Those beeping airport carts give a sense of what it might have been like in the early days of cars in otherwise pedestrian-dominated cities. And while the occasional cart is convenient or necessary for its riders, if most people used them (i.e. drove), airport corridors couldn’t possibly accommodate everyone. (How We Drive)
Boston vs. DC or resident vs. driver?
DC Metrocentric compares Boston’s suburbs to DC’s, but the writer admits to not having really spent time in any DC suburbs. Therefore, he/she says Boston has “interesting and lively inner suburbs” while DC’s are mostly strip malls. The critique of strip malls is right on target, but there’s more to DC’s suburbs while Boston’s have plenty of strip malls. What this really shows is how our view of an area is very different spending time in residential areas versus just driving through the commercial arteries. (This is also why New Jersey has such a bad reputation.)
Park all evening but not for free
DC is proposing to keep charging for parking meters in the evening, but to relax time limits. This makes sense as many shoppers complained the 2-hour limits, which make sense during the day, don’t work for going to dinner or movies at night. Jack Evans said the change has “no value,” which makes no sense. (Washington Business Journal)
Two tracks, phew
New, higher ridership estimates are letting Maryland MTA plan a two-track tunnel for a portion of the Baltimore Red Line that was formerly one track to meet FTA cost-effectiveness criteria. Those criteria have received widespread criticism for forcing transit agencies to cut corners in ways that seriously impact growth potential for new transit lines. Plus, recent light rail lines have generally exceeded ridership estimates once they opened. (Baltimore Sun, Aaron S)
Clunkers policy a clunker
A GAO report finds that “Cash for Clunkers” had little benefit, and in particular very little effect on auto emissions. Democrats who pushed the program nonetheless played up the report’s few bright spots. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
Crash victim speaks
Red Line crash victim Amanda Breeding tells her story of riding in the fateful train, getting emergency care from a Special Ops medic, many surgeries and the road to recovery. (Alexandria Gazette Packet)
Sarles speaks, acts
Now that he’s been on the job a month, Richard Sarles has started talking to the press more, with an interview with WTOP and more to come. He also outlined specific steps Metro will take to address the issues raised by the recent FTA audit. (Post)
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