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. and I have been thinking about Beijing's warped sense of scale. All our friends who visit get confus…
theory  beijing  pedestrian  comfort  city  urban  metro  transport  comparison  map  digital 
6 weeks ago by aries1988
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Vous avez sans doute entendu parler d’un pour Perpignan bloqué 6 heures dans un tunnel à la sortie de Paris.6…
tgv  reportage  accident  france  sncf  transport  crisis  train 
6 weeks ago by aries1988
黄章晋: 在隔壁的中国,那些孩子已经长大了
2001年国务院颁布《国务院关于基础教育改革与发展的决定》,提出「农村地区学校布局调整」的改革计划,通俗的话讲,就是撤销村里的幼儿园、小学,将之合并到大的乡镇,有些地方,则是撤销乡镇教学点,集中到县城,这就是所谓的「撤点并校」。

我们同事邓飞采访时有个颠覆认知的意外发现,造成2万余学生伤亡的质量低劣校舍,几乎都是1990年代「普九」验收期间突击建造。「普九」即1986年颁布的教育法提出20世纪末普及九年义务教育。它有一套从校舍到图书室在内的验收标准。

当时国家财力不济,任务全部压在最基层的乡镇一级:资金自行筹募,自行设计、自行建设、自行验收。为满足必须一次验收通过、无楼不成校等硬性任务,各地普遍采取采取一次建校、逐年集资的办法应付建筑商。

也就是说,校车事故大幅减少,很大程度是越来越多的孩子在学校寄宿而不是乘坐校车。
today  china  countryside  children  school  transport  crisis  opinion 
july 2018 by aries1988
Les cars Macron ont transporté 3,4 millions de passagers en un an - le Parisien
 Au total, 3,4 millions de voyageurs ont été transportés via ce moyen de transport depuis la libéralisation du transport par autocar (entre août 2015 et fin juin 2016). Au deuxième trimestre, le nombre de passagers a même progressé de plus de 45% par rapport au 1er trimestre. 
 
Désormais, le nombre de villes desservies est de 193 contre 150 au début de l'année. Selon l'Arafer, au deuxième trimestre, les liaisons Lille-Paris ont permis de transporter 96 200 passagers, soit plus de 10% de plus qu'au premier trimestre. Les liaisons Lyon-Paris et Paris-Rouen complètent ce podium, restant les plus fréquentées.
2016  france  reform  transport 
september 2016 by aries1988
Electric cars see range, battery and ease of charging as barriers to mass adoption — FT.com
Road transport accounts for more than 17 per cent of global CO2 emissions, according to figures from Transport & Environment, an environmental lobby group. Migrating car use to electric vehicles could make a big contribution to curbing man-made carbon emissions. Greg Archer, a director at the group, says: “Combined with the rapidly falling costs for batteries and renewable electricity, it is clear electro-mobility is becoming increasingly affordable and offers an unrivalled opportunity to decarbonise vehicles.”

Tesla’s Model S and X cars, which claim to travel in excess of 250 miles on a charge, remain prohibitively expensive for many, costing between $70,000 and $120,000. Carmakers are pushing to hit a sweet spot on technology and price — a $35,000 car that can travel more than 200 miles.

“Everywhere you park you need charging points,” says Mr Fairbairn. Unlike petrol stations, where motorists can fill up in a few minutes, electric charging takes much longer.

“The nature of electricity doesn’t support the power transfers you need for two minute-charging, even a long way in the future,” he says.
transport  future  electric 
august 2016 by aries1988
What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
trains blurred the line between public and private. ‘Train travel requires people to do private things in public,’

And what’s fascinating about it is the possibility of being able to observe strangers. For women in particular who don’t have a lot of geographic mobility in urban spaces, riding on a train is as close as they can get to that flâneur experience of urban life – where you can sit and you can watch people and you can eavesdrop on conversations.’

