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.…Read More
Tag Archives: Bus Rapid Transit
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.…Read More
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.…Read More
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.…Read More
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).
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).…Read More
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.…Read More
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
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
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
On the heels of a report suggesting Montgomery County’s Bus Rapid Transit plans are too ambitious, county planners are recommending reducing the number of lines and having less of the system use dedicated lanes.
Planners discussed these recommendations last night at a forum hosted by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, “The Next Generation of Transit,” which discussed how Montgomery County needs to expand its transit network.…Read More