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Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation - The New York Times
"When Seattle’s King County Metro won the award in September, it was praised as “a system that is expanding and innovating to meet rising demand” — not to mention a program that offers lower fares for poor riders that has served as a model for New York and other cities. Transit ridership in Seattle is growing, and car use is down.

One key difference is the West Coast has the ballot measure, while New York State does not allow voters to directly approve measures like transit funding. In 2016, both Los Angeles County and the Seattle region approved measures to boost transportation funding. The Los Angeles proposal, known as Measure M, won nearly 70 percent of the vote, greenlighting $120 billion in spending by raising the sales tax.

“The ballot initiative allows them to proceed without the political angst you’d have in Albany,” said Jon Orcutt, a director at TransitCenter, a research group in New York. “It takes some pressure off politicians. The voters go out and do it, and that creates political cover.”

Los Angeles plans to build 100 new miles of rail — essentially doubling the Metro system, whose first rail line opened in 1990. There are now six lines and 93 stations. Huge machines recently began digging new tunnels for a Purple Line extension to the county’s Westside — part of a plan to attract younger people who are more likely to favor transit and worry about the environmental impact of cars.

“We had a political miracle,” Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, said in an interview. “A permanent 1-cent sales tax.”

Mr. Garcetti, a Democrat, hopes the new rail lines will boost transit ridership. The number of train and bus trips in Los Angeles has dropped in recent years, though he blamed that on low gas prices and national trends in declining transit ridership.

Mr. Garcetti makes a point of using the subway. He took the Red Line recently, from City Hall to MacArthur Park, to visit Langer’s for the city’s “best pastrami sandwich.” He is also deciding how best to regulate the electric scooters that have flooded Los Angeles."
losangeles  nyc  policy  politics  maintenance  repair  seattle  infrastructure  publictransit  transportation  subways  lightrail  cars  2019 
january 2019 by robertogreco
Making art of New York's urban ruins | Miru Kim - YouTube
"At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus."
mirukim  nyc  art  body  bodies  rats  animals  subways  photography  mta  cities  urban  urbanism  morethanhuman  multispecies  infrastructure  2008  urbanexploration  exploration  speculativefiction  decay 
may 2018 by robertogreco
Considerations On Cost Disease | Slate Star Codex
[via: https://meaningness.com/metablog/post-apocalyptic-health-care ]

"IV.

I mentioned politics briefly above, but they probably deserve more space here. Libertarian-minded people keep talking about how there’s too much red tape and the economy is being throttled. And less libertarian-minded people keep interpreting it as not caring about the poor, or not understanding that government has an important role in a civilized society, or as a “dog whistle” for racism, or whatever. I don’t know why more people don’t just come out and say “LOOK, REALLY OUR MAIN PROBLEM IS THAT ALL THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS COST TEN TIMES AS MUCH AS THEY USED TO FOR NO REASON, PLUS THEY SEEM TO BE GOING DOWN IN QUALITY, AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY, AND WE’RE MOSTLY JUST DESPERATELY FLAILING AROUND LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS HERE.” State that clearly, and a lot of political debates take on a different light.

For example: some people promote free universal college education, remembering a time when it was easy for middle class people to afford college if they wanted it. Other people oppose the policy, remembering a time when people didn’t depend on government handouts. Both are true! My uncle paid for his tuition at a really good college just by working a pretty easy summer job – not so hard when college cost a tenth of what it did now. The modern conflict between opponents and proponents of free college education is over how to distribute our losses. In the old days, we could combine low taxes with widely available education. Now we can’t, and we have to argue about which value to sacrifice.

Or: some people get upset about teachers’ unions, saying they must be sucking the “dynamism” out of education because of increasing costs. Others people fiercely defend them, saying teachers are underpaid and overworked. Once again, in the context of cost disease, both are obviously true. The taxpayers are just trying to protect their right to get education as cheaply as they used to. The teachers are trying to protect their right to make as much money as they used to. The conflict between the taxpayers and the teachers’ unions is about how to distribute losses; somebody is going to have to be worse off than they were a generation ago, so who should it be?

