The name of this website is inspired by the old saying that “getting there is half the fun,” but I think we can all agree that the error margin implied in this maxim is rather large.
Chances are, you’ve been on a few trips where the journey itself was pure joy. A bike ride in beautiful weather on a great facility or a train trip with majestic views out the window certainly have the ability to make the ultimate destination an afterthought. Conversely, we’ve all had congestion-ridden car trips or delay-filled, uncomfortable airplane rides that made getting there into hell-on-wheels (or wings!).
As a transportation engineer, my job description is basically to find ways to push the enjoyment of the journey from the bad end of those big old error bars to the good end. It’s a bit of an epicurean way of looking at things, to be sure, but if we use the term ‘fun’ loosely enough to encompass things like efficiency, environmental frendliness, and cost, I think it’s surprisingly accurate.
This weblog is a collection of my thoughts toward that end. I hope that I can offer some new insights, explanations, and ideas to contribute constructively to the conversation at this exciting time when we are seeing the beginning of the transition to a post-fossil fuel transportation sector.