Comments on: Market failure of the day, Connecticut commuter department http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: traducator daneza http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-53610 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-53610 Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about image1

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By: mattmc http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32536 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 02:39:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32536 A parking garage is about $4M to build. That’s only $1k per person in the queue.

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By: AmadeusX http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32527 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 15:25:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32527 Motorcycle riders have a very high fatality/serious injury rate, because they are involved in car collisions, but lack the protection of a car. So in the absence of separate lanes for bikes/motorcycles, Felix’s proposal will increase the number of bike and motorcycle rush hour commuters, and thus will increase the number of fatal/serious traffic accidents. I wonder how this cost should be factored into the analysis (because it clearly isn’t right now).

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By: dWj http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32346 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:24:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32346 I, too, was particularly impressed by the example in which the market price (of a slightly less convenient spot) is readily visible.

Further, that market price is $5 a day. My years of living in NYC have perhaps given me a different perspective from that of Darienites, but I think if anyone pitched a fit over having their permit price raised to $5 per day, I’d be inclined to mock them. (Where are these people commuting to? If it’s New York, they’re paying more than twice that for the train ride.)

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32336 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:07:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32336 Moopheus, you’re in the city. It’s different when you get off the train in the suburbs. Try taking the commuter rail out to Lowell, for example.

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By: Moopheus http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32332 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:45:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32332 Felix–you forgot that taking the bike with you should be an option. Surely anyone in Fairfield who can afford a $1000 suit can afford a Dahon or Bike Friday. Or even a Brompton! Then you can skip the cab to the office too.

And yes, you can commute all year by bike in New England. I do, every day, no matter what. Admittedly, I only have to go from one end of Cambridge to the other, but still. Rain, snow, I can deal.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32324 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:48:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32324 And it’s dark during both morning and evening commutes, and street lights in the suburbs are widely spaced or nonexistent. You may be able to see, but even with a light and reflective clothing, others are much less likely to see you.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32323 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:46:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32323 I don’t see commuting on a bike/moped in New England for at least 2-3 months in the winter largely for safety reasons. Snow and ice on the streets make it a very dicey proposition. The streets are narrow due to plowed snow, with no room on the sides of the streets. Sidewalks, when cleared at all, are narrow and icy. Cars can’t stop easily. I would hate to ride any two-wheeled vehicle under these conditions.

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By: MaxUtility http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32320 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:27:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32320 @Publius et. al.
The current bike parking is sold out which indicates more demand than supply (FS doesn’t say if there’s a waiting list on them.)

The story states that there is room for some more bike lockers, though not “many”. Why don’t they put some “more” in? Regardless of the feasibility of swapping car spots for bike spots, even a minor parking price increase could fund improvement for bike parking which would encourage more to bike, etc. etc. etc.

The massive benefits of rationalizing parking pricing seems to just barely be beginning to sink into the heads of public agency managers.

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By: ctcommuter http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/25/market-failure-of-the-day-connecticut-commuter-department/comment-page-1/#comment-32317 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:45:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10701#comment-32317 @Chris Maresca

Wow, better you than me. I suppose it is possible to commute via motorcycle in the winter – but you don’t see many people doing it.

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