Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Category Archives: Transit

Get Engaged to Improve Traffic

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Our region is notorious for its traffic.  And, White Flint will only reach its potential with the right supporting infrastructure.   We know there must be a solution and, for that, we agree with the White Flint Sector Plan.  Transit is key!

This Thursday, May 16th, the Montgomery County Planning Board is holding a public hearing on the proposal for Bus Rapid Transit.  …

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Many questions about MoCo BRT, but the answer is yes

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There are many questions surrounding Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal, but there’s just one the Planning Board will consider next Thursday: whether we should set aside room on our main streets for public transit. The answer is decidedly yes.

It’s been 5 years since Councilmember Marc Elrich first proposed a countywide network of rapid bus routes.…

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Foxx knows transportation means business

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In case you missed it, President Obama announced on Monday that he is nominating Charlotte mayor Anthony R. Foxx as the next transportation secretary. While he doesn’t have a background in transportation, Foxx has encouraged transit in Charlotte through measures such as the Charlotte Streetcar Project and expanding the LYNX Blue Line light rail.…

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MetroMinuto: A guide to where you can walk in minutes

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Pontevedra, a city in northwest Spain, had a problem. As the capital of its province, county and municipality, Pontevedra was attracting a ton of automobile traffic. The solution? Eduardo Ares explains on the Polis blog that instead of constructing wider roads, “They widened sidewalks, established a free bike-lending service, installed speed bumps and set a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour throughout the city,” adding that in some sections of the city any form of motor transport is prohibited.…

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Homes near transit less affected by housing crash

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Research has shown that homes in more walkable communities have weathered the current recession better than auto-oriented suburbs, and the same may be true for homes near transit as well. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) recently conducted a study (commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors) on how proximity to transit affected the value of homes during the recent recession.…

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More funding for transit in Maryland

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The Maryland Senate passed the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013/gas tax last Friday. While we will pay more at the pump, this money will help support much needed transit projects around our area, such as the Purple Line.

Interestingly, the Atlantic Cities reported a few weeks ago that transit ridership decreased in many places where funding measures for transit failed to pass.…

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How Many Cars Need to Leave the Road before We Feel Relief?

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We are all tired of sitting in our region’s notorious traffic. We know there must be a solution and, for that, we agree with the White Flint Sector Plan.  Transit is key!

With the option of reliable transit, more of us will choose to get out of our cars for a variety of our trips.…

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Transit keeps our neighbors moving

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Earlier this week, we said we need to start prioritizing transit more, or continue to be stuck in traffic. We wrote that people across the country are driving less, and that study after study reveals building more roads isn’t the answer to congestion. And now, we have data that shows our neighbors in Arlington are getting the big picture about transit, and reaping the benefits.…

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Things to consider when you’re stuck in your car

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We’ve posted before about how per capita vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) in the United States has been decreasing (here is another article that also explains this trend with some excellent visuals, one of which is posted below).

 

US VMT projections

Source: http://tcsidewalks.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-does-peak-vmt-mean-for-twin-cities.html

Nevertheless, despite these trends that say people are driving less, we’re still fighting for quality transit in White Flint (and the rest of the county).…

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Give transit priority, or everyone sits in traffic

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Bus Rapid Transit systems use a variety of features to provide a faster ride, the most important of which is dedicated lanes. But as Montgomery County plans its own BRT network, they could be the first thing to go.

Last week, the Montgomery County Planning Board began discussing the Planning Department’s draft proposal for a 10-line, 79-mile countywide BRT network.…

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