Edinburgh Trams: Perception vs Performance
– Edinburgh's Trams may yet provide the ultimate test of perception over performance. I walked the entire route (by nearest footpath) on launch day, then rode the tram back. I preferred the walk.
Implications of Google Transit in the UK
– Describes how the UK's public transport data is being integrated into Google. It questions why data is being made available based solely on the business model adopted. It explores the real value of this information, and presents a case for the liberalisation of data.
Introduction to UK Local Public Transport Data
– Basic non-technical introduction to the United Kingdom's electronic local public transport data: The data sources primarily used to produce passenger travel information.
– As I write, the United Kingdom is in the midst of a national election campaign. A month during which politicians vie to confuse the electorate with big numbers. Politics is suddenly ravaged by intangibility, because the national economy is unable to sustain the usual tangible proxies for a better life - "more schools and hospitals" - and because the tangible results of fixing that economy tend to b...
Railways for Prosperity
– In the dying years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the United Kingdom government launched a policy document called "Roads for Prosperity". £23 billion ($35 billion) would fund a network of highway improvements. Schemes that eased capacity constraints on the strategic (primary routes) road network. It was a response to rising car use, and the belief that not providing sufficient highway capacit...
Scaling the Bus Stop
– This paper explores how bus-based Park and Ride can be developed within rural and peri-urban areas.
Scottish Tram Financing
– Introduces the concept of risk in tram (and similarly large public transportation and infrastructure) projects, chronicles the decisions that lead the City of Edinburgh Council to need to find hundreds of millions of pounds to support a single light rail project, and explores the implications for future policy-making, especially in the context of a more devolved Scotland.
Social Reconstruction of Public Transportation Information
– Outlines why the social web/tech-entrepreneur sector may wish to stop trying to use official sources of public transport data, and instead apply the technology it understands best: People.