To weigh potential extensions for the Portland metropolitan area’s transit system, Oregon created an interactive tool where you can “build a system” by choosing a combination of corridors. Each has a predefined capital cost, operating cost, ridership and environmental benefit, and the tool shows users the overall costs and benefits of their selected system. (Jess) (Tip: Jess)
Silly, confusing and a waste of space
City Desk puzzles over a peculiarity in the traffic flow at the Memorial Bridge Circle, off the GW Parkway. A better question is, why have we dedicated this entire park island (“Lady Bird Johnson Park”) to a crisscrossing jumble of semi-freeway-like ramps that are extremely confusing to navigate and aren’t usually even very crowded? Wouldn’t a simpler interchange between the Parkway and Memorial Bridge work better and free up more of the park to be an actual park?
Roger Lewis discusses Virginia’s new anti-cul-de-sac standards. He debunks myths that cul-de-sacs are safer, pointing out that any statistical difference probably comes from the correlation of (newer, larger) cul-de-sac neighborhoods and higher incomes. (Post)