And the same is true to greater or lesser degrees in the various debates over health care, public housing, et cetera.

Imagine if tomorrow, the price of water dectupled. Suddenly people have to choose between drinking and washing dishes. Activists argue that taking a shower is a basic human right, and grumpy talk show hosts point out that in their day, parents taught their children not to waste water. A coalition promotes laws ensuring government-subsidized free water for poor families; a Fox News investigative report shows that some people receiving water on the government dime are taking long luxurious showers. Everyone gets really angry and there’s lots of talk about basic compassion and personal responsibility and whatever but all of this is secondary to why does water costs ten times what it used to?

I think this is the basic intuition behind so many people, even those who genuinely want to help the poor, are afraid of “tax and spend” policies. In the context of cost disease, these look like industries constantly doubling, tripling, or dectupling their price, and the government saying “Okay, fine,” and increasing taxes however much it costs to pay for whatever they’re demanding now.

If we give everyone free college education, that solves a big social problem. It also locks in a price which is ten times too high for no reason. This isn’t fair to the government, which has to pay ten times more than it should. It’s not fair to the poor people, who have to face the stigma of accepting handouts for something they could easily have afforded themselves if it was at its proper price. And it’s not fair to future generations if colleges take this opportunity to increase the cost by twenty times, and then our children have to subsidize that.

I’m not sure how many people currently opposed to paying for free health care, or free college, or whatever, would be happy to pay for health care that cost less, that was less wasteful and more efficient, and whose price we expected to go down rather than up with every passing year. I expect it would be a lot.

And if it isn’t, who cares? The people who want to help the poor have enough political capital to spend eg $500 billion on Medicaid; if that were to go ten times further, then everyone could get the health care they need without any more political action needed. If some government program found a way to give poor people good health insurance for a few hundred dollars a year, college tuition for about a thousand, and housing for only two-thirds what it costs now, that would be the greatest anti-poverty advance in history. That program is called “having things be as efficient as they were a few decades ago”.

V.

In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that his grandchildrens’ generation would have a 15 hour work week. At the time, it made sense. GDP was rising so quickly that anyone who could draw a line on a graph could tell that our generation would be four or five times richer than his. And the average middle-class person in his generation felt like they were doing pretty well and had most of what they needed. Why wouldn’t they decide to take some time off and settle for a lifestyle merely twice as luxurious as Keynes’ own?

Keynes was sort of right. GDP per capita is 4-5x greater today than in his time. Yet we still work forty hour weeks, and some large-but-inconsistently-reported percent of Americans (76? 55? 47?) still live paycheck to paycheck.

And yes, part of this is because inequality is increasing and most of the gains are going to the rich. But this alone wouldn’t be a disaster; we’d get to Keynes’ utopia a little slower than we might otherwise, but eventually we’d get there. Most gains going to the rich means at least some gains are going to the poor. And at least there’s a lot of mainstream awareness of the problem.

I’m more worried about the part where the cost of basic human needs goes up faster than wages do. Even if you’re making twice as much money, if your health care and education and so on cost ten times as much, you’re going to start falling behind. Right now the standard of living isn’t just stagnant, it’s at risk of declining, and a lot of that is student loans and health insurance costs and so on.

