Intercity Transit & 2017

As 2017 draws to a close it is time I confess that this is not the post I expected to be writing a year ago. Following the triumph of America's deep self-loathing, which was the defining moment of 2016, I anticipated a rapid collapse of our duct-tape-and-bailing-wire transportation systems. I was wrong. 2017 turned out to be a year of victories despite the strong political headwinds.

note: Amtrak's fiscal year is from September - September; any ridership numbers reflect the fiscal year.

Grand Rapids To Dearborn By Transit

A 10AM meeting in Dearborn, MI 160 miles away - I am in Grand Rapids, MI - in December [in Michigan]. If driving day-of I would have to leave home at 7AM - assuming there was no weather events between here and there. Probably would leave at 6:30AM to be safe. Then two meetings, concluding around 6PM, and another 160 mile drive back home. If weather was not an issue I would get home ~9PM; also assuming I ate at a drive-thru. That is a ~14.5 hour Saturday. Ugh.

Best Articles Lists

This is a list of some of my all-time favorite posts from around the interwebz. I feel all of these merit a reading. Below each link is a comment about why I feel each link has merit.

Grand Rapids to Milwaukee By Transit

Plotting out a trip from Grand Rapids to Milwaukee by transit is an interesting experience. It clearly illustrates the two primary issues with American transportation services and companies:

Welcome to the Frozen Republic

I am ever more convinced that America is indeed a frozen republic; and that Traffic-and-Parking is the refrigerant in the tubes. Fears about T&P lock us into the current form; preventing us from addressing all manner of issues from balanced budgets to housing affordability and segregation to clean air and water. Frustrating.

For example see this Strong Towns article. The same thing plays out locally [here in Grand Rapids], but nobody writes about it.

Get MMAAADD, be a voice of reason, show up. There is not much else we can do.

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