Category Archives: rail

Geography of Target’s Smaller/Flexible Urban Store Format


While visiting Chicago earlier this month, one could hardly miss seeing the influx of major retailers into urban areas. Particularly noticeable was Target with its trending urban and collegiate smaller/flexible format stores popping up over much of the city and … Continue reading

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Lisboa, Glorious Lisboa


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The South Shore Line – Indiana’s Gift to Passenger Rail


We had the honor and thrill of riding the entire length of the South Shore Line round trip between South Bend (Airport Station) and Chicago (Millennium Station) and back over Mother’s Day weekend. Sometimes dubbed as America’s last Interurban, the … Continue reading

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If you drive a SUV, you need to plant 127 trees a year!


As the accompanying chart shows, if you own and operate a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), you’ll have a lot of tree planting to do to offset your annual emissions from driving that monstrosity. At approximately $200 per tree (a rather low … Continue reading

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Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this … Continue reading

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Building a peaceful community with good planning


Building a peaceful community does not just result from how we treat one another (see previous post), but can be literally develop based on how we design our communities and allocate funding. The days of the “wrong side of the … Continue reading

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Canada is charting the course in “commuter commerce”


“Commuter commerce” may be a term you have never heard before, but if predictions are correct, it could be the next big growth area in digital shopping. Basically, commuter commerce means the purchasing of goods and services while one is … Continue reading

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When transportation becomes the destination


Now and then, a part of the transportation network becomes iconic in itself. In those cases, the infrastructure not only serves its intended purpose, but also becomes a focal point and source of community, regional, or even national pride, and … Continue reading

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North America’s newest intermodal railroad facilities – update #2


As a follow-up to the September 27, 2012, post on those cities with the most intermodal rail facilities in North America, here is a list of some of newest and most advanced intermodal rail facilities that have come on-line over the past … Continue reading

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Polishing our window to the world


Detroit Metropolitan Airport is very impressive to anyone who arrives there by aircraft. Both the McNamara Terminal and the North Terminal are bright, shiny, modern, busy, welcoming, and clean.  The same cannot be said for those arriving by car or … Continue reading

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