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Transit: The Great Compromise

I’m going to do something I haven’t done done in my writing since it became cliché in high school. I’m going to open with a quote. Nay, two quotes: A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, “Huh. It […]

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On Vacation? Ride the Bus

TL:DR; When I’m on vacation, I like to get to truly get to know where I am, in many aspects of the word. The best way to do this? Take the bus. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of supposedly compelling reasons for public transit; why we should all use it, why it’s an important part […]

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Carry-On, My Wayward Son

TL;DR: Carry-on baggage fees may be a pain for passengers, but airlines are cleverly using people’s money-saving behavior to their increased advantage. Not long ago, passengers on Canada’s two major airlines (WestJet and Air Canada) were allowed to check two pieces of baggage for free. This was reduced to one bag, and recently even one bag […]

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Streetcars Ahead

Streetcars (trams, tramcars, trolleys, trolley cars) are a very interesting mode of public transit that has been around for a long time, and is beginning to gain popularity. Many cities that had/have streetcars are re-introducing them back into their public transit, and mode choice seems to drum up the most public interest and debate. There […]

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Pedestrian is King!

I think it’s time I did a post on pedestrians. I consider walking the “fundamental unit of transportation” for human beings; no matter what other mode of transportation we use, it almost always involves some amount of walking. We have been walking for thousands of years, and despite what Disney/Pixar might think, I don’t think we’re […]

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Will Computer-Cars Kill Public Transit?

TL;DR: Automated vehicles are coming. What does this mean for public transit? I argue that it’s going to be okay. Also, let’s not be scared of computer-cars. I know, it’s a sensationalist headline, but it’s one of many that we are going to see sooner than later. About a month ago, the Van Horne Institute published […]

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Optimize This: Introducing Uncertainty

Note: This is part 3 in a series of posts about mathematical modelling of public transit systems. If you haven’t already, I suggest you take a look at the first post where I try to motivate the need for, and validity of mathematical models in public transit. You might also be interested in the second post, where I discuss […]

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Is Car2Go Public Transit?

Whenever I am introduced to something new that interests me, I tend to obsess over it, include it in any discussion I can, and try to critique it from all angles. Recently, I have been introduced to two such things: Car2Go and Jarrett Walker’s Human Transit, a book I highly recommend if you want to sound […]

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Optimize This: The Search for Trade-Offs

Note: This is part 2 in a series of posts about mathematical modelling of public transit systems. If you haven’t already, I suggest you take a look at the first post where I try to motivate the need for, and validity of mathematical models in public transit. Another Note: This post will make use of some basic calculus, however results […]

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