What’s happening? I don’t know and I find it really scary."
scottalexander  economics  education  history  politics  policy  prices  inflation  highered  highereducation  colleges  universities  bureaucracy  costdisease  healthcare  spending  us  government  medicine  lifeexpectancy  salaries  teachers  teaching  schools  regulation  tylercowen  poverty  inequality  litigation  litigiousness  labor  housing  rent  homes  subways  transportation  health 
january 2018 by robertogreco
@debcha en Instagram: “I'm not really a souvenir person, but I did come home with some @transportforlondon swag—I think those are real line status magnets…”
"I'm not really a souvenir person, but I did come home with some @transportforlondon swag—I think those are real line status magnets, together with the ubiquitous hazard sign. The print amused me because I recently learned that the reason why the Tube is so hot in the summer is because a century and a half of dumping waste heat, particularly from braking, has raised the temperature of the clay surrounding the tunnels from a cool 15C to a toasty 25C, which makes it much harder to cool now."
debchachra  2017  london  trains  heat  clay  materials  science  subways  transportation  souvenirs  signs 
august 2017 by robertogreco
Mexico 68 - 99% Invisible
"The clear iconography of the Metro system is a reminder of a complicated and sometimes terrible period in Mexico City’s history. It’s a simple design that invites you to explore the massive and complex metropolis. It is a graphic design system that assures that, if you get lost, no matter where you’re from, or what language you speak, you can find your way around, and see the city for yourself."

[See also: http://www.hermanmiller.com/why/talking-pictures.html ]
design  graphicdesign  1968  olympics  mexico  graphics  mexicocity  df  mexicodf  lancewyman  petermurdoch  opart  art  history  typography  luiscastañeda  color  mexico68  government  civics  metro  transportation  subways  worldcup  1970  tolisten 
june 2017 by robertogreco
Mini Metro
[More at: https://www.macstories.net/reviews/game-day-mini-metro/ ]

[See also: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mini-metro/id837860959

"Mini Metro, the sublime subway simulator, now on iPhone and iPad.

• BAFTA-nominated
• IGF award-winning
• Over 250,000 copies sold on desktop

Mini Metro is a game about designing a subway map for a growing city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. Keep your routes efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Decide where to use your limited resources. How long can you keep the city moving?

• Random city growth means each game is unique
• Eleven real-world cities will test your planning skills
• A variety of upgrades so you can tailor your network
• Normal mode for quick scored games, or Extreme for the ultimate challenge
• Compete against the world every day with the Daily Challenge
• Colourblind and night modes
• Responsive soundtrack created by your metro system, engineered by Disasterpeace

"If you love the city-planning aspect of Sim City but can't handle the pressure of playing god, then you may have just found your new favorite time-waster." - Ashley Feinberg, Gizmodo

"Take my word for it that a game about mass-transit system design can be a tense, white-knuckle thriller." - Owen Faraday, Pocket Tactics

"Mini Metro: fun game simulates planning and running public transit system." - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing"]
games  videogames  ios  android  subways  transportation  publictransity  transit  gaming 
october 2016 by robertogreco
MTA.ME
"Project summary

At www.mta.me, Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.

Subway Details

The piece follows some rules. Every minute, it checks for new trains launched from their end stations. The train then moves towards the end of the line, with its speed set by the schedule’s estimated trip duration. Some decisions were made for musical, aesthetic, and technical reasons, such as fading out routes over time, the gradual time acceleration, and limiting the number of concurrent trains. Also, I used the weekday schedule. Some of these limitations result in subtle variations, as different trains are chosen during each 24-hour loop.

The system has changed since 1972, and some lines no longer exist. For example, the 8 train, or the Third Ave El, was shut down in 1973. The former K train was merged into other routes. I decided to run these ghost trains between 12am-2am.

Developer Details

mta.me is built in HTML5/Javascript. It pulls from the MTA’s public API, which provides a detailed schedule of stops and departure times. (The MTA does not currently track trains’ live positions via GPS.) The design was created in Illustrator, then exported via SVG coordinates into HTML5 Canvas. I built a version with layered HTML5 audio, but ran into many limitations and bugs when layering multi-shot samples. (See this post for details.) so the audio is being triggered by Flash in the background, communicating with JS Sound Manager.

I originally wrote the physical string plucking code for the still-in-progress Crayong project. The strings can be grabbed and pulled at various distances along its length. It’s a little engine I plan to use for a lot of future projects. Planning a detailed post and video on how it works.

