Nice post on Planetizen by Robert Goodspeed on some of the upcoming policy proposals on US infrastructure finance Getting the Transportation Infrastructure We Need
The last line is a vote for federalism: “Maybe the feds should just worry about big stuff like airports and intercity passenger rail, and leave the rest up to states and cities to worry about.”
According to USA Today, the rising price of oil has led to a hike in asphalt costs, which means less repair can be done for a fixed budget: Oil prices seep into asphalt costs, detour road work: Repair projects are a blow to budgets
This should make the concrete people happy, as asphalt loses marketshare.
From a Nature article, summarized in AP: Study secretly tracks cell phone users outside US
The gist was that about 3/4 people stay mostly within a 20 mile circle. This is largely the idea of the space-time prism developed by geographer Torsten Hagerstrand.
I have written a memo for the University of Minnesota administration outlining my views on the proposed Central Corridor, in particular its course through campus. This is based on my thoughts and a number of meetings with University of Minnesota staff, but reflects solely my own judgment. The download is about 10 MB in .pdf (it includes images).
Download File: Central Corridor
For figures, see the .pdf file above
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Tom Vanderbilt, author of the forthcoming book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) has a new blog: How We Drive which is worth a look ….
From Gas Buddy: USA National Gas Temperature Map
The differences by state are probably at least as much do to differences in taxes as some fundamental market difference.