GOOD Magazine on Transportation

I was waiting in the check out line at Whole Foods when I looked down on the magazine rack and noticed GOOD Magazine featuring a transportation issue.  I knew the moment I laid my eyes on the magazine, it had to be purchased. If you’re not familiar with GOOD Magazine, click here.

I did read most of the magazine during one of my commutes.  The Transportation issue was an interesting read but by no means expressing ground-breaking stories or reporting on the issues of transportation. Yes, there were brief articles and snippets of information that pointed out things I did not know previously. The articles are brief and as a result the information provided are a bit skewed to justify the author’s agenda.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing unless you’re expecting fair reporting, which I don’t think GOOD is about. 

The subjects that were covered in the magazine were mainly about how individuals are currently getting around and the direction of transportation in the near and far future. The idea of transportation is analyzed and questioned; with some solutions that sounded interesting and may happen in our life time.

For instance, the first article is an interview with a man who is an external advisor to the Department of Transportation, Mr. Joseph M. Sussman. He discussed that we have an opportunity (with the stimulus bill) to improve and develop a high speed rail system like the ones used in Asia and Europe. I’ve traveled on Europe’s rail system and it’s a great way to get around to neighboring countries without having to go through security checks and paying additional for connecting flights. Traveling by rail in Europe is also more comfortable, lots of leg room!  And the seats aren’t even cramped in coach class compared with coach on a plane!  

Another article that I found interesting was an infogram showing the annual ridership of US and foreign systems.  NYC tops the charts for domestic ridership 1.5 billion annual riders; and the time the magazine was printed, Chicago was paying $2.25 for a single fare and they only have 190.3 million riders annually.  Tokoyo tops the chart with foreign system with a single fare of $1.79! Paris and Mexico CIty tie with 1.4 billion riders.  Single fare in Mexico City is $.014 and in Paris, a single fare is $2.08.  

There was also an inspiring article about 5 individual who crossed country by foot!  One of them is who made this long journey when she was 89-90 years old!! That is just amazing.  I’ve always wanted to make a cross country trip by car. And after having read these people’s brief and yet inspiring stories, I’d like to take my walk across this country!

And then I read an article that had some interesting ideas and tips.  The title of the articles is; “How to: Double your car’s fuel economy without spending the money” by Zach Frechette. Basically, the article gives you tips and recommendations of how you can squeeze every last mile from your gas tank. This is called, hypermiling. Apparently, a man by the name of Wayne Gerdes once made a trip from Chicago to New York on a single tank of gas in a Prius. Although there were some interesting tips, I was wondering how long did it take Mr. Gerdes to get from Chicago to NYC driving at a rate that he was and only used a single tank of gas. Hmmm…

Other interesting articles included individuals who were pro electric cars, people’s experience with car pooling, and a guide to alternative -fuel cars and an interview about “buying the best bike for you”.

In general, I did enjoy reading most of the articles.  They were fun and some were informative.  The magazine cost $5.99 US which is pretty steep for what it is. But it was a purchase that was made as a blogger of The Daily Commuter.  I wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t have this blog.  But if you’re curious about the issue, I guess you can always stand around the magazine section of Barnes & Noble or Borders.


~ by thedailycommuter on Monday, May 4, 2009.

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