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Embark | Mass Transit Made Simple
"We make mass transit simple. Embark provides an accurate, reliable, and interactive transit experience that helps you get where you want to go."
navigation  mapping  maps  longisland  newjersey  philadelphia  dc  washingtondc  sanfrancisco  london  chicago  boston  nyc  applications  trains  transportation  transport  guidebooks  iphone  android  ios  from delicious
february 2012 by robertogreco Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State (9780674057593): Jo Guldi: Books
"In debates between centralist and localist approaches, Britons posited two visions of community: one centralized, expert-driven, and technological, and the other local, informal, and libertarian. These two visions lie at the heart of today’s debates over infrastructure, development, and communication."
books  toread  joguldi  power  libertarianism  informal  technology  roads  uk  britain  history  highways  infrastructure  development  communication  centralism  localism  experts  transport  trade  commerce  2011  from delicious
may 2011 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."

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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  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
Media Surfaces: The Journey – Blog – BERG
"These little inventions have hopefully got you to your train (Arthur, remember?) on time, and in a more of a relaxed state of mind…

In one of our concept sketches below we’re exploring that first case – could your ticket be the missing jigsaw piece to the reservation stub?

A bit Willy Wonka magic ticket!…

We know that we’re going to be passing certain places at certain times, to some accuracy, during our journey.

The burgeoning amount of geo-located data about our environment means we could look to provide snippets from Wikipedia perhaps, with timings based on how they intersect with your predicted journey time – alerting you to interesting sights just as they pass by your window.

These tiny, personalised, collectable paper-spimes provide a kind of papernet augmented-reality – giving a routine journey an extra layer of wonder and interest."
berg  berglondon  papernet  paper  trains  augmentedreality  2010  displays  everyware  spimes  design  information  future  ubicomp  mediasurfaces  dentsu  transport  surfaces  mattwebb  timoarnall  jackschulze  ar  from delicious
november 2010 by robertogreco
Economic View - Why Free Parking Comes at a Price -
"In his book, Professor Shoup estimated that the value of the free-parking subsidy to cars was at least $127 billion in 2002, and possibly much more.<br />
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PERHAPS most important, if we’re going to wean ourselves away from excess use of fossil fuels, we need to remove current subsidies to energy-unfriendly ways of life. Imposing a cap-and-trade system or a direct carbon tax doesn’t seem politically acceptable right now. But we can start on alternative paths that may take us far.<br />
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Imposing higher fees for parking may make further changes more palatable by helping to promote higher residential density and support for mass transit.<br />
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As Professor Shoup puts it: “Who pays for free parking? Everyone but the motorist.”"
parking  cities  urban  transport  economics  environment  transportation  density  costs  subsidies  cars  driving  us  tylercowen  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
China to build ginormous buses that cars can drive under (video) -- Engadget
"Seriously, this is the future that China's envisioning: huge friggin' buses engulfing smaller cars on the road. Despite the silly picture and the eccentric "3D Express Coach" branding, this cunning project by Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment actually makes sense. The idea is to make use of the space between regular-size cars and bridges, thus saving construction costs as well as minimizing congestion impact by allowing cars to drive underneath these jumbo buses. Fancy hitching a ride? You better start planning your move to Beijing's Mentougou district, which is where Huashi will commence building its first 186km of track at year's end. For now, enjoy the Chinese demo video after the break (translation text at source link)."
busrapidtransit  buses  2010  transport  transportation  china  travel  roads  cars  from delicious
august 2010 by robertogreco
Transmobility, part II « Adam Greenfield's Speedbird
"What we ought to be designing are systems that allow people to compose coherent journeys, working from whatever parameters make most sense to them. We need to be asking ourselves how movement through urban space will express itself (and be experienced as travelers as a cohesive experience) across the various modes, nodes and couplings that will necessarily be involved. The challenge before us remains integrating this tangle of pressures, constraints, opportunities and affordances into coherent user-facing propositions, ones that would offer people smoother, more flexible, more graceful and more finely-grained control over their movements through urban space. Then we could, perhaps, begin to speak of a true transmobility."

[Part I here:
Part III here: ]
cities  transport  ubicomp  urban  urbanism  technology  local  mobility  transmobility  transportation  masstransit  architecture  design  adamgreenfield 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Free mobility, social mobility…transmobility (part III) « Adam Greenfield's Speedbird
"transit ought to be free to the user...Because access to good, low- or no-cost public institutions clearly, consistently catalyzes upward social mobility....

Municipalities ought to be conceiving of transit fees not as a potential revenue stream, but as a brake on a much bigger & more productive system.

To me, this isn’t a fantasy, but rather a matter of attending to the demands of basic social justice...

I’ve recently & persuasively seen privilege defined as when one’s “social & economic networks tend to facilitate goals, rather than block them.” As I sit here right now, my mobility options are as infinitely finely grained as present-day practices & technologies can get them... What I’ve here called “transmobility” is an opportunity to use our best available tools and insights to extend that privilege until it becomes nothing of the sort."

