Transport

Cracker of a policy

This policy should be implemented immediately into New Zealand.

Christof Spieler moved to downtown Houston about nine years ago and began a reverse commute to a suburban office park. He took the No. 9 Gulfton Metro bus because he liked to get things done during the ride and hated sitting in traffic, but the service left much to be desired. The bus didn’t run very often (every 20 minutes or more, even at rush-hour); transfers were hard to coordinate; and the pedestrian infrastructure near the stops was terrifying (to reach the office, he braved five lanes of car traffic without a signal or a crosswalk).

“It really gave me a good feel of what the system’s like,” he says.

Fast-forward to today and Spieler now sits on Metro’s board of directors. An engineer at Morris who also lectures at Rice, Spielerplayed an instrumental role in developing Metro’s Reimagining plan—a dazzling redesign of the entire bus system that stresses all-day frequency and smart connections. But he couldn’t have done it without his experience on Metro as a guide, which makes him Exhibit A for why the people planning America’s transit systems, from board members to senior management to project designers, should be riders themselves.

“There are way too many people working on transit who don’t actually ride transit,” he says. “If you’re going to be making decisions about transit, you really need to know what it’s actually like. Not what it’s like in theory, but what it’s actually like. ”   Read more »

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The Ford Motor plant at Highland Park, the factory that built the American Dream. People dubbed the factory "The Crystal Palace" because of its vast amount of glass and bright interiors. The factory's enormous size made people think that Ford had gone mad.

The Ford Motor plant at Highland Park, the factory that built the American Dream. People dubbed the factory “The Crystal Palace” because of its vast amount of glass and bright interiors. The factory’s enormous size made people think that Ford had gone mad.

The Most Expensive Photo Ever

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William Harley and Arthur Davidson with their motorcycles in 1914

William Harley and Arthur Davidson with their motorcycles in 1914

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company Founded: 1901

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Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter in this August 26, 2013 file photo. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on July 3, 2014.

Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter in this August 26, 2013 file photo. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on July 3, 2014.

Capt Francesco Schettino Teaches Panic Management Course at Rome University

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Duncan Garner on Brownlee’s airport stunt

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via ODT

It’s pretty clear this is a prima facie case of Brownlee breaking the law, or at least using his position to do so. Gerry will be hating this and he will be kicking himself. The Brownlee I have got to know pretty well over the past 18 years has been down to earth and is not one to ask for special favours. This blows all that out of the water.   Read more »

I just realised how INSANE it is to waste money on some MPs

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Here is an example of someone who thinks that her clothes just end up in the shop for her to buy.  She thinks that any Trademe purchases fly into her letterbox by pure magic.  And I’m convinced she thinks all the food in the supermarket is grown and manufactured ‘out the back’.

She also thinks people should have jobs, but no way of getting to those jobs, back, or even move about while carrying out those jobs like dropping off blood samples to the lab, deliver meals on wheels or install solar panels somewhere.

The Green Taliban are the real enemies within.  The people who want to ban new roading because they live in a Utopian dream where nobody actually needs transport and 3D printers and 3D printer supplies magically materialise exactly where needed.

We’re also not allowed to drive to stadiums to watch sports, or just the other team’s home field to play.  We’re not allowed to take our boats to the harbour, or drive to the forest or national park to go for a walk or tramp.

All new immigrants are expected to use matter transporters.  We are having difficulty building enough houses, there are calls for more houses, but once they are built, people must remain absolutely stationary.

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Would you like the bash with your train ride?

I don’t believe in public transport. And here is one reason.

After at least 14 assaults Auckland train inspectors are to wear lapel cameras for added protection.

No wonder rail patronage is dropping and growth is stagnant – it’s simply a dangerous place to be.

I’d drive my car rather than be assaulted on a train.

Ticket inspectors on Auckland trains are to be armed with small CCTV cameras on their jackets to combat fare evasion and violence.

Video and audio footage will be used as evidence for police prosecutions in the absence of any direct financial penalties able to be imposed on those caught riding trains without paying.  Read more »

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Photo: T. Gaulke One of the horses is literally stuck in the car

Photo: T. Gaulke
One of the horses is literally stuck in the car

Madman Carriage Accident

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What a waste of money and all for nothing

Australia has outspent everyone else in the fruitless search for MH370. And it is all for nothing with everyone being no closer now to finding the aircraft than at the start of the whole bizarre episode.

Conspiracy theories aside, basically the plane is gone, the passengers and crew are all dead, there is little point in trying to find it now.

The Malaysian Government has revealed it has spent just a fraction of what Australia has paid in the search for missing flight MH370, as officials from both countries prepare to meet to discuss the next phase of the mission.

Officials from Malaysia yesterday held talks in Canberra, including discussions around funding for the operation. The Australian Government has set aside almost A$90 million ($99 million) for the search.

The head of the joint task force charged with finding MH370, Angus Houston, said yesterday that discussions around the next phase of the search included negotiations with Malaysia over the cost of the search.

“The Government has allocated A$89.9 million. I think about A$25 million of that is to go to the defence force for the visual search they conducted,” the former defence force chief said. “There’s another A$60 million that’s been allocated for the underwater search. That money has been allocated but we’re still to crunch, or still to negotiate the burden-sharing with, for example, Malaysia.”

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Len Brown parking madness [UPDATED]

The Ground Crew have been busy.

Our Mt Roskill correspondent reports:

Reporters on the scene at the new car park being created in Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill have discovered that Len Brown’s plans for raising cash are in full swing.

The large public car parking area for people visiting the grounds, Tristar gym, and swimming pool is to have parking meters for every spot.

Locals are not impressed.

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[workers on site were interviewed for this news]

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