...better than Government sponsored mass transit (Was: Re: [NewMobilityCafe] Counting on Cars: A Disaster in the Making)
On 13 Oct 2005, at 18:45, Eric Britton wrote:
(apologies for the late reply, I've been ill and am catching up)
> Counting on Cars: A Disaster in the Making
> By Jim Motavalli, Source: http://www.emagazine.com/view/?2899
> Sam Kazman still believes that what happened in Houston, while
> chaotic, represents a system that works. “Having access to a car
> that will take you where you want to go when you want to go is a
> crucial thing,” he says. “Even if the evacuation routes become
> jammed up, if you have enough patience and a little bit of luck,
> you will make it. It’s better than people relying on government-
> sponsored mass transit.”
Although I doubt he would have supported privately financed and run
mass transit, mass transit is not by necessity government sponsored.
A number of privately owned/managed/financed mass transit systems
exist around the world, some of which both make large contributions
to promoting city life, and reducing congestion, as well as being
profitable for their operators. For example, in Glasgow, commercial
privately run bus services run all night (at up to 15 minutes
intervals), and in Nottingham, commercial services operate allowing
you to stay in the city until 3am, with some services operating every
20 minutes. Neither of these are subsidised.
There is some evidence in certain parts of the UK that competition in
bus service provision can lead to growth in the market - this has
successfully occurred in Nottingham and Oxford, although where one
operator is clearly dominant this does not seem to occur (and in many
other cases privatisation has not been beneficial for passengers or
the city environment, with either lots of competing bus operators
vying for roadspace or a gradual worsening of service on marginal
routes). It has always struck me as odd that in the US public
transport is much less privatised than it is in the UK - perhaps the
market is not there in the smaller cities where it is in the UK (in
larger cities there is probably more of a case for local government
intervention as London is making the most out of).
(the Oxford area has around 150,000-200,000 inhabitants, the
Nottingham area about 600,000-800,000 - it is hard to judge as
networks often extend far beyond the city boundaries)
Anzir Boodoo MRes MILT Aff. IRO
transcience, Leeds Innovation Centre, 103 Clarendon Road, LEEDS LS2 9DF
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- This Scandiavian show and tell is to take place tomorrow. (Thanks to
Peter Markusson for passing on the message.)
A short introduction note from their site follows. Full details from
Clean Vehicles and Fuels European Symposium and Exhibition 2005
The symposium and exhibition creates a meeting point and marketplace
where manufacturers and other promoters of clean vehicles and fuels, can
meet decision makers and buyers of green solutions.
If you are looking for clean road transportation you find the
alternatives at Clean Vehicles and Fuels. Or if you already have a
solution you meet the buyers and policy makers here. The symposium,
exhibition and test-driving provide a perfect toolbox for all actors
being determined to further the development towards cleaner vehicles and
· Products and services on the market are displayed and often also
available for tests in practice
· Promising initiatives and projects are presented
· Local, national and international policies and trends are explained
At "Clean Vehicles and Fuels" you are likely to meet:
· Manufacturers of clean vehicles and fuels
· Public and commercial buyers of clean vehicles
· Public and commercial users of clean vehicles and fuels
· Decision makers of green solution and infrastructure
· Companies operating within the fields of environment and climate.
Our experiences from Clean Vehicles and Fuels 2004 were very positive.
The symposium as well as the exhibition was of high quality and the
attention in media was extraordinarily good.
We look forward to seeing you in Stockholm in November, where our prime
focus will be practical experiences of clean vehicles and fuels.
On behalf of the organizers
Chairman of "Clean Vehicles and Fuels"