Music

Length determines pitch, with longer strings playing lower notes. When a string is in the middle of being drawn by a subway car, its pitch is continually shifting. The sounds are cello pizzicato from the wonderful freesound.org, a set recorded by corsica_s. A complete chromatic scale was too dissonant. Ultimately I settled on a simple major C scale but with the lowest note as a raised third E, which keeps it from ever feeling fully resolved."

[See also: http://blog.chenalexander.com/2011/conductor-mta/ ]
mta  nyc  art  audio  music  visualization  html5  trains  subways  maps  mapping  sound  via:caseygollan 
march 2014 by robertogreco
commutingandcommuning
"he New York City Subway is an city unto itself with 24 train lines and 468 train stations serving more than 5.3 million people each weekday (MTA Authority). The subway both alienates and unites. It inspires and it aggrevates. It is a district of paradoxes.

The Museums and the Network class at Pratt Institute, explores several facets of the act of commuting on the NYC subway. As part of the course, we have organized an exhibition that explores the subway's sights and sounds, the interactions that occur with people as well as objects and the virtual communities that come together as a result of their commuter experience.

This tumblr page serves as both a repository for the items featured in the exhibition as well as a forum to discuss subway musings and experiences. We hope not only to provide a virtual catalog but to encourage exploration and conversations. Please share with us!"
cities  infrastructure  nyc  subways  mta  museums  museumsandthenetwork  networks  commuting  sebchan 
december 2013 by robertogreco
Penguin Lines - Celebrate 150 years of the London Underground - Penguin Books
"The city is filled with stories. For the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, twelve writers tell their tales, each inspired by a different Tube line. Some are personal, some are polemical; every one is unique, showing how we are connected, and how the space in which we live shapes us and our imaginations."
london  tube  via:debcha  penguin  penguinlines  subways  psychogeography  2013  books  storytelling 
july 2013 by robertogreco
PublicTransportation.org
"Publictransportation.org is your one-stop shop for all things public transportation.

Whether you want to know where to find transit in your community, calculate your fuel savings or carbon emissions reduction, hear the latest on Capitol Hill or learn more about the industry publictransportation.org has it all. The website was designed to be your online resource for information on the benefits and importance of transit.

Public transportation consists of buses, subways, trolleys, light rail, commuter trains, streetcars, cable cars, ferries, water taxis, monorails, tramways, vanpool services, and paratransit services.

Presently in the United States people board public transportation 35 million times each weekday. In 2011, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation.

Public transportation provides safe, reliable, affordable, environmentally friendly alternative to driving."
advocacy  lightrail  trolleys  us  subways  buses  publictransit  publictransportation 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Caren Litherland · love
"“Technology” isn’t making us more isolated, solitary, confined, depressed, lonely. “Technology” is bringing us together. What could be better than reading or making or doing something you are passionate about, smushed up next to someone you love?"

[Don't miss the accompanying photo.]
families  togetherness  subways  nyc  2011  attention  proximity  digital  howweread  howwelive  technology  love  carenlitherland 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Underground New York Public Library
"The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways."
subways  publictransit  books  libraries  nyc  photography  reading 
june 2012 by robertogreco
NYC’s Subway “Pirate Wi-Fi” Not Just For Anonymous Hookups | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce
"The "L Train Notwork," a digital experiment/stunt/art project from the creative agency WeMakeCoolSh.it, launched on NYC subways Monday, allowing commuters to chat and flirt via their devices. Have they invented a whole new marketing channel?"

"The “Notwork” had two main components: a selection of visual and literary content curated by WeMakeCoolSh.it and their friends--poems and drawings by local writers and artists, for example, as well as a few newsfeeds refreshed daily--plus a decidedly old-school chatroom that was called “Missed Connections.” The whole experience is closed-circuit and site-specific, something more like a local area network than the Internet proper. If the World Wide Web is a Borgesian, universal library, then the L Train Notwork is an intimate art gallery. “We’ve been calling it social art,” McGregor-Mento said."

