[FoRK] LA Traffic - solution?

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Thu Aug 30 12:24:20 PDT 2012

Or dispense with huge buses, and go for minbus services.

Less people per bus, more buses on the road, more varied routes, and
less wait times

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> LA should have a subway system.  But the problem with subway systems is that
> you have to have quite a few branches and stops to handle a diffuse area and
> they are very expensive to build.  Especially close to shore where there's
> like water table issues, etc.
> LA seems to suffer in a major way from bottlenecks to get from zone to zone,
> neighborhood to neighborhood.  And, because everything is so spread out, you
> often can't easily walk the "last block" on each end.
> Yet, we have some modern conveniences not realized in the past: ZipCar etc.,
> Segways, etc. that have been underused.
> I suggest that LA have dedicated high speed buses to parking / car sharing /
> micro-rental lots, preferably with very rapid park-and-ride.  Use efficient
> valets if necessary (turn gas guzzling into employment), with mobile apps
> for indicating ahead of time that you will be arriving and need your vehicle
> ready.  After proof of concept phase, invest in automated garages, moving
> platform entry/exit, etc.
> Each bus should supply power, Internet, a tablet-level computer with local
> web cache, bathroom, etc.  Carry any number of bikes and also support
> scalable bike storage on each end (some people could just own 2 bikes).
> The rapid buses (zoom bus = zus?, bus busy business = busi?, bus commute
> verb = busted, plane efficiency for ground travel = low flight, grounded
> flight, rapid taxi, taxi-way, surface flight, flit) should get dedicated
> lanes or lights or something and should travel at top speed (65 minimum, use
> technology to make 80+ possible) with plane-like take and landing ramps at
> each end, not slow local streets.  Mix mega buses with standard and mini and
> limo-size down to minivan.  Mix and match to handle volume efficiently with
> a very short average wait until takeoff.
> Then, at each of a small number of rapid bus endpoints, thoroughly support
> diversified competitive vehicle sharing, swapping, rental, etc.  Do this
> with an umbrella of security cameras, electronic tracking, reputation
> system, Lo-Jack, GPS, live video, mobile Internet, etc.  Make it virtually
> impossible to get away with theft, violence, etc.  Self-insure a bit from
> fees, etc.
> Support not only cross shared, rented, and parked vehicles and bicycles, but
> also Segways, inline skates, scooters, etc.  Create very minimal drop-off
> points all over, just concrete pads with lockup, security camera, touch
> panel, hotspot.
> Charge enough to make the system solvent, but be ruthless about optimization
> and charging as little as possible.
> Have affinity buses at certain times (being very careful about potential
> problems): student vs. college kids vs. professionals, concert traffic, etc.
> Use the lack of subways as an advantage.  Drastically reduce highway
> traffic.  Improve range and available time for everyone.
> sdw
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