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White House: Make cities affordable by building for walkability, not parking
The Obama administration is taking on the crisis of rising rents in American cities, releasing a series of recommendations today to spur the construction of more affordable housing. Among the many ideas the White House endorses: allowing more multi-family housing near transit and getting rid of parking minimums.
Angie Schmitt, September 27, 2016, StreetsBlog USA
How long will you live? It might depend on your Metro stop
The difference of a few Metro stops could determine whether D.C. area babies will live a long, healthy life or face a shorter life expectancy.
Jenny Glick and Amanda Iacone, September 27, 2016, WTOP
Can pedestrian tunnels help make streets safer?
Could an underground pedestrian tunnel actually be feasible? The city, after all, is considering a gondola — and opened a new streetcar line — as a form of transportation, so an underground pedestrian tunnel can’t be that outlandish.
Perry Stein, September 27, 2016, Washington Post
These researchers think we're nearing 'peak car' — and the consequences could be dramatic
On Thursday the Rocky Mountain Institute — an energy-focused think tank known for its boldness in predicting technological change — released a truly sweeping report on the future of vehicles
Chris Mooney, September 26, 2016, Washington Post
Should Metro outsource late-night service to Uber and Lyft?
As Metro seeks to permanently cancel late-night subway service, officials are looking at alternatives to help curb the impact on riders — and one of those alternatives might be ride-share apps such as Uber and Lyft.
Martine Powers, September 26, 2016, Washington Post
Overhaul of D.C. taxicabs on the way
Changes are coming to all of Washington’s taxicabs under sweeping new regulations overhauling the meter and payment systems used by the assortment of cab companies and independent drivers who account for some 7,500 taxis.
Martin Di Caro, September 26, 2016, WAMU
As service cuts loom, is Metro doing all the work it could?
As Metro gets set to cut service to get more time on the tracks, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld acknowledges Metro could be taking better advantage of the track time it already has.
Max Smith, September 26, 2016, WTOP
Metro chairman Evans: Board is so unwieldy that we ought to scrap it altogether
Metro board Chairman Jack Evans is so frustrated trying to lead the transit system’s cumbersome, 16-member governing body that he would prefer to scrap it and start fresh.
Robert McCartney, September 26, 2016, Washington Post
Missing sidewalks? There's an app for that
Something as simple as a missing sidewalk ramp can make an entire block of sidewalk out of reach to someone who can't step up onto a curb. Inaccessible sidewalks are all over DC, and researchers at the University of Maryland created a tool for pointing them out. Now, they just need you to help them do it.
Canaan Merchant, September 25, 2016, Greater Greater Washington
Whatever they call it, you pay more to go faster
This issue of toll roads and carpool lanes will not only linger for years in Virginia, but also across the Potomac River, where it will spawn debates in Maryland.
Robert Thomson, September 25, 2016
How a 'smart' public transit system can better serve riders with disabilities
A team of researchers is designing a system to ensure riders are at the right stop at the right time.
Linda Poon, September 24, 2016, CityLab
What prompted Sept. 13 Red Line 'self-evacuation?' Metro releases report
Malfunctioning track and train equipment and a communications breakdown between Metro personnel left a Red Line train idling on the tracks near Farragut North station late on Sept. 13, complicating a routine track problem and leading to the dangerous “self-evacuation” of two passengers while the third rail was still energized, the transit authority’s top safety official said.
Martin Di Caro, September 24, 2016, WAMU
Can San Francisco build housing that eases traffic?
Bay Area planners are betting that new developments can accommodate growth and relieve traffic congestion.
Laura Bliss, September 23, 2016, CityLab
Here are the most and least satisfied types of commuters in the Washington region
If you're feeling frustrated with your commute, you're not the only one. A new study from the National Capital Region’s Transportation Planning Board, about half of drivers and Metro riders report being unsatisfied with their trips to and from work.
Mikaela Lefrak, September 23, 2016, WAMU
Metro officials probe repeat radio problems after Red Line riders bail
After a series of communications failures resulted in two fed-up Red Line riders exiting a stopped train last week, Metro officials Thursday discussed solutions ranging from better testing equipment to equipping train operators with bullhorns to communicate with passengers in an emergency.
Max Smith, September 23, 2016, WTOP
To improve safety, Uber turns to an unconventional measure: selfies
Metro trying a low-tech fix to its ongoing communication problem: bullhorns in train cabs
Metro conducting full sweep of pocket tracks for signal problems after radio failure
Our roads are choked. We're on the verge of carmageddon
Public reaction to Metro's proposed cuts proves the need to be vastly more transparent about rebuilding
Dreaded closures begin on Beach Drive
Commuter survey shows riders souring on Metro
The U.S. DOT officially puts a car in the self-driving race
Medical Center Metro station to get pedestrian underpass
Survey: Commuters find more satisfaction traveling with others