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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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Fare Aware

Note: This post is intended to get you and I thinking about transit fares and how changing them might affect a transit system. It steps a little bit into the absurd by exploring the extremes of different ideas, and is not indented as an educational post, but more as a “let’s do a thought experiment together” […]

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Failure Should Most Definitely Be An Option

Today I want to talk about something that people try to avoid, and why it needs to exist: failure I have been involved in improvised comedy for a number of years now, and of the many lessons it has taught me one stands out as the most important: you need to fail, and fail gracefully. Embracing […]

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Give Me a Canoe and Let Me Go

I’m going to take a minute to discuss one of my favourite modes of transportation: the canoe. While the canoe may not be the subject of any of my research, or one of the factors in any of my mathematical equations, it’s still a very important method of transportation, and it formed the backbone of Canadian exploration […]

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