From DK: “I saw your blog post about the contentious meeting regarding the San Onofre toll road. I thought you’d enjoy seeing the mailing materials from the opposition (attached). I’ve been following this for a couple of years, and it is quite a story. Schwarzenegger even fired Clint Eastwood and his own brother in law due to their opposition in this road:”
From LA Times: Eastwood’s termination: ‘Somebody got a bee under their bonnet’
Somali pirates want $20M ship ransom; crewman dies
As a heavily armed U.S. destroyer patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead Sunday, a Somali pirate spokesman told The Associated Press his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.
Via Marginal Revolution, from the Times of London: Exclusive: I followed jetman Yves Rossy during the historic Channel crossing
Now, this is the transportation of the future: person in jet pack and wing going 100 knots. No word on fuel consumed, but can’t be too much given the size of the jet pack.
International Transport Economics Conference
Incorporating the International Conference on Funding Transport
The International Transport Economics Conference (ITrEC) brings
together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers interested in
questions of transport economics. Topics include economic questions
relating to revenue and finance; congestion, pricing, and investment;
production function and cost estimation; transport demand; energy and
environment; safety; institutions and industrial organization; and
transport and land use. The conference is designed to appeal to
participants from varied backgrounds, including economists and
transport professionals in particular.
The conference has previously been held in Banff, Canada(2006);
Leuven, Belgium (2007); and Paris, France (2008).
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts will be categorized and ranked by peer reviewers.
Theoretical, empirical, case-study, and policy-oriented contributions
are welcome. Abstracts of up to 1,000 words must be submitted
electronically atwww.transporteconomics.org by November 21, 2008 for
Abstracts Due: November 21, 2008
Abstracts Selected and Submitters Notified: January 2009
Final Papers Due (subject to acceptance): April 3, 2009
Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2009
Conference: June 15-16, 2009
RP Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation
University of Minnesota
Sara Van Essendelft
University of Minnesota
The conference is hosted by the Center for Transportation Studies at
the University of Minnesota.
From CNN: High anxiety: Drivers fight fear of tall bridges .
The article is all anecdotal, but it is an important issue.
From the LA Times: Federal officials struggle to maintain order at toll road hearing . The problem is the road crosses a park. This brings back the freeway revolts of the 1960s and 1970s.
Rasmussen Reports tells us: 53% Think Driving Age Should be 18 or Older
It would be nice if the poll (or at least the free part of the poll analysis) had asked about drinking age simultaneously.
From Bruce Sterling: Sarkozy versus the pirates
: “France will not allow crime to pay” President Nicolas Sarkozy