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Japan Transit Tale: The Train Ferry Torch Song PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:57
Yes, there is such a thing as a "train ferry torch song" – in Japan.

And yes, it was definitely a "hit" - so much so that a monument was built to commemorate the song and its composer. Two monuments, in fact.

Article continues at http://www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/Train_Ferry_Torch_Song.htm.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:03
 
Los Angeles Bus "Stigma" - It's the Service Quality, Stupid! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:49
Two recent articles on The Atlantic Cities website dovetail with our recent post about the "transit network effect" (Transit network effect becomes visible - in Los Angeles).

The first article suggests that so-called "choice" consumers (also known as "discretionary riders") will ride "gentrified" modes such as "streetcars, subways and commuter railroads" - but not buses, which have a "stigma" based on income (or "class"), and race (i.e. only poor minorities ride buses).

Article continues at http://www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/Bus_Stigma_Not.htm
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:03
 
The Transit Network Effect Becomes Visible: In Los Angeles PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:25
The Los Angeles Daily News reported at mid-July 2012 that some commuters were traveling miles out of their way on a new light-rail (LRT) line between San Fernando Valley residences and employment locations along the new Expo Line.

Continued at http://www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/Network_Effect.htm.
 
Reason Foundation "Researchers" Make Fools of Themselves PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:43
We would not blame readers for thinking, even for a moment, that the above is a belated April Fool's Day gag. It is not. Reason Foundation researchers Tim Cavanaugh and Scott Shackleford did indeed critique the 2030 ridership forecast for the new LRT Expo Line in Los Angeles against ridership observed on Days 3 and 4 of revenue operation.

We would not blame readers (. . . those of who you who remain . . .) for shaking their heads and mumbling, "What kind of 'ultra-maroons' would do such a thing?"

Article continues at http://www.publictransit.us/ptlibrary/Reason_Fools.htm.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:02
 
California High Speed Rail, Cronyism and Lazy Media PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 July 2012 17:42
By Michael D. Setty

Most readers of this blog (all three of you!) probably know by now that the California State Senate approved the high speed rail (HSR) plan touted by Governor Jerry Brown by a one vote margin. Barring the results of pending environmental lawsuits against the California HSR project, this vote portends possible construction of a new HSR line from "nowhere to nowhere" in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Earlier today (Monday, July 9, 2012), the Los Angeles Times published a major story outlining how the French National Railroads (SNCF) had made a $38 billion proposal to the State of California to build and operate a HSR network, funded almost exclusively by private investors. Quoting the Los Angeles Times article. See http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-rail-advice-20120709,0,4539140.story:
Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 18:08
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