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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Erin McKean, American lexicographer



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/21/2018

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  04:54 PM

The Seattle Times today features an opinion piece that supports a view I personally hold -- namely, that the way to create flexible, high-capacity mass transit is not with trains, but with buses:
Bus Rapid Transit is, or should be, the mode of choice for high-capacity transit in the metropolitan Puget Sound region. It has far more capacity than competing systems, supports "walkable" neighborhoods, and provides 60 mph transit mobility to the entire metro region 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Furthermore, if implemented, it would set the stage for an increase of freeway capacity, up to double current rush hours' through-put — with congestion-free auto mobility guaranteed literally forever, should we decide to pursue that sometime in the future.
Bus-based mass transport: cheaper, faster, higher capacity.

Much to read there, with a link to an expanded version of the discussion.

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