Yearly Archives: 2015


Suburban Geometry

Recently, and likely because I’ve been re-reading Jane Jacob’s famous city planning book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, I’ve been thinking a lot about city planning and layout. In particular, I have been thinking about how the geometry of certain neighborhoods affects transit’s ability to be effective. This is not a new idea, Jarrett Walker often […]

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The Unpredictable Bus – Part IV: Pick a Stop, any Stop

This is the fourth post in a series that attempts to tackle the issue that “my bus is never on time!”. I recommend you read the first, second, and third posts before this one, as there may be some references to the ideas discussed there. Last time we discovered just how much passengers can cause instability in the movement of buses at […]

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Survey Says?

I come from a physics background, which is an area of study that rewards a good critical thinking, problem solving, and mathematical skills. While these skills are certainly transferable to transportation and transportation research (there is a ton of physics that has made its way into how we model transportation), there is one aspect of dealing with […]

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Fare Enforcement and Risk Perception

In a previous post, I talked about transit fares, and how they emerge naturally from the transit system. A fare is only useful if people actually pay it, however, and that is the topic of this post. In Calgary, our C-Train (LRT) system is not directly enforced by gates or limited access points. In fact, part […]

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Sorting Out Highway Traffic

I’ve done a fair amount of driving around Canada. I’ve been across the country a few times, and I’ve done the drive here in Alberta from Calgary to Edmonton quite a few times. Since I am most often the driver these days, I get the wonderful combination of dealing with the sometimes crazy traffic, and developing […]

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