Alon Levy is creating better public transportation
143

patrons

$769
per month
I give a global perspective about how cities can provide better public services by building better public transportation on my blog, Pedestrian Observations. You have probably heard of me through one of the following topics:

* Comparative subway costs. I have written up systematic comparisons of the cost per kilometer of public transportation, especially urban subways: the US, especially New York, has far higher costs than the rest of the world.

* Best industry practices at all levels, from buses and tramways to subway networks to high-speed trains. I am optimistic about the ability of cities to build good transit, provided they do it right.

* Hyperloop. I was an early critic; for which I was extensively quoted in the media about the subject. Ironically, Hyperloop One wanted to hire me to help make their project better, which didn't happen because of American immigration laws.

* Poor urban governance. I am convinced local government suffers from extensive democratic deficit, and many local revitalization plans are more about building monuments and empowering consultants than about providing good public services.

To keep doing this, I need your support. As I transition to full-time transit writing, I would like to commit to at least one blog post a week, in addition to freelance writing for various outlets, often local magazines where I explain how best industry practices apply to their specific city. At a minimum I want to write a weekly article-length piece of interest to people who care about urbanism or transportation; occasionally, around every month, it would be a longer piece, often with independent reporting.

With independent income, I could also invest more in my blog and make it look more professional: better graphics for posts proposing subway networks, scheduling applets, static reference pages about construction costs and best practices.
Tiers
Diesel bus
$2 or more per month 47 patrons
You will have my gratitude! You will also get to vote in regular polls about what subjects I should write about.
Trolleybus
$5 or more per month 58 patrons
You will get access to some notes - extra examples and explanations cut from my published pieces due to length constraints. (Plus the diesel bus reward.)
Tramway
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
I will list you as a supporter on my sidebar, with a link to your site if you have one, for as long as you pledge. (Plus the bus rewards.)
Rapid transit
$25 or more per month 8 patrons
Once in a while (multiple times a year, less than monthly) I will write a post within the general subject area of my blog about a topic of your choosing. (Plus the surface transit rewards.)
Goals
$769 of $1,200 per month
I will be able to set aside significant time for long-term projects (to be decided by patron polls); if no projects look good, then three blog posts a week plus a Patreon extra on days without a post.
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I give a global perspective about how cities can provide better public services by building better public transportation on my blog, Pedestrian Observations. You have probably heard of me through one of the following topics:

* Comparative subway costs. I have written up systematic comparisons of the cost per kilometer of public transportation, especially urban subways: the US, especially New York, has far higher costs than the rest of the world.

* Best industry practices at all levels, from buses and tramways to subway networks to high-speed trains. I am optimistic about the ability of cities to build good transit, provided they do it right.

* Hyperloop. I was an early critic; for which I was extensively quoted in the media about the subject. Ironically, Hyperloop One wanted to hire me to help make their project better, which didn't happen because of American immigration laws.

* Poor urban governance. I am convinced local government suffers from extensive democratic deficit, and many local revitalization plans are more about building monuments and empowering consultants than about providing good public services.

To keep doing this, I need your support. As I transition to full-time transit writing, I would like to commit to at least one blog post a week, in addition to freelance writing for various outlets, often local magazines where I explain how best industry practices apply to their specific city. At a minimum I want to write a weekly article-length piece of interest to people who care about urbanism or transportation; occasionally, around every month, it would be a longer piece, often with independent reporting.

With independent income, I could also invest more in my blog and make it look more professional: better graphics for posts proposing subway networks, scheduling applets, static reference pages about construction costs and best practices.

Recent posts by Alon Levy

Tiers
Diesel bus
$2 or more per month 47 patrons
You will have my gratitude! You will also get to vote in regular polls about what subjects I should write about.
Trolleybus
$5 or more per month 58 patrons
You will get access to some notes - extra examples and explanations cut from my published pieces due to length constraints. (Plus the diesel bus reward.)
Tramway
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
I will list you as a supporter on my sidebar, with a link to your site if you have one, for as long as you pledge. (Plus the bus rewards.)
Rapid transit
$25 or more per month 8 patrons
Once in a while (multiple times a year, less than monthly) I will write a post within the general subject area of my blog about a topic of your choosing. (Plus the surface transit rewards.)