car reliance de vs
February 27, 2016, 8:53 pm
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Buehler, Pucher and Kunert 2009


streetcar logic
November 6, 2013, 11:28 pm
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The drivers of sixty single occupancy cars removed and put in a streetcar that takes up roughly one thirtieth the space – a clear depiction of the economy of mass transit.

a developed country
September 19, 2012, 10:51 pm
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a developed country

over 33 public transit projects in 2012
January 4, 2012, 5:11 am
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Here is a map showing the over 30 new municipal transit projects happening this year in the US and Canada.  These projects will make our cities more sustainable.  In the short term they will have an immediate and profound effect in reducing per capita energy consumption and pollution.  They will also have an immediate economic effect as municipalities can move more people with less money using public systems than they do with their gas and road expenditures.  The long term effects are also highly sustainable:  the intensification of buildings and activity around new stations will make socially and economically cohesive pedestrian based communities.  Win win.

Here are the details from the Transport Politic:

The uncertainty in Congress over the future of funding for the nation’s transportation programs has not yet hit local transit authorities, which will collectively spend billions of dollars this year on enhancements to their local public transportation networks. At least 33 metropolitan areas in the U.S. — and five in Canada — are planning to invest in new BRT, streetcar, light rail, metro rail, or commuter rail projects in 2012. Virtually every American project listed here is being at least partially funded through federal capital grants.

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012, The Transport Politic

how we get there
October 3, 2011, 5:30 pm
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Between 1981 and 1995 the spending on federal highways in the US grew from $9 to $19 billion whilst transit stayed at $4 billion.

Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy

In the current tax and fee payments to the government by motor-vehicle users fall short of government expenditures related to motor vehicle use by approximately 20 to 70 cents per gallon of all motor fuel.

-Aaron Naparstek, UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies

Everyone’s talking about rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure to put people back to work and to make us competitive for the new century.  I’ve heard much less about the specifics of where the money should be spent.  When you consider how inefficient our infrastructural and other development has been over the past 50 years, it could be prudent to get very specific about where exactly we want to put our money.  Here is a case for your consideration.

If the numbers stated in the first quotation above hold true today, public spending on transit as a ratio of spending on highways is somewhere in the order of 1:5.  Five times more money for roads than for rail in government subsidies.  That’s the reality of US infrastructure.

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availability of public transport
June 14, 2011, 2:43 pm
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spending on roads vs transit

Between 1981 and 1995 the spending on federal highways in the US grew from $9 to $19 billion whilst transit stayed at $4 billion.

Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy