Category Archives: Transit
Comments Off on Missing Link in Pedestrian Deaths
Today’s Washington Post has a very good article by Ashley Halsey III on “Few Common Themes in Pedestrian Deaths.” The article reports on similarities between recent fatal pedestrian accidents throughout the D.C. area.
(Near the site of Sunday’s fatal accident on Rockville Pike)
Although overall highway fatalities are substantially down over the last 50 years, the result of better automobile engineering, the levels of pedestrian deaths from car impacts “has inched down stubbornly.” You just can’t engineer stronger people.… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint Rising – – Finally
One of the most frequent questions we got in our hundreds of residents’ meetings over the last four years was “When will we see something built?” In fact, in some of our residential communities with a more mature demographic, the question was “will we live to see it?”
We always had to say, “at least a few years.” Well, a few years have passed, and the Coalition for Smarter Growth, www.smartergrowth.net, held a very successful walking tour yesterday to view what’s going on.… Read More
Comments Off on Um . . . What?
Regular readers will remember that I’m no great fan of County Executive Ike Leggett’s views on White Flint. He and I have had direct conversations on this. I disagree with his promotion of the County Dept. of Transportation’s automobile-centric approach over pedestrian safety and sustainability. I think he is LONG overdue (like, a year) in presenting a plan for financing White Flint’s needed infrastructure.… Read More
Comments Off on Is America’s Romance with the Car Hitting a Pothole?
Politics Daily’s Delia Lloyd thinks so. Her newest column points out that car sales are down, and not just because of the recession. Part of the change is that other options are becoming more mainstream, as in Google adding intelligent bike routes to its maps. And to some degree, the climate change message is hitting home.… Read More
Comments Off on “Balance” and 30 Seconds
Live blogging from the PHED Committee meeting of January 19, 2010. The topic right now is “land use” vs. traffic congestion. Current law requires a “balance”, measured by tests which calculate how long it takes cars to move specific distances along major roads throughout North Bethesda. For more on these tests, see the prior posts below.… Read More
Comments Off on Why Taking Transit Makes A Bigger Difference Than Changing a Lightbulb
I came across an interesting chart this evening. It was produced by the American Public Transit Association, www.publictransportation.org, and it shows that taking public transit makes a lot more difference in your own personal carbon emissions “footprint” than anything else you can do:
The chart is from 2008, but I think the numbers are still good.… Read More
Comments Off on New Red Line Metro Stop – Why?
I was reading today about a MoCo Councilmember’s proposal to put a new metro station between White Flint and Grosvenor, at a cost of $250-$300 million, and I can’t help ask the inevitable question; Why??? You can read about the proposal in several news articles, including this one: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1678097
The Councilmember’s argument is the following: “A new stop would serve a very important purpose, particularly given the growth that is expected in that area as we redo White Flint from a strip mall on steroids to a new urbanism model.”I just don’t see how adding a new metro station ½ a mile away from an existing station would help relieve transit.… Read More