As is often the case, Jarrett Walker talks sense about transit and has some thoughts on streetcar-before-bus systems. OKC, pay attention!
“Officials hope CTfastrak will cut congestion on I-84 and connect communities along the route.”
I usually scoff when I see a statement like that because it has rarely been true. At best, new transit “bends the curve” meaning that while the new facility doesn’t cut congestion along corridor, it may well slow the rate of growth in congestion. And that’s a fine thing.
But as I started to post this, I realized that this may now be true. Why? It’s in the article itself – VMT has at least leveled and may well be dropping. The chart below shows what’s going on.
I really need to find or make a chart like this that goes back to 1945, because this is the first time there has been a sustained leveling of growth since WW2. And many, many, many facets of urban and transportation planning are predicated on that growth continuing indefinitely.
OMG. 250k riders at the start. Yes, this is the same corridor where Nelson\Nygaard was doing “real-time transit planning”.
This guy has what many would think is a radical socialist worldview … but really, it’s about equality. A bus with 80 passengers should have the right to 80x the road space of a car with a single occupant.
Make sure you pay attention to the effect of automobiles on cities – 0 US automobile deaths in 1900, 7000 US children killed in 1925.