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Transit City of the Month - Melbourne

Friday April 18, 2014
Melbourne Train Approaching

Welcome to a new feature on this site - the transit city of the month! The transit city of the month for April is Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Learn more about public transport in Melbourne .

Review of Automated Fare Collection System and Urban Public Transportation

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Review of Automated Far Col

Automated Fare Collection System and Urban Public Transportation - An Economic and Management Approach to Urban Transit Systems

offers a lot of interesting insights into how the New York MTA's conversion from tokens to the Metrocard in the late '90s and early '00s affected ridership and passengers. Read my full review .

The History of Transit

Sunday April 13, 2014

By popular demand, it is the History of Transit ! Obviously, 1,000 words does not begin to do justice to the history of transit, so let me know if you would like to read more about the different periods in the fascinating history of public transportation.

Review of Urban Transportation Planning

Monday April 7, 2014
Urban Transport Plan Cover

Urban Transportation Planning , although in need of an update, remains an excellent introductory textbook to the exciting world of transportation planning. Read my full review .

Profile of the Bus Riders Union

Sunday April 6, 2014

The Bus Riders Union is a militant anti-rail transit rider advocacy group in Los Angeles. Formed in 1994, their greatest success came in 1996 when they forced local transit provider Los Angeles Metro into a ten-year long Consent Decree to stabilize fares and increase bus service on overcrowded routes. Read more about the Bus Riders Union .

Review of Underground Woman

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Review of Underground Woman

Underground Woman is a fascinating story about what it was like to be a New York Subway conductor in the early 1980s. Read my full review .

Review of UCLA's Digitial Cities Conference

Sunday March 23, 2014

Conferences are a great time to get out of the office, network with colleagues, and get exposed to new ideas. A good time was had by all at the Seventh Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment which took place on Thursday, March 20, 2014. One recurring complaint: if you as a presenter only have thirteen minutes to speak, then can you discuss only the amount of information that can be discussed in thirteen minutes? Read my full review .

Review of Chicago Cable Cars

Saturday March 22, 2014
Chicago Cable Cars Cover

I work in the transit industry, and am also a transit enthusiast. Some of the books I read help me improve my understanding of how transit operates, while some I read just because I am a transit enthusiast and fan of transit history. It was for the latter reason that I read Chicago Cable Cars by Greg Borzo. Chicago Cable Cars is an outstanding history of a forgotten time in Chicago when the city had more cable cars than San Francisco. Read my full review .

Review of Transforming Urban Transport

Saturday March 15, 2014
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Transforming Urban Transport: The Ethics, Politics and Practices of Sustainable Mobility is an excellently written and well researched book about why sustainable mobility is important and why we have yet to reach it. Unfortunately, it offers few answers to help us reach it. Read my full review.

How Can We Determine the Most Efficient Amount of Transit Subsidization?

Tuesday March 11, 2014

How can we determine the optimum amount of money governments should be spending to subsidize transit? A 2013 New Zealand report described the creation of a model designed to do just that. Read on for more .

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