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The Transportist: April 2019
March was notable for the launch of A Political Economy of Access
Book: A Political Economy of Access
Now available: A Political Economy of Access: Infrastructure, Networks, Cities, and Institutions by David M. Levinson and David A. King, in paper and PDF.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Why should you read another book about transport and land use? This book differs in that we won’t focus on empirical arguments – we present political arguments. We argue the political aspects of transport policy shouldn’t be assumed away or treated as a nuisance. Political choices are the core reasons our cities look and function the way they do. There is no original sin that we can undo that will lead to utopian visions of urban life.
The book begins by introducing and expanding on the idea of Accessibility. Then we proceed through several major parts: Infrastructure Preservation, Network Expansion, Cities, and Institutions. Infrastructure preservation concerns the relatively short-run issues of how to maintain and operate the existing surface transport system (roads and transit). Network expansion in contrast is a long-run problem, how to enlarge the network, or rather, why enlarging the network is now so difficult. Cities examines how we organize, regulate, and expand our cities to address the failures of transport policy, and falls into the time-frame of the very long-run, as property rights and land uses are often stickier than the concrete of the network is durable. In the part on Institutions we consider things that might at first blush appear to be short-run and malleable, are in fact very long-run. Institutions seem to outlast the infrastructure they manage.
Many of the transport and land use problems we want to solve already have technical solutions. What these problems don’t have, and what we hope to contribute, are political solutions. We expect the audience for this book to be practitioners, planners, engineers, advocates, urbanists, students of transport, and fellow academics.
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The new open access journal Transport Findings continues to add articles. Follow the journal on Twitter. Visit the journal. Read. Submit. Cite. This month's articles include:
Posts at the Blog
My Posts at WalkSydney
2019 NSW Election – The Transport Promises List - Kypros1992
2019 NSW Election: A transport perspective - Bambul Shakibaei
And the winner of the NSW State Parliamentary Elections is ... the COALition (the Liberals and Nationals)
Transit and Microtransit
'Quickest, cheapest' way to boost Sydney's train services While tens of billions are ploughed into new metro rail lines, London's Tube is a lesson on how to significantly increase train services in Sydney. [Signals] smh.com.au
Which lines are priorities for Sydney Metro conversion? Hint: it's not Bankstown Every major transport study since the 1970s has identified Sydney's western rail corridor as the priority for an upgrade. The latest patronage figures confirm that's where the need is greatest. Matthew Housell at theconversation.com
Construction Costs: Metro Accessibility It is much harder to find estimates of construction costs for elevator access to metro stations than to find estimates for the costs of new tunnels. pedestrianobservations.com
Bikes put spanner in works of Dutch driverless car schemes - share.postbeyond.com
Tesla is dealing with the failure to achieve full self-driving by shifting goalposts - Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica
Human-Driven Vehicles, Signs, Signals, Sensors, and Markings, and Roads
Shared Vehicles/Ride-sharing/Ride-hailing/Taxis/Car Sharing
Can a Ridehailing App Be Ethical? - motherboard.vice.com
Singapore's Grab Raises $1.5 Billion From SoftBank Fund - bloomberg.com
Zūm, a ridesharing service for kids, raises $40 million -techcrunch.com
Micromobility: Human-Powered Vehicles/Bikes/Pedestrians/Scooters/eBikes/Last-Mile/First-Mile/Last-Meter/First-Meter/etc.
The Five Categories of Micromobility - micromobility.io [Horace Dediu]
[Melbourne] Car-lovers beware: Lord mayor flags wider footpaths, more bike lanes - theage.com.au
[Brisbane] City’s Lime scooter fad sours theaustralian.com.au
Bike-sharing pioneer Mobike is retreating to China techcrunch.com
German carmaking giants agree on strategy - electrive.com
Retail, Wholesale, Logistics, Supply Chain, Freight
Uber Freight is expanding into Europe - techcrunch.com
Why is east coast High Speed Rail still being taken seriously - Alan Davies at Crikey
In honor of Metro’s birthday, watch the system’s evolution since 1976 -- Greater Greater Washington
Scientists rise up against statistical significance - nature.com
Norway becomes latest country to ditch Elsevier - timeshighereducation.com
How publishers keep fooling academics bjoern.brembs.net
UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access universityofcalifornia.edu
Papers by Us
Yokoo, Toshi, and Levinson, D. (2019) Measures of Speeding from a GPS-based Travel Behavior Survey. Traffic Injury Prevention. [doi]
Carrion, Carlos and David Levinson (2019) Route choice dynamics after a link restoration. Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics [doi]
Books by Others
Metropolitan Transport and Land Use: Planning for Place and Plexus (2018) by David M. Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek.
Elements of Access: Transport Planning for Engineers, Transport Engineering for Planners. (2018) By David M. Levinson, Wes Marshall, Kay Axhausen.
Spontaneous Access: Reflexions on Designing Cities and Transport (2016) by David Levinson.
The End of Traffic and the Future of Access: A Roadmap to the New Transport Landscape. (2017) By David M. Levinson and Kevin J. Krizek.
The Transportation Experience: Second Edition Garrison, William and Levinson, David (2014)