In memoriam – William T. Coleman

Notes on the Death of a great Secretary and a great American, William T. Coleman by Alan Pisarski   This weekend many of us in the Committee were expecting a pleasant occasion in which to note the 50th anniversary of the US DOT.  Sadly, we learned that morning of the death of William T. Coleman…

The 1987 Highway Bill Veto

The Eno Transportation Library has posted a brief narrative of the 1987 highway bill veto fight along with 321 pages of original documents detailing the behind-the-scenes debates and compromises, taken from the Reagan Library and the Center for Legislative Archives. ~Thanks to Jeff Davis for this post

Editorial: Roundabouts of a Figurative Kind

“Roundabouts of a figurative kind“: In this editorial to a new issue of Transport Reviews, Susan Handy discusses how the transportation planning profession has — and hasn’t — revised its thinking over time on topics like congestion, induced demand, and “accessibility” (as opposed to “mobility”). The article begins: “Back in 1999, I hired a student…

Blackhawn Auto Museum

Check out the Blackhawn Automotive Museum, in Danville, California. From the website: “The Blackhawk Museums has hosted a collection of International Automotive Treasures for over 25 years, showcasing the world’s greatest manufacturers and coachbuilders, demonstrating that the automobile is not only a game changer in terms of world mobility, but a work of art to…

Economics of Airline Class

This is a video that nicely interweaves the economics and history of airline fare classes. Theoretical underpinnings for some of the economics can be found in a well known article by the late Michael E. Levine, “Price Discrimination Without Market Power.” ~Thanks to David Ballard for this post

New Book: Sir Peter Hall, Pioneer of Planning

Check out “Sir Peter Hall: Pioneer in Regional Planning, Transport and Urban Geography,” edited by Richard D. Knowles and Celine Rozenblat (Springer, 2016) A review by Ben Derudder (Regional Studies, Vol. 51, no. 3, 2017) explains the key ways that this book touches on transportation history. Derudder points out that “some recurring themes (e.g., the…

America’s First Bike Lane

As a kid in the mid-1970s I lived in Davis, California. This history of activism, collaboration, and innovation escaped me at the time. I was just glad, as a junior high school student, to be able to bike from home in a subdivision west of downtown Davis along a separated bike path into the center…