The Washington area has (repeatedly) been ranked number one in traffic congestion. A report from Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute shares some pretty depressing numbers to illustrate just how bad our traffic is. According to the study, those of us in the DC region waste 67 hours a year in traffic delays.…Read More
Category Archives: Transit
After 40 years of planning, an extension of Montrose Parkway through White Flint could soon become a reality. County and state transportation officials say the highway is needed to move cars, but residents and county planners say it contradicts their goal of making White Flint an urban center.
Yesterday, the Montgomery County Planning Board recommended that the State Highway Administration and Montgomery County Department of Transportation change their plan to build a $119 million, 1.62-mile extension of Montrose Parkway from Rockville Pike to Veirs Mill Road.…Read More
A couple of weeks ago, we offered a $52 gift card to Seasons 52 for the most memorable transit story. We received some fascinating entries that range from the icky to the bizarre to the frustrating to the inspiring. And, that sounds about right for the standard transit experience in these parts. …Read More
With apologies to the late author Douglas Adams, whose birthday was celebrated by Google this week.
Meetings of the White Flint Implementation Committee are usually snoozers. The acrid smell of chlorine wafts through the air at the Shriver Aquatic Center as engineers and designers struggle to explain incomprehensible slides.
But not tonight.…Read More
According to recently released data from the Federal Highway Administration, per capita vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) in the United States is down for the eighth year in a row, dropping by 0.4 percent in 2012. Eric Sundquist from The State Smart Transportation Initiative explains, “per capita VMT peaked in 2004 and has declined each year since then for a total decline of 7.5 percent.…Read More
Every day, people in White Flint and across the DC area travel to work, school, or other activities. A select few are what a recent Washington Post article calls “mega-commuters,” who travel more than hour to work each day, whether by car, transit, or another mode.
There aren’t many of these in White Flint: according to these awesome maps generated from Census data, more than 90 percent of commuters in the 20852 zip code travel less than 30 minutes each way to work.…Read More
We’re all about walkability and promoting transit use, but we also know that there are some times when you just need a car. However, you can help White Flint become more sustainable and build our community by renting your car to (or from) your neighbors using RelayRides.
RelayRides connects car owners with local people who need (or want) access to a private vehicle for a short amount of time.…Read More
Improving Maryland’s transportation network isn’t just about being “green,” or even moving people and goods. It’s about supporting our regional economy, and a small increase in the gas tax can go a long way.
Earlier this week, University of Maryland Diamondback columnist Andrew Do argued that increasing Maryland’s gas tax would be a “burden” and a “punishment” on drivers.…Read More
The Coalition for Smarter Growth has released the following regarding Rapid Transit in Montgomery County:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21st, 2013
Contacts: Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth, (703) 599-6437
Montgomery Planners Propose 78-Mile Rapid Transit system
Today, Montgomery County planning staff present to the Planning Board a 78-mile version of the proposed Rapid Transit System, based on several months of data-driven modeling and analysis. …Read More
A new study from the Journal of Planning and Education Research suggests that typical suburban neighborhood features may be related to an increased risk of serious injury or death for older adults (75 years or more in this case), both drivers and pedestrians. The abstract states “intersections, strip commercial establishments, big box stores, and arterial thoroughfares were associated with increases in crashes involving older motorists, while big box stores and arterials increased crashes for older pedestrians.”
However, the authors point out that this is not simply due to declines in driving ability associated with age, such as decreased visual acuity and slower reactions times.…Read More