And yes, it’s an intercontinental metro system