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For Immediate Release, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009Source: Action Committee for Transit
ACT Slams Montgomery County DOT’s Anti-Transit Policies
The Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation has become systematically hostile to transit riders and pedestrians, charges a front-page article in the January 2010 issue of the Action Committee for Transit’s quarterly newsletter, Transit Times. … Read More
Comments Off on Wonderful OPED on the flaws in the AGP (and the continued love affair with LOS D)
Last week an OPED ran in the Gazette that is a wonderful summary of the inherent flaws in the AGP, namely that it solves the symptom not the disease, and that it is an automobile-centric approach that works to the detriment of walkability and transit usage.
Curing the transportation disease
Is a hair of the dog the way to cure a drunk?… Read More
Comments Off on Redeveloping Parking Lots as a Pedestrian Safety Initiative?
Add pedestrian safety to the long list of reasons why it’s time for Montgomery County to redevelop its surface parking lots. According to data released Thursday, 22% of pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots!
See article below:
Greg Trimmer… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint is now….Award Winning!
The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association announced their 2009 winners, and White Flint was named the Outstanding large-scale Plan for 2009!
Planners,Below is a list of the award winners and honorable mentions for the 2009 Maryland Chapter Awards.
However, before you see the winners, a few remarks….
My original plan was to call all of the award winners and honorable mentions personally prior to sending this email and congratulate them for their efforts. … Read More
Comments Off on Support for Narrower Streets Grows
The post World War II United States has seen the width of its streets, both through the addition of lanes and increased lane widths, and the size of turning radii grow dramatically. Though intended to increase safety, this auto-centric code had the opposite effect – allowing automobiles to drive very fast, particularly around turns where pedestrian and bicycle conflicts are common. … Read More
Comments Off on Further Evidence that Excess Parking Creates Traffic
In the Thursday, October 8th Washington Post, Paul Schwartzman, in his article “At NW Mall, So Many Spaces, So Little Need” highlights that parking regulations in many places are antiquated, requiring parking at suburban levels despite the preponderance of walking and transit. Downtown, the District is losing $100,000 a month on a parking garage they built for Target because “many shoppers walk” or “arrive by bus or Metro.” In fact, Metro usage at the station adjacent to the development jumped 25%. … Read More
Comments Off on Interesting Study on the Energy Benefits of Urban Infill
[posted by Greg Trimmer]… Read More
Comments Off on Interesting ULI commentary on recent smart growth developments
Transit’s Up, Driving’s Down: Have We Reached the Tipping Point? by Robert Dunphy(This is an excerpt from commentary on ULI’s blog, The Ground Floor.) Read More
Transit use is up, and driving is down—have we reached a tipping point where Americans finally renounce their love affair with the car and adopt more sustainable transportation?…