Archive for February, 2010

Use Your Imagination

A few final points about innovative personal vehicles: – I wouldn’t begin to propose that tiny one- or two-seater electric cars that top out at 40 mph would replace all vehicles. I don’t know why folks jump to that particular conclusion. I began this entire exercise by noting that during commutes, many vehicles are occupied […]

Small Vehicles

Let me just add a few additional thoughts about the potential impact of new, small, innovative vehicles on urban forms. I see Sarah Goodyear has featured my posts on innovative vehicles under the headline “Still Looking For That Magic Highway”, which makes me a little uncomfortable. I’m not a techno-utopian, and I certainly don’t imagine […]

Stuck With Cars (cont.)

Having read some of the responses to my previous post, on the need to provide a more conducive environment for innovation in personal transportation, I feel like I should probably clarify my outlook somewhat. First, a number of people answered by post by saying that we already have things like the the vehicles I imagined […]

Stuck With Cars

As Dave Roberts says in the Prospect piece linked in the post below, cars are incredibly over-engineered given their typical use. Every weekday, tens of millions of Americans get into vehicles that are full of passenger space which won’t be used, with engines capable of horsepower and speeds that won’t be attained, holding fuel tanks […]

VMT Post-script

Dave Roberts has a nice piece up at the Prospect reviewing two books on driving, which includes this passage: Moreover, all USVs [urban small vehicles] will be GPS and Internet-connected. Think of the location–specific services an iPhone offers, from maps and directions to restaurant suggestions to hyper-local news. Now imagine a similar range of apps […]

Storming and Warming

I realize that if the people who think winter snow storms undermine the science of global warming were the sort who could be influenced by things like evidence and data, then they wouldn’t think winter snow storms undermined the science of global warming. And obviously, there have been some nice explanations elsewhere about just why […]

More on VMT

It’s interesting to me that so many people find the idea of a VMT tax to be clearly ridiculous. At present, federal gas tax revenues are insufficient to cover spending on highways (to say nothing of all transportation needs), and spending on transportation is insufficient to cover critical needs (to say nothing of desirable expansions). […]

In Defense of a VMT Tax

Matt writes: I’m a supporter of higher taxes, so if I were a Senator and someone was bringing a vehicle miles traveled tax to the floor I suppose I’d be prepared to support it. But the sporadic bouts of enthusiasm for this idea are really baffling. As public policy, a VMT has no advantages whatsoever […]