Article: Waking Up to Shorter Commutes

[Ok so I’m having a nerdy this-blog-is-also-about-buses moment again. Here in MA we have several interesting ballot proposals. None of them cover transportation, however, which might be too bad given the woes we face. The $200 billion on the table for transportation improvements through ballot measures won’t benefit the MBTA but I’d be happy to…

Article: The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

[I always like a good map, and this article offers several. Concentrating low-income students and minority students in schools has serious repercussions for schooling and learning. As the article points out, students living in poverty have the cards stacked against them and concentrating them in schools together makes it harder for the adults to serve…

Article: An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Path Out of Poverty

[Fascinating re-examination of the infamous Moving to Opportunity study that discouragingly found that giving families vouchers to move into higher-income neighbourhoods did not have the positive impacts hoped for. This reanalysis shows that zip codes matter, even if you move in the midst of growing up. This made me consider school integration policies (which have…

Ten Hours: Students of Rural America?

[This is the second installment in a series I’m calling Ten Hours, about my trip with students to a college in upstate NY. These are a few moments of ten hours we spent on the bus that’ll hopefully give you a sense of the whole 36 hours we spent on the trip and about all the things…

Article: To Save Money on Building Rail, Spend Money on Marketing Buses

[Very related to what I gleaned from Happy City. Thanks, Melia, for drawing my attention to this article! I should note that I find the Silver Line infuriating because it is not a bus-rapid transit line at al (the special paved lane doesn’t seem to do much and the display boards are often inaccurate. Other bus…

Happy Commuting

“Almost all of us will choose a seat in a restaurant with a view of others…We like to look at each other. We enjoy hovering in the zone somewhere between strangers and intimates. We want the opportunity to watch and be watched, even if we have no intention of ever actually making contact with one another.”…