When, several years ago, I returned to Russia after a long absence, I booked a 24-hour train journey for myself and my eight-year-old daughter from St Petersburg to Odessa in Ukraine. I wanted her to experience what I remembered: a whole day together, an uninterrupted passage of hours filled with books and conversations, an opportunity to spend time entirely on ourselves, by ourselves, and with ourselves.

Just like my mother more than 30 years earlier, I packed boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, cheese and apples. We ate all three meals together without television, telephone or the internet. When the conductor brought tea – much like I remembered from the Sochi express times, with two cubes of sugar, in a classic railway cup – we drank it with sweets we bought at an intermediate stop, looked out of the window, and talked.
essay  train  travel  transport  story  russia  family  nostalgia  history  people  female 
july 2016 by aries1988
Making Art on the Open Seas - The New York Times
"Shipyard Worker, Nantong, China"
I was flown to China to meet a ship that had just gotten a bunch of work done in shipyard. I spent three really cold winter nights with this guy, standing security watch on the gangway. We did our best to communicate. I hand-rolled him some cigarettes. He let me take his photo in exchange. Every time a female worker came on the ship, he did the curvy woman outline with his hands. Credit: Martin Machado
art  painting  ocean  ship  cargo  people  world  port  transport 
may 2016 by aries1988
London is set for driverless car roll-out – so what comes next?
What's the difference between a guardian angel and a chauffeur? That's just one of the things you need to know about the robot-on-the-road revolution

“If you look at what a full autonomous experience would be, it offers many more possibilities of what a car’s interior can be,” says Dominique Taffin at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, one the world’s leading suppliers of car interiors, such as the panelling and instruments that adorn the inside of a vehicle.
explained  robotics  automobile  automation  transport  future  city  chinese  car 
may 2016 by aries1988
Inside America’s Infrastructure Problem
From the crumbling bridges of California to the overflowing sewage drains of Houston and the rusting railroad tracks in the Northeast Corridor, decaying infrastructure is all around us, and the consequences are so familiar that we barely notice them—like urban traffic congestion, slow-moving trains, and flights that are often disrupted, thanks to an outdated air-traffic-control system.

there are political reasons that maintenance gets scanted. It’s handled mainly by state and local communities, which, because many of them can’t run fiscal deficits, operate under budgetary pressures. Term limits mean that a politician who cuts maintenance spending may not be around when things go wrong. There’s also what Erie calls the edifice complex: what politician doesn’t like opening something new and having a nice press op at the ribbon-cutting? But no one ever writes articles saying, Region’s highways are still about as good as they were last year.

infrastructure policy has become a matter of lurching from crisis to crisis, solving problems after the fact rather than preventing them from happening.
usa  infrastructure  today  opinion  politics  government  money  explained  transport  instapaper_favs 
may 2016 by aries1988
China's Ancient Lifeline
The 1,400-year-old Grand Canal is a monumental project that bound north and south China together. It’s still in use today.
BY IAN JOHNSON
infrastructure  transport  canal  history  china  state  project  region 
april 2016 by aries1988
The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage.
The car does, more or less, have it. It stays true around the first bend. Near the end of the second, the Acura suddenly veers near an SUV to the right; I think of my soon-to-be-fatherless children; the car corrects itself. Amazed, I ask Hotz what it felt like the first time he got the car to work.

Dude, he says, the first time it worked was this morning.

There are two breakthroughs that make Hotz’s system possible. The first comes from the rise in computing power since the days of the Grand Challenge. He uses graphics chips that normally power video game consoles to process images pulled in by the car’s camera and speedy Intel chips to run his AI calculations. Where the Grand Challenge teams spent millions on their hardware and sensors, Hotz, using his winnings from hacking contests, spent a total of $50,000—the bulk of which ($30,000) was for the car itself.

Sometimes the Acura seemed to lock on to the car in front of it, or take cues around a curve from a neighboring car. Hotz hadn’t programmed any of these behaviors into the vehicle. He can’t really explain all the reasons it does what it does. It’s started making decisions on its own.

