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New Light Rail Line Brings Transportation Choice to Minneapolis-St. Paul

Monday, August 18, 2014 1:39 PM

The Green Line is now open, connecting downtown Minneapolis with downtown St. Paul, as well as routing though the University of Minnesota campus. There have been lots of news stories about the opening of the new light rail line, the investment made with federal, state, and local money; the private investments made; and the investments […]






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A Wiggle, Protected Lanes, and Bikeshare Bring Hope to San Francisco Bicycle Commuting

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:16 AM

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. There’s no doubt the city is a leader at promoting bike riding. However, even in San Francisco, where dozens of riders pour down the protected bike lanes of Market Street every minute […]






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Suburbs – The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:55 PM

Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America. The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one of the best subway […]






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Where to Find Love? Ride Public Transportation

Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:24 PM

There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but with dating opportunities as […]






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Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:09 PM

The new Silver Line connects the economically-crucial Dulles Corridor in Northern Virginia with the rest of the region by Metrorail. With Phase I complete, a rider can reach five new stations leading out to Reston, Virginia. One stop before the Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line to the five new stops is the […]






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Bike Parking Overtakes Auto Parking in Some Places

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:18 AM

At a recent tour of Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ted Eytan displayed a photograph of Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Springs, Colorado medical office (see below), and asked: “In this picture, what’s the most toxic structure to humans?” You might guess the correct answer was the office building, or the carbon dioxide-emitting automobile. But […]






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TDM in Arlington

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Monday, July 7, 2014 4:34 PM

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar […]






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Phase 1 of the Dulles Metrorail Megaproject off Route 123 near the future site of the Tysons East Station.

I-66 Doesn’t Need More Lanes or Expensive Infrastructure

Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:44 PM

Yes, Virginia Interstate 66 is a mess. Commuters are right to decry the congestion along this stretch of interstate, where travel times from Northern Virginia into D.C. are the longest in the region. But reports from Dr. Gridlock in the Washington Post that the state and federal governments are considering plans to add additional lanes onto I-66 are not […]






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Streetcars: The Transit System America Threw Away

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:55 AM

(This article by John Martin was originally published by Governing and also appeared in METRO Magazine.) In the 1951 sci-fi movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” pedestrians are seen descending staircases on the edge of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. These days, the stairs are still there, but now they’re blocked off. They led to a once-busy 75,000-square-foot […]






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Bike Kids

Bicycling Gains Could Eventually Put U.S. Cities on Par with Copenhagen

Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:03 PM

The mainstreaming of bicycling is nothing short of a comeback story in the United States. Bicycle ridership generally is up, and so is bike commuting, particularly in some key urban markets. In automobile-congested but bicycle-friendly regions such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the ability of bikes to outmaneuver automobiles and avoid headache-inducing […]






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