Category Archives: Transportation

Metrics Matter: The Road Congestion Edition

From the Commonwealth of Virginia, we read the following (boldface mine): But the Virginia General Assembly requires NVTA to prioritize projects that reduce road congestion. Before NVTA can fund any projects, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has to run … Continue reading

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Cost-Cutting Versus the Mad Biologist’s Fundamental Political Theorem: The D.C. Metro Edition

D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser (for whom I voted) is one of the most confusing politicians I’ve ever seen. While I’m a D.C. native, I spent much of my life in the Northeast where there was a very simple political deal: … Continue reading

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Why I Fear D.C.’s Leadership Is Not Up to the Task

First, some context: At least, when it comes to transportation, the kids are alright. At the same time in D.C., it looks like the city’s streetcar program is in trouble. It might not even happen, never mind expand and grow. … Continue reading

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When Do We Stop Calling This An ‘Accident’?

“Well, that right there seems to be the problem” (from here) Fortunately, no one was killed: An 18-year-old pedestrian was struck after a car crashed into a bus stop in Kensington, Md. Saturday, the Montgomery County Fire Department said. The … Continue reading

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Free-Range Kids and An Anecdote

A while ago, Lance Mannion and I had a bit of an exchange about overly restrictive parents who freak out if a ten year old is walking around by himself. I argued that we’ve become far too restrictive. Anyway, a … Continue reading

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Snow Shoveling and Governance in D.C.

Having suffered through my fair share of Boston Snowmaggedons (thankfully, I’m missing this year’s), to complain about D.C.’s response (or lack thereof) to its recent snow event is almost ridiculous. We’re talking about three inches on Saturday, followed by above-freezing … Continue reading

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Shortchanging Mass Transit Is Short-Sighted–For Drivers

One, of many, idiotic features of most U.S. transportation policy discussions is the pitting of car drivers against mass transit users. It’s stupid, since driving in most metropolitan areas would be awful were mass transit not taking drivers off the … Continue reading

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