Commissioner John Robinson, during a long discussion of the psychology of transit, points out that we can’t just say that transit is available, so congestion will disappear. It’s still a function of planning to work with all the factors, as they have been, to make sure that the urban design reflects not just the transit theoretical case, but the practical, real-world experience, in which commuters have many reasons to use or not use transt.…Read More
Monthly Archives: February 2009
A personal observation from someone who hasn’t attended a lot of these Planning Board meetings: these guys aren’t overwhelmed by data or by presentations. They dig into the data: e.g., “Dan, do these time estimates include my time walking to the subway station and then to my office?”
I suppose you should expect that in a highly-educated place like Montgomery County, but it’s still refreshing to see public servants taking their responsibilities seriously.…Read More
Dan Hardy, explaining relative traffic speeds in PAMR, uses the example of “the tragedy of the commons,” a concept originated by the late Garrett Hardin, a Univ of California professor, who pointed out that if you have a free public good, like sheep grazing on the village commons, people will use more than their fair share, because it is in their interest to do so.…Read More
Dan Hardy’s prediction. WF residents currently take transit in greater numbers than projected in the 92 master plan, so it’s already a success with residents. The need is to get employers to encourage transit use by employees.
So will get better transit use in WF, and transportation appendix plans take that increased transit use into account.…Read More
Live blogging from Montgomery County Planning Board worksession on White Flint transportation needs. You can access live coverage from the Planning Board’s own site; link from regular White Flint planning page: www.whiteflintplanning.org.
Dan Hardy, transportation planner, and Piera Weiss, are discussing the Transportation Appendix with the Board. Hardy notes that White Flint development is likely to be slightly younger and less expensive than nearby Bethesda.…Read More
The Steering Committee will hold its next meeting on February 17, 2009, at 7PM in the Silver Spring Auditorium to discuss the economic analysis appendix to the White Flint Sector Plan.
Barnaby Zall…Read More
The Montgomery County Planning Board is scheduled to hold its next work session on the White Flint Sector Plan on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9:30 AM in the Silver Spring auditorium. The work session will focus on transportation. The White Flint Steering Committee will participate; it’s unclear what the format of that participation will be.…Read More