Tag Archives: transportation planning

More street connections = less cut-through traffic


The argument that connecting new neighborhoods to existing ones causing cut-through traffic is only true if there are limited street connections in the transportation network in the first place. If a community has a well-planned, interconnected transportation network then more … Continue reading

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Confluential cities


For purposes of this post, a “confluential city” is one that is situated at or near the confluence of two or more important rivers and which has had an influential economic, historic, strategic, cultural, political, and/or social impact on the surrounding region or … 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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Leading the charge – states with the most EV charging stations


Below is a list of the 25 states with the most electric vehicle charging stations installed and operational as of April 25, 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. This data does not include single-family … Continue reading

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The age of the aerotropolis beltway


In the midst of reading John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay’s definitive and thoroughly interesting book entitled Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, I began to ponder some of the surface transportation ramifications of this megatrend. In particular, those impacts taking … Continue reading

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Cities in the race to outer space


One of the buzz terms of planning and economic development in recent years has been “aerotropolis” or cities developed and/or centered around airports. As air travel, overnight delivery, and air freight have become increasingly important, the role of airports has grown … Continue reading

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Britain’s loneliest railway stations in 2011


After recently publishing a post on the busiest railway stations in the United Kingdom, I thought it might interesting (and fun) to also post the least busy (or loneliest) ones. The following list shows the ten loneliest railway stations in the United … Continue reading

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Urban seaplane bases – a commercial aviation option?


A potential option that waterfront cities may wish to consider for increasing their available airport operational capacity is to add or expand a seaplane base. In many instances a seaplane base can be located in much closer proximity to the central business district and other … Continue reading

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Cities on straits and narrows


Back on April 9th I wrote about some of the unique planning issues that arise for cities built on an isthmus. In a subject near and dear to the hearts of Michiganders, today’s post identifies and discusses those urban areas that have developed along narrow … Continue reading

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Down by the sea: world’s 50 busiest container ports


Below is a list of the world’s 50 busiest container ports as measured by twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). Of the top 50, eleven are in China, four in the United States and Japan, and two each are in the United … Continue reading

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