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Transit In Phoenix

Sunday June 1, 2014
LRT in downtown Phoenix

Despite the hostile post-World War II environment, people can and do take transit in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about transit in the quintessential anti-transit city .

Review of Detroit City Is the Place to Be - The Afterlife of an American Metropolis

Monday May 26, 2014
Detroit City Book Cover

Detroit City Is the Place to Be is a fascinating examination of different aspects of modern Detroit that I found especially poignant because I grew up in Southeastern Michigan. Read on for my full review .

Commercial Driver License (CDL) Medical Requirements

Friday May 23, 2014

In order to obtain a commercial driver license (CDL) and operate a bus, one must be in good health as determined by a doctor in the form of a medical certificate. Read on to learn more about the CDL medical requirements .

Review of In Transit - The Transport Workers Union in New York City

Wednesday May 21, 2014
In Transit Cover

Meticulously researched and extremely detailed, In Transit - The Transport Workers Union in New York City is probably the first and last book you will ever need about the history of the Transport Workers Union in particular and transit labor history in general. Read my full review .

Transit 101: What Makes a Good Transit System?

Saturday May 17, 2014

How do we know what makes a good transit system? Read on to learn about the four conditions that must be met .

What Effect Will Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber Have on Transit?

Monday May 12, 2014

Transportation network companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Side Car have taken cities in California and other states by storm by providing a taxi-like service at cheaper cost and better responsiveness than traditional taxi companies. What effect will these companies have on transit? Read on .

Review of Exact Fare Only 2 - Good, Bad & Ugly Rides on Public Transit

Saturday May 10, 2014
Review of Exact Fare Only 2 Cvr

Exact Fare Only 2 - Good, Bad & Ugly Rides on Public Transit is another volume of enjoyable reading about transit related stories and escapades. Read my full review .

Transit City of the Month: San Diego

Saturday May 3, 2014
San Diego Bus

The transit city of the month is San Diego! Like every other month in the year, May is a beautiful month to visit San Diego and take in all of its attractions, including its extensive network of light rail and bus lines. Read more about transit in San Diego .

Review of Urban Transportation Systems

Thursday May 1, 2014
Review of Urb Tra Sys

While likely telling you nothing you do not already know about public transit, Urban Transportation Systems - Choices for Communities is as engaging a transit textbook as you are ever likely to read as well as offering an interesting way of presenting transit, with a chapter on each mode. Read my full review .

So You Want to Operate Your Own Transit System?

Sunday April 27, 2014

In the United States, transit privatization currently almost exclusively takes the form of private bus companies operating government planned transit lines under contract to the local transit agency. However, it is plausible that a private owner could operate self-planned transit lines. Read on for more .

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