The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal

Informed but opinionated commentary and analysis on urban transportation topics from the Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal. Names have been omitted to protect the guilty.

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Monday, August 16, 2004


Home of So Few Transit Links Than You can Possibly Check(tm), Unless you have no life other than websurfing

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. Einstein

IMPORTANT NOTE: FOC's ("Friends of the Cabal") (you know, like "FOB's"--"Friends of Bill" [Clinton]) have now all been promoted to "Adjuct Scholars" of The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal. You know, like Wendell Cox, Randal O'Toole, et al are "Adjunct Scholars" (sic) to the Reason Foundation, the Buckeye Institute, the Cascade Policy Institute, and 500+ other conservative/libertarian "Think (sic) Tanks". Congratulations, Dudes!

From the Cabalmaster:

Intrepid Websurfers may be familiar with the “Earthlights” webpage ( that shows a composite of NASA satellite photos of Planet Earth at night.

(NOTE: Large file; “may take up to five minutes to load” – but probably won’t unless you have a really slow connection.)

Remarkably, the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway stands out all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok – and so do other major rail routes in Russia. Helps to have a map if you’re not familiar with Russian geography.

It also helps to know that the previous lifeline of Russian civilization in Siberia was the “Great Siberian Post Road.” The “Great Siberian Railway” was built parallel to this road. To this day, there is no paved road connecting European Russia with the Pacific coast.

It is also possible to distinguish major rail corridors in Japan, notably the Shinkansen route from Tokyo westward to Fukuoka.

(And, if you check out this page, note the stark contrast between South and North Korea.)

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