Talking Transportation: America’s mass transit mecca

What’s the most mass-transit intensive city in the U.S.? By the numbers, New York City. But for a glimpse of the real future of mass-transit, the winner is clearly Portland, Ore.! Portland has only 632,000 residents, but 2.3 million in its metro area. Yet it has, per capita, what I think is the largest, most extensive and best integrated systems … read more

Talking Transportation — America’s amazing interstate highways

The 47,000 miles of highways that comprise America’s interstate highway system are nothing short of an engineering marvel, surpassed only by what China has built in the last few years. We take them for granted, but when they were designed almost 60 years ago these super-highways presented both great opportunity and vast challenges. The U.S. wasn’t the first with super-highways. … read more

Why ferries aren’t the answer for commuting in Connecticut

Recently, New York City Mayor DeBlasio announced a $325 million plan to re-introduce ferry boat service to the five boroughs, charging the same fare as subways. The mayor says these boats could carry 4.5 million passengers a year. So why don’t we have ferries in Connecticut? There are several reasons: SPEED — In open water, fast ferries on the Sound … read more