[See also: http://wemakecoolsh.it/ ]
phones  mobile  mta  github  iphone  markkrawczuk  socialart  art  wemakecoolsh.it  missedconnections  via:tealtan  notwork  2012  nycsubways  subways  ltrainnetwork  networks  social  nyc 
february 2012 by robertogreco
MTA.ME
"At www.mta.me, Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram."
music  visualization  html5  audio  maps  mapping  subways  nyc  mta 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Taking the A-Train: Change Observer: Design Observer
"A college student teaches journalism to high school students in Brooklyn, using civic engagement to achieve education goals."
teaching  cityasclassroom  education  journalism  highschool  learning  subways  nyc  interviews  classideas  conversation  citizenship  civics  civicengagement  engagement  urban  urbanism  us  publictransit  community  transportation 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Transportation Nation
"Transportation Nation combines the work of public radio newsrooms and their listeners as the way we build, rebuild and get around the nation changes. Listen and stay tuned for more. Learn more about some of the reporters on the project."

[See also: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/projects/project_display.php?proj_identifier=2010/05/27/transportation-nation ]
transportation  us  urban  design  transport  publictransit  buses  trains  airplanes  airports  cargo  freight  busrapidtransit  cars  sustainability  cities  economics  highspeed  pedestrians  privatization  taxis  subways  technology  transit  tricks  trucking  planning  journalism  highspeedrail  rail 
november 2010 by robertogreco
The Man Who Could Unsnarl Manhattan Traffic | Magazine
"Kheel hoped that Komanoff’s work would support a plan to offer completely free public transit. But Komanoff found that the system would still be overloaded at rush hour. Drivers had to be encouraged to travel at different times of the day. So he devised a new plan, one that charged both drivers and transit riders different rates at different times. ... Buses are always free, because the time saved when passengers aren’t fumbling for change more than makes up for the lost fare revenue. ...

Komanoff’s plan is vastly more sophisticated than a simple bridge toll. Instead of merely punishing drivers, he has built a delicate system of incentives and revenue streams. Just as a musical fugue weaves several melodic lines into a complex yet harmonious whole, Komanoff’s policy assembles all the various modes of transportation into a coherent, integrated traffic system.""

[via: http://kottke.org/10/05/taming-manhattans-traffic ]
architecture  cities  cars  manhattan  nyc  statistics  traffic  transit  transport  economics  data  transportation  excel  energy  complexity  subways  math  urban  taxis  buses  chaleskomanoff 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Quo vadis guiri? Get on the bus with mycitytrip!
"Mi amigo Marco nunca coge el autobús, dice que es el medio de transporte menos accesible para alguien que viene de fuera. Y no me extraña. Para utilizar el bus tienes que, además de tener tiempo o ser tu única opción, conocer la ciudad con cierta soltura. Nada ha aprendido el bus del metro con sus planos y sus paradas bien señaladas en los recorridos, en los andenes y en el interior de los vagones.
via:adamgreenfield  buses  travel  staycation  tourism  subways  maps  mapping  online  mycitytrip  cities  urban  information  interaction  urbanism  services  servicedesign  transit  urbancomputing  mobility 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Chile: Santiago contará con una nueva línea de Metro - FayerWayer
"Esta mañana la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet anunció la construcción de una nueva línea de Metro para la capital, correspondiendo a la futura Línea 6 de Metro y que recorrerá un total de 14,8 kilómetros (pasará por 8 comunas de la capital)."
chile  transportation  publictransit  santiago  linea6  metro  subways 
december 2009 by robertogreco
The Transport Politic » Gold Line Extension Ready for Service in East Los Angeles
"So the plans for an east side subway died, replaced by Metro with a partially federal-sponsored light rail project that runs just 1.7 miles under Boyle Heights, with the rest along the street; construction began in 2004. Now that the city’s citizenry has approved a new funding source and Mr. Waxman has removed his block on subway funding, it looks like the Westside will get its subway after all — but not East L.A."
losangeles  metro  lightrail  subways  politics  money  class  eastla  westside  goldline 
november 2009 by robertogreco
acrossair | Nearest Tube Augmented Reality iPhone 3GS App
"One of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. Forget boring 2D tube maps! Try this amazing new application that tells New Yorkers where their nearest subway station is via their iPhones video function.

