Around the world, transit gives everyone the freedom of movement they deserve.

Mobility is freedom

At first blush, it’s reasonable to think that Shanghai and Calgary don’t have a lot in common. Yes, they’re both cities, but Shangahi is a massive metropolis of 30 million people, while Calgary sits just above 1 million. Shanghai sits on a port, near the ocean, in a communist country of over 1.3 billion people that is still often considered “developing” (though that is certainly arguable). Calgary sits between mountain and prairie, in a firmly developed country of 35 million

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Thinking about returns on investment

When do Cars Stop Helping a City?

Both Canadians and Americans are steeped in car culture. We as a people, dramatically overvalue the auto-mobile, especially in our biggest cities. This has lead some to declare there is a war on cars. If this were the case it would incredibly stupid, and after all who can argue with the fact that good automobile infrastructure is an economic engine ( …. engine…engine). The trouble is that all of the examples I gave show roads that connect between cities. They represent

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What if we were charged what it really costs to travel?

The cost of congestion is more than zero

In an exchange on Twitter with Councillor Keating after my post on induced demand, the conversation turned to finding alternatives to the broken strategy of “more lanes” to reduce congestion and improve mobility within the city, especially on Deerfoot. Keating mentioned the idea of transit and carpool lanes, which is a good start towards acknowledging the geometry that underlies so many of the transportation problems in cities: scarcity of space. A Quick Economics Lesson One of the first things that is discussed in an

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Transit, cycling, and driving all require some semblance of a network to thrive

It takes a network

Many North American cities suffer from a polarization between those that live in what I will refer to as the core (older, denser, inner area) and the edge (less dense, more car dependent). Transit consultant Jarrett Walker has seen it many times: In just about every North American regional transit debate I’ve ever been involved in, someone has said:  “Why is all this money being spent on transit downtown!  Downtown already has lots of transit, while out here in ___, we have nothing!” Some of the

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