Thoughts on transport, especially public transport and informatics.
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.
Ian McCaig's History of Lastminute.com
– From a stereotypical dot com baby in 1998, to the rapidly maturing teenager of 2010. Covering the problems of merging acquired companies, the need to scale costs, and the change from a public (stock market) ownership to private equity.
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.
Why We Travel
– If we could eliminate transportation from our daily lives, would we want to? Or do we still need to travel, even if we have nowhere to go? This article explores the desire to travel - to make economically irrational transport journeys. It ponders the apparently unnecessary role of travel in virtual worlds. It considers how travel contributes to immersion within the world, and how such travel can be...