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

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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Imagine your commute…better.

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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.…

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Planning Board votes for alterations to Montrose Parkway

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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.…

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CONTEST WINNER: What’s Your Most Memorable MoCo Transit Experience?

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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.  …

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Vogons Come to MoCo

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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.

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Driving down, is transit next?

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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.…

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CONTEST: What’s your most memorable MoCo transit experience?

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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.…

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Rent Your Car With RelayRides

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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.…

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