As Hotz puts it in developer parlance,  ‘If’ statements kill. They’re unreliable and imprecise in a real world full of vagaries and nuance. It’s better to teach the computer to be like a human, who constantly processes all kinds of visual clues and uses experience, to deal with the unexpected rather than teach it a hard-and-fast policy.

The truth is that work as we know it in its modern form has not been around that long, and I kind of want to use AI to abolish it. I want to take everyone’s jobs. Most people would be happy with that, especially the ones who don’t like their jobs. Let’s free them of mental tedium and push that to machines. In the next 10 years, you’ll see a big segment of the human labor force fall away. In 25 years, AI will be able to do almost everything a human can do. The last people with jobs will be AI programmers.

He thinks machines will take care of much of the work tied to producing food and other necessities. Humans will then be free to plug into their computers and get lost in virtual reality.

All this talk represents an evolution in Hotz’s hacker ethos. He used to rip apart products made by Apple and Sony, because he enjoyed solving hard puzzles and because he reveled in the thought of one person mucking up multibillion-dollar empires. With the car, the retail software, and the plans to roil entire economies, Hotz wants to build a reputation as a maker of the most profound products in the world—things that forever change how people live. I don’t care about money, he says. I want power. Not power over people, but power over nature and the destiny of technology. I just want to know how it all works.
ai  transport  car  driving  future  self  hacking 
december 2015 by aries1988
Miniatur Wunderland *** official video *** largest model railway / railroad of the world
The official video about Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. ...
deutschland  idea  train  model  transport  airplane  fun  travel  museum  moi  germany 
december 2015 by aries1988
How Washington Derailed Amtrak
And those stats don’t figure to improve anytime soon. While Amtrak isn’t currently in danger of being killed, it also isn’t likely to do more than barely survive. Last month, the House of Representatives agreed to fund Amtrak for the next four years at a rate of $1.4 billion per year. Meanwhile, the Chinese government—fair comparison or not—will be spending $128 billion this year on rail. (Thanks to the House bill, though, Amtrak passengers can look forward to a new provision allowing cats and dogs on certain trains.)

This is a public service,” argues Andy Kunz, president of USHSR. “Our highways don’t make a profit. Our airports don’t make a profit. It’s all paid for by the government.” (Together, the Highway Trust Fund and the Federal Aviation Administration receive about 45 times what Amtrak does, through subsidies and gas taxes.)

For decades, Amtrak ran a long-distance train from Los Angeles to Jacksonville called the Sunset Limited. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina washed out the tracks from New Orleans to Florida. The service was never restored, and the Gulf Coast has been without rail travel for nearly a decade now.
train  usa  crisis  future  transport 
may 2015 by aries1988
Slime Mold Grows Network Just Like Tokyo Rail System | WIRED
The researchers then borrowed simple properties from the slime mold’s behavior to create a biology-inspired mathematical description of the network formation. Like the slime mold, the model first creates a fine mesh network that goes everywhere, and then continuously refines the network so that the tubes carrying the most cargo grow more robust and redundant tubes are pruned.

Fricker points out that such a malleable system may be useful for creating networks that need to change over time, such as short-range wireless systems of sensors that would provide early warnings of fire or flood. Because these sensors are destroyed when disaster strikes, the network needs to efficiently re-route information quickly. Decentralized, adaptable networks would also be important for soldiers in battlefields or swarms of robots exploring hazardous environments, Fricker says.
maths  transport  metro  tokyo  biology 
february 2015 by aries1988
La fin du train ?
Bien sûr, cela reste une goutte d’eau dans un système ferroviaire qui transporte chaque année 1,5 milliard de personnes dont l’écrasante majorité, 1 milliard, rien qu’en Ile-de-France.

