The world is his parking spot (The Economist)
New Yorker economics writer John Cassidy recently penned a blog post opining that New York City was adding too many bikes too quickly, there weren’t enough cyclists to fill them and that the bike lanes didn’t meet the cost-benefits criteria of good economics policy. As would be expected, cycling advocates (and others) subsequently almost exploded in outrage. Here is a very well reasoned response to Cassidy that points out that driving has its share of “costs” that Cassidy seemed to overlook — namely the pollution it causes. Cassidy has written a second post on the subject in which he defends his original position. Fun!
High-speed rail coming to..Victorville? (L.A. Weekly)
Here’s a good look at some of the Nevada politics in play over the proposed Desert Xpress high-speed rail line between Victorville and Las Vegas. The gist of it: No one seems to have any idea if people will really drive 80 or so miles from L.A. to jump on the train in Victorville for the rest of the journey, nor are there any guarantees that the line would be extended to Palmdale, which puts it somewhat closer to L.A., Metrolink and the Anaheim-to-San Francisco high-speed rail (if that gets built). Of course, all this depends on the Xpress getting some big money from the feds and that’s no sure thing — although it may help that Sen. Harry Reid is now backing the Xpress after getting some recent backing from an Xpress supporter in his reelection campaign. Fun!
High-speed rail not coming to downtown Riverside (Riding in Riverside)
Planning is underway for an eventual extension of the California high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Diego, via the San Gabriel Valley and Riverside. But the train won’t actually stop in downtown Riverside with choices narrowed to other locales preferred by local government or other institutions. Among those is the old March Field Air Force base. Okay, Source readers — let’s stop and think about this one. One of the big arguments in favor of high-speed rail is that it can go straight into cities, sparing travelers the time-gobbling drive to the nearest airport. Unless, of course, the station is at the…airport. Fun!