Monday, June 16, 2008

Capacity...I need more Capacity.

Tonight I attended Caltrain's Open Comment section on the new bike plan and it was a contentious evening as bicyclists pleaded for more bicycle capacity on trains, and Caltrain trying to find ways for bicyclists to leave their bikes at the station. I don't envy planners who have to figure out how to handle the increased capacity required as more people move to mass transit to handle the high price of gas. If you are interested in the new bike plan, be sure to check it out here.

And it is only going to get worse, as the remote exurb model predicated, no make that demanding, cheap oil to make sense goes out of fashion, and urban living become more and more cost prohibitive. Living next to rail lines and mass tranist becomes increasingly popular or so observes an article from the Wall Street Journal. And many of these people are buying these places and losing a bit of mobility (housing mobility that is) our mass transit systems are going to have to figure out how grow the systems without big jumps in funding. Even with the increased fare load, mass transit receipts still only pays half way.

One solution, the universal 9 to 5 is going to go away, flex hours are going to be the norm. We not only have to deal with peak oil, we've got to deal with peak time. Dang my brain hurts, time to go to bed.


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