When you load the app, holding it flat, all 33 lines of the New York Subway are displayed in coloured arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many miles away they are and what lines they are on. If you continue to tilt the phone upwards, you will see stations further away, as stacked icons. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users."
augmentedreality  iphone  applications  nyc  subways  maps  mapping  ios  ar 
july 2009 by robertogreco
mobizen fabrik: bougez futé
""Vous connaissez tous Velib' et c'est vrai qu'avec le métro c'est souvent le mode de déplacement le plus rapide d'un point A à un point B (ok sans bagage, ni enfant !)... .... et à condition de trouver un vélo près de soi, et de trouver une place libre à l'arrivée. C'est là que l'iphone devient réellement un outil révolutionnaire pour l'homo urbanus mobilitis.... Alors pour savoir ce qui se passe pres de vous, je recommande chaudement abikenow sur iphone. Top, à condition que le websevice de JCDecaux soit opérationnel, bien sûr !"

[via: http://blog.neo-nomad.net/mobizen/1154/ ]
iphone  transportation  applications  france  french  bikes  buses  taxis  maps  mapping  subways  paris  neo-nomads  nomads  mobility  mobile  transport  ios 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Talisman DISLOCATE 08
"Are We There Yet? is a public artwork and interactive sound installation in two exhibitions. The work is an emotional map of stories collected from passengers on Yokohama’s blue subway line."
art  subways  tokyo  place  emotions  maps  mapping  storytelling  glvo 
october 2008 by robertogreco
LAist: LAistory: The 1925 "Hollywood Subway"
"LA's first subterranean transit system was a short stretch of tunneling dubbed the "Hollywood Subway," which moved its first passengers under the city in 1925 via electric interurban rail cars."
losangeles  maps  transportation  subways  rail  urban  history 
july 2008 by robertogreco
The Boys and the Subway - Niemann Opinion Art Blog – Abstract City – NYTimes.com
"My sons Arthur, 5, and Gustav, 3, are obsessed with the New York City subway system...They can barely sit through an episode of “Sesame Street.” But when we go for aimless subway joy rides on the weekends, they sit like little angels, devoutly callin
abstract  art  children  subways  subway  transit  nyc  illustration  transportation  urban  nytimes  humor  stories 
july 2008 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | 'Manners police' hit Japan metros
"Badly behaved commuters riding on Yokohama's public transport will soon be risking a dressing-down."
culture  etiquette  japan  behavior  society  technology  subways 
march 2008 by robertogreco
The Daily Breeze - Maglev vs. subway
"As L.A. looks for transit solutions, it must focus on the innovations of the future. We need more maglev, and less subway to the sea."
losangeles  maglev  transit  underground  urban  subways  rail  public  transportation  via:cityofsound 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Subways: The New Urban Status Symbol
"Many cities are constructing new mass transit systems to cope with overcrowding and high energy costs. But some are just hoping to gain some big-city glamour"
transportation  subways  cities  identity  public  underground  urban  world 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Win, Lose, Draw: The Great Subway Map Wars - New York Times
"Mr. Tauranac’s latest effort is also a potent reminder that one of the stormiest battles involving New York’s self-image involved neither development nor political leadership, but what would seem the most mundane of issues: the look of the city’s s
design  maps  nyc  subways  information  graphics  geography  transportation 
september 2006 by robertogreco
Metro Bits
"Some aspects of the world's subways unearthed - mic-ro.co(s)m"
architecture  cities  art  geography  urban  transportation  subways  maps  travel  metro  underground  design  world  public  reference 
august 2006 by robertogreco

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