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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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Opting-out of mass transit = modern redlining


Currently, more than 50 communities in Southeast Michigan opt-out of participating in SMART (the regional transit system). Just yesterday, in a narrow 3-2 vote, Bloomfield Hills voted to continue opting out. Most often, the rationale for not participating is due … Continue reading

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The DUMB reality of opting-out


In an ironic twist of fate, Southeast Michigan’s  regional bus system is nicknamed SMART (Southeast Michigan Regional Transit). Given the ability of communities in the region to opt-out of participation, the name certainly is an oxymoron to the DUMB (Detroit Unworkable Metro Bus) … Continue reading

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Midtown Detroit’s boom shifts into high gear!


Back in 2011, panethos.com highlighted the early stages of a boom taking place in Midtown Detroit. While so much of the national media was solely focused on the bad news coming from the Motor City, it completely missed the bright … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Winnipeg, Manitoba


The following is another post in an ongoing series which highlights ten important planning lessons from various cities around the world. Below are the ten planning lessons I’ve learned from two visits to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one in 2005 and the other … Continue reading

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World’s longest subway/metro systems


Below is a list of the longest subway/metro systems in the world, based on a minimum length of 100 kilometers. These do not include street trams, light rail, or commuter railroads, only subways/metros. Of those cities identified below, 14 are located … Continue reading

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How federal surface transportation funding should be allocated


While my preference would be for 0% go to new roads/bridges the pragmatist in me realizes this breakdown is slightly more plausible, albeit from a bicycling advocates viewpoint. 🙂 Mass transit (bus, BRT, light rail, commuter rail) = 20% Intercity … Continue reading

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Prudent planner ideas based on the Winter of 2014


Given the truly delightful winter we have been suffering through this year, I thought it might be a good idea to list off some suggestions for us planners to consider for addressing potential future winter mayhem. You can never be … Continue reading

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Rails-to-contrails are taking off!


One of the most impressive things that I noticed during a recent trip about Denver’s magnificent international airport is that the city is not relying solely on the almighty automobile, shuttles, or buses for passenger access and ground transportation. Currently under construction … Continue reading

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Rail transit north and south of the border


Below are some interesting data on North American rail transit systems operating outside the United States in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. They are listed by annual ridership (as of 2012, except Xochimilco). As is obvious from … Continue reading

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