Posts Tagged ‘ transportation ’

Australia: New South Wales regime seeks partner to trial Uber-like public transport

December 6, 2016
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"Transport for NSW is looking to partner with industry to develop a series of pilots that will see the trial of on-demand public transport services. The state government has gone to tender, calling for pitches comprising 'innovative models' for on-demand services that also offer customers personalised and flexible technology-enabled solutions. According to Transport for NSW customer services deputy secretary Tony Braxton-Smith, partnering with industry leaders would put the government department at the forefront of the 'technology revolution.'" [editor's note: If they want a real revolution, the solution is to repeal all regulations on, and subsidies of, transportation and let the market work - TLK] (12/06/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/nsw-government-seeks-partner-to-trial-uber-like-public-transport/  

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Instead of erecting new barriers for ridesharing, cities should deregulate taxis

October 17, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Eric Boehm  

"Right now, many cities and states are trying to find ways to jam ride-sharing services into old regulatory structures that have been around since the Great Depression. Often, they are doing so at the behest of taxi companies, taxi driver unions and other incumbent interests. 'It gives the established taxi companies almost a veto power over new taxi companies,' says Michael Farron, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center. 'We're kind of at a point where the old horse-and-buggy whip manufacturers are complaining about the new automobiles, except now it's the taxi drivers complaining about ride-sharing.' Is there a better way for public officials to deal with this conflict between taxis and Uber?" (10/17/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/10/17/instead-of-erecting-new-barrier-for-ride  

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The lady and the tigers

June 14, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"Tippi Hedren is the actress whose intelligence illuminated Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Now, 52 years later, Hedren is still an illuminating person -- as shown by her powerful performance at a hearing managed by the board of asses who are in charge of California's 'bullet train.'" (06/12/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1422  

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Private buses: The once (and future?) transit option

May 14, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph E Miller  

"Imagine you thought that there was a lot of demand for express bus service between two or three locations in Saint Louis or Kansas City, locations that were not currently well connected by transit. You think you could make good money charging people a shuttle service between these locations. But would the government allow you to run such a business?" (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/psqopqk  

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Can Interstate tolling save US roads?

April 28, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Baruch Feigenbaum  

"America's Interstate highways are reaching the end of their 50-year design life, and will all need to be reconstructed over the next several decades. The estimated cost of reconstruction and prudent widening is nearly $1 trillion -- and no funding source exists for this purpose. The U.S. has a tolling pilot program, but all the slots are currently used. To allow other states to rebuild their Interstates through tolling, expand the three-state Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program to all 50 states and allow participating states to use it to reconstruct all Interstate highways in their states, not just one." (04/27/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25599  

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An idea for better transit in Missouri: Raise fares

April 23, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph E Miller  

"Public transportation in Missouri's major cities is heavily subsidized; taxpayers cover more than 80 percent of total costs in Saint Louis and Kansas City. The main culprits of these subsidies are high costs and low utilization. For example, most bus routes in Saint Louis roll around the city nearly empty. But a contributing factor to this problem is fares, which remain inexpensive in both cities." (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odvbqkh  

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News of driving’s demise has been greatly exaggerated

April 7, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph E Miller  

"There is an apparent schizophrenia in the information provided at transportation conferences and in regular news on Missouri’s infrastructure needs. At one moment, some will talk about how the state needs to invest more in transportation options, because people (especially young people) are abandoning their cars. But wait a moment and others will talk about critical needs to improve and expand the highway and road infrastructure around the state." (04/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyrthby  

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Why High Speed 3 won’t create a “northern powerhouse”

March 30, 2015
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Richard Wellings
by Richard Wellings  

"Reductions in transport costs lower the cost of exchange, which in turn boosts trade and brings higher productivity through specialisation, economies of scale and so on. They also enable the development of agglomerations, clusters of activity that may further increase productivity and output. For example, thicker labour markets may lead to the better matching of workers to jobs and increased firm density may lead to greater knowledge sharing and to increased specialisation in supply chains. Thus, in theory, better transport links could improve the economic performance of the North by enabling its businesses to make better use of its human capital." (03/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph4fd39  

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Germany: Lufthansa pilots stage third day of strikes

March 20, 2015
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TravelMole    

"Lufthansa pilots are going ahead with another strike today (Friday), this time affecting short and medium haul flights. Pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit has already called two days of strikes this week as part of a long-running dispute over early retirement benefits and Lufthansa's plans to expand its budget operations." (03/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/motdyp4  

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Behind the driving increase

March 20, 2015
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Wendell Cox Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox  

