VDOT launches its Active Transportation Management system on I-66 today. The system uses a series of sensors, cameras, and signs to monitor and combat congestion by opening the shoulder to traffic, adjusting speeds, or displaying traffic warnings as needed. (Post)
Make it count
Many cities don’t have any pedestrian or cycling data to help them make planning decisions because traditional methods are slow, costly, and often inaccurate. A new video analysis system could help cities count pedestrians and cyclists more easily and accurately. (Next City)
Our streetcar past
In 1862, DC got its first streetcar system up and running within a matter of months. Over the next 100 years, horses, cables, and electric wires moved people through our “City of Magnificent Distances” until buses took over. (WAMU)
Pontificating on travel modes
When the pope visits next week, he’ll use a modified car to get around. But if he really wants to get into the spirit of DC, Washingtonian Magazine has offered some unique ways to tweak our transit for his needs.
Sidwell Friends will move its lower school from Bethesda to DC after purchasing the senior home next to its high school campus. The move makes Friends the second private school to consolidate to a single site on Wisconsin Ave. (WUSA)
Hail a ride to transit
Ride hailing is looking toward to a future of automated vehicles. How can cities to make sure these new technologies serve the community in the best way? Mostly, make them work more like transit. (MobilityLab)
Sharing comes to Portland
Plans for Portland bike share date back to 2012 but never got off the ground because the city couldn’t find a corporate sponsor. Now the city will use a federal grant for a scaled-back system launching in 2016. (Next City)
Maryland added 17 free charging stations for electric cars in transit station parking lots. (Post) … There are only a few days left to give your input on Metrobus changes. Here’s how. (PlanitMetro) … Here’s another idea for an urban park at the RFK site, complete with velodrome. (WashCycle)
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