Month: May 2012

Today’s Most Valuable Real Estate = Yesterday’s Slums

Chris Leinberger, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution with a real-estate background, makes perhaps the strongest argument yet that the most bikable and walkable communities are the communities of the future, and the ones with the most market value when it comes time to sell your place. These communities may be located in rural… Read more »

Americans Are Driving Less. Are You?

This article was originally published by Anne Factor at goDCgo. Americans, especially the young, are driving less. We’ve been hearing this for a while now and have recently seen a flurry of new reports, statistics, articles and editorials documenting and trying to explain the downward trend. The theories put forth are varied and all seem… Read more »

Arlington and DC “Catching Up” With the Rest of the World on Transit

WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington DC just aired an interesting feature by reporter Martin di Caro (pictured interviewing Chris Zimmerman of the Arlington County Board). It essentially captured that the DC region is one of the top places in the U.S. for transportation mobility options. Compared to many places throughout the rest of the world, however, we… Read more »

Pit Stops Overflowing with Registered Riders as Tomorrow’s Bike to Work Day Takes Shape

The final push is on for registration for Bike to Work Day. It’s shaping up that some of the most popular pit stops for tomorrow morning’s event throughout the region will be the Reagan Building downtown, and a whole series of Virginia stops, including Rosslyn, Old Town Alexandria, Ballston, Crystal City, and Reston. In Maryland,… Read more »

Public Encouraged to Help Sculpt Transportation Options Throughout DC Metro Region

The first of three public meetings will be held tomorrow night to get citizen input for a study that will help shape (and hopefully ease) the way people get around the Washington D.C. metro region. “It’s worth coming out to get in your two cents worth,” said Howard Jennings, a member of the stakeholders committee… Read more »

Ongoing Regional Plans 2012

  VTrans 2035 Update Not on the map – statewide. Description: Virginia’s statewide long-range multimodal transportation plan. Identifies large scale state priorities. Locals are invited to comment at information sessions. Key dates: Originally adopted in 2009. Update complete December 2012. Super NoVa Transit/TDM Vision Plan Description: Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) will develop… Read more »

Arlington County releases new report “Major Planning Corridors – Demographic Trends”

Major Planning Corridors – Demographic Trends examines trends among the Major Planning Corridors and Arlington County using the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.  The variables discussed in this document include: population, density, age generations, diversity, education, income, work place, means to work, time to work, and vehicle availability.  Full data tables of these variables are… Read more »

Twin Cities Study Shows Light Rail is a Healthy Option

A Health Impact Assessment has just been released for the rezoning ordinance that could help implement transit-oriented development along the central corridor light-rail line in the Twin Cities. The line runs along the 11-mile stretch of University Avenue connecting downtown Minneapolis with downtown Saint Paul. The assessment was conducted to look at the potential impacts of infrastructure development on… Read more »

Bike Month Has Even More Support This Year

It is wonderful to see everyone from politicians to government agencies including US DOT and FHWA, to non-profits and even AAA pulling in the same direction to make bicycling a viable transportation option. FHWA’s  Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program demonstrates that education and engineering can work together to make bicycling more convenient and safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is… Read more »