While I was gone: three posts!

I was in Brazil for the last two weeks; more on that later. For now, here are three things I wrote for City Observatory that were published in the interim: 1. Between highrises and single family homes: housing’s “missing middle” This kind of mid-density, low-rise housing—including duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, and other low-density multi-family buildings—has been called the Continue reading While I was gone: three posts!

Undercounting the transit constituency

At City Observatory: And that matters because the people who make decisions about transit investments – politicians – look at how many of their constituents benefit from a given service as a major component of whether they benefit politically from supporting it. And if they’re just looking at commute share, they’re looking at too few people. Even Continue reading Undercounting the transit constituency

Two pieces of context re: bus ridership declines

The news from the CTA last week was that a longtime trend of convergence between bus and rail ridership is, if anything, picking up speed: CTA ridership from 1995>2014, w/ future estimates based on 20-yr trend. Rail should be higher than bus in 2017 pic.twitter.com/Vm4FVTfQPV — Yonah Freemark (@yfreemark) March 6, 2015 It’s hard to Continue reading Two pieces of context re: bus ridership declines

The transit mindset

A story about MARTA from Atlanta Magazine accidentally stumbles on the secret to transit ridership (emphasis is mine): Parker and MARTA supporters need to re-engineer a mindset that’s prevailed for more than a half century. In many major cities—New York, Chicago, and Paris, for instance—transit is considered the smart, efficient way to get around town. Everyone Continue reading The transit mindset

How many carless workers are there in Chicago?

Redeye‘s Tracy Swartz – one of the city’s best writers on the transportation beat outside of Streetsblog Chicago, to whom you should still give money – has an interesting article about why people choose to remain on transit (or not) while gas prices plummet. There are actually some interesting lessons in that part of the article, but I Continue reading How many carless workers are there in Chicago?

Buses: they don’t have to suck

Very often when I say the word “bus” out loud, someone will volunteer that they hate buses. The conversation might go like this: ME: Bus ridership is down. It’s not clear why. FRIEND: Have you considered the possibility that buses just suck? I find these conversations frustrating, because the people I’m talking to are wrong, Continue reading Buses: they don’t have to suck