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Monday
Jan062014

Urban Mobility Measures for New Mayors


7th Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 2014 Transportation Agenda

As 2014 gets under way, many of the country's largest cities are transitioning into new leadership. New mayors such as those of New York, Boston, Detroit, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh are coming in amidst renewed understanding of the role, power, and influence of metropolitan regions. In their own way, each new mayor seeks to position his or her city as a hotbed of innovation in economic development, customer service, administration, finance, operations, housing, education, neighborhood regeneration, infrastructure, and public safety. And while expectations for these cities have never been so high, the fiscal fragility of cities has never been so real. Portfolios of expenditures, liabilities, and subsidies have been exposed by insufficient revenues and poor performing investments on Wall Street and main street. As a result, these new mayors must be creative and practical in guiding their cities through their first terms. 

One of the areas that these new mayors share a focus is transportation and regional connectivity.

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Friday
Mar112011

Hands Off My Bus!

Pittsburgh Company Wants to Offer What the Port Authority Could Not

A Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC) Bus

Yesterday, I took the 91 in to downtown from Lawrenceville. For the second time this week the fare collection system was down (I gave up my pass in favor of a more reliable and cheaper bike). This means that an enormously expensive machine and driver were sent out on a route knowing full well that trip would bring no bacon home. No change basket or any other thing that could have easily subbed in while the fickle collector was waiting to be fixed. Just a plastic grocery bag covering the terminal as free-riders like myself that day rode "free." It's no wonder the State wants to protect this fragile system they run. With competitors, they may just have to figure out how to bring in money when their cash register goes down.

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Thursday
Mar032011

When should we pay for rail?

Why phasing is critical to meaningful diversification of transportation

The debate surrounding President Obama's massive increase in transportation funding is growing. Recent analysis of the drafted budget shows up to 77 percent increases for federal transit programs. But does the government enjoy favorable market conditions in which to build this new nationalized service? The truth of the matter is that so long as we continue to deeply subsidize rail's biggest competitors, it makes little sense to build at great expense a diluting asset.

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Thursday
Oct282010

Rail and District Energy: Streets Paved in Better Than Gold

Could use of district energy for heating and cooling help to allow better urban design by increasing value in core area buildings (where it works best)?

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Defining Want

Creating the market demand for transit

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