Friday, August 23, 2019
Here's Why Adding More Stretcars Won't Help Kansas City Transportation Crisis
The world's most accurate encylopdia informs us that Scalability is the property of a system to handle a growing amount of work by adding resources to the system.
Accordingly, a very smart TKC reader offers insight into a problem confronting the toy train amid attempts to build up the system and ignore more dynamic trends in urban core transit. Read more:
Kansas City Streetcar Scalability
The streetcar has added units. The problem is the frequency for decent service requires the line to run most of the time at laughable capacity. They can't scale up or down flexibly, or change routes. To address the ridiculous performance; they simply added units.
Whereas autonomous transportation just cycles in more units, having the ability to scale up or down very fast, and to meet projected demand effectively.
That is mostly conceptual but can be proven with a simulation with 6 passenger vans picking up people along the line, cycling in and out.
Buying more units and thinking of extending the route are now simply bad money chasing bad options. These guys seem oblivious that the game is moving on and tech knows how to deal with this effectively. Navya for example has deployed a great number of units. They partner with Softbank. They are responsive and can scale and reconfigure. Whereas the streetcar guys are stuck on defending a poor decision because there is now a machine of bureaucracy perpetuating the bad decisions. Much like they are perpetuating having KCPL dominate most energy projects around electric vehicles. They are simply not innovative or at state of the art. The Streetcar should now be called the gravy train, and maybe it's time for a real independent audit of who is lapping up the gravy. :)
Google, Apple, Amazon, Tesla will tell you this is completely sloppy, uneconomic, and bad thinking. Oh add Softbank and Cruise Automation to that roster.
The entrenched like to glom things as far as they can take them. How that gets treated by new Mayor Quinton will be interesting. Is he going to listen to the best information from all sides and make fresh evaluations??? Time will tell.
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