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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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The pattern of office relocations is making it easier for people to reconsider the commuting possibilities.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Neighborhood advocates are usually the most powerful partners for improving dangerous, car-centric situations.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]People may have incentive to take public transportation now that they have access to better information about the true costs of car ownership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Transit systems need to get the fundamentals of service right for a positive passenger experience.[/feature_box][/quote_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… Read more »

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As bikeshare programs become more popular, they also must work more efficiently to satisfy customer demand and satisfaction.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]There are countless ways we can improve our local and national economies through transit initiatives that have worked elsewhere.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… 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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As the viability of biking in cities increases, issues of congestion and safety will prompt larger thinking about how best to accommodate this mode of travel.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »