Grand Centennial Parade of Trains.
President Obama’s appointment of Anthony Foxx as the Secretary of Transportation, makes me optimistic. Cautiously optimistic. But optimistic nonetheless. More in my blog post here.
Happy Earth Day!
1/4 Public Service Announcements from NY MTA, featuring employees kids. Thank you for riding!
Subway musicians. Only in NYC 9. Was he singing the Blues?
Subway musicians. Only in NYC 8. USQ.
A post about public-transportation and privatization. Triggered by the passing of Margaret Thatcher, who initiated a wave of privatization of social services in the UK that ended in a (disastrous) privatization of the London Underground. A move that ended badly.
Read all about it on the blog post.
The Last Blast
East Side Access, the grand project to make a new station under Grand Central, to bring Long Island Railroad to midtown east, is entering its home stretch.
A video of one of the last drill and blast operations at East Side Access.
My post from the Future Cities blog, about the much reported 13% emissions drop. All reportage and analysis is missing the biggest point (one responsible for the biggest fraction of that 13% drop) - emissions went down because demand went down.
I cite three different pieces of reporting - from the NYTimes and the WashPo; and analysis - from the Rhodium Group. All of these, IMHO, miss the central point:
All of these pieces of commentary, in my opinion, miss the most exciting writing on the wall: Reduced consumption gets us the biggest reduction in emissions. Looking for systemic ways to reduce consumption, rather than seeking a marginally less carbon-intense supply, should be the holy grail. And where can we best find ways to do that? Why, in cities, of course.