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High-Speed Rail for D.C.? Washington, D.C. – New York Corridor Gets Top Score in Study

High-Speed Rail for D.C.? Washington, D.C. – New York Corridor Gets Top Score in Study

Do you dream of the day when you can commute anywhere along the northeast corridor, from D.C. to Boston, in a fraction of the time it currently takes? America 2050 recently released a study indentifying the high-speed rail corridors with the greatest ridership potential throughout the nation and found that the D.C. to New York corridor ranked the highest.

“Home Saver”: In Tough Times, The Housing Finance Agency Makes Living Near Your Work Tenable

“Home Saver”: In Tough Times, The Housing Finance Agency Makes Living Near Your Work Tenable

No sooner had the effects of our New Year’s Eve activities worn off when economists pounced to deliver the dreary news about what we can expect for our economy in 2011. Foreclosures are going to peak in 2011? Awesome. Thanks.

The District is not immune to this trend, which will mean hundreds of DC residents who are forced to move from their homes, probably settling in less expensive suburbs. This is exactly the kind of scenario we want to avoid in terms of the effect it has on transportation and commuting in our region. As people flock to the suburbs, from DC or elsewhere, they increase both traffic congestion and the need for additional transportation infrastructure and maintenance. goDCgo strongly encourages a “live near your work” strategy to reduce ill effects on an already-stressed transportation system and to improve the quality of life of those who work in DC—by remaining in DC.

Could Biking Under The Influence Become An Issue for Capital Bikeshare?

Could Biking Under The Influence Become An Issue for Capital Bikeshare?

The Capital Bikeshare program is spreading across D.C. rapidly, as more and more people are taking part in the rent-a-bike system. 

Bikeshare offers its user the opportunity to rent bicycles at various stations throughout D.C. and Arlington, and subsequently return them to any other station in the area.

And while Bikeshare seems to be having great success thus far, and there really don’t seem to be many negatives to the program, could one crop up in the form of biking while intoxicated?

Klingle Road Environmental Assessment due out this month

Klingle Road Environmental Assessment due out this month

The final Klingle Road Environmental Assessment (EA) is scheduled to be released this month by DC Department of Transportation (DDOT). The Coalition to Repair and Reopen Klingle Road has been participating in efforts to repair and reopen Klingle Road since the early 1990s. Their dedicated pursuit of repair and reopening the road for motor vehicle traffic has never objected to inclusion of a hike/bike trail adjacent to the road. They hope that the EA would formally identify the Coalition as an interested party in this assessment.

Here are some points that the Coalition hopes are addressed in the final report:

*Councilmember Cheh’s legislation limits the trail to 10’ width with a permeable surface. The EA has a wider and impervious surface alternative. It should add an alternative of restoring and rebuilding Klingle Road.

Newsflash: Metro is Crowded During Rush Hours (So Do Something About It in 2011!)

Newsflash: Metro is Crowded During Rush Hours (So Do Something About It in 2011!)

DC area residents love to complain about how crowded the Metro is during their daily work commutes. It seems as though complaining about Metro is the glue that holds us together and gives us a sense of solidarity. And, in fact, a shocking two-thirds or more of daily ridership occurs during rush hour.

Keeping You Informed: DDOT Unveils District’s First Multi-Modal Digital Display

Keeping You Informed: DDOT Unveils District’s First Multi-Modal Digital Display

DDOT reminds me of one of those little baseball pitching machines that’s been cranked up to maximum fastball speed—because after introducing a string of innovative transportation programs, including Capital Bikeshare, solar-powered parking meters, electric car charging stations and the beginnings of the DC streetcar system among others, they’re flinging another one at us. This time, DDOT is bringing the District’s first multi-modal digital display screen, which will be installed in bus shelters throughout DC and will provide real-time information about a variety of transportation modes.

Don't Let the Traffic Grinch Steal Your Holiday Shopping Cheer!

Don't Let the Traffic Grinch Steal Your Holiday Shopping Cheer!

Ahhh….the holiday season is upon us again, replete with its many joys: rosy-cheeked, smiling children, twinkling lights, the smell of baking cookies, the opportunity to dress your dog like a reindeer and tell all your friends that “he really likes it.” But it also carries just a wee bit of stress. There’s the baking of said cookies, hanging the pretty lights, travel plans, menus, and, of course, shopping. Lots and lots of shopping.