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Vox Future of Commuting series

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/29/8513699/future-of-commuting has all the links.

Some notes:
* building more roads just induces more traffic (old news, but still.) Building transit may not reduce congestion either -- suck commuters into transit, more people drive to fill up the road. No substitute for congestion charges.

* Bike share users are whiter, wealthier.

* Drivers are less happy, less healthy (well, more obese) than other commuters. Pretty much anything else is correlated with being healthier; walking, biking, and intercity (commuter?) rail dominate in happiness.

* In the 1920s there were 27,000 km (17,000 miles) of streetcars in the US. The "GM conspiracy" doesn't explain their disappearance. Neither does simple commuter choice of driving in a vaccum. Cars caused gridlock and poor service, and legally low fares hurt the companies' ability to maintain roads that were being damaged by cars.

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notthebuddha
May. 28th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Holy Unintended Consequences, Batman!

I had an idea for a sort of intermodal app that supplements Google's route-finding algos by finding routes that are a combination of driving, parking, and riding in order to spend less time meandering on buses and trains and hopefully keeping private vehicle traffic mostly on high-volume arteries. How could this backfire?
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