Comments Off on 2013 Montgomery County Transit Trends
The Montgomery County Planning Department recently completed their Mobility Assessment Report. This report focuses on the county’s ability to reach its mobility goals by examining county residents’ use of driving, walking, cycling and transit. The last report was completed in 2011 and planners have used an “INRIX travel-time tracking as a traffic monitoring resource over the past two years.”
Here are some of the trends that can be found in this report:
In the county, the number of miles traveled by car has stayed the same for the past few years.…
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at a local office of realtors with an update on White Flint redevelopment. During our discussion of the multi-faceted way we are approaching the area’s traffic problems, someone asked “Why don’t we just build more roads? I’m going to drive anyway.”
There are many answers to this question including the fact that roads are much more highly subsidized than transit and, overall, more expensive to build. …
Walkability is one of the driving forces for the changes coming to White Flint. Areas throughout the United States are already considering the need for a walkable design. In an article from Governing, Mike Maciag discusses the most walkable cities in the US and elements of these cities that make them so successful.…
Comments Off on Could BRT connect White Flint to Northern Virginia?
For years, there’s been talk of improving transit connections across the Potomac River between Montgomery and Fairfax counties. There might be a solution in Montgomery County’s newly-approved rapid transit plan, and it could be a big deal for White Flint.
As the sole connection between Montgomery and Fairfax, not to mention a key link on the Capital Beltway, the American Legion Bridge is often very congested, carrying over 230,000 vehicles each day.…
Eric Jaffe, writer for The Atlantic Cities, in his article 4 Hard Truths About Transit examined a panel report created by The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel of the Government of Ontario. The panel report provides six hard truths about transit that are designed to spur informed debate on the subject. …
Comments Off on Five ways to design for safer streets
Earlier this month, NYC’s Department of Transportation released a major report, “Making Safer Streets” which outlines the various ways the department has re-imagined and redesigned their streets. The results include:
30% decline in fatalities since 2001
29% decline in people killed or severely injured since 2001
1,000 NYC lives have been saved by the decrease in traffic fatalities since 2001—including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers
The overarching aspect of safer streets is “[creating] the opportunity for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to move through the street network simply and easily, minimizing the unexpected, the confusing, and the potential for surprises.” More specifically, here are the five basic principles highlighted in the report:
Make the street easy to use by accommodating desire lines and minimizing the complexity of driving, walking, and biking, thus reducing crash risk by providing a direct, simple way to move through the street network.
Comments Off on Bellevue shows way for White Flint
One of the challenges in transforming White Flint into an urban place is that it largely developed after World War II, when car culture really took hold. Not only are there lots of big, fast roads and strip malls that are hard to navigate without a car, but there are fewer examples of how to redesign it.…