Category Archives: Transportation

Centrists Misunderstand the Moment: The Sick Leave Edition

Between the Washington Post editorial board calling for sending federal workers back to the office so D.C. (not Wor-Shing-Tun) can have more tax revenue* and the Biden Administration choosing to side with capital over labor because railroad workers want seven … Continue reading

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Mass Transit: It’s the Contractors, Stupid

And the subcontractors. And the sub-subcontractors. One thing that bedevils mass transit in the U.S. is how much it costs to build. Occasionally, we can have nice things, but it’s so expensive we don’t get very much of them. While … Continue reading

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WMATA’s New GM Gets It. The Board Though…

While WMATA’s problems are deep and can’t be solved by one person, it’s good to hear this from the new GM (boldface mine): Unlike his predecessor, Clarke said, the public will not hear him stressing safety as publicly as Wiedefeld … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Shut Down the Capital Beltway

Or at least limit it to one lane each way, with a top speed limit of 25 mph. I’ve proposed this before, but here’s a less snarky version (boldface mine): Reactive measures usually include some combination of grounding or pulling … Continue reading

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Endorse

Observed on S Street NW, between 17th and Vermont, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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We Can’t Really Restart the Economy Until We Restart Transit

There has been a lot of caterwauling by some business owners about dastardly employees who are getting uppity want to get paid more. But what that complaint doesn’t consider is that their employees also have higher travel expenses (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Discourse Follies

I like to think of myself as a reasonably good ‘conservative moment anticipator’, in that I usually have a pretty good understanding of what they’ll do next and why. But I’ll admit I didn’t even imagine the Republican attack strategy … Continue reading

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Democrats Need to Help Mass Transit

Because, for once, they should deliver the boodle to their strongholds instead of the denizens of Midwestern diners. D.C.’s Metro, like many systems, is reducing service due to massive decreases in ridership–eighty five percent. This is blowing a $52 million … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal to Reduce Unpaid Parking Tickets: The D.C. Edition

A while ago, Metro released a report stating that it fails to collect about $40 million per year in bus fares (it later turned out that a significant chunk of that money was students being recorded by drivers as not … Continue reading

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Metro Is Good for Business–When It Runs

One of the things I’ve noticed having returned to D.C. is that, since the never-ending SafeTrack repairs–which means unreliable weekend service, Dupont Circle is incredibly congested with traffic on the weekend evenings. It’s especially bad near the actual circle. That … Continue reading

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