"The Federal Highway Administration reported that driving increased 1.7 percent between 2013 and 2014 in the United States. This compares to virtually no increase over the period from 2004 to 2013. The 2014 increase will come as a disappointment to those who have perceived that the flat driving volumes of recent years signaled a shift in preferences away from driving. It had even been suggested that America had reached 'peak car.'" (03/19/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/03/behind-the-driving-increase/  

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High Speed 1: How taxpayers were taken for a ride

March 15, 2015
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Richard Wellings
by Richard Wellings  

"High Speed 1 (HS1) would never have been built if the decision had been made on commercial criteria, or indeed on rational economic grounds. While the high-speed-rail lobby promotes the scheme as a success story, it was in fact a financial failure, marked by cost increases, repeated bailouts, disappointing passenger numbers and failed objectives.
The cost of the final HS1 scheme was far in excess of original estimates. In November 1985, British Rail's preferred high-speed option was costed at about £1 billion in 2015 prices, while the final cost of the project has been estimated at approximately £11 billion in current prices. Moreover, after the line opened below-forecast passenger numbers meant that the operator, Eurostar, had to be bailed out by the Department for Transport." (03/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k3n59j7  

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Make Metro sustainable, not house poor

March 14, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller  

"Planners are pushing for a new multibillion-dollar North-South MetroLink line in Saint Louis. While light rail expansion would increase mobility in the city (unlike some other 'transportation' modes), the high capital costs of expanded rail imperil Metro's ability to provide flexible and effective transit over the long term. Transit spending, and especially rail transit like MetroLink, skews toward capital-intensive projects that make agencies 'house poor' -- that is, even if an agency can get most of the start-up costs of a transit project paid out of federal funds, that agency still may not have much money to pay for a project's predictable long-term costs. That's relevant to Saint Louis, where about 30 percent of the region's transit funding comes from federal grants that usually require the the expansion of transit service." (03/13/15)

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Eurostar sale backed by government subsidies

March 9, 2015
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Richard Wellings
by Richard Wellings  

"The sale of Eurostar is a terrible deal for the taxpayer. It is only possible because the government subsidises loss-making high-speed commuter services to Kent and this funding now pays a high proportion of the infrastructure costs of High Speed 1. ... The NAO report also reveals that five years ago, taxpayers also spent around £800 million (in current prices) bailing out Eurostar and its parent company. The massive losses accrued since the service started in 1994 were effectively written off. Passenger numbers have been over 60 per cent lower than originally forecast when the line was approved." (03/07/15)

https://richardwellings.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/eurostar-subsidised/  

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US Senate: Idiot pols propose making it harder for working Americans to drive

March 3, 2015
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Detroit Free Press    

"Two U.S. senators proposed legislation today which would force states to let drivers know about safety recalls and require owners in most cases to have repairs done before renewing their auto registration. U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced the legislation saying it was in response to a record wave of recalls last year and concerns that studies indicate only 65% of vehicles are repaired within 18 months of being recalled." (03/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxx2tek  

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Puerto Rico: A transportation privatization example for Missouri

January 21, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller  

"Missourians should take two major lessons from Puerto Rico's experience. First, the private sector is capable of maintaining transportation infrastructure. The commonwealth's largest airport, toll roads, and public transportation system are privately operated. Second, the private sector can provide significant capital for improvements." (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmtp8g9  

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School buses: America’s largest transit system

December 30, 2014
posted by

Wendell Cox Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox  

"Reminiscent of the late Rodney Dangerfield’s lament, America’s network of school buses get 'no respect.' The thousands [of] 'yellow buses' are buried without a mention in the most important tables of the US Department of Transportation's National Transportation Statistics. Neither the terms 'school' nor 'school bus' appear in tables summarizing the number of vehicles (Table 1-11), vehicle travel (Table 1-35), passenger travel (Table 1-40) and others. At the same time, there is far more complete information on virtually every other transportation mode. This would not be surprising if the school bus system was small or insignificant. It is anything but." (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/myzmyhl  

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More streetcar boosterism from the Kansas City Star

November 25, 2014
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller  

"The Kansas City Star recently revealed an interactive report on $1.7 billion in existing and possible new developments in downtown Kansas City. Anyone who is interested in some new exciting projects is encouraged to take a look, but be prepared for some streetcar propaganda. While the Star doesn't go so far as to claim that the as-yet-unfinished streetcar directly caused all the development, the report heavily implies it." (11/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l36ak37  

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New commuting data shows gain by individual modes

