Vienna mom (and Fairfax Transportation Advisory Commission member) Jenifer Joy Madden recently taught her teenage son to ride the bus, along with his friend. The experiment worked, and now they have more independence and their moms don’t have to drive so much. It’s too bad, though, that after they missed a bus, they had to wait 30 minutes for the next one. Also, Madden spends about half the article explaining the steps they took to get bus information on the wmata.com trip planner. Sounds like that was the toughest part of the project. (Post) Twitter
Even underground isn’t good enough
Purple Line designers are now looking into burying Purple Line wires through the University of Maryland to reduce electromagnetic interference that could affect delicate instruments. But the university administration still opposes running the train through campus, saying trains can’t drive through without running over students. Do they not realize that buses and cars drive on the same road today? Have they seen light rail before? (Diamondback Online) Twitter
Green Metropolis author David Owen argues that traffic jams are good and congestion pricing bad, because traffic drives people to transit. It does, but he misses the important point that pricing also does, by creating an economic incentive to try alternatives. Traffic imposes a cost on commuters; congestion pricing just imposes that cost more directly and efficiently and, if designed right, steers the cost directly into funding transit alternatives. (WSJ, merarch) (Tip: merarch)Twitter
New MDOT chief more focused on transit?
Is new MDOT chief Beverley Swaim-Staley less enthusiastic about widening I-270 than her predecessors? In a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, she said MDOT was mainly focused on transit in that corridor, and when listing her and Governor O’Malley’s priorities, she included the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway, and Baltimore Red Line, but not I-270. (Getting There) Twitter