Peak Travel

An article in Miller-McCune on Peak Travel, following up on a paper by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper (who has a recent paper on the lack of “Peak Travel” in China in the most recent issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use . We have discussed this idea before, noting that number of … Continue reading Peak Travel

It’s a small market, after all. Es gibt einen kleinen Markt, uber alles.

The taxi industry, berated as “Big Taxi” by Uber and its allies, is in many cities a vested cartel with medallions limiting entry. The nominal economic reason for the medallions are (1) too many taxis roaming the streets creates congestion (since roads are unpriced), and (2) too many taxis drives down wages, and (3) regulation … Continue reading It’s a small market, after all. Es gibt einen kleinen Markt, uber alles.

15 Ways to Make Streets, Roads, and Highways Financially Sustainable

I did a recent post for CityLab: How to Make Mass Transit Financially Sustainable. The Auto/Highway System deserves similar treatment. The first toll road in the US, the Snicker’s Gap Turnpike opened in 1786, connecting Alexandria, Virginia with its hinterlands. This set off an era of toll-road building, mostly for intercity routes, in the United … Continue reading 15 Ways to Make Streets, Roads, and Highways Financially Sustainable

Phasing in Road Pricing One Electric Vehicle at a Time

The traffic congestion you face is caused by other people. Those people did not think about the delay they imposed on you when they chose to travel. They didn’t even know about you, since they were already on the road before you were. They are ahead of you in the traffic stream. Similarly as a driver, … Continue reading Phasing in Road Pricing One Electric Vehicle at a Time

Part 1: Political parties, three-axes, and public transport – An Introduction

By David Levinson and David King. As a gross over-simplification, the current rap is that Democrats like trains and Republicans like roads, Greens like bikes and Libertarians like tolls. No party stands up for buses, which are by far the most used transit mode.1 Transportation policy has become politically divisive, especially for local politics which have been less … Continue reading Part 1: Political parties, three-axes, and public transport – An Introduction