Category Archives: Transportation

Oddly, A Transit System That Transits Poorly Doesn’t Have Many Riders

So D.C. Metro is finally coming to grips with the notion that lousy service, especially infrequent trains, discourages people from using it (boldface mine): Total transit ridership decreased by 9.5 million since last year, amounting to 5.4 percent, according to … Continue reading

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Churches, Parking, and Change

Whether it’s the suburbs or the city, I’ve never lived in a place where there haven’t been arguments about church parking. Many churches, at limited times, need a lot of parking, and that parking is often found on the street, … Continue reading

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U.S. Transportation Policy in One Photo

This is the crosswalk in front of the U.S. Department of Transportation, being blocked by snow–while the adjacent street is clear for car traffic. ‘Nuff said.

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D.C. Makes Some Good Parking Policy

Since I highlight the myriad and diverse ways in which the local D.C. government screws things up, I should be fair and note when it does something right: Currently, developers constructing new residential buildings in DC must build a certain … Continue reading

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How Not To Redesign a Crosswalk

If I still lived in Boston and worked in Cambridge, this would probably get me killed: The “High-Intensity Activated crossWalK,” or HAWK, signal installed by city officials outside Biogen Inc. is so complex it requires its own set of directions. … Continue reading

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This Is What Structural Failures in Transportation Look Like: The Cyclist Death Edition

This horrific story is what I mean by safer roads require structural changes (boldface mine): Picture a crosswalk with six lanes of traffic flashing toward it at 50 miles an hour and you will begin to see where Frank Towers … Continue reading

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D.C. Metro To Join 21st Century In Terms of Fares

One would think what with computers ‘n shit, U.S. transit systems would have moved to this system long ago (boldface mine): In a move designed to offer riders a new way to pay their fares as well as cultivate good … Continue reading

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