Monday, December 2, 2013

Entry

Cool maps to re-orient us: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2013/12/02/circular_city_maps_archie_archambault_designs_minimalist_city_maps_printed.html 

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Catherine Shieh
University of Southern California '14
Dornsife College I Political Science B.A.
Sol Price School of Public Policy | Urban Planning Minor
USC College Democrats I President Emeritus
College Democrats of America | AAPI Caucus Chair

Monday, November 11, 2013

Article on Blog

Interesting Oregon perspective: http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21588097-oregon-wants-tax-motorists-miles-driven-not-petrol-burned-will-it-work-roads-less

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Catherine Shieh
University of Southern California '14
Dornsife College I Political Science B.A.
Sol Price School of Public Policy | Urban Planning Minor
College Democrats of America | AAPI Caucus Chair

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blog Post

Question: Did the frequency of initiatives/ballot measures for transportation funding increase (or change) after Proposition 13?

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Catherine Shieh
University of Southern California '14
Dornsife College I Political Science B.A.
Sol Price School of Public Policy | Urban Planning Minor
College Democrats of America | AAPI Caucus Chair

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog Post


also one of my favorite local urban planning sites: http://adashofdesign.wordpress.com/

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Catherine Shieh
University of Southern California '14
Dornsife College I Political Science B.A.
Sol Price School of Public Policy | Urban Planning Minor
College Democrats of America | AAPI Caucus Chair

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eminent Domain and the California High Speed Rail Project

http://news.yahoo.com/begins-calif-bullet-train-locals-angry-140856521.html

Kyle Doss

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Kyle Tyari Doss
Undergraduate
English Literature 

University of Southern California

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A great resource is Metro's Library...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lagos to launch cable car transport system

Lagos to Launch Cable Car Transport System 

The Lagos metropolis may soon have a new transport mode with the striking of an agreement between the Lagos State government and a private firm to introduce cable cars to the city.

That will make the Nigerian commercial capital the first city in Africa to use cable cars as part of its mass transit system.

The continuous traffic logjam on Lagos roads is forcing the state government to devise various ways to tackle transportation challenges in the state.

Road expansion has become a difficult task in the overcrowded city as more homes have to pulled down for the purpose.

Dapo Olumide, the managing director of Ropesway Transport Limited, the franchise owners of the system, says the company is set to launch the cable cars in June 2013 but the commencement of commercial operations is planned for 2015 after all the supportive infrastructure has been put in place.

Ropesway will begin by constructing towers, stations and connecting network of cables along various routes. The first phase of the project will involve routes connecting Ijora-Iddo, Iddo-Adeniji, Apapa-Oluwole, Oluwole-Adeniji-Obalende, Falomo-Obalende and Victoria-Obalende areas of Lagos and subsequently expand to other parts of the metropolis as the business grows.

Affordability

Some Lagos residents worry at the practicability of using cable cars as alternative means of transportation. "Have the operators considered the danger of thunderstorms on cable cars? It could be disastrous for real-time urban transportation," wonders Segun Olusakin, a city resident.

More critically, Lagos is notorious for its frequent power blackouts which will badly affect the cable car system.

However, Mr Olumide argues that they will rely on Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for power supply which will guarantee all-round, non-stop and efficient operations.

The power sources presumably will be obtained from gas supplies supported by two inverter backups and a 1.5-megawatt diesel-powered source.

The capacity of the cable car is projected to lift about 250,000 passengers while a break-even point is put at 200,000 passengers. That number of passengers (250,000) is a lot in a city were transportation is a huge challenge and many hours are lost in traffic, making most workers in the state unproductive.

Understandably, the state government has thrown its weight behind the cable car project given the transportation headaches in the city.
But how soon, safe, efficient and affordable the system will be is the question.

"What we want to do in Lagos is to complement existing transportation infrastructure and not to compete [with other modes of transport]," says Mr Olumide.

He reckons the system will be affordable at between N200 and N300 with the operating hours falling between 5am and 10pm. 



Obiageli (Oby) Owu

J.D. Candidate, Howard University School of Law '15
B.S., University of Southern California '11