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What We’re Following
Turkey trot: It seems to come earlier each year. No, I’m not talking about the Christmas music that’s piped into the mall. I’m talking about the pilgrimage to the Thanksgiving table. More people are expected to travel this year than in any of the past 13 years, according to AAA. It looks like peak Thanksgiving traffic is coming earlier, too: An estimated 48.5 million people will travel by car, and Tuesday is increasingly becoming the worst day for Turkey Day traffic in many American cities. Meanwhile, only 1.48 million people will travel by train, bus, or boat.
The roadside assistance organization also finds that more people (about 4.27 million total) are flying this year, citing increased disposable income for travelers. While Wednesday is still the biggest flight day of the holiday week, it’s actually bit of a myth that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest flight day of the year. That honor belongs to summertime, somewhere around July 14 or August 7, depending on the year. Either way, you better get going. Here are some tips to help you out: Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic, With Science
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Next Stop: A Better Bus Network
Brooklyn’s bus system is careening into crisis: Ridership has declined by 20 percent over the last decade and one in four buses arrives off schedule. Still, the network is worth rebuilding. The buses serve nearly 190 million rides per year, and it’s a cheap way to take advantage of the already high-quality road networks in the city.
Redesigning a bus network to harness the power of the bus with priority and frequency is typically the domain of transit planners and consultants, but Eric Goldwyn and Alon Levy of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management have offered up a new map for Brooklyn, gratis! Read their perspective and see their interactive map: A Fantasy Map for Brooklyn’s Bus Network that’s Grounded in Reality
What We’re Reading
What can Washington do to fix the geography of opportunity? (Politico Magazine)
Do rents really go down in the winter? (Curbed)
Airports cracked Uber and Lyft—time for cities to take note (Wired)
Inside an Amazon warehouse on Black Friday (Vox)