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I have gotten the impression that "electronically chauffeured vehicles" will have the biggest impact on limited-access highways. First and foremost, backup control systems will have a positive effect on road safety, continuing a decades-long trend of decreasing rates of traffic fatalities. Fewer accidents means fewer SigAlerts means fewer red spots on Google Maps. Even with no traffic, there are plenty of insane commutes here in Southern California. People can have 50-60 mile commutes if they're really that masochistic. I don't think driverless cars will have a perceptible effect on people's desire for shorter commutes, which usually ultimately means transit. Driverless cars seem like they would be most competitive short-ish long-haul drives like Los Angeles to Bakersfield, which is to say they would be competing with regional rail, not urban mass transit. And given how long we are going to have to wait for the California High Speed Rail, I don't think stop-gap innovation at the scale is a bad thing.
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Re: the above, branding a frequent network map with a specific headway (i.e. 15 minutes) can make the determination much less subjective and more useful to travelers because it doesn't imply a specific context. I.e. an intercity train every two hours is much more frequent than a daily flight to Shanghai, but it wouldn't be "frequent" from the perspective of someone going to the grocery store.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2012 on toronto: a frequent network map at Human Transit
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Regarding other transit agencies' Frequent Network maps, I know here in Los Angeles, Metro has for quite some time had a "15 Minute Map", showing bus routes with a headway of 15 minutes or less during the day. http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/maps/images/15_min_map.pdf Additionally, the map shows subway, light rail and BRT routes with thicker lines, and express bus lines with darker colors, so you can easily get a sense of which routes are the fastest. You've probably seen this before, but regardless I think it's an exemplary implementation of the principles you're talking about. In particular it really shows off how comprehensive LA's bus network is.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2012 on toronto: a frequent network map at Human Transit
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