[Part I here:
Part III here: ]
socialism  urbanism  transport  transportation  adamgreenfield  socialmobility  freemobility  transmobility  urban  publictransit  masstransit  socialjustice  productivity  privilege  economics  networks 
august 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.""

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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
BBC News - Today - A world without planes
"Whatever the advantages of plentiful and convenient air travel, we may curse it for being too easy, too unnoticeable - and thereby for subverting our sincere attempts at changing ourselves through our journeys.

How we would admire planes if they were no longer there to frighten and bore us. We would stroke their steel dolphin-like bodies in museums and honour them as symbols of a daunting technical intelligence and a prodigious wealth.

We would admire them like small boys do, and adults no longer dare, for fear of seeming uncynical and unvigilant towards their crimes against our world."
alaindebotton  flight  airplanes  airlines  travel  2010  wonder  future  cynicism  convenience  planes  sustainability  transport  flying  aviation  iceland  futurism  air 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Streetfilms: Fixing the Great Mistake of Planning for Cars
""Fixing the Great Mistake" is a new Streetfilms series that examines what went wrong in the early part of the 20th century, when our cities began catering to the automobile, and how those decisions continue to affect our lives today.
urbanism  transport  environment  energy  cities  history  sunbelt  cars  transit  travel  traffic  streetfilms 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Worldbike :: Mobility for Good
"Worldbike designs and distributes low-cost bicycles for programs that increase economic opportunity, improve health outcomes and boost enrollment and gender equity in secondary school among the rural poor. Our bikes withstand large loads, rough terrain and inclement weather and are configured to be not only affordable, but also maintained and repaired locally. Through partnership with international and local agencies, private companies, foundations and NGOs, Worldbike helps arrange microcredit financing for bike purchases and supplement sales with support from funders and private donors." ... "The same cargo bike we deliver to rural Africa also turns heads on the streets of Seattle, so the 2010 CARGO BIKE for the US market is being configured as we tweet."
sustainability  transportation  bikes  diy  activism  transport  cargo  cargobikes  africa  development  environment  charity  opensource  nonprofit  nonprofits 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The Arroyo Seco Bikeway
"The idea of bikeway that links Pasadena and Los Angeles has fascinated bicyclists and planner for more then one hundred years. It's eminently doable -- only ten miles and spectacular scenery. It would be fun, healthy and a great transporation alternative."
via:javierarbona  california  place  losangeles  geography  pasadena  bikes  biking  landscape  transport  infrastructure  urbanism  space  history  cities  transportation 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Historic Bridges of the U.S. | Seventh Street over the Los Angeles Rivers
This bridge was built in two stages. In 1910 the lower level was built at grade to allow trolleys across the river, which was unlined and much lower than now due to the LA River being on open quarry for aggregate mining. In in mid-1920's it was decided to raise the bridge above grade as the trolley and automobile traffic was at 90o to the freight traffic going north south. Rather than demolish the bridge, they simply built on top of the existing bridge. The second deck is above the first and the same columns were used. Despite appearances, it is not a true double decked bridge as the lower deck is not connected to either bank. All traffic goes on the top deck."
architecture  transport  losangeles  bridges  history  via:britta 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Amazing! Bike Faster than Helicopters, Running Faster than Car in Sao Paulo : TreeHugger
"Do you want more proof that encouraging car use in a city is only going to lead you to traffic hell? Take a look at Sao Paulo: the city of ridiculous car jams, where there are more privately held helicopters than anywhere else in the world.

The thing is, not even the air has solved the traffic problem, and the new highways that are being planned for the city won't solve it either. It seems so obvious that the right way to go is to discourage the use of cars (like Bogota or Curitiba did), but now we have proof (a great treat for World Car Free Day).

A group of cyclists have put up a test and had 18 different combinations of transport travel a distance of about 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) during rush hour. Guess what? Two of the cyclists turned out to get to destination faster than the helicopter, and all the cyclists, a runner, the bus and, ¡a skater! took less time than the car. This last one took a nerve-racking 82 minutes to cover that distance."
cities  bikes  cars  transportation  buses  skateboarding  traffic  walking  speed  transport  sãopaulo  biking  skating  skateboards 
september 2009 by robertogreco
How decent bike parking could revolutionize American cities. - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine
"parking helps make commuters—a lesson long ago learned with cars. Studies in New York found that a surprisingly large percentage of vehicles coming into lower Manhattan were government employees or others who had an assured parking spot. Other studies have shown the presence of a guaranteed parking spot at home—required in new residential developments—is what turns a New Yorker into a car commuter.
bikes  parking  us  transportation  transport  community  cities  urban  portland  public  government  travel  policy  biking 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Italy to build the world's largest suspension bridge between Calabria and Sicily - Telegraph
"Italy will forge ahead with a controversial plan to build the world's largest suspension bridge, a massive structure which will arch between the mainland and Sicily, the government said on Wednesday."
italy  sicily  calabria  engineering  transport  infrastructure  bridges 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Munich's Metro Stressful, But It Goes Everywhere | Autopia from
"Munich's transit system is a sprawling network of light rail, subway, tram and bus lines that reach every corner of a city inhabited by 1.3 million people. It's an amazing system, but it can be overwhelming if you're a foreigner exploring the Bavarian capital.
munich  vienna  masstransit  transportation  travel  germany  transport  metro  transit  cities 
february 2009 by robertogreco
The Train in Spain Replaces the Plane | Autopia from
"The trains in Spain are doing better than planes as a growing web of high-speed lines carrying sleek bullet trains steal hundreds of thousands of passengers from airlines and cut emissions in the process.
trains  rail  spain  españa  travel  environment  transport 
january 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 !"

