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Seinfeld, Airport Mobility, and Urban Spaces


I like to peruse the blogs now and again to see what the rest of the world is saying about transportation.  One of my favorites is How We Drive by Tom Vanderbilt, the author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do.  Vanderbilt is not a transportation planner or an engineer, which makes his insights on traffic and transportation all the more accessible and fresh.

Seinfeld's signal of American royalty,

the airport golf cart.


In a fantastic article that ties together Jerry Seinfeld's comedy, New York City's plans for 34th Street, and internal airport mobility, Vanderbilt explains that airports are able to efficeintly move hundreds of thousands of people daily between gates, ticket counters, security points, and baggage claims because they take advantage of mass transit and walking.

If we all were carted around on those glorified golf carts, traffic congestion inside the airport would grind mobility to a halt.  Sound familiar?  Vanderbilt's got a bevy of insightful gems, just like this.  Check out his blog and let us know what you think.


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