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mrnyc Oct 21, 2022 1:43 PM

well … !


https://cdn.urbanohio.com/monthly_20...b80618f24.jpeg

Busy Bee Oct 21, 2022 2:12 PM

Insanity.

mrnyc Nov 3, 2022 8:36 PM

and ummm...yee haa?!


What could possibly go wrong? Startup wants to let you fly personal chopper over NYC with no license and an hour of training

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on November 2, 2022


A Texas startup is hoping to zoom into New York’s aerial tourism business by letting customers fly personal, ultralight helicopter-like craft over city airspace — with no pilot’s license and less than an hour of training.


more:
https://www.amny.com/transit/startup...hour-training/


https://www.amny.com/wp-content/uplo...8db597_mv2.png
A LIFT Aircraft eVTOL in action.
LIFT Aircraft

202_Cyclist Nov 4, 2022 1:29 AM

What a fucking buffoon.

https://www.vice.com/amp/en/article/...ee-parking-lot

Busy Bee Nov 4, 2022 1:34 AM

^ I honestly can't even muster up enough energy to say something quippy.

202_Cyclist Nov 7, 2022 2:41 PM

And another of these snake oil proposals sputters out.

Richard Branson to sell Virgin’s stake in Hyperloop project

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business...rloop-project/

ssiguy Nov 7, 2022 7:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Swede (Post 9729231)
I see someone's trying to get Canadian politicians interested in a boondoggle instead of just going for that actually working technology that is HSR?

I'm no engineer so I won't comment on the actual viability of the technology.
If, however, we assume the technology is sound............$18 billion to connect 2 cities of 2 million each and only 300 km long? That's bizarre and wouldn't get a nickel from Ottawa until HSR is built in the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor.

mhays Nov 7, 2022 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9780762)
and ummm...yee haa?!


What could possibly go wrong? Startup wants to let you fly personal chopper over NYC with no license and an hour of training

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on November 2, 2022


A Texas startup is hoping to zoom into New York’s aerial tourism business by letting customers fly personal, ultralight helicopter-like craft over city airspace — with no pilot’s license and less than an hour of training.


more:
https://www.amny.com/transit/startup...hour-training/


https://www.amny.com/wp-content/uplo...8db597_mv2.png
A LIFT Aircraft eVTOL in action.
LIFT Aircraft

This is pretty asinine. But don't worry, insurance difficulties will probably kill it even if a regulatory window isn't closed in time (I imagine it will close).

But hey, don't worry, because as long as stuff doesn't break people won't die! And training isn't that important because it'll switch into remote-control mode based on criteria similar to a past oopsie or two!

Alpha Nov 9, 2022 6:59 PM

Ostrich Lake Ferry - a ship with overhead line
 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...hre_Steffi.jpg
Ostrich Lake Ferry (German: Strausseefähre) in Strausberg, Brandenburg, Germany (source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...hre_Steffi.jpg ). She is propelled electrically whereby the electricity comes to the boat in form of DC with a voltage of 170 volts by an overhead line, which has with a span width of 370 metres the longest span of all overhead lines used for the power supply of vehicles.

SpongeG Nov 16, 2022 7:30 AM

Video Link

mrnyc Nov 24, 2022 3:42 PM

major decarscalation!

the mayor explores getting rid of cars around grand army plaza in brooklyn:


City considering car-free redesign for Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn: report

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on November 13, 2022


more:
https://www.amny.com/new-york/brookl...nd-army-plaza/

Busy Bee Nov 28, 2022 7:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9798619)
major decarscalation!

the mayor explores getting rid of cars around grand army plaza in brooklyn:


City considering car-free redesign for Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn: report

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on November 13, 2022


more:
https://www.amny.com/new-york/brookl...nd-army-plaza/


It's encouraging to see that they are finally getting serious about this. That said I really don't understand how they think they are going to accomplish this as the IRT & BMT subway tunnels would likely make it impossible to put the sections of Eastern Pkwy, Flatbush or Vandy that run through the plaza oval in a short tunnel. And if you can't do that, if you can't physically grade separate the heavy traffic arterialss that funnel through the plaza, how are you going to accomplish pedestrianization? And shifting those streets to the outside perimeter accomplishes nothing in regards to pedestrian safety or experience and woukd make residents heads explode.

M II A II R II K Dec 2, 2022 2:38 PM

Forget tolls. Here’s how Toronto can turn the Gardiner and DVP into much-needed money-spinners

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star...-spinners.html

Quote:

.....

- Toronto could use its photo radar cameras to generate enough cash from speeders to replace the millions in lost development charges.

.....

SpongeG Dec 8, 2022 1:37 AM

Video Link

202_Cyclist Dec 12, 2022 4:03 PM

Some people just can't help themselves. How many times do they need to be scammed?

Kentucky may be next to get an Elon Musk Boring Company tunnel
https://www.teslarati.com/kentucky-elon-musk-tunnel/

Busy Bee Dec 12, 2022 6:33 PM

No coincidence he's now the darling of the conservative know-nothings.

UrbanImpact Dec 30, 2022 3:24 PM

https://apnews.com/article/omaha-war...04a22652199977

Warren Buffett jumps into local politics to fight streetcar


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett broke with his practice of staying out of local politics to urge his hometown of Omaha to abandon its planned streetcar project because he says it’s too expensive and not as flexible as buses.

Buffett wrote a letter to the editor of the Omaha World-Herald and met with the mayor this week to lobby against the $306 million project and urge the city to let residents vote on it.

But city officials are moving forward with the streetcar because they believe it will spur development, including Mutual of Omaha’s planned $600 million headquarters tower downtown.

Buffett said in his letter that he decided to make an exception to his policy of staying out of local issues even though “it can be off-putting to many to have a wealthy 92-year-old tell them what is good for their future.” He said he wanted to weigh in on the streetcar because it’s “going to be hugely expensive if implemented.”

Swede Dec 30, 2022 3:51 PM

"not as flexible as buses" means the same thing it always has: "won't let me double park everywhere with impunity".

Not a single thing he says on transit is to be taken as anything other than BS.

Busy Bee Dec 30, 2022 3:54 PM

The headline is so comical the joke just writes itself. At least he's self aware with the quote at the bottom.

Busy Bee Jan 1, 2023 3:53 AM

Free Transit?
 
Cities are experimenting with free buses. So far, so good.

Those who complain that the price tag is too high aren’t looking at the costs of keeping things as they are.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinio...nsit-rcna63670


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