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iphone  transportation  applications  france  french  bikes  buses  taxis  maps  mapping  subways  paris  neo-nomads  nomads  mobility  mobile  transport  ios 
december 2008 by robertogreco
GOOD Magazine | Goodmagazine - Train in Vain
"Europe and Asia have figured it out, so why is the American rail system still so unspeakably awful? GOOD hops aboard a transcontinental train to find out."
rail  trains  us  transportation  goodmagazine  amtrak  travel  energy  infrastructure  environment  peakoil  policy  politics  economics  masstransit  transit  transport 
july 2008 by robertogreco
California High-Speed Rail
"By linking all major cities in California with a state-of-the-art new transportation choice, high-speed trains will move people and products across our state like never before."
sanfrancisco  transit  transportation  california  rail  trains  losangeles  future  transport  sandiego 
july 2008 by robertogreco
SeeShell @ ::setbang:: [johanna brewer]
"We spend our lives being directed by signage, but what do the signs get up to when they have no one to tell what to do? Reactive signage, giving a look into the lives of overworked pictograms."
via:preoccupations  personalinformatics  mobile  transport  travel  privacy 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Do food miles matter? | ES&T Online News
"The benefits of eating locally grown food may not extend to curbing global warming, according to a comprehensive study of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. food." via:
food  environment  energy  globalwarming  locavore  footprint  global  diet  emissions  sustainability  local  green  meat  nutrition  transport  transportation 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: revelations
"I’m a bit sick of plain utility...certainly want more politeness in technology, but if there’s an opportunity to mix in some happy, I’m unsure if that’s bad. It’s happy as in power moves, cheat codes, easter eggs, winking, delight, maybe even j
technology  travel  ubicomp  japan  happy  utility  interaction  experience  design  transport 
may 2008 by robertogreco
chris woebken I selected projects - a new relationship to e-money
"I designed devices for different spending behaviors, imagining new parasitical services sitting on top of bank accounts that create feedback mechanisms and a new relationship to our bank-account as an extension of ourselves. I am interested in exploring
currency  via:adamgreenfield  money  transit  transport  urbancomputing  design  rfid  datamining  economics  ecosystems  future  payment 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Mundo Utility Bikes: affordable bikes to carry cargo and to transport stuff by bike for sustainable transportation
"The Mundo Utility Bike is designed to promote affordable, scaleable transportation for cargo and people, particularly for developing parts of the world that rely heavily on human-powered mobility in rugged conditions. Of course, it works just as well car
bikes  commuting  utility  cargo  longtails  bikeoptions  mobility  transport  longtail 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Google Transit Gets Smarter and Smarter | Autopia from
"One huge impediment to wider adaptation of public transportation is the convenience factor--especially, in not knowing how long you'll have to wait for the next damned train...Google Transit isn't the only technology to address this problem."
transport  travel  googlemaps  google  transit  transportation  public  information  maps  mapping  time 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Redesigning cities | Tackling the hydra |
'Its politicians are determined to turn Los Angeles into a normal city...original metropolitan miscreant is now trying to reform itself so fundamentally that Joel Kotkin, an urbanist at Chapman University, compares it to rewriting a DNA code."
housing  traffic  politics  transport  urbanism  sprawl  losangeles  density  urban  cities  transportation  planning  metro  subway  trains 
april 2008 by robertogreco
cityofsound: Transport informatics
"quick survey of new informational approaches to transport, hinging on individual behaviour and engagement via public data. We'll travel from wifi on buses to designs for timetables embedded in the fabric of stations, stopping off at trams in Google Maps
cities  transportation  bikes  cars  rail  trains  helsinki  data  information  public  visualization  cityofsound  mapping  maps  design  carsharing  zipcar  walking  buses  transport  transit  urban  urbanism  urbancomputing 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Backseat Playground: If All The World Were A Game...
"So you're sitting in the back seat of a car staring out of the window - imagine that the world moving past you is a vast game engine - the objects, places and people around you are all part of an intertwining series of episodes that make up an ongoing ga
arg  learning  geography  annotation  transportation  games  videogames  society  education  children  space  technology  cars  travel  gps  location  locative  mobile  play  narrative  location-based  psychogeography  gaming  kids  research  netart  transport 
november 2005 by robertogreco

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