Planning and the people element…a lot of transportation planning comes down to economic decisions, things like congestion pricing, supply and demand, etc., but absent from the financing and economics is the people quotient. Why do people make the choices they do? In “Why Public Transportation is Good for Kids,” Grist writer Carla Saulter explores the lessons inherent in public transit. I think Sauter is on to something here, her choice isn’t an easy one to make, it certainly is a more difficult alternative, but it has unknown benefits. Not only is she doing something good for the environment and her household economy, but she is, of course, also introducing her children to a mode of transit that instills essential life skills, particularly those that behoove the urban traveler. Cool, right?