Eric Jaffe, writer for The Atlantic Cities, in his article 4 Hard Truths About Transit examined a panel report created by The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel of the Government of Ontario. The panel report provides six hard truths about transit that are designed to spur informed debate on the subject. …
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“Like a train without tracks”
“Like a bus, but better”
In our time working on the county’s Bus Rapid Transit plan, we’ve used many terms and phrases to describe the new system. But these new concepts can be hard to visualize. It’s time we SHOW you what we’re talking about. …
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Local advocacy group Purple Line Now! is hosting a Transportation Forum with Maryland’s Gubernatorial candidates and it’s open to the public! The event is free but you must register by December 8th to secure your spot. See more below:
Hear from the candidates running for Governor, find out where they stand on Transportation Issues.
Comments Off on Five ways to design for safer streets
Earlier this month, NYC’s Department of Transportation released a major report, “Making Safer Streets” which outlines the various ways the department has re-imagined and redesigned their streets. The results include:
30% decline in fatalities since 2001
29% decline in people killed or severely injured since 2001
1,000 NYC lives have been saved by the decrease in traffic fatalities since 2001—including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers
The overarching aspect of safer streets is “[creating] the opportunity for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to move through the street network simply and easily, minimizing the unexpected, the confusing, and the potential for surprises.” More specifically, here are the five basic principles highlighted in the report:
Make the street easy to use by accommodating desire lines and minimizing the complexity of driving, walking, and biking, thus reducing crash risk by providing a direct, simple way to move through the street network.
Comments Off on County Council Approves Bus Rapid Transit Routes
Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved the 10-route, 81-mile Bus Rapid Transit system we have been working toward. Now that the routes are set, the more detailed work begins on the treatments for them. Public engagement is going to be necessary moving forward, with advisory groups for each route. We’ll keep you posted as things develop but, in the meantime, find more details on Greater Greater Washington!…
Last week BethesdaNow.com, a newsblog featuring local and breaking news, ran an opinion piece questioning aspects of Bus Rapid Transit, particularly along the southern stretch of MD355. I had the opportunity to submit a counterpoint:
Comments Off on Bellevue shows way for White Flint
One of the challenges in transforming White Flint into an urban place is that it largely developed after World War II, when car culture really took hold. Not only are there lots of big, fast roads and strip malls that are hard to navigate without a car, but there are fewer examples of how to redesign it.…
It’s been 5 years since Montgomery County first started talking about a countywide Bus Rapid Transit network, but the County Council could vote on the proposed 81-mile system in two weeks. While the latest round of revisions are good, will councilmembers resist calls from a few residents to cut BRT routes in their neighborhoods?…
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Part of an occasional series looking at how the new White Flint will come together.
The White Flint Sector Plan is made up of lots of “big moves,” like a new Rockville Pike, that will take a long time to complete. But there are also lots of smaller projects that will play a big role in the area’s evolution.…
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First in an occasional series looking at how the new White Flint will come together.
The White Flint Sector Plan calls for a new street grid, which will relieve congestion on Rockville Pike and provide more ways to walk, bike, or drive around White Flint. While many of the new streets will be built by private developers, like at Pike + Rose and North Bethesda Center, Montgomery County and the State of Maryland will be responsible for much of the heavy lifting.…