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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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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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Rails-to-Trails Minneapolis

Understanding Trail Use to Mainstream Biking and Walking

Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:46 PM

This article was originally published by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. A three-year, $1.2-million initiative with the potential to set a new standard for trail planning in America was launched by my organization, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this month. In partnership with researchers and trail managers in 12 U.S. cities, RTC will lead the first-ever nationwide survey of urban […]






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Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

Thursday, June 12, 2014 3:12 PM

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns. In it, advocates ranging from professors to urban planners explain the deleterious effect these “depressions in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of […]






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Bikesharing, Carsharing Lead the Way on Local Transportation Sharing-Economy Initiatives

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:15 PM

Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems. The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How […]






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Envision Utah Takes Conservative Approach to Better Public Transportation

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:47 PM

Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild returned from a trip to Salt Lake City recently and raved to me about the public-transportation infrastructure in the big-skied, beautiful Utah capital. He had also met with a group called Envision Utah, which was the focus of Tuesday’s keynote lunch speaker at the Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit. […]






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