John Froelich and the Gas Powered Tractor

November is an important month for transportation history as it is the month in 1849 that the inventor of the gasoline powered farm tractor, John Froelich was born in Girard, Iowa.   Froelich’s invention was perfected by the Waterloo Tractor company and ultimately became the John Deere tractor that we are familiar with today.  Mr. Froelich…

T2M Call for Papers

The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) invites proposals for panels and papers to be presented at our 14th Annual Conference to be held in Mexico City, October 27th-30th, 2016. This conference offers a unique opportunity to learn about transportation history from scholars coming from a wide range of disciplines…

Transportation: The latest culture war victim

The Washington Post provides a journalistic service in evaluating the growing divisive nature of discussions regarding transportation spending. The bottom line remains that without transportation expenditures for projects to serve Americans burgeoning population and a means to pay for them beyond selling the public commons people will spend more time in traffic and away from…

A History of Fuel Economy

This recent report by University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle does a timely evaluation of fuel economy by examining historical data for all vehicles on US roads from 1923 to 2013. The report draws upon available travel and fuel use data by vehicle type and class to draw its conclusions. The…

Redeveloping New York

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, an urban historian and associate professor of social sciences at the New York Institute of Technology, has authored a book exploring the development of JFK Airport and its long-term impact on the people and economy of the New York Metropolitan region. “The Metropolitan Airport: JFK International and Modern New York“ considers the leading…

The Hard Math of Suburban Carpooling

Uber Pool and other startups like Bridj and Leap talk about using technology to match carpoolers who want to avoid the hassle of congestion, but the Atlantic’s Eric Jaffe reports on smart mobility consultant Steve Raney of Cities21‘s recent thought experiment: “Suburban Ridematch Needle in the Haystack Problem.” Raney’s assumptions and conclusions: You have 10,000 people working in downtown Palo Alto. A…