Today’s Headlines

  • APTA Boss Michael Melaniphy Resigns (Railway Age)
  • San Diego Divided Over Sales Tax for Transpo (LA Times)
  • Just-Launched Kansas City Streetcar Sparks Development (KMBC)
  • Largest Bike-Share Operator in U.S. Now Making Bikes in Detroit (Fast Co.Exist)
  • Delaware Bill Focuses on Transit-Friendly Communities (AP)
  • Tacoma Light Rail Rides Will Be Free Until 2022 Extension (Progressive Railroading)
  • Miami Herald: It’s High Time to Legalize Uber, Lyft
  • How Moving Can Break Your Car Commuting Habits (CityLab)
  • Amtrak Looks to Clear Choke Points in Maryland (Baltimore Sun)
  • Kevin Love

    The CityLab article is an excellent example of the principle of “correlation does not equal causation.”

    The article shows that people in the UK who moved recently have lower rates of car use than people who moved longer ago in time. Therefore “Moving can break your car commuting habits.”

    Please note that this is UK data. And the trend in the last few years is to move to London, which is booming. It costs more to pay for car parking in London than to buy the car itself… OK, I exaggerate a bit, but not much. Car parking, the congestion charge and the fact that the streets were definitely not made for cars all strongly discourage car use in London.

    To sum up, people in the UK who moved years in the past tended to move to places that were not London. People who moved more recently tended to move to London.

    That is why more recent movers have a lower car usage rate.