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Silver Spring Boasts ‘Sorriest Bus Stop in America’

The news: A Silver Spring bus stop has been voted the “Sorriest bus stop in America,” an honor that has prompted Montgomery County to explore possible improvements. Quote of the day:  “For a while we are still going to have plenty of bus stops that suffer from under investment.” Read the source article at The Washington… Read more »

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative”… Read more »

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

It’s up to the residents of a city to lobby for the transportation solutions that best serve their community. That was the subtext of various workshops at the first-ever StreetsCamp, which took place on Saturday at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Education in Washington D.C. Led by Christy Kwan of the Alliance for Biking and… Read more »

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car… Read more »

Does Chicago’s Elevated “L” Get the Fundamentals of Transit Right?

I was passing through Chicago en route to Missouri to attend my niece’s high-school graduation. As I had a layover of several hours between my flight’s arrival in Chicago and my Amtrak train to Missouri, I thought I would take the “L” downtown to visit The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk over to the… Read more »

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off… Read more »

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says

Over the past 41 years, U.S. Representative Donald Beyer’s business has sold 75,000 new and used cars. But the first-term Virginia Democrat deeply loves transit. Huh, you ask? “My real consciousness breakthrough came from living in Bern, Switzerland for four years [as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein]. The Swiss are the number-one train riders –… Read more »

More Bikeshare Stations is a Good Thing, But It’s Important to Be Realistic

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place. NACTO’s report, released April… Read more »

London and Stockholm Boldly Reimagine Bicycle Commuting

I recently compared two approaches to accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians in cities: separation (through protected bike lanes) and integration (through the modern woonerf). How are some of these approaches working in London, England and Stockholm, Sweden? London’s Possibilities I came across three different schemes either being considered or built to accommodate the growing number of… Read more »