[FoRK] LA Traffic - solution?

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Aug 30 13:19:05 PDT 2012

Probably...  Bart is pretty good, but again, even in SF, if you're not 
near Bart or Caltrain, you have to plan for some significant travel.  
It's a nice, if challenging city to get around in on a bike.  But I feel 
that I'd likely weigh living and working locations strongly based on 
transportation convenience.  A good, scalable system should cover a 
whole area fairly evenly.

Maximum commute time should be about 30 minutes, with <20 as a target.  
If you are more spread out, then a significant part of the journey 
should be fast enough to meet that.  An hour or more each way should be 
the exception, not something that is common. It's all scale (short and 
long distance travel segments) * traffic pressure * efficiency.  It's 
easy to be efficient if everything is very close together and is more 
grid connected.  It is much more difficult if you have bottlenecked 
routes that connect major zones, have far too much traffic, and have 
various inefficiencies (off ramps too short, slow frequently-stopping 
buses, diffuse destinations).

The ZipCar like idea, and free-ish group endpoint sharing of cars, could 
solve the local segment problem.  Perhaps that's the place to start.  At 
Caltrain's endpoint in SF and the main station or stations in SJ, if you 
could walk off the train and drive/bike/skate/Segway directly to 
work/home and then leave the vehicle on the street to be picked up and 
driven back to the train, it would solve a lot.

Here is a strong need: self-driving Segways.  Take one to your 
destination, then it drives itself to the next pickup coordinated by 
mobile app or back to the train.


On 8/30/12 1:02 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> On 8/30/2012 12:48 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> > In Silicon Valley [... mentions of VTA light rail and Caltrain]
> I wonder if a good geographical definition of Silicon Valley is those 
> parts of the Bay Area without BART?
> http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/BARTmapCurrent.jpg
> So in other words, Santa Clara county and southern San Mateo county?
> - Joe

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