Alors que l’automobile concentre déjà 83 % des déplacements en France, laissant au train une part de marché de 9 %, dont 5,5 % pour le TGV

« Sur certains parcours, comme Bordeaux-Lyon, l’autocar sera bien plus pertinent que le train  »
france  transport 
january 2015 by aries1988
Transport par car : les leçons de la libéralisation du marché allemand
Douze euros entre Hambourg et Berlin (290 km), 9 euros entre Francfort et Cologne (150 km), le prix moyen au kilomètre est de 9 centimes, mais certaines compagnies de cars vont jusqu'à offrir 4 centimes du kilomètre, là où la Deutsche Bahn propose un kilomètre entre 13 et 25 centimes d'euros.
transport  france  deutschland  germany 
october 2014 by aries1988
我为什么旗帜鲜明的反对火车站票半价: 生活中的经济学原理– 【人人分享-人人网】
倘若火车票站票和坐票价格不同,例如站票120 坐票200。那么,几乎肯定会出现这种情况,当座位没有卖完的情况下(虽然我没见到,但是仍然作为一个可能分析),有人为了省钱,选择站票而不要坐票。且不说大量的站票,对火车管理不便,对资源浪费。更有趣的事,当座位空着的时候,肯定买了站票的人,会选择坐没有人坐的位置。经历春运的人都知道,人多的时候,买了坐票最烦人的是旁边买了站票的往你身上挤,甚至和你蹭座位,你一上个厕所,他都能坐在上面歇息三分钟。那么如果站票和坐票价格不同,大家争着买站票,导致座位空着,那么必然会出现大量的人买站票,却坐了座位。这不仅仅对铁道部收入大大损失,同时也是对买坐票人的极大的不公平。

那么有人说,为什么不规定在坐票卖完之前不能卖站票。等坐票卖光了,然后再卖便宜点的站票如何。
这个看来也很有道理,但同样可以钻空子。因为,火车站是可以退票的,一般退票可以退80.%。那么这个时候,我买一张站票,买一张坐票,在火车开车前几分钟,我亲自甚至委托他人代退票。等我上车,只有我知道那个座位是没有人的,同样可以以站票的价格上坐上座位。
http://www.instapaper.com/read/355070754
numbers  transport 
january 2013 by aries1988
easyJet prépare une méga commande - Indices & Actions - Le Figaro Bourse
Le modèle «hybride» d’easyJet, moitié low-cost moitié compagnie traditionnelle, résiste à la crise. La compagnie anglaise que certains analystes qualifient de «low-cost embourgeoisée» parce qu’elle privilégie les aéroports principaux, généralise les places numérotées et cible de plus en plus une clientèle d’affaires, a présenté mardi des résultats records. Les dirigeants de la compagnie devraient continuer à combiner deux types d’avions de capacités différentes, comme c’est actuellement le cas avec l’A 319 (156 sièges) et l’A 320 (180 sièges). La compagnie britannique continuera à pousser ses pions dans le ciel européen en se différenciant de sa rivale Ryanair, qui se définit comme la seule compagnie ultra-low-cost en Europe. EasyJet se concentre désormais sur les 100 routes où elle détient plus de 25 % de parts de marché et table dorénavant sur une croissance annuelle comprise entre 3 et 5 %.
http://www.instapaper.com/read/339831840
business  transport  europe  future  numbers  airplane 
november 2012 by aries1988
Metro shows off newest rail car
When we talk about standing in a rail car, I think first of all the people who have written in with complaints about the placement of the floor to ceiling poles and the rails along top of the car. These riders either can’t reach them or find there’s nothing at all to hold onto — except maybe another passenger — as the train comes to a stop. The new design does not restore the center poles, but it does place poles and railings more logically for riders trying to maneuver their way to the doors.
http://www.instapaper.com/read/332425330
transport 
october 2012 by aries1988
Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac
Site officiel de l'Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac : Horaires en temps réel, guide du voyageur, plan d'accès et détail des services offerts.
aviation  avion  france  transport  toulouse  travel 
july 2009 by aries1988

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