Chutes and Ladders: A high-tech and low-tech idea for subway stations

Chutes Companies like ThyssenKrupp have lately been trying to develop maglev elevators: elevators powered by magnetic levitation rather than hoisted by cables. Unlike conventional elevators, maglev elevators could be used efficiently even in extremely tall buildings. They could also be able to move horizontally, in addition to vertically, like a Wonkavator. One of the mostContinue reading “Chutes and Ladders: A high-tech and low-tech idea for subway stations”

All Transit Articles

Some of these ideas are much sillier than others. I’ll leave you to decide: Transit Oases The Bus Train Bike Lane: A Bus-Bike Lane for the Smartphone Era Car-Sharing Vehicles Doubling as Sheltered Bus Stops Game of Thrones’ Lessons for Cycling Advocates The Three Card Monty  Next Man Up: The Passenger-Driven Bus  Bus-Bike Lanes: CanContinue reading “All Transit Articles”

Modi’s in Luck Now: The importance of good luck, and Uttar Pradesh, in the political success of Narendra Modi

(Read PDF Version Here ) With a slowing economy, a rival Congress Party forming alliances with regional parties in states like Tamil Nadu, and a separate alliance being formed between two former Chief Ministers of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, many had expected Narendra Modi to risk losing his majority government, and perhaps evenContinue reading “Modi’s in Luck Now: The importance of good luck, and Uttar Pradesh, in the political success of Narendra Modi”

All Sports Articles

2019 Playoffs:  The Holy Month of Sports Begins Basketball:  Should Openers be used in the NBA Playoffs?  Professional Time Wasters Offense-Defense for 48 Minutes Cornerstone Players Hockey:  The Spiral of Death Goalies and Garbage Time  Robots and NHL Expansion  Back to the Lake The Londons’ Knights Other: Everyone for Tennis?  Keynesian Sports Fans  North KoreaContinue reading “All Sports Articles”

Transit Oases

One of the most fitting aspects of the phrase “transit deserts” – areas drastically underserved by public transit – is the mirage-like effect you get when, straining your eyes toward the suburban horizon, you trick yourself into thinking that the headlights of an approaching car is actually the bus you desperately want to arrive. Today,Continue reading “Transit Oases”

Professional Time Wasters

Usually, the goal of a basketball game is to outscore your opponent. There are certain cases, however, where a second goal is also at play: buying time for your best players to get a much-needed rest on the bench during a playoff game. Star players tend to play many more minutes per game during theContinue reading “Professional Time Wasters”

The Private Sector

How’s the bathroom business doing, Jim? Well, the profitability ratio stinks, but there’s a lot of liquidity. Nothing is more common as having to go to the bathroom, yet there are few examples of for-profit bathrooms in our otherwise profit-oriented cities. Even though bathroom access is often bartered indirectly – “customers only” comes to mind –Continue reading “The Private Sector”