October 2, 2014
posted by

Wendell Cox Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox  

"The newly released American Community Survey data for 2013 indicates little change in commuting patterns since 2010, a result that is to be expected in a period as short as three years. Among the 52 major metropolitan areas (over 1 million population), driving alone increased to 73.6% of commuting (including all travel modes and working at home). The one mode that experienced the largest drop was carpools, where the share of commuting dropped from 9.6% in 2010 to 9.0% in 2013. Doubtless most of the carpool losses represented gains in driving alone and transit. " (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kfp3qr6  

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Six reasons why light rail is a terrible idea

September 21, 2014
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Thoughts On Liberty
by Caroline K. Gorman  

"Most people haven’t really examined light rail; they just accept that, because it seems to fit with other cherished liberal ideas, like improving health, reducing car emissions, creating denser cities, etc., it is also [a] good idea. The truth is that light rail is not the panacea that planners think it is. For the most part, it’s an extremely expensive 'solution' that solves nothing: it doesn’t help the environment, reduce congestion, or improve mobility for those who need it most." (09/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pbw4fap  

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The California high speed rail

September 11, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Baruch Feigenbaum  

"Proponents claim that California needs an alternative to planes and cars because airports and highways are at their breaking points. Yet, airlines are buying larger planes and air traffic control modernization -- though decades late due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s failures -- will increase air travel capacity. Cars offer flexibility that rail cannot. Most rail riders will arrive at a high-speed rail station that is still 20 or 30 miles from their final destination in a Southern California or Central Valley city with limited transit options." (09/08/14)

http://environmentblog.ncpa.org/the-california-high-speed-rail/  

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Belgium: Rail strike disrupts links

June 30, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Train links through Belgium as well as local trains have been largely halted by a rail workers' strike. It's disrupted rapid services run by Thalys, Eurostar and German Rail. Substitute buses are operating from Cologne. Belgium's SNCB national railways said passenger services in the country' French-speaking Wallonia were halted and were 'very limited' in Dutch-speaking Flanders on Monday because of the strike." (06/30/14)

http://www.dw.de/belgium-rail-strike-disrupts-links/a-17746460  

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France: Thousands of passengers in travel hell with week-long delays after air traffic controllers call off strike

June 26, 2014
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The Daily Express [UK]    

"A strike by French air traffic controllers was called off last night but left thousands of passengers still facing travel chaos. Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways were among the airlines forced to cancel flights and passengers were warned to expect delays as flight schedules were restored. The industrial action had been due to extend over the weekend but ended at midnight after talks with the French government." (06/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ll4zsd9  

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Scenes from the rent-seeking society: Norwegian Airlines can fly to the US

June 19, 2014
posted by

Art Carden EconLog
by Art Carden  

"I love traveling, and I might be one of the few people on earth who actually enjoys flying. Trouble is, flying is pretty expensive, and it's especially expensive if you want to go overseas. There's an obvious solution: let more airlines compete. Alas, foreign airlines are not allowed to fly US domestic routes, and some airlines are prevented from offering international service to and from the United States. Norwegian Air's plans to fly between the US and Europe are recent casualties of the rent-seeking society." (06/18/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/06/scenes_from_the_2.html  

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Taxi drivers of the world, unite!

June 15, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Uber has chosen an uneasy path: it challenges existing regulations, rather than investing into the political process to get them eased down. Taxi drivers have proved to be, over time, a tremendously resilient interest group. I'll give the example I'm most familiar with. In Italy, we have been talking about liberalising taxi drivers' licenses for some fifteen years now. My Institute used to promote a proposal first advanced by Franco Romani, a great man and a wonderful scholar of law and economics. The problem with increasing the number of taxi drivers, as seen by those who are already in this trade, is the erosion of the value of their license. Romani proposed to liberalise by doubling the number of licenses available. Instead of issuing new ones, taxi drivers would be assigned a second one. If they all agreed that they didn't want more competitors, they could simply burn the second licenses. Or they could think about it and start to trade them." (06/15/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/06/taxi_drivers_of.html  

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China’s ascent in world transport

May 22, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox  

"After years of closing the gap with the United States, China built enough freeways in 2013 to amass the greatest length of freeways in the world. Between 2003 and 2013, China expanded its national expressway system, with interstate (motorway in Europe) standard roadways from 30,000 to 105,000 kilometers (18,000 to 65,000 miles). This compares to the 101,000 kilometers (63,000 miles) in the United States in 2012. China’s freeway system is also longer than that of the European Union, which was 70,000 kilometers in 2010 (43,000 miles) and Japan (8,000 kilometers or 5,000 miles) as is indicated in Figure 1 (Note 1). The ascent of China is evident across the spectrum of transport data, both passenger and freight." (05/22/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/05/chinas-ascent-in-world-transport/  

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