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WMATA finds that biking, walking improvements near Metro stations pay off

Metrorail is the backbone of the D.C. region’s transportation system, but that doesn’t mean each station exists in a vacuum. For many people, walking and biking from their station to their ultimate destination is a key part of the Metro experience, whether we consciously recognize it or not. That’s a driving idea behind WMATA’s Metrorail… Read more »

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What biking across the country taught me about America’s transportation challenges

Biking across the United States can teach one a lot about the different ways people get around it. It’s a huge place – an obvious concept that is difficult to really grasp until you’re using your legs to cross it, sometimes going a hundred miles without seeing another person. This size, with the geographical and… Read more »

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In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”

Last week, the Los Angeles Rams played their first home game since returning to Southern California. And while it took place in their temporary home, the LA Memorial Coliseum – a historic stadium that has twice hosted the Olympics and currently hosts USC football games – the arrival of the NFL created a unique transportation-demand situation,… Read more »

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How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?

Initial findings from the Transportation Planning Board’s 2016 State of the Commute analysis Teleworking is up, driving alone is down, and commuters are, on average, traveling farther and longer. Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released the preliminary analysis of its 2016 State of the Commute survey. The regional, triennial report presents a snapshot… Read more »

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After 60 years, chances to overcome the interstate system’s legacy

Editor’s note: This is one of the final parts of our Transpo(nation) series, in which Andrew Carpenter bicycled across the U.S. – from San Francisco back to Washington, D.C. – to report on transportation options. A series about transportation across the United States would be remiss to gloss over the country’s highway system. Rather than… Read more »

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Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets

Since the first pop-up parklet conversion in 2005, the third Friday in September has become an international holiday celebrating a vision for streets beyond the car default. Today, five parklets appeared in the streets of North Arlington, while more than 30 can be found across the river in the District, with more still in Montgomery County… Read more »

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“Trail towns” embracing economic benefits of long-distance biking routes

Editor’s note: This is one of the final parts of our Transpo(nation) series, in which Andrew Carpenter bicycled across the U.S. – from San Francisco back to Washington D.C. – to report on transportation options. The home stretch of my trip through Pennsylvania and Maryland followed the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal… Read more »

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From routes to reality: Improving biking data with better context

Adding context to existing datasets can play a significant role in improving the bicycling experience. That was the takeaway from the most recent Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies’ Bike Hack Night VI. Programmers and advocates presented and listened to a handful of bike-themed show-and-tells under the impending threat of rain at REI’s space at Wunder Garten,… Read more »

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WABA designing a regional bike lane map to inform a more equitable network

Across Washington, D.C., and its bordering counties in Virginia and Maryland, the data on bike facilities and who has access to them can be awkward to piece together. The region is blessed with scores of miles of bike lanes and trails, up from very few in 2000. But when D.C., for example, says it has “75 miles of bike… Read more »

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Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report

If you truly cared about safety, you would stop driving your car right now and jump aboard transit. That is the underlying recommendation of a study released today by the American Public Transit Association, with help from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. The latest data certainly backs up APTA’s numbers. According to the U.S. Department… Read more »