Monthly Archives: March 2013
Comments Off on How Many Cars Need to Leave the Road before We Feel Relief?
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
Comments Off on Things to consider when you’re stuck in your car
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
Comments Off on Imagine your commute…better.
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
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
Comments Off on The Problem with STROADs
In a recent post from Better! Cities & Towns, Charles Marohn explains the many problems with STROADS, or street-road hybrids. Streets and roads have different purposes: streets have a smaller scale, feature many uses and should accommodate multiple modes of transportation (particularly walking), while roads are primarily meant to move vehicles quickly from one place to another.… Read More
Comments Off on Walkable, Mixed-Use Neighborhoods are Safer Neighborhoods
Some of our previous posts have mentioned how mixed-use neighborhoods support healthy bodies, a healthy economy and a healthy environment (particularly through transit). Now, a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania Law Review suggests that areas with a mix of residential and commercial uses are safer than areas with only commercial uses.… Read More
Comments Off on CONTEST WINNER: What’s Your Most Memorable MoCo Transit Experience?
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
Comments Off on Why Bicycling is Good for Business
Bicycling provides positive health and economic impacts beyond just the cyclist, a recent post from Tanya Snyder of Streetsblog Capitol Hill reports. How so?
When bike lanes were installed in both New York and San Francisco streets, business owners said that they saw an increase in business. When you are on your bike, traveling at a reduced speed, you are more likely to notice what’s in the shop.… Read More